Sweet home­com­ing for Iñigo, clinches FWD ti­tle

Sun.Star Baguio - - Prime Sports -

TEEN RAC­ING sen­sa­tion Iñigo An­ton fi­nally shows off his wares in front of his home­town, impressing mo­tor sports fans by clinch­ing the 2018 Phoenix Na­tional Front Wheel Drive (FWD) Slalom cham­pi­onship dur­ing his home­town race held re­cently at the Baguio Ath­letic Bowl.

The 14 – year – old Baguio Achievers Academy 9th grader won seven di­vi­sions on route to win­ning the ti­tle over his clos­est ri­val and 2015 Na­tional FWD cham­pion Richard Gallardo of JAF rac­ing.

“I’m glad it’s fi­nally over and we won the 2018 FWD cham­pi­onship. To do it here in front of my friends, fam­ily and all the peo­ple who sup­port me from Baguio is some­thing I will truly cher­ish for­ever,” An­ton said.

The Baguio Na­tive made his­tory last

year by clinch­ing both the Novice Cham­pi­onship and the FWD cham­pi­onship on the same year at just 13 years of age. Now An­ton be­comes the youngest ever back to back FWD cham­pion in the sports rich 32 year his­tory.

“Iñigo made us all so proud to­day, he drove a su­per race and put on a re­ally good show for the crowd. For him to clinch the FWD ti­tle with two races to spare is some­thing else. I guess that’s why they have nick­named him ‘The Phenom’,” proud fa­ther Car­los said of his son.

An­ton bat­tled it out all day against Milo Rivera, Jevoy Moreno and Richard Gallardo for the fastest time of the day. Moreno (37.92) ended up tak­ing it over An­ton (38.08) by just 16/100 of a sec­ond with Rivera (38.20) third and Gallardo (39.27) 4th fastest.

This was enough for An­ton to clinch the ti­tle since he pulled an­other four points ahead of Gallardo giv­ing ‘The Phenom’ a to­tal lead of 40.5 points in the cham­pi­onship with only 40 points left to play dur­ing the last 2 rounds.

An­ton is backed by Cas­trol, Yoko­hama, Mark Young Rac­ing, Cars Un­lim­ited, MPTurbo, Spe­cial Stage, JSD Au­tosport, Mohspeed, Kil­ton, Kart Plaza, and Parts Pro.

Photo by Jean Ni­cole Cortes

HOME­COURT. Rac­ing phenom Iñigo An­ton ne­go­ti­ates the course of the 2018 Phoenix Na­tional Front Wheel Drive (FWD) Slalom cham­pi­onship dur­ing his home­town race held last week­end at the Baguio Ath­letic Bowl.

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