MANILA, Philippines - Vincent Floirendo of Davao completed his amazing comeback in the local racing scene last year as he captured the Golden Wheel Driver of the Year plum recently in the 9th Golden Wheel Awards Night at the Tanghalang Aurelio Tolentino of the Cultural Center of the Philippines.
Floirendo, who excels in almost all motorsports disciplines, came back from a two-year hiatus and made his presence felt in Grand Touring to win the highest individual award
The 43-year-old Floirendo received his trophy from PH Motorsports godfather Johnny Tan.
He later dedicated his victory to his mother Nenita Floirendo, his wife and two kids.
In winning the prestigious title, Floirendo edged out karting champion Stefano Marcelo, who made PH motorsports history for his fourth Karter of the Year award.
The audience was transported back in time by the video presentation that relived the decorated racing career of this year's Hall-of-Famer Francisco ''Paco'' Ventura through the eyes of his comrades in the Philippine Camwreckers Association including now Senator Serge Osmeña and Automobile Association Philippines president Gus Lagman.
Other Golden Wheel recipients this year were Jean Stefano Marcelo (karting), Audel Sison (drifting), Noel Rivera (Slalom), Reynan Jayme (4x4 Offroad), Martin Manalo (drag racing), Glenn Aguilar (motocross), Anthony Roman (underbone racing) and Dashi Watanabe (scooters) who were joined by Floirendo, Tan, Hall-of-Famers Dante Silverio and Francisco Ventura, and Guest of Honor and San Juan City representative JV Ejercito during the presentation of all the winners.