Apparently, registration for the 2021 GR GT Cup Asia – Philippines is now open

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In contrast to last year’s well-publicized event, we’re a bit surprised that there’s very little hype to this year’s GR GT Cup Asia – Philippines. The only time Toyota Motor Philippines (TMP) ever mentioned it, as far as we remember, was during their announcement of the Toyota GAZOO Racing – Vios Cup for 2021. But lo and behold, their home-brewed e-motorsports event is apparently now accepting entries with the first race already scheduled for next week.

One big change this year is how they’ve dropped the ‘Supra’ nameplate from the event title. The reasoning behind this is that the latest championship opens up to other models from the GR lineup. If we follow the global Toyota GAZOO Racing GT Cup, we could see the local series shuffle between the GR Supra, GR Yaris, and the freshly-launched GR 86 (that’s yet to be added to GT Sport) in between events. There’s even a chance that we could see the current gen. chassis used in Super Formula, the SF19, in action as well as the historical 2000GT.

Not only will this allow players to enjoy racing with a variety of cars, it also spices up the competition especially for us spectators.

The GR GT Cup Asia – Philippines will once again be run using GT Sport on the PlayStation 4 over the course of three (3) race weekends. Entries are then divided into 3 categories: Promotional, Sporting, and Junior Classes.

Only the Top 24 semi-finalists from each leaderboard challenge get a slot in the semi-final heat. They are then divided into grids of 8 drivers where only the Top 3 from each heat will advance to the final heat. As always, whoever earns the most number of points after three (3) race weekends will be the champion and (possibly) earn a slot into the Toyota GAZOO Racing GT Cup in December and represent the country.

2021 GR GT Cup Asia – Philippines Race Calendar Round 1 | April 23/24 Round 2 | May 14/15 Round 3 | June 18/19

Registration for the curtain raiser on the 23rd/24th of April is now open and can be accessed via toyota.com.ph/gtcup.

GT Radial-Eurasia takes another shot at E1 Championship S1 with Anton, Garrido

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Coming in at 5th overall last season, it seems like GT Radial-Eurasia Motorsport isn’t quite done yet with eSports. They’ve confirmed to make another attempt at the E1 Championship and they’re back for ‘Season One’ with the same all-Filipino driver lineup of Iñigo Anton and Joaquin “Wakkeen” Garrido.

There seems to be a general lack of ingenuity from the organizers as they’re still running the same Formula RaceRoom X-17s. Thankfully though they did manage to change the tracks this time around with grid sizes now growing to 28 entries in total. What really matters though is the prize pool that still stands at US$15,000 (which roughly converts to around P730,000).

With support from GT Radial Philippines, both drivers put on a solid challenge during their team debut last year. 16-year-old Iñigo quickly emerged to be one of the front-runners in the series where he collected 4 podiums and 8 top-10 finishes to end up 4th overall in the points. Wakkeen, on the other hand, also had his moments of glory to conclude the championship just outside the top 10.

“Iñigo really made a name for himself last season and Joaquin has shown tremendous potential,” stated Mark Goddard, Eurasia Motorsport Team Principal. “They are both still on an upward learning curve, whilst most of the other front-running drivers have reached their performance plateau already.”

With a season of experience, GT Radial-Eurasia is confident that they will be fighting for podium finishes at all events. We sure do hope so as we can’t wait to see the Philippine flag on the top step.

The E1 Championship – Season One kicks off on the 7th of April at the Red Bull Ring in Austria and concludes on the 2nd of June at the Nurburgring.

E1 Championship S1 Race Calendar Round 1 | April 7 (Red Bull Ring, Austria) Round 2 | April 14 (Hockenheim, Germany) Round 3 | April 21 (Watkins Glen, America) Round 4 | April 28 (Suzuka, Japan) Round 5 | May 5 (Aragon, Spain) Round 6 | May 19 (Zandvoort, Holland) Round 7 | May 26 (Hungaroring, Hungary) Round 8 | June 2 (Nurburgring, Europe)

Eduardo Coseteng 3rd fastest in British F4 season launch at Silverstone

It’s only been a week since news broke out that Eduardo Coseteng is debuting in the F4 British Championship this year and here he is again making the headlines. On this occasion, the young Filipino turned heads during the official season launch by setting the 3rd quickest lap around the Silverstone Circuit.

Eduardo was part of the festivities as the F4 British Championship Certified by FIA – powered by Ford EcoBoost unveiled the ‘Class of 2021’ to the world. His team Argenti Motorsport also took the opportunity to unveil their new livery for the season with his machine donning the #36 in bright yellow.

Eduardo Coseteng

The 2.638 km National Circuit was used for the first test of 2021, allowing all 18 drivers a chance to rack up valuable mileage before the season begins in May. There were 2 sessions in total where Eduardo managed to complete 38 laps in total. By the day’s end his fastest lap of 55.667 secs was only 0.051 secs shy of the best time, placing him 3rd in the overall timesheet and was the fastest rookie on track.

There will be another official test at the Thruxton Motorsport Centre on the 8th of April ahead the season opener a month later taking place on the very same circuit.

Eduardo Coseteng

Eduardo Coseteng: “I think the day went quite well, we progressed quite well from the start until the end. We were P2 for the most part of it and competing, and someone just slipped past us at the last minute. Overall, it was a really good day, I’m really impressed with the pace we have, especially given that the top 2 in front of me are second-year drivers, and I’m the top Rookie. Hopefully we can start how we ended today at the next test. I’d just like to thank a few people; Argenti, for an amazing car and their efforts all day, my parents of course for the support and my sponsors, Petron Corporation and AutoPlus Philippines.”

[Photos courtesy of Jakob Ebrey Photography]

Suzuki’s OEM-branded ECSTAR genuine oils now available in the Philippines

In case you didn’t know, Suzuki Philippines Inc. (SPH) has been in the country for 36 long years dealing not only with sales of motorcycles and automobiles, but also of outboard motors for boats. So it’s only fitting that after 3 decades in the business, they now finally have their own OEM-branded oils sold under the name ECSTAR.

As it’s developed in-house, ECSTAR should naturally get the best performance out of every Suzuki-built engine. Not only that, its synthetic base oil additives make ECSTAR superior over ‘normal’ engine oils in terms of friction characteristics, engine detergency, and thermostability. Thus, Suzuki’s home brew lubricant claims up to 5% in FUEL SAVINGS, OUTSTANDING ENGINE PROTECTION even when starting in cold climates, and CLEAN ENGINE FOR LONGER LIFE by preventing sludge and deposits.

What’s even more remarkable is how ECSTAR offers all these benefits yet is able to keep a balance between performance and cost.

ECSTAR Fully Synthetic F9000 0W20 is their automobile engine oil that’s packed with ultra-high, fuel-efficient, and fully synthetic technology. It’s suited for Suzuki gasoline engines and is currently available at P520 per liter. There’s also a Semi Synthetic F7000 5W30 option priced at only P390 per liter.

ECSTAR Fully Synthetic R9000 10W40 MA2, on the other hand, is their motorcycle engine oil fit for big bikes, backbone, and underbones that’s priced at P550. A more affordable alternative is the ECSTAR Mineral R5000 10W40 MA, which can also be used on scooters, at P190 per lister. The ECSTAR R5000 10W40 MB, on the other hand, is scooter-specific that retails at P290 per liter.

Lastly, their marine outboard motor engine oil is the ECSTAR Fully Synthetic 10W40 4T priced at P395.

All ECSTAR genuine oils are now available in all Suzuki Authorized Dealerships nationwide.

Fil-Brit karter Daryl De Leon Taylor aspires to make his mark sports car racing

Formula 1 may be a bit far-fetched, but to see a Filipino driver race at the Le Mans 24 Hours could become a reality one day. And we’re putting our money on a 15-year-old karter from the UK named Daryl De Leon Taylor to make this happen.

Born in 2005 to a Filipino mother and a British father, Daryl has been racing since he was 8 years old. He got his start in karting where we found success both at club and national levels early on. Things really took off in 2018 where he raced in the British Kart Championship and Ultimate Karting Championship, even gaining an entry to the IAME World Finals. All in all Daryl would collect over 150 wins and podiums in Cadet and Junior classes over his short career in motorsports.

Daryl Taylor

Daryl is clearly proud of his Filipino heritage and carries his mom Laura’s last name whenever he races. You also can’t miss the Philippine flag on his overalls even if he does compete under a British racing license. And while there’s an 8-hour time difference, his relatives back in Olongapo and Manila gives it their best to watch and support Daryl during his races on livestream.

Despite the COVID-19 pandemic, 2021 will be a busy year for Daryl. He’ll be moving up to the Senior class when the season begins in April entering in no less than 3 separate championships. But the main highlight of the year will be when he finally graduates into cars.

Daryl Taylor

He was invited to to the Radical Sportscars factory in Peterborough back in February for a possible slot in the Radical SR1 Cup Championship. His pace during a test at Snetterton did show a lot of promise, however Daryl won’t be able to join the grid until August when when he celebrates his 16th birthday. That just gives him enough time to enter the final 2 events of the season at Silverstone and Donington Park.

Nothing is set in stone yet, but if this season goes well it could see Daryl move up the motorsports ladder with Radical Sportscars into their faster machinery such as the SR3, SR8, and SR10 his dad David tells us. Ultimately his goal is to race internationally, either in GT sportscars or prototypes, and land a seat with some of the top teams that compete in the GT World Challenge or World Endurance Championship.

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Daryl Taylor: “My plan is to work hard and achieve all I can on 4 wheels. It will be a real challenge but if I can continue to get the results on track, maintain fitness levels, and study on the engineering side, this coupled with my mental strength should give me a good start. Then all I need is opportunity, luck, sponsorship, the right car under me, and the right people around me. Radical Sportscars have a fantastic range of cars that allow you to progress up to the highest levels including GT3.”

For the latest updates, follow Daryl Taylor Racing on Facebook or @daryltaylor_ on Instagram.

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A young Daryl Taylor riding a jeepney during a family trip to Manila.
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Daryl Taylor with his sister Avril, brother Kelvin, mum Laura, and dad David.
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Eduardo Coseteng poised to make British F4 debut with Argenti Motorsport

Unless there’s going to be any last-minute announcements, Eduardo Coseteng is set to be the only (and probably the first) Filipino driver to enter the F4 British Championship Certified by FIA – powered by Ford EcoBoost. Yes, the son of multiple touring car champion Jody Coseteng is making his single seater debut in 2021 with Argenti Motorsport.

Following in the footsteps of his father, the 17-year-old is an accomplished driver himself. Eduardo burst onto the karting scene with a clean sweep of the Asian Karting Open Championship (AKOC) junior titles back in 2017. He quickly followed this up with race wins in the AKOC’s Formula 125 and Senior X30 classes a year later. As of late, he’s been competing on the global stage and is a front runner British, European, and World championships, notably winning the Macau International Kart Grand Prix in 2019.

Eduardo Coseteng

Eduardo joined the pre-season test earlier this month at Brands Hatch and impressed with his pace. Completing a total of 177 laps, he was 5th fastest by the day’s end earmarking him as one of the drivers to watch when the season begins in May.

2021 F4 British Championship Race Calendar Round 1 | May 8 – 9 (Thruxton Circuit) Round 2 | June 12 – 13 (Snetterton Motor Racing Circuit) Round 3 | June 26 – 27 (Brands Hatch) Round 4 | July 31 – August 1 (Oulton Park) Round 5 | August 14 – 15 (Knockhill Racing Circuit) Round 6 | August 28 – 29 (Thruxton Circuit) Round 7 | September 18 – 19 (Croft Circuit) Round 8 | September 25 – 26 (Silverstone Circuit) Round 9 | October 9 – 10 (Donington Park) Round 10 | October 23 – 24 (Brands Hatch)

The F4 British Championship is widely regarded as one of the most competitive junior single-seater categories in the world. It’s also one of the longest with 10 rounds slated for 2021 that sums up to 30 races for the entire season. Hopefully we get to see Eduardo on the podium in some of those races as he joins the grid with Argenti Motorsport and new teammates Marcos Flack from Australia and Matias Zagazeta from Peru.

Eduardo Coseteng

Eduardo Coseteng: “After some great years in karting, I’m excited to be making the move into single-seater racing for the first time this season. British F4 is a brilliant series and I’m looking forward to joining the grid. I’m pleased to be racing with Argenti Motorsport. They’ve been fantastic with me during our initial tests together, and we’re making some good progress. I can’t wait to get the season started in May. Lakas ng pinoy!”

Michael Meadows, Team Manager: “We’re really pleased to have Eduardo joining Argenti Motorsport this season. He’s got a great karting pedigree and has shown some really impressive pace and progress during his tests with us in recent months.”

[Photos by Jakob Ebrey Photography]

Luis Moreno is Next Level Racing’s newest global ambassador

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Next Level Racing, who happens to be one of the fastest growing simulator solutions brand in the world, has recently announced a partnership with pro sim racer Luis Moreno from the Philippines. With this agreement, the Legion of Racers (LOR) driver is now recognized as one of the brand’s newest global ambassador.

“I am thrilled to be a part of the Next Level Racing family as one of its Global Partners,“ says Luis. “These are exciting times for me as well as the local racing gamer market as I would be connecting to a growing simulation and casual racing community particularly in the Philippines as well as with our fellows from Asia and the rest of the world, sharing with them a truly Next Level Racing experience.”

Luis has been actively competing in sim racing events since 2013. The Filipino has seen success in many local and international sim racing competitions over the years across various games and platforms. This partnership will see him compete using the latest Next Level Racing® F-GT Cockpit with a Next Level Racing® F-GT Monitor Stand.

Luis Moreno Next Level Racing

The Next Level Racing® F-GT Cockpit features a revolutionary design that allows drivers to have true racing positions either for Formula or GT racing. It’s packed with extras such as gear shifter support, seat slider, lumbar support cushion, and height adjustable feet just to name a few. The patented design also ensures a rigid and solid cockpit while allowing maximum adjustability for the wheel, pedals, and gear shifter. The steering wheel support is even solid enough for professional direct drive wheels.

“We are definitely proud to have a brand like Next Level Racing recognizing our Sim Racers and we are truly happy for Luis to be one of their Brand Ambassadors,” says Melvin Moh, Legion of Racers Co-Founder. “I hope that this will be the start of something bigger not just for the team, but also for the Sim Racers themselves. I believe this will give plenty of motivation for the Sim Racers to push on harder!”

Next Level Racing’s support to Luis is certain to elevate his passion and commitment in sim racing to a higher level and help push to deliver stronger results.

Toyota Ph determined for a Vios Cup one-make-race comeback in 2021

Finally, the news that we’ve all been waiting for. After taking a one-year hiatus no thanks to the COVID-19 pandemic, Toyota Motor Philippines (TMP) has revealed that they now have full intent to revive their one-make-series this year. And barring any unforeseen circumstances (such as government health restrictions), the yet-again-renamed ‘Toyota GAZOO Racing – Vios Cup’ will get the green light sometime mid-2021.

If one could recall, what should have been the 7th year running of TMP’s one-make-series was canned in June of 2020 less than a month before the scheduled season opener. Hopefully, things will go as planned this time around.

The 2021 championship will once again feature the Promotional and Sporting classes, with the much-awaited return of the top-tier Super Sporting class reserved for the most experienced and most capable drivers on the grid. Revised technical regulations also allow for several modifications exclusive to Super Sporting class runners that make them ‘substantially quicker’.

A total of three (3) legs are planned in the Toyota GAZOO Racing – Vios Cup 2021 as did previous season. Note that these are comprised of the Circuit Championship and Autocross Challenge. While all rounds will take place at the Clark International Speedway, TMP said that there will be strictly no on-site spectators allowed. Instead they’ve heavily invested on their livestream production so that viewers can enjoy a better experience watching the races online.

Apart from these real-world-events, TMP also confirmed the return of their online eSports series the GR GT Cup. It seems that the virtual tournament will still be run using GT Sport on the Sony PS4 and is poised to officially kickoff sometime in April 2021. What’s interesting though is that they’ve now dropped the name ‘Supra’ from the event title, hinting that a different Toyota GR model could be used instead. Something like the GR Yaris perhaps?

Anton, Garrido secure 5th in E1 Championship for GT Radial-Eurasia Motorsport

Eurasia Motorsport may be new to eSports, but they certainly had no problems taking their knowhow from the real-world into sim racing and deliver results in the inaugural E1 Championship. Together with GT Radial Philippines and an all-Filipino driver lineup, they were able to score several podium finishes and wrap up the 8-round season in a respectable 5th overall.

Iñigo Anton and Joaquin “Wakkeen” Garrido headlined GT Radial-Eurasia Motorsport’s entry as part of a strong 22-car field. Although everyone raced in identical Formula RaceRoom X-17s, packing 900 hp and weighing only 620 kg, they were up against some of the best sim racers in Asia.

Things got off to a strong start back in November where Iñigo managed to take home 2nd and 4th during the curtain raiser at the Sepang International Circuit. It was a learning experience, however, for Wakkeen who ended up in 10th and 14th. In stark contrast, luck was not on their side during Round 2 at the Shanghai International Circuit. On-track incidents robbed Iñigo of potential podium finishes. Wakkeen also lost out on a possible top 10 spot after contact with a competitor. Still both drivers did well to score points towards the championship.

The season resumed in December with a visit to the Dubai Autodrome. Again their efforts would go unrewarded with contact during the Sprint Race dropping Iñigo outside the podium, while a last lap puncture in the Main Race cost him 2nd. Wakkeen again helped the team haul points with his 11th and 9th place finishes. It was a similar story during Round 4 at the Imola Circuit. Iñigo worked hard to get 6th in the Sprint Race, but was pushed into a spin during the Main Race and rejoined in 11th. Wakkeen, on the other hand, did well to secure a pair of Top 10 finishes despite struggling with a faulty brake pedal.

GT Radial-Eurasia Motorsport’s fortunes improved when the E1 Championship went to Spa-Francorchamps before the Christmas break. Iñigo was rewarded with 3rd and a 6th, while Wakkeen had a solid 9th and 13th. The following event at the Silverstone Circuit yielded no podiums for the team, but 8th and 7th places for Iñigo and 9th for Wakkeen allowed them to maintain 5th in the overall standings.

The penultimate round at Road America gave the team their best result all season. Iñigo bagged a well-deserved 2nd followed by a 5th place finish. Wakkeen also finished in a respectable 13th following a significant contact at the start. GT Radial-Eurasia Motorsport ended the season on a high later that month at the iconic Mount Panorama Circuit in Bathurst. Iñigo and Wakkeen were 8th and 11th, respectively during the Sprint Race and saved the best for the very last race of the championship. Starting from the second row , Iñigo put pressure on the front runners right from the very start. He held onto the lead at one point in race, eventually taking the chequered flag in 3rd after 30 minutes of racing. Wakkeen enjoyed another impressive run to finish 9th.

With the combined efforts of 16-year-old Iñigo Anton and 14-year-old Joaquin Garrido, GT Radial-Eurasia Motorsport wrapped up the inaugural E1 Championship 5th overall with 299 points collected over 8 rounds of sim competition. Meanwhile, Iñigo’s tally of 4 podiums and 8 top-10 finishes puts him 4th in the Driver’s Standings.

One of the team’s goals in entering the series was to provide Filipino drivers Iñigo and Wakkeen the opportunity to work closely with a real-world race team and learn the importance of the collaboration between driver and the data engineer. Both young racers certainly achieved this, whilst maximizing their opportunities throughout the championship.

Pinnacle Motorsport confirms single-car entry in Spanish F4 with Alex Dunne

Venturing outside Asia for the very first time, Pinnacle Motorsport has revealed that they’re entering the Spanish F4 Championship this 2021. Fittingly, the Motorsport Ireland-licensed team has signed fellow Irish driver Alex Dunne for their single-car entry.

The 15-year-old from Dublin spent a number of successful seasons in karting. His talent for the sport was evident early on as he amassed a number of race victories in championships across his native Ireland and the UK. He then progressed to World and European OK Junior karting championships in 2018 and went on to win the WSK Champions Cup in 2019. Dunne most recently raced in the Senior category in 2020.

Dunne is now ready to move to single-seaters with the support of Motorsport Ireland’s new Race Academy. Preparations for the season are well underway before Pinnacle Motorsport travels to Spa-Francorchamps Circuit in Belgium for the first season test in early April.

The 2021 Spanish F4 Championship kicks off at the same circuit later that month. It’ll then move to Navarra, Portimao, MotorLand Aragon, Valencia, Jerez, until the season ender at the Catalunya Circuit in November to complete the 7-round championship.

2021 Spanish F4 Championship Provisional Calendar Round 1 | April 24-25 (Spa-Francorchamps, Belgium) Round 2 | May 29-30 (Navarra, Spain) Round 3 | July 17-18 (Portimao, Portugal) Round 4 | July 31-August 1 (MotorLand Aragon, Spain) Round 5 | September 18-19 (Valencia, Spain) Round 6 | October 2-3 (Jerez, Spain) Round 7 | November 13-14 (Barcelona, Spain)

Alex Dunne: “I’ve been doing a lot of work over the winter, with my physical training and also learning the tracks through sim racing, so I’m ready now for the real thing. This is a very exciting step especially with racing at such amazing venues as Spa and Portimao. The team will be a great fit for me as I know John already and I know he will help me to learn the car and achieve my goal of challenging for race wins and the championship. A lot of work has gone into putting this season together and I have to thank all of my backers, Motorsport Ireland, VTL, Harris, Maxus, Reynolds, Artisan, and NEA Designs as without their support I would not have this opportunity. I just want to get started now and I can’t wait to get back racing.”

John O’Hara, Team Director: “In our debut season entering Spanish F4 we’re pleased to have Alex Dunne racing with Pinnacle Motorsport. We’ve been watching Alex as he rose up the ranks in karting over the last few years. He’s a very talented driver and we look forward to strong results together.”

Accompanying Pinnacle Motorsport on their Spanish F4 Championship are partners Teng Tools and Motorsport Ireland.

For more info and the latest updates, visit pinnaclemotorsport.net or follow Pinnacle Motorsport on Facebook, @PRT_Racing on Twitter, and @PinnacleMotorsport on Instagram.

RWR Eurasia nabs impressive 4th place on Rolex 24 Hours debut

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In spite of the pandemic, Eurasia Motorsport finally got their 2021 season underway on the other side of the world. They shipped their Ligier JS P217 all the way to the USA (most recently raced at the Le Mans 24 Hours) and teamed up with Rick Ware Racing for their IMSA debut at the Rolex 24 Hours at Daytona.

The #51 entry of RWR Eurasia was shared between Cody Ware, Salih Yoluç, Austin Dillon and Sven Müller over the course of 24 hours and was the only car on the grid to race the Philippine flag. They would start from P15 on the grid and P8 in LMP2 set during the qualifying race a week prior to the event. Salih took starting duties on Saturday afternoon and made an aggressive start to move into P5.

RWR Eurasia

Endurance racing, however, isn’t won on the first hour and RWR Eurasia later settled into a more consistent pace to run P8 in class. Salih would suffer an early spin, but managed to resume without losing any positions. He then handed the car over to Austin who raced into the night.

Cycling through its drivers, the #51 RWR Eurasia entry gradually made up several places as a number of competitors fell by the wayside. But the team also had their share of incidents, one of which saw the need to replace the engine cover overnight. This forced them to fit a spare last used at Le Mans made evident by the mismatched livery on the Ligier.

RWR Eurasia

They would eventually reach P11 overall and P5 in LMP2 by the race’s halfway point until another technical issue threatened their chances at a strong result. A power steering failure in the final hours made driving substantially more difficult, which Cody had to live with over the final 80 laps of the race. But his determination and effort would allow RWR Eurasia to make it to the finish line 10th overall out of 49 starters and an impressive 4th place in LMP2.

The team was also the highest-placed Ligier JS P21 throughout the Rolex 24 Hours against the more dominant Orecas 07s. After overcoming their fair share of challenges, RWR Eurasia is pumped up for the second round of the IMSA WeatherTech Endurance Championship to be held at Sebring Raceway this 20th of March. But since not all 4 drivers will be available for the race, the team has 2 seats open for a Bronze and any grade of driver.

RWR Eurasia

Those who want to take the driver seat should contact Eurasia Motorsport’s Team Principal Mark Goddard at mark@eurasiamotorsport.com for further details.

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Another title near-miss for Pinnacle Motorsport in F3 Asian Championship

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It was a déjà vu moment for Pinnacle Motorsport leading up to the season finale of this year’s F3 Asian Championship by FIA. Because less than 12 months ago, they too were fighting for the title only for it to slip away on the penultimate race of the season. But instead of a tire puncture, this time it was a contact that ended their hopes with a DNF.

Pierre-Louis Chovet had a 32 point lead in the standings leading up to the weekend at the Yas Marina Circuit. There was still a lot of work to be done, however, after he could only muster P6 in both Qualifying sessions. The Frenchman was caught in a scuffle in the opening laps of Race 13 and lost several places in the process. He managed to fight his way back up to 5th place by the time the chequered flag dropped, thus keeping his title hopes alive.

His teammate Alessio Deledda, on the other hand, did a stellar job racing under the lights in Abu Dhabi. Coming from P18 on the grid, he muscled his way through the field to secure a hard-earned 13th place at the finish. Meanwhile, Alexandre Bardinon had a disappointing start to the weekend and failed to finish after a first lap contact with another car.

But all of Chovet’s hard work, including his six race victories this season, came undone in Race 14. He made contact with an opponent’s car that ended his race wiping out his championship lead. This meant that Deledda was the highest-placed entry for Pinnacle Motorsport. It was a repeat performance from the Italian who stormed from P17 to another 13th place. Bardinon again was a non-finisher with a last lap contact yet was classified in 17th.

His earlier DNF placed Chovet a single point behind closest-rival Guanyu Zhou leading in to the final race of the season. This meant not only did he have to catch Zhou, but also find a way past. Sadly, his charge could only get him up to 5th with Zhou taking the race win and the championship. Deledda’s race was cut short when he collided with another car, ending his strong run during the season ender. Bardinon had another misfortune that left him out of the classification after a collision.

Despite missing out on the title, the Pinnacle Motorsport is still pleased to conclude the 2021 F3 Asian Championship Certified by FIA as vice-champion with Pierre-Louis Chovet.

John O’Hara, Team Director: “It was a great way to return to racing after the long break. We were in the title fight from the season-opener until the very end. Although we narrowly missed out on the championship with Pierre-Louis, we’re satisfied we pushed ourselves to the limit every weekend. Thank you also to Alessio, Alexandre, Matthias, and every team member for making the 2021 season memorable for Pinnacle Motorsport.”

Accompanying Pinnacle Motorsport on their F3 Asian Championship campaign are partners Teng Tools and Motorsport Ireland.

For more info and the latest updates, visit pinnaclemotorsport.net or follow Pinnacle Motorsport on Facebook, @PRT_Racing on Twitter, and @PinnacleMotorsport on Instagram.