Text: Anton Andres / Photos: Timothy Dayawon | posted August 06, 2015 15:28
Team PCR finishes 1-2-3 in grid races
Round 6 of the 2015 GT Radial Flat Out Race Series (FORS) was held last August 1 in the Clark International Speedway. The drivers were faced with high temperatures throughout the day with local racers Team PCR coming out on top.
For Bracket A, Nino Garcia dominated the field with his JCT Racing Nissan GTR 35, lapping the full layout of Clark in 2:06.942. In second place was Rafael La’O coming in at 2:14.194 while JC Baguisa takes third with 2:14.880.
For Bracket B, Eduardo Suiza ran very close to breaking out of the bracket with a laptime of 2:16.035, giving him the win for the class. Sydney Blanche Sarmiento clocked in at 2:16.735 for second place and completing the podium for Bracket B is Vic Edillon with a best time of 2:17.006.
Bracket C saw the top 3 competitors within 0.3 seconds from each other. Finishing first was Gabby Sohu followed by Andrew de Asis in second place. In third was Michael Bryan Co for Team GT Radial.
Young gun Polo Bautista wins yet another race in Bracket D ahead of Paolo Lofamia in second and Raffy Sohu in third. Ron Valerio takes the win for Bracket E with Adrian Agcaman and AC Gutierrez in second and third respectively.
Like Bracket C, Bracket F saw the top 3 less than three seconds apart. Michael Angelo Turing eked out a 0.2 second margin ahead of AR Lanting. Lanting was 0.5 seconds ahead of third placer Gerald Gonzales. Bracket G saw Sigrene Diato winning the class with Patrick Manapat in second and Rommel Guevarra in third.
The fastest time of the day was set by Kunihiro Iwatsuki in a GT300 spec Lancer Evolution VIII. With a lap time of 2:04.936, the lap record for Clark may be under threat.
FORS also held special classes for car club regulars. Michael Angelo Turing won against compatriot Mark Dexter Cando in the Grupo Toyota class. Meanwhile, Jermyn Sy took advantage of Christopher Co’s tire experiment woes to take the win in the 86/BRZ/FRS class.
The grid races saw Rafael La'O run a dominant race to win over Ferdie Sia. Sia then snatched second place from eventual Nino Garcia who limped his car home with mechanical issues. The Grid A drivers saw themselves mixing it with the Grid D drivers, giving the faster Grid A drivers a bigger challenge.
The top 8 finishers in Grid D were all handed penalties for breaking out of their allowed times, handing the win to JP Pacres with team mate Mikey Suiza in tow. Championship contender Mikko Rayo finished third. This Group also had the Philippine Micro Series racers to spice things up more; where Michael Bryan Co took his maiden win over PMS regular Carl Anthony Estepa.
Grid C was packed with 18 cars lining up for the win with Team Pampanga Circuit Racing (PCR) locking out all the podium positions. Kim Lagman led Team PCR to victory with Franklin Ong in second followed by MC Agapito.
For Grid B, consistency paid off for Carlo Baguisa of JCT Blanche racing by winning after leader Eduardo Suiza Broke out, and Sydney Blanche suffering shifter problems halfway through the race. With Suiza and Blanche out, Jun Cabrera took second place and veteran race car driver Dominic Bon finishing third.
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