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A great ‘Rainy’ season debut

A great ‘Rainy’ season debut

Ronald Rey M. de los Reyes

It was a triumphant 2023 season for Rainy Medina in his debut in professional racing, capturing the overall crown in the Formula V1 Race 2023 season and gaining profound experience in the Suzuka Clubman Race in Japan.

In a race series held at the Clark International Speedway in Pampanga, the 21-year-old Autoholic Garage driver dominated all the races from June up to November to stand atop the podium as the overall champion of the Sporting Class.

Despite his first year of racing in the country, he beat other rivals with eons of experience ahead of him. With 14 other racers in the grid in both the Pro and Sporting Classes, he outmaneuvered the rest of the pack in every race to finish first in his division.

“I didn’t have any experience at all. I didn’t get into karting like the rest of them. I just do sim racing back at home,” Medina shared.

“I just love what I do. It’s probably just mental toughness. The feeling is phenomenal,” he added.

After a successful racing debut, Medina is now more confident to race in higher-ranked racing competitions both here and abroad.

“Formula V1 is the entry-level formula racing which is what I wanted to get into,” he continued.

“My end goal is Formula 4.”

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“After this, next year, we’re targeting Radical, Formula VITA in Japan and probably Formula 1000 in the UK,” he shared.

The US-born Filipino is eyeing to make it to the top-level of the feeder series in the near future.

Recently, he already started this arduous task with the Suzuka Clubman Race, a premier Formula VITA racing division, wherein the top Formula VITA drivers all over Japan and the Philippines competed. He placed 22nd out of the 30 drivers in the grid.