Toyota just claimed their third consecutive Le Mans win at the 88th 24 Hours of Le Mans, which is no easy feat. But if there is one team we should really be proud of it's the Eurasia Motorsport team that competed and finished in the LMP2 category.
Why? Eurasia is the only team that represented the Philippines at the 24 Hours of Le Mans.
Flying the Philippine flag and managed by Mark Goddard, Eurasia ran the #35 Ligier and finished in 14th place in the LMP2 category and 18th overall despite several incidents early on in the race. For reference, they started 17th in their class and 23rd overall.
The #35 Eurasia Motorsport car did not have any Filipino drivers; instead Eurasia fielded three drivers for the 24 Hours of Le Mans: 28-year old Australian Nick Foster, ex-F1 driver Roberto Merhi, and 60-year old Japanese driver Nobuya Yamanaka who always dreamt of racing at Le Mans.
While no Filipino driver was part of their lineup for this year, the team itself is comprised largely of homegrown Filipino mechanics that joined Eurasia team boss Mark Goddard for the Le Mans journey. Goddard and Eurasia have fielded many successful drivers in junior racing championships in Asia early in their careers, most notably current Formula 1 drivers Antonio Giovinazzi and Daniel Ricciardo.
Some may think finishing 14th in their category and 18th place overall is nothing to brag about, but this is a grueling 24 hour race where finishing is an achievement in itself.
Within those 24 hours, anything and everything can happen – weather changes, track incidents, and even mechanical failures. To give you an idea, think back to Toyota's heartbreaking 2016 24 Hour of Le Mans race. They were close to claiming their first Le Mans win, but the vehicle suffered a mechanical failure with six minutes remaining on the clock. This allowed Porsche to overtake the lead Toyota and claim the win.
This is only Eurasia's is fourth time to compete in the race.
Yes, we'd like to see Eurasia compete and win in their class at the 2021 24 Hours of Le Mans, but hopefully with a Filipino driver. It'd be really awesome to hear Lupang Hinirang at the Circuit de la Sarthe.