JACOB Ang of Eagle Cement bagged his first international title, emerging as Formula Open 125 juniors champion at the start of the 2015 Asian Karting Open Championships at the Kartodrome de Coloane Circuit in Macau.
With Gabe Cabrera unable to race for the Philippine team due to an earlier commitment, Ang accepted the challenge to bring honor to the country in this prestigious event that lured karters from Macau, Hong Kong, Singapore, Indonesia, Thailand, Malaysia and the Philippines.
At 13, Ang is already being tagged as the next important figure in car racing.
“I just can’t describe the feeling when I was waving the Philippine flag high during the awarding ceremony. It was indeed a big honor to deliver pride and glory for the national flag,” said Ang.
Although a newcomer in the international karting scene, Ang dominated the pre-final heat to take pole position and held off pursuers with near-flawless driving.
Only Aussie Flynn Jackes challenged him in the latter part of the race but Ang cannot be denied. He responded with the fastest lap time of 49.827 seconds and claim the checquered flag with a .0607 second lead over Jackes.
Mikey Jordan, another Filipino, settled for third place while Macau’s Charles Leong Hon Chio and Tai Zulberti of CityKart ended at fifth.