Last December 3, 2017, Clark International Speedway (CIS) played host to the biggest endurance race in the Philippines called GT Radial x 8 Oras ng Pilipinas. After 800 km or 191 laps, the #6 TRS Formula V1 driven by Mike Tuason, Ferdie Ong, Bjorn Ongtiaobok, Loius Ramirez, and Luis Gono was crowned the overall winners of the event.
Up for grabs were honors for 6 categories; RP, FM-1, FM-2, FM-3, Manufacturer’s Cup, and Formula Cars. On exactly 8:40 a.m., the GT Radial x 8 Oras ng Pilipinas began.
This started a 3-way battle for the lead between the #19 Team Shell Helix - Big Chill, #1 Centrum Fuel - GT Radial, and its sister #25 Honda Civic during the 1st half of the race. Crucial pit stops, which required cars to stay stationary for 2 minutes, shuffled the field.
Eventually, this saw the #25 Centrum Fuel - GT Radial car go ahead of the pack for several hours. It looked poised to claim a repeat of its 2015 victory. But good strategy and strong pace helped the #6 TRS Formula V1 snatch the lead with 12 minutes left to claim the overall win.
In FM-1 class, it was Parts Pro Racing who bagged the win after completing 186 laps. This was driven by Tyson Sy, Stefano Marcelo, and father-and-son Carlos and Iñigo Anton. They were followed by the #14 Team Cebu Honda Civic and the #17 BMW AutoPerformance M3 in 2nd and 3rd, respectively. Meanwhile, Team Cebu dominated FM-2 by sweeping the top 3. They even took 1st place in FM-3, as well as the Manufacturer’s Cup.
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