Korean scores upset in PH GT Championship

The Philippine Star

Posted at Oct 19 2012 02:39 PM | Updated as of Oct 19 2012 10:39 PM

MANILA, Philippines - South Korean Peter Kim of TRS-Castrol Racing Team scored a big upset victory to capture the GT200 crown in the Main Race recently in the final leg of the 2012 Philippine GT Championship Series at the Clark International Speedway.

Missing action in the past two legs, Kim vowed to stage a big comeback and create impact on his final race this season with the TRS-Castrol Racing powered by Castrol, Bridgestone, Auto Access, Standard Insurance, Coke Zero, OMP, C!Magazine, Toptul, Speedlab, Aguila Auto Glass and Oakley.

He delivered more than what was expected as he turned back top title contenders Arnel Carlos and son Dwight Kevin, and veteran Uly Maningding by a wide margin.

He finished fifth overall behind the four GT300 drivers clocking 33 minutes, 39.081 seconds in the 15-lap race.

The Tuason Racing crew did a good job on the car set-up for Kim, who had short stints in karting, to capture his first win throughout the season after his much-talked about fourth place overall finish in the Round 3 final race in Batangas.

He clocked the fastest time of 2:13.194 among the drivers in his class during the qualifying time trials, giving him the GT200 division pole position for the nine-lap Sprint race.

However, he figured in an accident that damaged his suspension and forced his early exit.

That only made him more determined. Starting at the tailend for the final race, the TRS crew did more wonders in fixing his Honda Civic EK Auto Access car. Kim maximized the power of the set-up to pass all drivers in his class and finish in 2:13.061 to pull ahead and seal his victory.

“When he moved on to circuit racing this year, we saw big promises in Peter (Kim) who dares to push his limits in every race. What’s more admirable about this guy is his character and determination that makes us believe he’ll be among the country’s top marquee race car drivers in a year or two,” said JP Tuason, founder and president of the Tuason Racing School.

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