Anton jumpstarts year with new record-A A +A
Monday, March 10, 2014
MULTI-TITLED race car driver Carlos Anton is off to another good start this year by besting 115 other drivers in the first leg of Circuit Showdown March 1 at the Batangas Racing Circuit.
The Baguio restaurateur clocked one minute and 44.235 seconds to eclipse his previous record of 1:44.78.
The reigning Philippine Touring Car Champion and lap record holder in BRC used his reliable Mark Young-Hornitex prepared CRX to smash his old time.
“The team prepared the car well and Jeff (de Leon) of Forcespeed helped us get the right set up with the suspension and brakes which I feel made the difference! With God’s continued protection, we hope re-set all our records this year,” said the Castrol Yokohama backed champion driver.
The Mark Young team is already busy preparing for the 2nd Round in Clark set on April 5 where they hope to run the 1000 horsepower GTR with Anton at the wheel and the Honda EF piloted by Jason Young.
Iñigo Anton, the youngest race car driver in the country, is also set to try and win in the Bracket F division where he hopes to repeat or go one better than his 2nd place finish last year.
Anton and the Mark Young Racing Team are backed by Castrol, Yokohama, Hornitex, Cars Unlimited, Mohspeed, Special Stage, Autoshack, View Park Hotel, Forcespeed, Works Bell brakes, Buddy Club and Ethanworx.
Early this year, Anton was affirmed as AAP’s 2013 Driver of the Year as he ruled three of the final four rounds to emerge the overall champion of the Philippine Touring Car Championship after its nerve-wracking season climax recently also at the Batangas Racing Circuit.
The Baguio-native regained the throne he last held in 2003, and despite missing the touring car scene for the last five years after his last circuit racing stint in 2007, Anton showed he hasn’t lost his touch after winning eight of the 12 rounds of this series organized by the Automobile Association Philippines.
Published in the Sun.Star Baguio newspaper on March 11, 2014.