With a series of podium finishes and a race win, Pinnacle Racing Team (PRT Racing) now leads the Asian Le Mans Sprint Cup as it heads to the 2016 season finale at the Sepang International Circuit in Malaysia. This puts drivers Ate De Jong and Charlie Robertson in the best position to fight for the title and secure the team’s maiden championship.
The squad was only established earlier this year but immediately put up a strong challenge on its debut outing last May. PRT Racing scored consecutive podium finishes right from the season start. This was quickly followed by a hard-earned race win in August, making it the first Philippine-licensed team to win an Automobile Club de l’Ouest (ACO) event in history.
De Jong and Robertson will be back in the driver’s seat of the Pinbet88-sponsored Ginetta LMP3 (Le Mans Prototype 3) prototype. Together they’ll be battling against a field of a dozen LMP and GT machines with the goal of earning more race victories and clinching the 2016 championship.
PRT Racing has a nine-point advantage in the LMP3 Class Teams’ and Drivers’ Classification after two rounds as it heads back to Malaysia.
Accompanying PRT Racing on their LMP3 campaign are partners Pinbet88, Motul, Redmount Group, Balkan Restaurant, and P1 Racewear.
“When we put PRT Racing together in February, our main goal was to simply be able to have the pace to run alongside the leaders. Little did we know we’d be stepping on the top step of the podium in only our fourth race. Now, we’re going back to Malaysia to fight for the championship. This is beyond our expectations and I’m very happy to have such a great team,” De Jong, PRT Racing owner and driver, said.
“Everyone in PRT Racing and Ginetta has worked really hard to get us where we are now in the Asian Le Mans Sprint Cup. Ate has learned so much in such a short time and we’ve won our first race last month. It’s always good to be back with the team and we hope to wrap up the weekend with the title,” said Robertson, PRT racing driver.
The Asian Le Mans Sprint Cup is a sports car racing championship aimed at amateur drivers who want to progress to a higher endurance series. It’s open to LMP3 and Group CN prototypes, as well as GT Cup machinery.