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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.
 
gtr_2011championshipGary Thompson finally put a close to his 2011 Japanese Formula 3 season last weekend at Sportsland Sugo. As one of his favorites tracks on the calendar, the rising Irish driver came to the fast and flowing Sugo circuit with high hopes. 
 
A small mistake on his final qualifying run left Thompson in fifth position - not bad at all on a grid where the top six drivers were only separated by a mere 0.2 seconds. Fortunately, his lightning fast starts catapulted him from fifth to challenge for second by the first corner. Although unable to make the move stick, he slotted cleanly into third and maintained the position to the chequered flag on a circuit short on overtaking opportunities. Finishing on the National Class podium on Saturday's race, Thompson's fortunes sadly turned for the worse with a string of misfortunes on Sunday.
 
raceday_posterTuason Racing School, the first and longest running professional racing school in the country, gives speed freaks three treats in one day. Head on over to the Clark International Speedway on October 2, 2011 for TRS Ford Fiesta Cup, Speedlab Invitational Drag Race, and the BMW Club Castrol Trackday.
 
The TRS Ford Fiesta Cup is a grassroots circuit car program aimed to provide a cost-effective entry point and training ground into car racing. This year's series will have 13 drivers composed of top teams and privateers from in and around the region. Among the youngest drivers on the grid will be 13 year old Karting Champion Basti Escalante in the Smart Bro Rocket car and 20 year old Yvana Carangan on board the Smart Insurance Car Pro racecar. Foreign drivers too join in the fray with Guam National Eric Choi, Indian National Manikandan Cr, and German Stefan Wolf piloting the Smart Netphone, Castrol Edge Titanium, and Häfele livery Fiestas. Other entries include Manuel Dizon in the Coke Zero racecar and 2010 C! Top Driver Challenge winner Paolo Bringas.
Words by Christopher Kho | Photos courtesy of the Ford Motor Company
 
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In its entire 44-year history, Formula Ford finally received its most radical revolution yet as the 2012-spec machine rolls out into daylight for the very first time at the 2011 Frankfurt Motor Show. You see, the single-seaters used in competition today have been largely unchanged in the last 20 odd years and are in dire need of an upgrade - both in shape and safety. Thus, to bring the latest Formula Ford racer up to par with Formula 1 and Formula 3, its bodywork is injected with the blue oval brand's kinetic design philosophy and fitted on an updated chassis that meets stringent FIA safety standards. Looks like the new generation of Formula Ford's are ready to race into the future.
 
gtr_sugoAfter a typhoon ended his chances of reeling in the National Class points lead at Suzuka, Gary Thompson is hoping to end the 2011 Japanese Formula 3 season in style at Sportsland Sugo. The up-and-coming single-seater star is looking forward to his return at Sugo this weekend, September 24 and 25, for the final three races of this year's championship. 
 
Regarded as one of the most demanding circuits on the Japanese F3 calendar, the 3.74 kilometer high-speed track is amongst Thompson's favorites, making it the perfect venue for the young 19-year-old to end his season on a high note. His strong performance there in 2010 certainly gives an indication that the Aviation Display and Cebu Pacific Air-backed Dubliner will be amongst the frontrunners for victory this weekend.
Words by Christopher Kho | Photos courtesy of Mercedes-Benz
 
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Mercedes-Benz's successful DTM challenger has lost a pair of rear doors in its chase for the 2012 title. With 84 race victories and five driver titles under its belt in the DTM's 27-year history, the C-Class AMG will finally hand over the torch to the latest 2012 DTM AMG Mercedes C-Coupé.
 
Mercedes GP Petronas F1 drivers Michael Schumacher and Nico Rosberg took time off their busy schedules to unveil the three-pointed star's newest DTM dagger at the 2011 Frankfurt Motor Show. Based on the freshly-launched Mercedes-Benz C-Class Coupé, it too shares its state-of-the-art carbon fiber monocoque/steel roll cage structure with other manufacturers Audi and BMW to lower costs. The improved safety cell gives the additional protection for the driver through six energy-absorbing crash structures, which should prove handy in case of a collision.
Words by Christopher Kho | Photos courtesy of Audi AG
 
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Two months after the first design sketches were revealed, Audi's 2012 DTM contender is finally ready to step into the limelight at the 2011 Frankfurt Motor Show. The new Audi A5 DTM will be the first ever two-door coupe from the four rings brand to enter into international touring car series. And when it hits the track next year, it should be fit to slug it out with the best from BMW and Mercedes-Benz. 
 
Conforming to new Technical Regulations, the A5 DTM shares as much as 50 components with other cars on the grid to reduce costs by 40 percent. Its front and rear subframes are now identical throughout all DTM manufacturers, but underneath the composite body sits a freshly-designed hybrid carbon fiber monocoque and steel cage chassis to improve safety. Adding to that are more stringent material and production specifications for suspension components, which greatly limits the suspension's design options.
Words by Christopher Kho | Photos courtesy of Chevrolet Europe
 
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With six races to spare, Chevrolet clinched its second consecutive Manufacturer's Title in the World Touring Car Championship (WTCC) last September 3 and 4, 2011 at the Valencia Circuit in Spain. Driving the Chevrolet Cruze, Yvan Muller and Alain Menu snagged a 1-2 finish in race 1. With teammate Rob Huff, the trio crossed the finished line to take all podium positions in race 2. Now, the Chevrolet Factory Team heads over to Asia for the final three rounds in Japan, China, and Macau.
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