Wednesday, 01 May 2013 08:20

GT3 Race Manila postpones race to 2014

Words by Christopher Kho
 
gt3race postpone
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:
Published in Motorsports
Words and photos by Christopher Kho
 
gt3manila main
The first-ever Manila Grand Prix was held more than 40 years ago on July 1970 that raced on a street circuit based on roads that surrounded Luneta Park. It was heralded as the golden age of Philippine motorsports, and for the longest time, was thought to be one of the last times that an international street race of its caliber would ever grace the Philippines. But on June 2013, we're finally back on the global racing scene as the nation's capital hosts the very first GT3 Race Manila.
 
2010 Asia GT3 Champion Dilantha Malagamuwa and Price of Malaysia Khairul Zaim even flew to Manila just to make the announcement official. They were joined by none-other-than Manila City Mayor Alfredo Lim and Executive Director for National Parks Development Committee Juliet Horfilla Villegas.
Published in Motorsports
Words by Niky Tamayo | Photos courtesy of Nissan Motorsports
 
gtrnismogt3_main2
Before the Nissan GT-R made a name for itself as the supercar-slaying cult hero of the streets, it was already widely known as a giant-killer on the racetrack. The legendarily super-sports car first gained notoriety for its utter dominance in Japan’s Grand Touring Car and Super GT championships as well as Australia's Super Car series. Its unbeatable performance on the track is what first earned it the name "Gojira" (Godzilla).
 
Of course, these were purpose-built racecars with little in common with the road-going version; but now, interested buyers can own an honest-to-goodness GT-R racecar through Nismo’s GT3 customer program.
Published in Motorsports
Words by Jose Carlo R. Sapera | Photos courtesy of Mercedes-Benz
 
hakkinen_gt3
After a four-year absence in motorsports, Double Formula One World Champion and Deutsche Tourenwagen Masters (DTM) driver Mika Hakkinen is set to return behind the wheel as a guest driver for the season finale of the Intercontinental Le Mans Cup on November 13, 2011 in Zuhai, China. The Flying Finn will be driving a Mercedes Benz SLS AMG GT3 in the six-hour race together with Mercedes Benz DTM drivers Cong Fu Cheng and Lance David Arnold. Entered by the independent squad Customer AMG Sports Team China, this will be the first time that the race-tuned SLS AMG GT3 will be racing on Chinese soil.
Published in Motorsports
Words by Christopher Kho | Photos courtesy of McLaren Automotive
 
mp412cgt3_01
Four months after its public debut, McLaren's latest road-based race car has already had a taste of competition. The pair of Chris Goodwin and Andrew Kirkadly successfully qualified on pole and finished as high as fourth at the 2011 British GT Championship in early July. But with only one race weekend's experience under its belt, McLaren is cocky enough to pit the MP4-12C GT3 at the Total 24 Hours of Spa.
Published in Motorsports