A dream come true moment for first time bambino racer Max Trinidad


They say that dreams can foretell a future event. This came true for Max Trinidad, a 5 year old first time go-kart racecar driver who won Champion during the EHPAF Karting Series (EKS) 2022 Round 3 Race 5 which is also the first ever night race in Southeast Asia last May 13-14, 2022 at City Kart Porac Pampanga.

Maximino “Max” Isaguirre Trinidad was introduced to go-karting only at the end of February 2022. At first, it was only a trial experience for him which eventually led him to attending a series of karting clinics coached by Race Engineer Mr. Pacho Blanco of Team Blanco Race Engineering (Team BRE).

It was first through a skateboard video that Max was spotted by Coach Pacho. He was doing his fearless stunts in the village which was shared by his dad, Ronnie Fortuny Trinidad, a motoring journalist here at AutocarPH. Coach Pacho saw he enjoyed speed, was strong spirited and realized his potential.

The EKS is a National Karting Championship in the Philippines for race karts owners founded and organized by Ehpaf Racing Services organized and managed by Jean-Marc Freihuber situated at Alviera Ayala Estates.

The first race of the series was held on March 26 to 27, 2022, Coach Pacho gave Max the green light to join the race. Normally it takes months to train, practice and realize the individual’s potential. But Max was determined to join and put his skills and capabilities to the test.

He is the second to the youngest in the Bambino Series in the 4-6 years old age group, in a field of 6-7 competitors with different experience levels with some drivers having been racing for years already and some first timers as well.

Parents and karters of City Kart Racing Team remembered how, Max performed during his first run, he was not following the formation grid which led to several talks from the organizers to re-brief him, he was spinning out, hitting some karters and not following the racing lines. He also spun out and hit the barriers needing to be checked by the paramedics to make sure he was not injured. That incident made him stronger and determined to still continue and finish the race.

His parents Ronnie and Tinni Trinidad, know how motorsports can be dangerous and risky for their only son but are willing to provide him the opportunity to try and to experience while Daddy Ronnie produces live coverage during the race. Daddy Ronnie – “Never in my wildest dreams I have thought my son would be karting. Seeing his size I felt like he would be better in basketball. It’s a blessing that we are able to do this.”

Bed time stories with Daddy Ronnie and Max inspired the young karter to win a trophy. He aimed to be number 1 and imagined that he overtaking his other competitors. For two whole months, every night he dreamt of winning a trophy during the Race 5 and his prayers were answered. Every night also, he prays to Papa Jesus that he will grant him his wish. And indeed – Mark 10:13-16 “Let the little children come to me, and do not hinder them, for the kingdom of God belongs to such as these”.

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