February 29, 2024

Baguio boy Iñigo Anton capped off this year by clinching his thirdPhilippine racing championship in 2022, making it a banner year for the young racing phenom. 

After being named “Fastest Driver of the Philippines” when he won the 2022 Seaoil Radical Challenge Philippines Championship, Anton again showed his class by dominating the Yokohama Philippine Grand Touring Championship. 

A BANNER YEAR — Fastest Filipino racer Iñigo Anton capped this year with his third Philippine racing championship trophy as he dominated the Yokohama Philippine Grand Touring Championship. He was earlier named “Fastest Driver of the Philippines” when he topped the 2022 Seaoil Radical Challenge Philippine Championship. — Contributed graphic/photo

Winning in three different championships in one year, the third being the overall champion in the top class of the 2022 Toyota Gazoo Racing Vios Cup, is no easy feat.

 “All three championships were so hard to win and I really had to dig deep and push to my limits.  I am still quite shocked and very grateful that we actually won all three in the end. I never thought this would be possible,” said the University of Baguio freshman after winning the Vios Cup Championship in which he runs under the Obengers Racing banner. 

In the Radical Championship where her runs a 550-kilogram Le Mans looking prototype race car powered by 210 horsepower Hyabusa engines, Anton thanks his coaches, Philippine racing legends Marlon Stockinger and Tyson Sy, for bringing him up to speed. 

Anton also thanked his racing sponsors, Motul Infinite Serve and Parts Pro, for giving him the opportunity to race in the “Fastest Racing Series in the Philippines”. 

“I am grateful to all my mentors and my sponsors who continue to trust me to represent their brands and their team. Racing is very costly and it is because of their support that I am still able to live my dream, “Anton said.

“The Philippine GT crown is something I have been wanting to win since I was a kid.  My dad won it in 2007 and in 2013.  Now my name will be on the perpetual trophy alongside his. It’s a dream come true for me and him,” said Anton who is backed by his family’s long time sponsors, Mark Young Racing and Advan Tires.

Anton now adds these three national championships to his 10-year racing career in Philippine Motorsports, which he started at the tender age of eight.  

To date, Anton has won 17 national championships in different racing disciplines such as Karting, Slalom, Autocross, Race of Champions, virtual and circuit racing. – Harley F. Palangchao