By Ronald delos Reyes
Mazda Philippines and the Manila Sports Car Club (MSCC) recently kicked off the 2023 season of the MSCC Miata Spec Series after a successful staging of its inaugural run last year.
In a press conference held at Karrera Showroom in Alabang, Muntinlupa City, the organizers said that, this year, 22 racers are expected to tussle it out on the track behind the wheel of track-tuned Mazda MX-5 open-top sports cars.
“We couldn’t wait to get going again this 2023,” Mazda Philippines president and CEO Steven Tan, shared.
“This one-make format provides a unique opportunity for MSCC members to polish their skills and enjoy the pure essence of driving that only an MX-5 can provide.”
Allan Uy, the inaugural season’s overall champion will again see action for the 2023 season to defend his crown. His closest rivals—Angie King and Tyson Sy will both likewise return, this time, for redemption.
Meanwhile, Master Class Champion Windy Imperial and Novice Class Champion Jamal Almario are also expected to scuffle out into the fray.
Joining the grid this year are Red Diwa, Tonypet Albano, and Manny Eduque.
Aside from the bigger grid, this year’s race series will be staged in two venues: The Clark International Speedway (CIS) and the Batangas Racing Circuit (BRC). The first two legs, slated on April 15 and June 24, will happen at BRC, while the final two legs, scheduled for August 26 and October 28, will be done at the CIS.
The 2023 MSCC Miata Spec Series is backed by Pilipinas Shell, GT Radial, and B.R.M. Chronographes.
All MSCC Miata Spec Series cars will be raced with showroom stock Skyactiv-G 2.0-liter engines and six-speed Skyactiv manual transmissions, together with upgraded track-ready suspension systems.
Here are the specific dates and races of the 2023 series:
|April 15, 2023||1st Leg (Race 1 & 2)||Batangas Racing Circuit|
|June 24, 2023||2nd Leg (Race 3 & 4)||Batangas Racing Circuit|
|August 26, 2023||3rd Leg (Race 5 & 6)||Clark International Speedway|
|October 28, 2023||4th Leg (Race 7 & 8)||Clark International Speedway|
MAIN PHOTO: Racers all pumped up for the upcoming series set to start next month.