Mazda Philippines, the Manila Sports Car Club (MSCC), and the Clark International Speedway (CIS) have collaborated to hold the first-ever one-make sports car race series in the country. The 2022 MSCC Miata Spec Series will be the official race event of the country’s premier sports car owners club starting this year. It will feature 20 brand new track-tuned Mazda MX-5 open-top sports cars to be raced exclusively by MSCC members.
“We are delighted to finally see the much-awaited Miata Spec Series take to the track as the Manila Sports Car Club’s official racing event,” shares Steven Tan, President and CEO of Mazda Philippines. “The one-make format of the Miata Spec Series provides a unique opportunity for MSCC members to hone their skills and to enjoy the pure essence of driving. Mazda’s motorsports DNA and its participation in grassroots racing events around the world has made it simpler for us to institute this partnership with the MSCC and the series’ new sponsors.”
Sponsored by Pilipinas Shell Petroleum Corporation (PSPC), GT Radial tires, and ROTA Wheels, the 2022 MSCC Miata Spec Series season will cover four race weekends starting on the 11th of June at the Clark International Speedway (CIS). The other three race dates are August 27th, October 22nd and November 26th, all of which will be held at CIS.
Inspired by the largest one-make grassroots race series in the world, the Mazda Spec Miata, the MSCC Miata Spec Series cars are all built from brand new Mazda MX-5 Soft Top units. In collaboration with global partners CUSCO, SPARCO, and other world-class vendors, this race is set to achieve similar high standards of tuning and performance as the global Miata Spec cars. Furthermore, the MSCC Miata Spec Series MX-5s have been developed to ensure safe and enjoyable racing competition.
All racecars will be raced with showroom stock Skyactiv-G 2.0-liter engines and six-speed Skyactiv manual transmissions. Each car’s suspension components have been upgraded and reinforced with CUSCO sports coilovers and chassis braces to maximize handling and performance on the track while ensuring drivability on the road.
A custom stainless steel exhaust system, developed by local company DRIFT XAUST, maximizes airflow and enhances the aggressive racing note emanating from the MX-5’s 181 horsepower mill. While a SPARCO competition steering wheel, racing seat, harness, and safety net, along with a new CUSCO racing roll cage are all installed in each car to secure the drivers’ control and safety on and off the track.
Along with the MSCC Miata Spec Series, members of the Miata Club Philippines will also run their Miata Cup races on the same race days. The return of the Miata Cup after a two-year hiatus due to COVID-19 restrictions cements its reputation as the country’s longest-running sports car racing championship.