Filipino racing prodigy Iñigo Anton gears up for F4 debut in Malaysia
Just as the high-octane world of motorsports welcomed and celebrated McLaren’s first Filipina driver Bianca Bustamante, the Philippines adds another name to its list of racing prodigies as 19-year-old Iñigo Anton revs up for his Formula 4 debut.
Driving under BlackArts Racing in the upcoming F4 Southeast Asia Series Championship, the young speedster is set to showcase his prowess at the Sepang International Circuit in Malaysia from Dec. 1 to 3.
In anticipation of his F4 debut, Anton, dubbed “the fast Filipino” took to Instagram with a caption, “I’m thrilled to announce that my Formula Car debut is finally happening!!!”
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The post garnered immediate attention, leaving fans eager for more details about what promises to be one of the defining moments in Anton’s racing career.
“We have a lot to learn but I’ll do my best to make you all proud! Mom, dad, Alonzo and family, thank you for believing that I can do this,” he added.
Before embarking on yet another international endeavor, the Filipino racer, son of Carlos Anton (an accomplished racer in the country) and Karen Navarrete-Anton (an international champion), recently clinched victory in the 2022 Seaoil Radical Challenge, showcasing his adaptability and skill across various racing formats.
His success extends to the circuit as well, with him securing the championship title in the 2022 Toyota Gazoo Racing Vios Cup Circuit Championship in the highly competitive Super Sporting Class.
And notably, he is no stranger to competing alongside some of the biggest names in motorsports. Last year, he shared the virtual track with Formula 1 champion Max Verstappen in the 24 Hours of Le Mans Virtual, displaying his ability to hold his own among the elite.
With all these achievements, he remains grateful. On Nov. 26, he shared, “I’m honestly speechless with what a season it has been. It still hasn’t sunk in, but I’m forever grateful to all of you who have been a part of my journey this year.”
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“To become back-to-back Champion in the Radical Cup and Overall Champion in my first year in Formula V1 has got to be one of my biggest achievements in racing. Jumping from one car to another after every session was tiring but always fun.”
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As the countdown to the racing event intensifies, the anticipation surrounding Iñigo Anton’s debut is reaching fever pitch. The roaring engines and burning rubber at the Sepang International Circuit will not only echo the speed of the cars but also resonate with the collective pride of a nation witnessing its racing prodigies take the wheel in F4.