HPI Opens Motorsport Season with HDPC Tryouts
Motorcycle giant Honda Philippines, Inc. (HPI) has welcomed the motorsport season for 2019 after recently conducting Honda Pilipinas Dream Cup (HPDC) Tryouts.
Riders ages 12 to 17 have undergone qualitative screening to participate in the program that will soon test their mettle in official races in the country. They are:
- Carl James 'Chino' Hung;
- Kurt Tristan 'Ostong' Villanueva;
- Michael Nicol Lee;
- Christopher John 'Kokoy' Mangibin;
- Marco Gil Ventenilla;
- Joshua Gabriel De Leon; and
- Travhys Ivan Joe Paralejas.
Familiar names such as reigning HPDC champion Alfred Jakob Sablaya and strong contender Sean Andrej Ondillo are rejoining the competition, to be challenged by the abovementioned new talents.
But before showcasing their skills on the track, they will undergo strict training through the Honda Racing Clinic, which will be taught by racing coach Joey Rivero.
HPDC is a Motor Sports program of HPI which aims to develop young riders in motorcycle racing using a specific one-make-race machine, namely the Honda CBR150R--a 150cc, MotoGP-DNA motorcycle.
The HPDC is also a step-up program of HPI to young riders to qualify for international race programs of Honda and immerse in different environments to become better equipped for competitions.
Among those who graced the event were HPI Adviser for Motorsports Ryosuke Arai, Group Head for Motorsports Gilbert Sison and HPI's representative in Thai Talent Cup and Asia Talent Cup 2018, Troy Alberto.
With this, HPI looks forward to the upcoming HPDC Rounds with the young riders along with the accompanying Racing Clinic. Here is the schedule:
|Honda Racing Clinic 1||Apr. 27||Batangas Racing Circuit|
|Round 1||May 4-5||Batangas Racing Circuit|
|Round 2||Jun. 1-2||Batangas Racing Circuit|
|Honda Racing Clinic 2||Jun. 29||Batangas Racing Circuit|
|Round 3||Jul. 6-7||Clark International Speedway|
|Round 4||Aug. 3-4||Clark International Speedway|
|Honda Racing Clinic 3||Aug. 31||Batangas Racing Circuit|
|Round 5||Sep 7-8||Batangas Racing Circuit|
|Round 6||Oct 5-6||Clark International Speedway|
The HPDC is running in the same schedule with the National Motorcycle Circuit Racing Championship and is sanctioned by Unified Sports and Racing Association (USRA).
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