October 4, 2023

Fresh from winning a national virtual title, Baguio’s own Iñigo Anton clinched the fourth top spot in the final round of inaugural eSport series, E1 Championship, that saw seasoned international racers competing for the title.
The 16-year-old Baguio Achievers’ Academy student hurdled 16 unforgettable virtual races around the world to clinch the fourth spot to start the year on a solid ground.
Naquib Aslan of Malaysia emerged as the overall champion in the “season zero” of the international virtual race, where the participants earned credentials to qualify for the tournament.
Another Malaysian, Ayman Aqeem, placed second while Mikko Nassi of Singapore took the third spot.
It was another great day for Malaysia when Mika Hakimi completed the top five finishers.
GT Radial Eurasia Motorsport took time to congratulate its racer Anton for wrapping up his campaign with another podium position, adding to his already impressive sim racing tally.
“The aim of competing in the series for GT Radial Eurasia Motorsport was to provide Filipino teammates Inigo and Wakkeen Garrido the opportunity to work closely with a real-word race team and to learn all about the importance of the collaboration between driver and the data engineer. Both young racers certainly did this, whilst maximized their opportunities throughout the championship,” GT Radial Eurasia Motorsport said in a statement.
Anton, son of future Hall of Famer racer Carlos Anton, is grateful for the support of his family and the Baguio Achievers’ Academy community, including his team’s sponsors for their support.
Earlier, Anton of Obengers Racing Team wrapped up his third championship title for 2020 in the virtual racing world by winning the 2020 Phoenix Pulse Formula V1 Virtual Cup in the thrilling finale at the Clark International Speedway.
One of the prizes that Anton got for winning the Phoenix Pulse Formula V1 Virtual Cup is getting a real test drive with the Tuason Racing Team Formula V1 race car at Clark International Raceway in 2021. Anton also won an OMP racing suit and gloves, P10,000 worth of Phoenix petroleum gift certificates, and an LG TV.
Anton also won the Virtual Rally of Champions Championship in May and the Race for Frontliners Championship in June in 2020. – Harley F. Palangchao