SM Mall of Asia, ( Atrium ) Pasay City – Philippines
Nissan GT Academy Philippines since its March 25, 2015 launching, The competition had garnered over 15,000 virtual racers from Metro Manila, Bacolod , Cebu, Davao and Cagayan de Oro .
Top Six Winners – Mr. Raphael Miru Lesaguis , Mr. Luis Cachero , Mr. Terrence Aldrich Lallave,Mr. Jose Gerald Policarpio, Mr. Daryl Brady and Mr. Joel Agojo together with Mr. Jof Cox ( Driving Specialist and GT Academy Specialist ) , Ms. Nicki Hewson ( events manager ) Mr. Marlon Stockinger ( Filipino-Swiss -Louts F1 Junior Team race car driver and mentor) Mr. Antonio Zara ( NPI President and Managing Director) and Mr. SJ Huh ( Nissan Philippines NPI . General Manager for Marketing )
The participants out-race each other in over 30,000 trials held over the course of over twenty live events during the three-month run. Out of that field emerged the country’s first TOP 20 contestants who battled it out in the National Finals on July 14 to 15 at the Cultural Center of the Philippines parking lot and at the SM Mall of Asia Atrium.
The other 14 finalists includes Mr. Francisco Adriano, Mr. Paolo Vittorio Alcance,Mr. Rabbboni John Buenaventura,Mr. Kim Roger Chong,Mr. Juan Carlos Eejay de Borja , Mr. Ramoncito de Luna, Mr. Rodolfo Faustino,Mr. Rio Halili,Mr. Richard Dean Jose, Mr. Jan Millard Lacuna,Mr. Luis Antonio Moreno, Mr. Cameron Jordan Padillo , Mr. Mark Angelo Villamor and Mr. Micheal Vincent Yap.
Mr. Daryl Brady- One of the 6 winners
We also had some opportunity to meet some of the lucky finalists for some photo opportunities. One of the finalists and eventually one of the top 6 winners is Mr. Daryl Brady , a graduate of STI – Parañaque and currently working as a freelance I.T. race driver development . He also told us not just the actual driving challenges using real cars but also he had to go through series of physical , mental and personality challenges . He is accompanied by his mom and a sister. He saw an advertisement from a top motoring facebook site which promoted the event and eventually signing-in for the try outs.
Mr. Marlon Stockinger
The six Philippine national winners will vie and compete along with other winners of Thailand, India, Indonesia , Japan .- Aside from the bragging rights and awards. They will have series of trainings for the next 2 months and mentorship and coach from Mr. Marlon Stockinger and the rest of the team.
Mr. TJ Manotoc
ABS-CBN channel 2 will cover the international event which will be held at the iconic Silverstone Race Circuit in United Kingdom this coming August 2015. According to Mr. Marlon Stockinger , He lived near the racing circuit while training before.
NPI President and Managing Director Mr. Antonio Zara said. ” We are happy to be giving aspiring racers and gamers the opportunity to turn their dreams into reality . By democratizing motorsports in the country , We help fast -track the dreams of more potential Filipino racers to reach the international racing arena” .
Nissan Philippines , Incorporated is the sole national sales company of Nissan in the Philippines which started its operation in 2014. NPI is responsible for strengthening the brand , marketing and sales strategy and dealer operations in the Filipino market.
The company also ranked the highest in customer satisfaction with after- sales service among new vehicle owners, This was according to the J.D. Power Asia Pacific 2014 – Philippines Customer Service Index ( CSI ) study.
I would again congratulate all the finalists and winners of the Nissan Philippines Challenge and hope for the BEST in the international competition this coming August 2015.