The 2013 GT-Radial Circuit Showdown returned to the Batagas Racing Circuit (BRC) last May 4 to host Leg 3 in this year's championship. And now that they're well into the eight-race season, it's easy to predict which drivers will end up fighting for the title by the year's end.
Circuit Showdown managed to achieve a great turnout in this leg despite clashing with the Lotus F1-Manila Speed Show that happened on the same weekend. As a matter of fact, we counted around 100 entries in the Grid and Time Trial race combined.
Words by Christopher Kho | Photos courtesy of KCMG and DPPI MEDIA
We first got word in February that Hong Kong-based motorsports group, KC Motorgroup Ltd. (KCMG), will be racing a Nissan-powered Morgan LMP2 at the 24 Hours of Le Mans this year. Although these guys have previous experience with Formula Nippon, Super GT300, and Formula 3, this would be their first endeavor in the world of endurance racing. So before taking on the challenge of Le Mans head-on, they tried their hands first at something a bit more manageable: the 6 Hours of Silverstone.
The 2nd leg of the 2013 GT-Radial Circuit Showdown was held last April 6, 2013 at the west short course of the Clark International Speedway (CIS). With over 100 registered drivers and having a grid race with 35 cars on track simultaneously, this was by far their biggest and most successful event ever. Add to that the hundreds of spectators that turned up at the event, earning the championship series the tile of "most sought-after circuit event of its time."
Apart from the newbies and usual suspects, Nino Garcia had to sit this one out in the sidelines after his Subaru Impreza STI retired in the previous leg. And while this marks Carlos Anton's return to the series, his time would not be counted in the overall standings as his green Mark Young Racing Honda CRX were not using approved tires.
The country's fastest-growing trackday event kicked off its 2013 season last March 2, 2013 at the Batangas Racing Circuit (BRC). Over 120 registered racers joined the first leg of Circuit Showdown, making it one of the biggest turnout in the series' history. The weather might be scorching hot, but at least the track was dry throughout the day.
The usual suspects were once again topping the time sheets. Nino Garcia returns with his Subaru Impreza STI as well as Rafael LaO with his lime green Honda Civic EK hatchback. Meanwhile, Joby Tanseco has a new toy to play with this year. Replacing his exotic Lamborghini Gallardo is a tuned Nissan R35 GTR. The blazing Carlos Anton and his green Mark Young Racing Honda CRX, however, was a no-show in this leg.
After four months and five gruelling rounds, the battle for the title all comes down to the 6th and final round of the 2012 Lateral Drift Championship. It's a three-way fight in the Pro series among championship leader Alex Perez, last year's champ Audel Sison, and Boodie Dabasol. Meanwhile, it'll only be a two-man slugfest between Jet Mathay and Radrich Albano in the Amateur division. This is how the action unfolded last December 8 at the Clark Expo Parking Grounds in Pampanga.
The penultimate round of the 2012 Lateral Drift Championship was staged last November 24, 2012 at the Clark International Speedway (CIS). Held in tandem with Emperor Motorsports' 0 to 400 Challenge and Circuit Showdown's Time Attack, the high octane action started as early as 7 o' clock in the morning and stretched all the way to midnight. This gave the event's 2,000 plus spectators a one-of-a-kind motorsports experience.
This is only the series' second-ever night drift at the circuit - the first time being last year's Round 4 which was won by Atoy Llave. But we're sure that Atoy won't have a chance repeating the feat as he sits out this round with a fever. Also missing out on the action is title contender David Feliciano of DMF Drift who was also unwell. That leaves the top pro championship contenders - Audel Sison, Alex Perez, and Boodie Dabasol - to fight it out. The three entered the round with only 31 points between them, making this one hell of a battle. But it goes without saying that the odds are against five-time champion Alex Perez who has sadly never won in Clark.
The 2012 Lateral Drift Championship marks its return to the City of Marikina to stage Round 4 of the series last September 29. With the support of Mayor Del de Guzman, the parking grounds of the Marikina Municipal Hall was quickly transformed into a challenging high speed drift track. And rain or shine, the track was jam-packed with thill-seekers who wanted to watch the action live. Audel Sison won the championship at this very same venue last year, so all eyes were on the Drift Doctor to repeat the feat.
Words by Beeboy Bargas | Photos by Christopher Kho
Bridgestone puts its 4x4 and SUV tires where its mouth is by staging the second round of the Bridgestone Cup at the Clark International Speedway (CIS) last September. This leg is geared towards demonstrating the Dueler All-Terrain (A/T 697) and Dueler Mud-Terrain (M/T 673) tires, both for on-road and off-road use.
Organized by the Philippine Allied Enterprises Corp. (PAEC), Bridgestone Tires' official distributor in the country, two challenges were prepared to demonstrate the logic of using the right tire for the right “off-the-paved-road” driving condition. And to keep a level playing field, we were divided in to teams of two - one experienced driver matched with a less experienced one. As a veteran of the rough stuff, I was partnered with Kotse.com Assistant Editor, Carlo Sapera.