Nissan Philippines Top 6 GT Academy Advances to the World Finals : Race to Silverstone , United Kingdom

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.

Website: http://www.nissan.ph/

Filipino -Swiss Race Car Marlon Stockinger and Actor Dingdong Dantes at the Ducati Event

Bonifacio Global City – Taguig City -Philippines

L-R Marc de Joya, Toti Alberto, Tj Alberto, Atat Jay Carrion, Atat Lawrence Macalinao with F1 Lotus Junior Racer Marlon Stockinger ( photo courtesy : Ducati Facebook Page )

International known brand – Ducati , One of the world’s most attractive motorcycles are the result of a deep commitment to racing competitions; they are the purest expression of refined skill, unmistakable design and above all, a great passion for bikes.

Ducati is proud to represent Italian industry – the essence of Italian style shows through the design of each bike. Sinuous, seductive and flexible lines with a permanent, timeless quality that sets an unsurpassable standard.

 Ducati Superbike riders invaded the modified race track at the Bonifacio Global City streets at the Globe Slipstream, a homecoming event for Filipino-Swiss race car driver Marlon Stockinger last August 30, 2014.

Racing Teams :

The race teams of Ducati-Bacchus, Ducati-Access Plus, ATAT Racing Team, Samson College-Access Plus – Ducati Desmo Owners Club of the Philippines and Kojie-San brought in their top riders, among them 16-year-old TJ Alberto, superbike master rider and Ducati Philippines CEO Mr. Toti Alberto and General Manager Marc de Joya, John Defensor and Alvin Dee, Superbike Open riders Jussi Hoikka, Vince Mercado and Jordan Gaw, Lawrence Macalinao, Ralph Reyes Jay Carrion, Redge Burilla, Miguel Bichara, Gerald Aycardo, Nikki Romero, Gelo Roa, Daniel Savino, Col. Benjie Ladra,Martin Rosario, Monti Mortimer and former super-bike champion Mr. Raniel Resuello.

local celebrity Mr. Dingdong Dantes at the center ( Photo: Ms. Cherry Burwell)

Celebrity Racers:

Kapuso GMA channel 7 Actor  Dingdong Dantes and Mr.  Bullet Jalosjos with his new all 1199 SUPERLEGGERA, a Ducati limited- edition with only 500 units being sold around the world and Philippines has sold 2 units already.

Instead of bringing in the team’s F1 show cars, Globe Telecom, the exclusive business partner of Lotus F1 in the Philippines, decided to bring in Stockinger’s Lotus WSR Gravity Charouz Formula Renault 3.5 car he actually drives in the World Series for a test drive around a customized BGC race track.
Ducati superbike racers did a demonstration race along with the parade of vintage luxury cars, karting challenge.
See more on these Ducati racers as they take the Clark International Speedway on October 4 and 5. 2014.

For More Information :

Ducati .com : http://www.ducati.com

Facebook Page : https://www.facebook.com/DucatiPhilippines

Ducati -Philippines : http://www.ducati.com.ph

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