PH racer Enzo Pastor shot dead in Quezon City
Philippine race car driver Enzo Ferdinand Pastor, 32, was shot by a motorcycle-riding gunman in Quezon City Thursday night. According to reports from GMA and ABS-CBN news, the Philippine racer was riding in a truck (license plate WSC 331) at Visayas Avenue corner Congressional Avenue when men riding in tandem on a motorcycle shot Pastor and his assistant Paolo Salazar. Pastor and Salazar were reportedly traveling from Batangas to Clark International Speedway to prepare for the final leg of the Asian V8 Championship.
According to Salazar, the motorcycle suddenly approached them and the gunman opened fire. Both were brought to hospital but Pastor died from gunshots to the head and neck. Salazar was injured in the incident.
Police are reportedly looking for leads on the assailants. They have speculated that the gunmen were targeting Pastor himself as there were no possessions missing from the victims. The police will investigate if Pastor’s participation in motor racing may have been a motive for the killing.
Pastor was a participant in the Asian V8 Championships organized by his father Tom Pastor. According to his provided biography, Enzo Pastor drove in the Nascar Whelen Euro Series “… in the iconic tracks in Europe including stops in France, England, Italy and the prestigious Le Mans Race track. At the end … Enzo finished the championship in the Magic 6 … the first Filipino/Asian to be awarded in the Nascar Hall of Fame, at the home of Nascar in Charlotte, North Carolina.”
Motioncars-Inquirer Motoring extends our condolences to the Pastor family, his teammates and friends.