Cebu’s world champion karter Go vows to bring more honor to PH

CEBUANO world champion karter William John Riley Go is set for another racing season in Europe following a historic run last year that saw him win the Super ROK world championship crown.

The 14-year-old karting prodigy, born and raised in Cebu, kicks off the new year with various international competitions such as the FIA European World Championship, WSK Euroseries and the Super Master Series all in Europe.

Go said during the send-off and press huddle that he’s eager to bring more glory to the country.

“I do it for the county and the team, not just for myself. I’m motivated because of the people that surround me. I always think of my country and to bring motorsports up there,” said Go, who’s the first Filipino karter to bag a podium finish in three European races.

Present during the press huddle were his coach Edgen Dy-Liacco, official photographer Bong Boado and the first Cebuano to win a national title in karting Atty. Jesse Garcia, who has witnessed Go’s historic triumph in Europe.

“It’s really a proud moment to witness, and something I will cherish. Finally, we have a Filipino world champion in William Go,” Garcia recalled the moment Go raised the Philippine flag in Europe.

To recall, Go won the world championship in Lonato, Italy last October. Prior to that, he nabbed two podium finishes in the FIA Karting Academy and WSK Euro.

“For 2023, I want to capitalize on what I did last year. From the win in the ROK Cup Superfinal race, to the WSK and FIA academy podiums. I want to do better so I can hopefully bring pride to the Philippines in the world of motorsports,” he said.

Go admits it’s going to be a tough season, but he’s surely up for the challenge as this will pave the way to his ultimate goal which is to reach the pinnacle of motorsports: Formula 1.

“Everyone there competing in Europe is worthy of being champions. The mentality of the drivers is they’re the best, so it’s always a challenge to go against them,” said Go.

For the 2023 season, Go competes in a much higher age bracket with 18-year-old drivers. (RSC)