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Iñigo Anton will make his Formula 4 South East Asia Championship debut this weekend

The 19-year-old prospect from Baguio will compete in the final round at Sepang

The more single-seater appearances for Filipino racers, the merrier. PHOTO BY JUSTIN YOUNG

As the year closes, it’s not the last time we hear a Filipino racer venturing into motorsports abroad. After recruiting Bianca Bustamante for the Macau Grand Prix, Hong Kong-based team BlackArts Racing has brought in Iñigo Anton for the final round of the 2023 Formula 4 South East Asia Championship in Sepang, Malaysia.

Anton is dubbed the ‘Fastest Driver in the Philippines’ after being crowned as Radical Challenge champion. PHOTOS FROM IÑIGO ANTON

The 19-year-old rising rookie from Baguio has been making strides in the local motorsport scene, taking the top spot in the Philippine Grand Touring Championships, the Toyota GR Vios Cup, the Formula V1 Series, and the Radical Challenge. He even participated in e-motorsport competitions, from the WEC-sanctioned Le Mans Virtual to the Olympic Esports Series.

Sponsors—such as Motul Philippines, Alpinestars Philippines, and Time Master Watches—took further notice of Anton after witnessing the viral heel-and-toe video last year. Consequently, they helped in bringing his dream to the regional stage.

Learning from the best of the best, especially in Iñigo's life. PHOTOS BY JUSTIN YOUNG

“Iñigo Anton is one of the most talented drivers I’ve worked with,” according to BlackArts manager Alex Yoong. “I’m super excited to see if he can now succeed with single-seaters in the future. For now, it’s a big step with practically no testing except on the simulator, so it will be a huge learning curve for him.”

The final race of the F4 SEA Championship will be held at the Sepang International Circuit on December 1-3, with Anton competing alongside another Filipino driver, Joaquin Garrido.

Justin Young

Justin loves cars of all forms. Molded by motoring TV shows and Internet car culture, he sees the world from a different perspective that not many get to see every day.