I never knew this day would come so early, nor did I knew it would end this way. Filipino race car driver Enzo Pastor was killed last night by an unknown gunman from a motocycle riding in tandem. He was on his way to the next leg of the Asian V8 Championship in Clark International Speedway. He was 32.
(Witness: Larry Castillo)
According to Top Gear Philippines, Pastor was transporting his V8 racer to Clark, Pampanga via Quezon City as a passenger. As the tow truck stopped before the intersection of Congressional Avenue and Visayas Avenue, one of the tandem riders went to Pastor's side of the truck. The gunman allegedly shot him as he got out of the vehicle, but the photo above showed Enzo was inside when he was killed. The motive for the shooting is still unknown at the moment.
Ferdinand "Enzo" Pastor helped in the development of the Filipino motorsport, bring the nation in the map. From the Toyota Corolla Cup to Formula 3, from Euro NASCAR to V8 Supercars, he amazed us all with his skills and Pinoy pride. Aside from participation, he and his father, Tom Pastor, organize the local motorsports, Circuit Showdown and, recently, the Asian V8 Championship.
I'll never get the chance to see him in person, but at least, I got to see his red AE86. First raced with by his father in the United States, Pastor brought it over to the Philippines to continue its legacy in Circuit Showdown.
Joining with Arsenio "Dodjie" Laurel and Jose "Pocholo" Ramirez, Enzo Pastor is gone, but never forgotten. Race in peace.