GAC Motor Philippines will make its much-awaited return to the local endurance racing scene as it prepares to join the Petron Kalayaan Cup 12-hr Endurance Race in Clark International Speedway on June 12 and 13, 2021.
The GAC Motor Race Team composed of Brennan S. Lim and Andre Tan had a successful stint in the circuit scene in 2019. Their efforts produced four championships: 2019 Kalayaan Cup 4-hour Endurance Championship (Manufacturer’s Class); 2019 Kalayaan Cup 12-hour Endurance Championship (Manufacturer’s Class); 2019 Bonifacio Cup 4-hour Endurance Championship (Manufacturer’s Class); and 2019 Bonifacio Cup 4-hour Endurance Championship (Open Category).
For this year’s Kalayaan Cup, the team will be joined by multi-awarded racecar driver Milo Rivera, who was the 2019 Philippine Autocross Championship Series (PACS) overall champion; Kody Ng, the 2019 PACS novice-class winner; and Patrick Mendoza.
“Joining motorsports events such as the endurance challenge will play a key role in boosting the presence of GAC Motor and building brand confidence in the Philippines. It will also enable us to showcase the performance and reliability of the brand’s vehicle line-up, especially the GA4,” said Brennan Lim, branch head of GAC Motor Metrowalk, Pasig City.
The GA4 1.5L MT is powered by a 1.5-liter inline-4 DCVVT Euro 5-compliant engine that can produce an output of 113hp and 136Nm of torque. It is equipped with an L-type McPherson front suspension that suppresses high-frequency vibration and for better handling.
The Petron Kalayaan Cup 12-hr Endurance Race is composed of two categories: the six-hour endurance race with two race car drivers; and the twelve-hour test that has at least three drivers taking turns driving the race car.
Due to the pandemic, last year’s Kalayaan Cup had to be canceled. However, with lockdown restrictions easing up, Legado Motors, Inc. is determined to participate in the 2021 Kalayaan Cup 12-hr Endurance Race with the goal of bagging the championship once again.
Race fans and enthusiasts may watch even via the Makabayan Cup Endurance Race Challenge Series Facebook fan page.