Pinnacle Racing Team (PRT Racing) had a good showing in its first outing at the Asian Le Mans Sprint Cup season opener last May 28 to 29 with the Ginetta LMP3 (Le Mans Prototype 3) prototype driven by Ate De Jong and Charlie Robertson claiming third and fourth places in the two 60-minute races to score the team’s first podium finish at the Sepang International Circuit in Malaysia. The next race is in the first week of August.
The Philippine-based team made steady progress during free practice and both drivers were consistently within the top three despite the damp conditions. Maintaining this pace, Robertson qualified third in qualifying session No. 1 while De Jong was fifth in the second session.
De Jong, PRT Racing owner and driver said, “It’s a great feeling to finish on the podium on my very first Asian Le Mans Sprint Cup race. We encountered some delays in the second race, but it was a positive weekend overall. I’d like to thank my team-mate Charlie, our race engineers, and the rest of the PRT Racing crew for this amazing experience. I learned so much in only a few days and I can’t wait for the next round in August.”
Robertson was first behind the wheel in Race 1 who managed to get a clean start. The Ginetta driver worked his way through the leaders and challenged for the lead throughout his stint in second place. However, the team narrowly missed its pit window for the driver change and was handed a costly stop and go penalty. Despite the time lost, De Jong pushed hard to claim third place and the team’s very first podium finish.
The duo faced more challenges in Race 2. Starting from fifth, De Jong would have to pit to change flat spotted tires after a spin while pushing the Nissan-powered Ginetta for a possible podium spot. Robertson likewise spun during his stint that delayed the car but he later set the fastest lap of the race to claim a well-deserved fourth place in class.
Accompanying PRT Racing on its LMP3 campaign are partners Pinbet88, Motul, Redmount Group, and P1 Racewear.