Young racing phenom Zach David kept compatriot Joharry Suba at bay with his amazing cornering skill to rule the Mini ROK class of the Petron Corp. sponsored second leg of the 2018 Asian Karting Open Championships (AKOC) at the Carmona Racetrack in Cavite recently.
Despite yielding the fastest lap time of 49.618 seconds to Suba, David topped two of the three qualifying heats before flashing home the clear winner in the final race with a time of 15 minutes and 54.358 seconds, 3.023 seconds ahead of Suba, over 19 laps.
David, the 10-year-old fourth grader from Keys School Manila, and Suba were followed home by William John Riley Go who timed 15:58.152, Korean Kim Jun-ho, Miguel Angeles, Sen Kawpeng and William Calleja, in that order.
Suba consoled himself with a 1,000-euro (₱blah) plane ticket and a slot in the ROK Cup International Final in Lonato, Italy, in October for pooling the most number of points after two legs of the Asian series, counting the kickoff stop in Macau.
Also earning the same plane ticket prize after two AKOC legs were Bianca Bustamante, the winner of the Formula 125 and X30 Junior classes over Miguel Joseph Quinones and Tammy Baisa, and Eduardo “EJ” Coseteng, the victor in the F 125 and X30 Senior categories. The 12-year-old Bustamante and Coseteng gained berths in the IAME International Cup race in Le Mans, France, also in October.
Jerry Choi bested Anthony Baisa and Arvin Drueco for the F 125 Master Open title and Ephraim Mandal and William Tan for the F 125 Veteran Open plum on the back of the quickest lap time of 44.549.
The other winners were Kawpeng in the Cadet class, Jericke Holganza in the Clubman class and Jing Garcia in the Executive category.Photo by photobeppus