MANILA, Philippines -- Ferdinand "Enzo" Pastor came from a family of race car drivers.
He was taught to drive go kart at the age of 14. At 17, he competed at the Touring Car Corolla Cup and became the overall champion at the Formula Renault Series.
For years, he also competed in Formula 3.
“He's a very aggressive driver. Very, very determined driver s’ya. Always gustong manalo, ‘yung kind of driver na kahit ano'ng kotse na umupo siya d'yan, mabilis talaga siya. From go karts, to formula, to stock car to touring car, talagang am'bilis niyang makuha talaga,” said motorsports commentator James Deakin.
Pinoy race car driver Tyson Sy remembers his Asian Formula 3 days with Pastor. He was saddened by the untimely death of his friend.
“Sobrang sad namin sa motorsports family, lahat kami, nagulat kami. Hindi kami makapaniwala,” said Sy.
“Hindi lang driver; magaling na driver. Pati mentor, magaling siya. Talagang ginagawa n'ya 'yung coaching para sa mga next generation na mga bata.”
In 2009, Pastor gained a podium finish in the prestigious Macau Grand Prix.
“Twenty years old pa lang [si Pastor] pero talagang determined siya, so he was able to clinch that championship, and that's a big step for any race car driver,” said Deakin.
Since 2012, Pastero has been campaigning in the Euro-RaceCar NASCAR Series. He finished at 4th place in the Nogaro race in 2013 in France.
Pastor also organized the popular Circuit Showdown Series in Manila, which opened the doors to younger racers to compete.
This year, he and his family organized the three-legged Asian V8 Series. At age 32, Pastor left a long list of achievements in the world of Philippine motorsports.—Report from Dyan Castillejo, ABS-CBN News