Maico Greg Buncio, Golden Wheel Awards' Driver of the Year for 2011, passed away on May 15 after he crashed at the Clark International Speedway.
The accident took place during the UKB qualifier race in Pampanga on May 14, ABS-CBNnews.com said, where Buncio reportedly suffered serious injuries. He was taken to the intensive care unit of the University of Santo Tomas hospital.
Friends of Buncio shared the news about his accident, asked prayers for his recovery and even sought blood donors via Facebook up until around 3pm on Sunday. While initial reports do not include the time of his death, friends started to share their grief via the social media site around 5pm.
There's no doubt Buncio, 22, was among the most promising Filipino motorsports personalities. He was named the Philippines' Driver of the Year in March by the Golden Wheel Awards for his achievements in motorsports, which include championship trophies from the FBO Motocross Series in Tagaytay, the FMF Memorial Day Motorcross Races in California, and in various competitions at the Batangas Racing Circuit.
In April, Buncio was chosen by Team Suzuki Pilipinas to be among the country's representative in the 2011 Asian Road Racing Championship where he was supposed to use a Suzuki GSXR 600cc bike in the competition's SuperSports 600cc category.