This young dude right here is a college student at the Ateneo de Manila University. He also happens to be a race car driver. His name is Sung Joon Park, a Korean whose parents moved to the Philippines when he was still a baby. He has lived virtually his entire life in the country, and one could say he's a genuine Filipino at heart.
Tomorrow, December 15, SJ will compete in the final leg of the 2013 season of the Winds Formula Philippines series, to be held at Batangas Racing Circuit. He leads the standings with 36 points, followed by Japan's Teruki Yoshida with 31 points. The only other driver racing under the Philippine flag, Jeremy San Diego, is in fourth place. Tomorrow's races will be the seventh and eighth ones of the season.
Now, two races are scheduled for tomorrow's season-ending leg, with five points to be awarded to the race winner. That means Park can still very much lose the championship since he now only has a five-point lead over his nearest rival. The race, in other words, will be extremely intense and competitive. And so, for good luck, SJ recently dropped by our office and asked us to sign his white helmet for good luck.
This is already the second season of Winds Formula in the country. It's a race series that supposedly originated from Japan. Winds Formula quietly launched in the Philippines last year, in which Park finished second overall to Japanese driver Kizuku Hirota in spite of having competed in only three of the four races. And because the series is very new, the grid is still quite sparse, with only about six to eight cars lining up per race.
Needless to say, we're hoping SJ bags the championship.
If you want to watch a formula race live, drive to BRC in Rosario, Batangas, tomorrow. The first race will be run in the morning, while the second one will be held after lunchtime. Admission is free.