Amateur racer Joward Policarpio was honored as the first Filipino Asian champion of the Nissan GT Academy.
Policarpio, who grew-up in the motoring world being the only son of ex-rally racing champion Boyet Policarpio Jr., beat 28 aspiring racers from all over the Asian region during the finals held at Silverstone, United Kingdom.
“It feels good and it feels amazing to be the pioneer of the event here in the country. Being able to win is a great honor for me and I’ve never been so proud of myself before,” the 26-year old Policarpio said in an interview with The Manila Times.
Policarpio said that though racing runs in the family, he did not expect to get such recognition at a young age. He explained that his racing background prior to joining the GT Academy plus the coaching of Filipino racing star Marlon Stockinger contributed a lot to his victory in the finals.
“We learned so much from him. If it wasn’t for him, I definitely wouldn’t have won. But not just him but also from Ricardo Sanches, our team leader,” Policarpio said.
Policarpio said that he would be leaving the country on Monday to enter a three-month driver development program to prepare him for his debut in the Nissan Dubai 24-hour race challenge in January 2016.