Philippine karting may have identified its next big star in William John Riley Tiu Go, whose string of successes in the past two weeks netted two Asian karting championships and a possible two more in November.
The 11-year-old Go bagged the overall cadet championship of the IAME Series Asia at the Sepang International Kart Circuit in Sepang, Malaysia last September 15, topping 27 seasoned drivers from all over the world.
He followed this up with another championship last Sunday, winning the 3rd leg of Asian Kartinag Open Championship (AKOC) at the Clark International Speedway in Angeles, Pampanga, where he swept all the races—from the qualifying time trial, qualifying heats 1 and 2, pre-final and final races.
It was his third straight title in the mini-Rok category of the Asian tournament.
Go opened his Asian Karting Open bid with a victory at the Red 1 Karting Circuit in Beijing, China last April, before duplicating his feat at the Kartrodomo de Coloane, Macau last June.
On home ground last weekend, Go was even more aggressive as he swept all of his races to win the crown with a flourish.
“I had great races. Everything just fell into place and I thank God, my team and my parents for all the support,” said Go, a Grade 6 student of the St. Benedict Childhood Education Centre in Cebu City.
In the IAME series, Go captured the overall crown with 143 points in five races, shoving eventual second placer Timofey Timofey Mikhaylov (134 points) behind. Aditya Wibowo placed third.
During the final leg in Sepang, Go posted a total time of 13:42.118 in 12 laps with a best time of 1:07.812 to close out the racing series on a strong note.
The Cebuano karter isn’t done winning yet.
Two more opportunities to put the Philippines on the Asian karting map are presenting themselves to Go, who is also the current overall leader of the mini-ROK in the Singapore Rok Cup, while being a contender for a championship in the IAME Asia Cup Finals, both happening in November.
Round 4 of the AKOC seriers is on November 9 and 10 at the RKK Speedkart Circuit in Changmai, Thailand, while the fifth and final round is on December 7-8 at the Kartodomo de Coloane in Macau.
As the highest pointer in the both the Rok and IAME series in Asia, Go also earned slots to the Rok Cup International Finals in Lonato, Italy and the IAME World Cup Finals in Le Mans, France.
“The outpouring of blessing is just overwhelming, but I would rather keep myself planted on solid ground. There are tasks to be done and I hope to do the country proud,” said Go, who was also placed 2nd best overall in the Rok Asia Zone in Sentul, Indonesia despite missing two rounds due to his studies.
Go now trains his sights on sweeping all five legs of the AKOC series.
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