First for PH: Pinoy to join Ferrari 458 Challenge

Posted at 02/17/14 12:16 AM

Check out the Ferrari 458 Challenge and meet the first Filipino racer to join the upcoming Ferrari Challenge racing series.

I dropped by the Autostrada Motore Showroom to view some of their car models available in the Philippine market and meet Pinoy racer Vincent Floirendo who'll be joining the race this February in Malaysia.


Ferrari is an iconic sports automotive brand founded by Enzo Ferrari in 1929. It's known for its famous black prancing horse on a yellow shield symbol.

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Pinoy racer Vincent Floirendo, Autostrada Motore executive director Marc Soong, Autostrada COO Luis Moniz and Autostrada executive director Jason Soong

According to Marc Soong, executive director of Autostrada Motore Inc., the luxury sports car began its official distribution of Ferrari in the Philippines in March 2012.

"Ferrari is crazy about racing. As the official importer and distributor of Ferrari cars in the Philippines, we are happy to introduce the 458 Challenge. The 458 Challenge EVO will be used during the Ferrari Challenge this February 21 in Malaysia. We are very proud to support Vincent Floirendo. He is the first-ever Filipino to enter the race," said Soong.

JP Tanchanco checking out the Ferrari 458 Challenge
Brian Tanchanco and the F12 Berlineta

Ferrari Challenge 2014

Pinoy racer Vincent Floirendo will be the first Pinoy to join the Ferrari Challenge 2014.

"I'll be representing and carrying the Philippine flag next week for the 458 Challenge. I'll be giving my 100 percent to this race," said Floriendo.

Mr. Floirendo will be competing in Trofeo Pirelli of the Ferrari Challenge on February 21, 2014 at Malaysia

Floirendo is a 46-year-old businessman from Davao. He is a two-time Driver of the Year of the Yokohama Philippine GT Championship Series, winning the championship in 2011 and 2012. He is also a veteran racer in karting, circuit and Formula 3 competitions.

The Ferrari Challenge is one of the most popular racing series in the world. According to reports, over 2,400 drivers of 48 nationalities in 1,600 Ferrari Challenge cars have competed in these races since 1993.

This year, the Ferrari Challenge Trofeo Pirelli will run across three series in Europe, North America and Asia Pacific. For the Asia Pacific region, other contenders are from Singapore, Taiwan, Japan, China, Hong Kong, Australia, Malaysia, Indonesia and South Korea.

Autostrada's Ferrari showroom and factory-certified service center is located at Autostrada Motore Inc., 32nd & 4th Crescent Park West, Bonifacio Global City, Taguig, Metro Manila.

John Paul C.Tanchanco is a travel, food, party, film and music aficionado. He is also an economist, businessman, MYX/Awit award-winning media producer and Kala guitarist.

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