The Automobile Association Philippines (AAP), the country's motorsports authority, has just published the complete Philippine motorsports calendar for 2012 covering almost anything and everything on four wheels. Under its affiliated clubs, AAP sanctions all motorsport competitions in six disciplines: circuit racing, karting, slalom, car rally, rally cross, and 4WD off-rod racing. 
Big races in store for this year are the Philippine GT, Philippine Touring Car Championship (PTCC), RMSC's National Slalom Series, Hillclimb Series, RallyEKross, National Karting Series, and Asian Karting Open Championship (AKOC). These championshipo will visit the country's premier race tracks such as the Clark International Speedway (CIS), Batangas Racing Circuit (BRC), and Carmona Race Track (CRT).
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Photos courtesy of the Macau Grand Prix Committee 
Macau might be best known for its high-rolling casinos, but on a special weekend in November each year, everyone puts their cards down on the table as they turn the city's streets into a circuit. Be part of history with tour packages from Red Rock Travel (RRT) when the lights turn green at the 58th Macau Grand Prix on November 17 to 20, 2011.
The Macau Grand Prix is the only street circuit in the world where both cars and motorcycle races are held. With 6.2 kilometers of fast straights, tight corners, and uncompromising crash barriers to deal with each lap, it's easily one of the most demanding circuits in the world. It's also where future Formula One champions are made, where the roster of winners's circle includes David Coulthard, Michael Schumacher, and the late Ayrton Senna. The Philippines has also made its mark in the Macau Grand Prix with Arsenio “Dodjie” Laurel as the GP's first consecutive two-time champion in 62' and 63'. 
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Words by Christopher Kho | Photos courtesy of TRS
Tuason Racing School (TRS), the longest-running racing school in the country, is taking the Ford Fiesta fever to the race track as they officially flag off the Ford Fiesta Cup in July. Stripped down and loaded up, TRS has turned the Fiesta into a full-fledged race car that's ready to be ripped up in the hands of Ken Block. Get into the heat of the FoFi rush as you buckle up and race wheel-to-wheel with the country's hottest hatchback. 
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ckr_karting_gpKarting Maniacs unite for City Kart Racing's 1st Indoor Karting GP. Test skill, strength, and stamina in this full 90 minute Grand Prix that emulates the challenges Formula One and GT Racing. Hurry! With only 20 limited spots on the grid to be filled up, now's your chance to become a true GP driver as lights turn green on June 19, 2011. 
Race Schedule
June 17, 2011 (Friday) - 15 minute Free Practice for all participating drivers from 6 to 9 PM
June 18, 2011 (Saturday) - Lucky draw of Kart numbers at 10 PM
June 19, 2011 (Sunday) - Race Day; Qualifying begins at 9 AM
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Bearing the signature bike number 129, the 22-year old Suzuki Philippines team rider Maico Greg Buncio sadly passed away Sunday afternoon, May 15, 2011, due serious injuries sustained after crashing out during the qualifier race the day before at the Clark International Speedway in Pampanga. 

Here is an except from the official statement issued by the Buncio family and Suzuki Philippines regarding the accident:
“Traveling at high speed, his bike had slipped into loose gravel on the shoulder of the speedway. Buncio was thrown off 100 meters from his bike, crashing into an unfinished barrier on the speedway where a protruding steel bar punctured his body and damaged his kidney and liver. He was rushed to a nearby hospital before being brought to the UST Hospital early morning of Sunday, but the doctors’ efforts were in vain, and he passed away at 3:57pm.”
After receiving news of Buncio's passing, all races at the Clark International Speedway on Sunday afternoon were cancelled. 
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Words by Christopher Kho | Photos courtesy of Volvo Car Corporation
After last year's championship victory, Volvo Polestar Racing is keen to hold onto their title as the 2011 Scandinavian Touring Car Championship (STCC) gets underway on April 23, 2011 in Jyllandsringen, Denmark. Temperatures are running high in the team's headquarters as they're even more determined to win both the team and driver's championship again. 

The Quick C30 DRIVe
The team will be campaigning two newly-developed Volvo C30's for this year's season. STCC rules require teams to run chassis based on the standard production cars, but the only parts that remained original were the C30's body shell and doors. Polestar Racing was also given special access to Volvo's wind tunnel to further improve the car's aerodynamics with the addition of a front air splitter, wider wheel arches, and a rear wing. By stripping the C30 to its bare necessities, they were able to bring its weight down to 1,164 kg.  
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The Karting Maniacs at City Kart Racing are at their antics once again with another exhilarating 4 Hour Endurance race on April 24, 2011. Form a team of 2 to 6 drivers and race against time, skill, and stamina. 
Unlike sprint races, the secret to success in endurance races is planning your race strategy, driver changes, and fuel stops before the lights turn green. Take on City Kart Racing's grueling challenge and race non-stop for 4 hours where the team who completes the most number of laps takes the top step of the podium. You can also read Kotse.com's own City Kart Racing 4 Hour Endurance Race experience with our story “Four Hours or Bust.”
Registration starts at 8:30 am. Each team will be given 20 minutes to practice on race day followed by a quick 10 minute qualifier to determine the starting grid. Then, at 9:45 am sharp, the 4 Hour Race Endurance race is go! 
240 minutes and a couple hundred laps later, the awarding ceremony will be held at 2:00 pm celebrated with a “le verre de l'amitié (friendship drink)” on top of the podium.
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2011-national-slalom-seriesAfter a successful 1st leg held at the Robinsons Nova Market parking lot last March 6, all car enthusiasts are once again invited to come and join the 2nd leg of the Race Motorsports Club National Slalom Series this Sunday, March 27, 2011 at the SM Sucat parking lot Building A. The racing action gets even hotter with a bigger track area for all competitors.

With a lot of adrenaline-packed slalom racing action in store, newbies, car clubs, and race car drivers are all invited to join and compete in Sunday's exhilarating race. As always, registration starts at 8 am and practice will begin at 11 am. Then at 11:30 am, lights turn green as the official runs gets going. For the second leg this Sunday, all participating drivers will also receive a free Shell T-shirt and cap. The Automobile Association of the Philippines (AAP) will also be present during the event to issue Clubman Licenses to the participants for only P1,000. Don't miss this chance as the AAP will also waive the doctor's and membership fee.
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Words by Christopher Kho | Videos courtesy of Sprocketph.com
The Lateral Drift Championship Pro-Am Series is making the 2011 season bigger than ever. Nine rounds of adrenaline-pumping, engine-revving, tire-burning sideways action are scheduled this year to tour around drift venues at the Luneta Grandstand in Manila, Venice Piazza in McKinley Hill, Taguig, and the Clark International Speedway (CIS) in Pampanga. 

With the growing popularity of drifting worldwide, the Philippines is set to prove that our drivers, cars, and tracks are ready for the global drifting scene. This year, more drivers are expected to compete in the series with international drivers from Guam, Japan, Malaysia, and Singapore joining in the fray. And to set the bar even higher, judges from around the Asian region will be invited to judge several rounds in this year's series. 
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Photos courtesy of Singapore GP Pte. Ltd.
Even before the 2011 Formula One season begins Red Rock Travel (RRT), the Philippines' F1 tour authority, is already spicing up the year with tour packages to the action-packed Singtel Singapore Grand Prix

For the last three years, Singapore has been the proud host of the world's only Formula One night race. And on September 23 to 25, 2011, the city streets of Singapore will yet again turn night into day with the roars from 24 high-octane Formula One cars, coupled with a unique combination of sights, sounds, and electric atmosphere at the Marina Bay Street Circuit.

To add to the excitement, Grammy-award-winning Linkin Park will be the headlining band on race day this year. For the past six months, Linkin Park have been on the road in support of their “A Thousand Suns” world tour. With more acts to be announced, fans can look forward to an awesome event that offers spectacular Formula One race action and the world’s best entertainment, all for the price of one ticket. 

RRT's package tours for the 2011 Formula One Singtel Singapore Grand Prix starts at USD 1,126/pax and includes round trip airfare via Singapore Airlines, Philippine travel tax, 4 days 3 nights hotel accommodations with daily breakfast, round trip transfers, travel insurance and 3 day Bay Grandstand Race Tickets.
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