The 8 Hour Philippine Endurance Challenge (PEC) is currently the country’s longest endurance race. 29 cars took part last year, 27 of which made if to the finish line, and the winning team covered 176 laps in 480 minutes.
It’s an epic feat of endurance for both man and machine. A huge task for experienced drivers, even more so for first timers. That’s why its organizers decided to create a more compact, bite-sized version to act as a ‘warm up’ if you will for the full-on 8-hour race in November.
This is the GT Radial x 4 Oras ng Pilipinas.
Running only half the race distance, each team must have between 2 to 6 drivers who will compete 240 minutes non-stop. There will still be pit stops, safety car periods, and re-fueling much like the longer 8 Hour PEC. And because all must run GT Radial SX2 tires, which easily last the whole race, there will be no need for tire changes. But despite the shorter run time, endurance is still the name of the game.
A team may opt to enter in any of the 4 categories. The RP Class is for full-blown race cars and are usually the fastest machines on the grid. Slightly modified street cars, on the other hand, join the FM-1 or FM-2 Class divided according to horsepower. Lastly, the Manufacturer’s Cup is exclusive for stock vehicles with no modifications except for safety equipment.
As with all endurance races, the team that covers the most number of laps after 4 hours wins. Awards will then be given to the Top 3 finishers in each class and the Top 3 teams competing for team points.
Hit the link for the full Sporting & Technical Regulations rule book.
The GT Radial x 4 Oras ng Pilipinas will take place on June 3 to 4, 2017 at the Batangas Racing Circuit (BRC). Please note that all drivers and teams who have not entered in any previous PEC events must join the GT Radial x 4 Oras ng Pilipinas to be eligible for the 8 Oras ng Pilipinas in November.
Registration is now open at P30,000 per entry. But there’s an early bird discount of only P25,000 for those who submit on or before May 15, 2017. Entries close on May 31, 2017 and they will only accept 30 cars on the grid.
Please submit your entries by filling up the Pre-Registration Form.
The Philippine Endurance Challenge 4 Oras ng Pilipinas is sponsored GT Radial – Philippines, KYB, EPPCO, RECARO, Staging Lanes, Competition Clutch, SmartFuels, Seiken Brake Parts, Works Bell, 602PTG, Brodeth Motorsports, Tuason Racing School, OMP, Tes Advertising, and Angeli Jewelry. It’s supported by Walter Lights and Sounds, Aeromed, CTR Suspension Parts, and 2ndGen Insurance. Media partners include 2NER Magazine, ABS-CBN Sports and Action, AutoCar Philippines, AutoDeal.com.ph, AutoIndustriya.com, C! Magazine, CarGuide.Ph, Carmudi.com.ph, Ignition.Ph, JamesDeakin.Ph, JDM Underground, Manila Bulletin Drive, Pit Talk Asia, Ride and Drive Philippines, The Score, and Time Attack Manila.