The championship points standings in the Toyota GR Supra GT Asia Cup Philippines e-racing series tightens as the top finishers of the second round races at the Autopolis International Racing Course benefit from the second leg 1.5X points multiplier.
The top three drivers from the Promotional class are now separated by only six points as a new name adds to the tally of winners in the series. JB Cruz finished first in the class on its second round after starting from 6th place in the reverse grid final race. Battling from the midfield, Cruz was able to capitalize on the mistakes of other racers in the front pack to take over the lead of the 6-lap final race.
The new rolling start format adopted for round 2 saw Cruz methodically work his way up the race standings. “Taking first place in the finals was very challenging,” shared the sim racing enthusiast. Cruz adds, “Even though you already know you are faster than those in front of you, the challenge was how to safely bring your car from sixth place to first in the cleanest way possible. I had to be really patient in waiting for the opportunity to pass them one by one.”
With consistent podium finishes in the first two rounds, Lance Padilla now leads the Promotional Class championship points standings by 5.5 points over round one winner, Gab Señires. Round 2 runner-up Lance Guballa now ranks third overall in the class championship.
Meanwhile in the Junior Class, Russel Gabriel Cabrera once again finishes first ahead of 8 other finalists in the second round. Coming through crashes and spins by other racers, the junior karter banked on his racing skills to once again fend off a very quick Iñigo Anton. “During the race, I was focusing on my own pace and trying my best to be consistent with my times. Knowing that Iñigo and the other competitors were chasing me, I felt a bit of pressure because all our lap times were close,” shares the 16-year old. Cabrera continues to lead the Junior Class standings with his back-to-back wins.
In the Sporting Class, Luis Moreno continues with his race-winning ways as he tops round two and earns 30 more points in the championship. This takes him to the top of the overall standings in the class.
“The entire time I was pretty much worried about overtaking in this track,” says Moreno. “Autopolis is much more difficult than Suzuka and there’s not much real estate to make a pass with the track flowing quickly from one corner. So I thought of capitalizing points in the semi-finals and then finishing as high as possible in the finals.” The Legion of Racers stalwart adds, “I also had to do my best to finish ahead of my championship rivals in the points standings and I’m happy to have been able to pull off a win for this round.”
With his straight first place finishes in the semi-final and final races of the first two rounds of the series, Moreno now has a 22.5-point cushion ahead of Miguel San Mateo, and a 28-point margin over sim racing veteran Terrence Llave.
The three-leg Toyota GR Supra GT Asia Cup Philippines is run via the Gran Turismo Sport simulation race title on the PlayStation 4 console. The online racing series culminates in the iconic Fuji International Speedway in Japan as the championship deciding third round airs on the Toyota Motor Philippines Facebook page this coming September 26.
Registration is now ongoing for the third and final leg of the series where the class winners can earn as much as 80 points on race day. The top points scorers in the Promotional and Sporting classes after the third round will represent the Philippines in the Asian Regional Round of the Toyota GR Supra GT Asia Cup to be held in Japan.
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