Mazda MX-5 owners gathered for another season of one-make race
The Miata Club Philippines recently kicked-off the 2018 season of Miata Cup last April 22 at the Clark International Speedway.
“The Miata Cup is our club’s way to have our members enjoy the true sports car feel of their MX-5s… Our dream is to race our Miatas. This year, with the support of Mazda Philippines, Shell Lubricants and Maynilad, we can continue to live out our passion, drive our cars and compete in a friendly and safe racing environment,” said Gino Reyes, president of Miata Club Philippines.
Open to all members of the Miata Club, the cup saw drivers with varying skills and MX-5s, from daily drivers to purpose-built race cars, compete in one race. It is a racing series that has five different classes to choose from as they run all four generations of the MX-5 nameplate. All classes are based on lap time brackets and once a driver picks a class to join, he must not go faster than the indicated lap time for that particular class in order to earn points throughout the season to become the class champion. At the end of the year, the class champion with the most consistent times in the final race will take home the Miata Cup.
“Mazda Philippines continues to support the Miata Cup for 2018… “Our goal is to develop the driving and racing skills of MCP members. The series also goes hand in hand with Mazda’s Jinba Ittai philosophy as it aims to make the driver and his car operate as one on the race track. This has been in the DNA of the MX-5 ever since the open-top roadster was introduced in 1989. Every Mazda vehicle has since derived its fun to drive appeal from this philosophy,” said Mikko David, press and customer relations manager of Bermaz Auto Philippines.
The 2018 Miata Cup will hold its succeeding rounds at the Batangas Racing Circuit on June 24th and August 19th. And will return to Clark International Speedway for the season finale on November 25.