Let the racing begin!
Mazda Philippines capped off the 2017 Miata Cup at Clark International Speedway last May 12 with the 17 MX-5s that came from four generation models.
Organized by the Miata Club Philippines (MCP), and supported by Mazda Philippines, the series of races showcased the club’s special fascination for motorsports and served as an avenue to experience the true nature of their cars.
The Miata Cup continues to give MCP members an opportunity to drive their cars and experience the renowned handling and driving feel in the safe and controlled environment of a proper race track.
“The Miata Cup has always provided a gentleman-racing experience where members can compete with one another on the track while improving their own driving skills at the same time,” says MCP president Bob Briddon.
For Mazda Philippines, the club series not only highlights the brand’s ethos but also directly communicates this with its customers.
“The Miata Cup is the ideal venue to feel Mazda’s Jinba Ittai, or the horse and rider as one, driving philosophy…because of the unique experience Miata Cup participants have with their cars in running this event, their affinity with their MX-5s is further strengthened. This emotional bond is the driving force behind the brand and is the reason why Mazda makes cars that drive the way they do,” said Steven Tan, president and CEO of Bermaz Auto Philippines.
For the past three years, the Mazda Miata Cup has run five different classes based on the participants’ actual lap times around the track. This ensures minimal cost for competing in the event, at the same time levels up the playing field by grouping racers together according to their actual timed performance on the track.
“For members who are into modifying their cars, the friendly competition in the Miata Cup drives an attitude of constant improvement via engine and suspension modifications. But most importantly, the Miata Cup races provides the club members the means to express themselves while enjoying the strong camaraderie prevailing in the club,” Briddon added.
The succeeding rounds of 2017 Miata Cup will be held on July 16 and October 15 at Batangas Racing Circuit, and back again at Clark International Speedway on November 19.