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04 October 2011

City Kart Racing pulls a fast one at the 6th leg of the 2011 Petron Karting Super Series

At the 6th leg of the 2011 Petron Karting Super Series, City Karting Racing's young talent Tai Zulberti finished on the top spot of the podium after a phenomenal drive from 11th on the starting grid. Held last September 24 and 25, the cadet karts reached speeds in excess of 90km/h on the West Course of the Clark International Speedway (CIS) in Pampanga.
Team spirits were high that weekend as both team drivers Jacob Chamness and Tai Zulberti were excited and prepped up for the races to come. Months of preparation finally paid off when Zulberti clocked the fastest lap in the time trials. But as the first race got underway, disaster struck Zulberti when his kart grinds to a halt. And despite the marshall's best efforts to restart his engine, he was left no other choice but to sit the race out on the grass. The early retirement meant that he would have to start the second race from the back of the grid in 11th.
With the disappointment of race one behind him, Zulberti put his head down and within the first lap, made his way from 11th to 5th and closed within 2 seconds of race leader Raymond Cudala of Tuason Racing School (TRS). This sets up a perfect showdown for the final race of the day.
As expected, race three turns into a nail-biting eight laps with Zulberti dicing for first place with other four drivers. He fiercely defended the lead and crossed the finished line with a mere 0.179 second lead to win the 6th leg of the 2011 Petron Karting Super Series. City Kart Racing team-mate, Chamness, drove an equally determined race, but only managed 8th due to a mechanical issue. 
"Going from last place in race two, to first in race three took focus, determination, and hours of practice. Our kids have fun and we make sure they enjoy the sport as a way to build life skills. It seems our approach is starting to work in terms of podiums and wins, but what is most important is keeping the sport safe, fun, and accessible to more young drivers so we can make the sport grow in the Philippines. We look forward to the final leg of the 2011 series in Carmona, Sta. Rosa, in late November,” remarked City Kart Racing Team director Jean-Marc Freihuber.