- FILIPINO RIDER QUALIFIES FOR BMW MOTORRAD GS TROPHY INTERNATIONAL 2018.
- Aris Cuevas gears up to represent the Philippines in Mongolia riding competition
For the first time in the BMW Motorrad GS Trophy International history, a Filipino rider will be joining as one of the official members of the Southeast Asian team. Aris Cuevas clinched the top spot in the 2017 GS Trophy Southeast Asia qualifying round, held last September 2, 2017 in Thailand. Along with two other champions from Thailand and Malaysia, the Southeast Asian team will be competing against riders from various countries at the BMW Motorrad GS Trophy International 2018 in Mongolia.
Cuevas and fellow Filipino riders Derrick Itchon and Leother Valderama were among 30 participants who went head to head at the 2017 BMW Motorrad GS Trophy Southeast Asia Qualifier. The Philippine delegates were placed in three separate teams with 2 riders from Thailand. They then vied for the pole position in intense riding challenges against 7 other teams including an all-female contingent.
While Cuevas and his team endured action-packed activities that heavily tested teamwork, navigation, technical skills, and riding competency; the most formidable stage for all riders was the individual riding challenge. The individual matches took place after a number of morning competitive events wherein 15 out of the 30 participants emerged as qualifiers.
Cuevas was selected as the only Filipino to progress to the next challenge while the Itchon and Valderama were bested by stronger contenders. After heated trials, Cuevas finished with 137 points and triumphed to claim a coveted spot in the 2018 Southeast Asia GS Trophy Team.
The BMW Motorrad GS Trophy International is the most adventurous competition for riders from across the globe. Teams will battle it out in intensive daily stages and numerous special challenges that will not only push riding skills, agility, fitness, and team spirit to the limit, but also help build a stronger community committed to making life a ride.
Asian Carmakers Corporation
Asian Carmakers Corporation (ACC) was appointed by the BMW Group as importer, distributor, and service provider of BMW automobiles in the country in 1993.
ACC is a wholly owned Filipino company under the Alvarez Group of Companies chaired by Gov. Jose Ch. Alvarez. The group is recognized as one of the pioneers in the Philippine automotive industry. Under its stewardship, the BMW brand has led the premium automotive segment for 14 consecutive years.
In the Philippines, BMW has the widest dealership network in the luxury vehicle segment with eight (8) full service dealer facilities nationwide. These dealers are: AutoAllee BMW in Eton Centris, North EDSA; Autohaus BMW in Quezon City; Motor Ventures BMW in Alabang; Prestige Cars BMW in Makati; Premier Cars BMW in Pampanga; Autobahn BMW in Bacolod; Autowelt BMW in Cebu; and Premium Motoren BMW in Cagayan de Oro.
ACC also has a growing motorcycle business with BMW Motorrad. Its network currently includes five (5) dealers, namely Autohaus BMW in Quezon City, Autowelt BMW in Cebu, Premier Cars BMW in Pampanga, Autobahn BMW in Bacolod, and Premium Motoren BMW in Cagayan de Oro.
ACC is supported by BMW Group AG through its regional office in Singapore, BMW Asia Pte. Ltd.
Featured Photo: BMW Motorrad Southeast Asia Regional Marketing Manager Aline Lorch (left) and BMW Motorrad GS Trophy Southeast Asia Qualifying Round Champion Aris Cuevas (right).