Have you ever wanted to meet Filipino car-racing talents in the flesh and talk to them about motorsports? Well, you're in luck as three homegrown drivers will be at Clark International Motor Show this Sunday, February 23. To be stationed at the Brembo/Sabelt booth (booth number G121), Stefan Ramirez, Mark Bernardo and Sung Joon "SJ" Park will entertain anyone for photos, autographs and some chitchat.
The son of the late Kookie Ramirez and grandson of motorsport legend Pocholo Ramirez, Stefan "Stef" Ramirez works hard to create his own legacy and to be recognized as a great driver in his own right. He races with a 15-year-old car and has always been competitive, producing a podium finish at last season's Philippine Touring Car Championship. Given the right support, Stef is definitely a contender for the championship.
The 2013 Lateral D amateur champion, Mark Bernardo is moving up to the pro division this year. Known for his consistency and skill, he competed against professionals at the Drift Muscle event last year, finishing in the top 8 among some 30 drivers. Competitive and determined, Mark will be a force in the drift scene for many years to come.
The reigning Winds Formula Philippines champion, Sung Joon "SJ" Park has been successfully juggling education and racing. Currently a college student at the Ateneo de Manila University, SJ hopes to be the first locally nurtured talent after Marlon Stockinger to advance to the world of international open-wheel racing.
So, mark your calendars and support our homegrown motorsport talents. Who knows? In a year or two, they could be making our country proud at international races.