Cebuano William John Riley tops Mini ROK at 2019 Asian Karting Open Championships in Macau

William John Riley
William John Riley Go beats his Chinese competitor in the Round 2 races of the 2019 Asian Karting Open Championships. Photo from

Eleven-year old Cebuano karter William John Riley finished in first place at the second leg of the 2019 Asian Karting Open Championships’ Mini ROK in Macau.

The 2018 X30 Southeast Asia Karting Champion finished the race within 12 minutes and 28.513 seconds over 13 spins around the 1.2-kilometer track. Riley bested China’s Ye Ruiheng who posted the fastest clip of 57.011 in the final lap by a mere 0.279 seconds.

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Riley’s fellow Filipino racer and Asian champion, Bianca Bustamante, placed second in her Formula junior class race.

Filipino karter Arvin Drueco finished third in the Formula 125 Masters while Puerto Princesa City’s pride William Tan placed fourth in the Formula 125 veterans class.

The June 29-30 races held in Kartodomo de Coloane is the second round of the Asian Karting Open Championships. Here are the schedules of the next rounds:

  • ROUND 3 September 21-22, Clark International Speedway, Philippines
  • ROUND 4 November 9-10, RKK Speedkart Circuit, Changmai, Thailand
  • ROUND 5 December 7-8, Kartodomo de Coloane, Maco-China

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Nicole Anne D. Del Rosario is a fresh AB Communication graduate with specialization in Public Relations. She is a former campus journalist and Rappler intern who loves to contribute to the society by writing the history-in-the-making. Nicole believes in the power of journalism and supports a free press.