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01 May 2013

GT3 Race Manila postpones race to 2014

Words by Christopher Kho
 
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Bummer. We just received an announcement from the organizers of the GT3 Race Manila, which was scheduled on June 2013, that the race has been postponed to 2014. It was expected to bring around 15 GT3 race cars such as Aston Martin DBRS9s, Porsche 911s, Ferrari 458s, McLaren MP4-12Cs, and Lamborghini Gallardos to race around a 2.7 km street circuit in Luneta Park. But as it stands now, we'll have to wait another year to see these glorious machines race in the Philippines.
 
The official press release from GT Race Global Inc. (GTRGI) reads:
 
“The event’s proponents, headed by Marcus Francis, representing His Royal Highness Naquiyuddin Ibni Tuanku Ja’afar, Prince of Malaysia, recently announced that GT RACE MANILA 2013, originally slated for 15 and 16 June 2013, will be postponed to 2014.
 
It was agreed by both the Race’s proponents and its local event organizer, GT Race Global Inc. (GTRGI), that staging the event in 2014 would best for all parties.
 
GTRGI said that the event’s postponement will be utilized to further improve preparations for what could possibly be a landmark sporting event in the country. It also reiterated its earnest desire to still partner with the City of Manila as the venue for the 2014 race.”
 
The news, however, doesn't come as a surprise to us here at Kotse.com. We've noticed a few red flags along the way that hinted that this race won't see the green light anytime soon.
 
Firstly, the guys running the event have been silent since the press conference back in February. Likewise, their GT3 Race Phil Facebook page hardly has any new updates for a few months now, which could indicate that nothing much is going on behind the curtains.
 
Then, a Hong Kong-based racing team mentioned to us that the relaunched Asian Le Mans Series has yet to publish a 2013 race calendar. This could mean that the teams racing in the series, who are likely to be the same ones coming to Manila, are not yet ready with their machines.
 
Adding insult to injury, the official press release above wasn't sent directly to us. Instead, it was simply posted by our friend James Deakin from C! Magazine, who has close ties to the organizers of GT3 Race Manila, on his personal Facebook wall.
 
We'll keep you guys posted once we get updates when the new race schedule will be in 2014.