Sunday, September 21, 2014

Title Race for Philippine GT Championship Heats Up in Clark on September 27


Now halfway through the 2014 season, the Yokohama Philippine GT Championship returns to the Clark International Speedway this September 27 and 28 for Round 4.

Presented by Petronas, the title race in GT300, GT200, GT150, and GT100 is certainly heating up as the drivers battle for points. Starting with only 17 drivers on the grid back in June, the championship now has a total of 23 competitors fighting for glory.

Round 3 saw the return of 2013 champion Jody Coseteng, who dominated both the Sprint and GT Race in GT300. But despite his performance, Taysan Mayor Dondon Portugal still leads the standings with 150 points, followed by Coseteng with 60, Veli-Matti Kaikkonen with 45, and actor Jomari Yllana with 42.

Meanwhile, the hotly-contested GT200 has become an three-way shootout between Paolo Mantolino, Joey Pery, and Carlos Anton. A poor performance from Mantolino in Round 3 allowed Pery and Anton to close the gap and keep their title hopes alive. William Tan, however, slips further back and is now 99 points behind the leader.

With a total of 120 points still up for grabs in the next two rounds, mathematically all the 11 drivers in GT150 still has a chance at winning the title. Leading the group is Richmon dela Rosa who has a 41 point advantage over 2nd placer Joel Portugal, followed by Dindo de Jesus and Raymond Ronquillo tied for 3rd.

Finally, Edwin Rodriguez still leads GT100 with 165 points, followed by Rhaffy Latorre and Arvin Drueco in 2nd and 3rd place, respectively. Rodriguez' Mazda Philippines-sponsored Mazda 2, however, is not best suited for Clark's long straights, so he'll have to work hard to keep up.

The weekend will feature a the 9-lap Sprint Race in the morning and a 17-lap GT Race in the afternoon. Other support races slated for the race weekend include the Philminiracers Championships Series, VW KaFER Cup, Winds Formula Philippines, and the newly-formed Sparco Bracket Circuit Racing.

The 2014 Philippine Grand Touring Car Championship is sanctioned by the Automobile Association of the Philippines (AAP), sponsored by Petronas Energy Philippines, Inc. and Yokohama Tires Sales Philippines, Inc.

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