The COUNTRY’s first-ever single-brand sports car series will be launched this year as Mazda Philippines, Manila Sports Car Club (MSCC) and Clark International Speedway (CIS) collaborate for the 2022 MSCC Miata Spec series. The series will feature 20 cars brand-new, track-ready Mazda MX-5 open-top sports cars that will be raced exclusively by MSCC members.
“We are thrilled to finally see the highly anticipated Miata Spec Series hit the track as the official racing event of the Manila Sports Car Club,” said Steven Tan, President and CEO of Mazda Philippines. “The one-brand format of the Miata Spec Series provides a unique opportunity for MSCC members to hone their skills and enjoy the pure essence of driving. Mazda’s motorsport DNA and participation in grassroots racing events around the world made it easy for us to set up this partnership with the MSCC and new series sponsors. Race sponsors include Pilipinas Shell Petroleum Corp. (PSPC), GT Radial tires and Rota Wheels.
Four race weekends will be held starting June 11 at Clark International Speedway. The other three race dates are August 27, October 22 and November 26.
Windy Imperial, Member of the MSCC and President of the 2022 MSCC Miata Spec Series, said: “The MSCC has always considered the Mazda MX-5 Miata to be a true sports car. The club chose to run the Miata Spec series because of its track-proven reliability and performance. Mazda Philippines’ partnership with the MSCC has given our members the opportunity to once again pursue our passion for sports car racing. And racing in an event that is both enduring and fun will surely rekindle our love and appreciation for sports cars.
Meanwhile, Pilipinas Shell has been a major business partner of Mazda Philippines since 2013, supplying fully synthetic Shell Helix Ultra Professional lubricants for the brand’s dealer network. In 2018, the partnership expanded and Shell fuels are now the recommended fuel for all Mazda customers and their vehicle fleets.
As the world’s leading supplier of lubricants for 15 consecutive years, Shell Lubricants continuously develops its products through its network of world-class technology centers to ensure consistent quality and performance. “Together with Mazda Philippines and the Manila Sports Car Club, we seek to empower motorsport enthusiasts through our innovative, premium motor oils,” said Steve Quila, Vice President, Shell Philippines. for commercial lubricants.
Arvin Obmerga added, “This strong partnership nurtured over all these years has made Shell a trusted partner of Mazda Philippines. The partnership comes to life today as we witness the synergy between Shell’s most advanced fuel, Shell V-Power, and Mazda’s most capable vehicle, the Mazda MX-5. We give our full support to Mazda Philippines and the Manila Sports Car Club as they jointly promote the growth of motorsport in the country.
Giti Tire Group, one of the world’s largest tire manufacturers, is the official and exclusive tire supplier for the 2022 MSCC Miata Spec Series. All competing cars will feature the race-winning GT Radial Champiro SX2. endurance, from PT Gajah Tunggal Tbk in Indonesia, the largest manufacturer of integrated tires in Southeast Asia. “We are very pleased to be a partner in this exciting event which is meant to enhance Philippine motorsport,” said Mannix Ocampo, Sales and Marketing Manager of Northern Automax Intersales, Inc., the exclusive Philippine importer and distributor. authorized by GT. Radial tires in the country.
Philippines Aluminum Wheels, Inc. or PAWI, is a well-known original equipment supplier in the automotive industry. As the pioneer and first manufacturer of alloy wheels in the Philippines, it has been a partner of Mazda Philippines since 2014. PAWI has supplied “Illusions” alloy wheels for the Mazda 2 and more recently “Recce Reloaded” wheels for the Mazda BT-50 Pangolin. Editing.
“Rota Wheels has been a part of every major racing event in the country,” said PAWI President Michael Rojas. “We are proud to be a partner of Mazda Philippines and MSCC in this unique sports car racing series. In addition to seeing real sports cars race on the track, we believe the 2022 MSCC Miata Spec Series will once again showcase Filipino engineering and ingenuity with the performance and durability of ROTA wheels on the track.
The 2022 MSCC Miata Spec Series will be held exclusively at the nation’s premier track, Clark International Speedway. CIS General Manager Dennis Ayuyao expressed his full support for the event. “We are honored to be the exclusive racing location for the first MSCC Miata Spec Series,” Mr. Ayuyao said. “As a world-class racing circuit, SIC will provide an excellent atmosphere for drivers to race safely and competitively with their Mazda MX-5s. We are proud to host this prestigious event together with Mazda Philippines and the MSCC.
All MSCC Miata Spec series cars will be raced with Skyactiv-G 2.0-liter engines and Skyactiv six-speed manual transmissions. Each car’s suspension components have been upgraded and reinforced with coilovers and CUSCO Sport Chassis Braces to maximize handling and performance on the track while ensuring handling on the road.
A custom stainless steel exhaust system, developed by local company Drift Xaust, maximizes airflow and enhances the aggressive racing note emanating from the MX-5’s 181 horsepower engine. A Sparco competition steering wheel, racing seat, harness and safety net, and a new Cusco racing roll bar are all installed in each car to ensure driver control and safety on and off the track.