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Mazda Philippines held the inaugural race of the MSCC Miata Spec Series at the Clark International Speedway last June 11, with 20 race-prepped Mazda MX-5s seeing action.

“This is a dream come true not just for us at Mazda Philippines, but for the Manila Sports Car Club (MSCC) as well,” shares Steven Tan, President and CEO of Mazda Philippines. “It was a long time coming, and it’s the result of our blood, sweat, and tears. It’s truly a passion project, and I’m glad that MSCC members were able to celebrate driving with the most-raced car in the world, the MX-5.”

Mazda Philippines, the Manila Sports Car Club (MSCC), and the Clark International Speedway (CIS) have collaborated for the first-ever one-make sports car race series in the country. It is also the official race event of the MSCC considered the country’s premier sports car owners club.

Mazda PH president and CEO Steven Tan

The scorching heat did not stop race veteran Allan Uy in car No. 99 in scoring a decisive victory in Race 1 with a 4.455-second gap over second place Paul Henderson Perez in car No. 77. Angie King, in car No. 12, completed the top three finishers.

The later part of the day allowed the race track to cool down but Uy continued his blistering pace with a 2.047-second gap from King who took second place. Juha Turalba, the young former karting champ driving car No.8 ended up in third. Uy who is also a Vios Cup champion, had the fastest time of the day lapping in just 2 minutes 19.125 seconds with an average speed of 108.679 km/h. All the MSCC Miata Spec Series cars are built to have the same spec and the 10-lap race presented a true test of driver skills.

The MSCC Miata Spec Series MX-5 uses a stock 2.0-liter Skyactiv-G engine mated to a 6-speed Skyactiv manual transmission. The suspension components have been upgraded and reinforced with CUSCO sports coil overs and chassis braces. For added horsepower, a custom stainless steel exhaust system, developed by local company Drift Xaust, maximizes air flow and enhances the aggressive racing note emanating from the MX-5’s 181-horsepower mill. A Sparco competition steering wheel, racing seat, harness and safety net, along with a new CUSCO racing roll cage, are all installed in each car to secure the drivers’ control and safety. All Miata Spec Series cars come fitted with GT Radial Champiro SX2 tires mounted on custom 17 x 8.0 J Rota Strike wheels.

“I got into this series because I wanted to be a better driver and in a more affordable race car, and the Miata was the perfect package for me,” said Angie King who has competed in other series including the Ferrari Challenge a few years back.

“When I am racing, there’s nothing else that matters. I am just focused on beating myself, beating my previous time and making myself better, learning and just developing myself.”

“We’re very excited to see that the MSCC Mazda Spec Series has finally pushed through, thanks in a large part to our friends at the Manila Sports Car Club. Round one was held together with the Miata Cup Race, making this event a very memorable one indeed,” said Marc de Joya, president of the Miata Club of the Philippines.

The MSCC Miata Spec Series is sponsored by Pilipinas Shell Petroleum Corporation, GT Radial tires, and Rota Wheels. With Round 1 in the books, the remaining race dates are scheduled for August 27 (Races 3 and 4), October 22 (Races 5 and 6), and November 26 (Races 7 and 8). All races will be held at the Clark International Speedway.

MAIN PHOTO: Allan Uy pose beside his car No. 99 after sweeping both races in the first leg

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