Nissan GT Academy 2015 Top 6 Finalists (Philippines)

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The race to win the top six slots to the UK is on. Since its launch on March 25, the Nissan GT Academy Philippine edition has seen over 15,000 virtual racers from Metro Manila, Bacolod, Cebu, Davao and Cagayan De Oro out-race each other in over 30,000 trials held over the course of over twenty Live Events during its three-month run.  And out of that field emerged the country’s first Top Twenty contestants who will have to battle it out in the National Finals this July 14 to 15 at the CCP parking lot and the SM Mall of Asia Atrium.

The Top Twenty finalists are Francisco Adriano, Joel Agojo, Paolo Vittorio Alcance, Daryl Brady, Rabboni John Buenaventura, Luis Raphael Cachero, Kim Jiger Chong, Juan Carlos Eejay de Borja, Ramoncito de Luna, Rodolfo Faustino, Rio Halili, Richard Dean Jose, Jan Millard Lacuna, Terence Aldrich Lallave, Rafael Miru Lesaguis, Luis Antonio Moreno, Cameron Jordan  Padillo, Jose Gerald Policarpio, Mark Angelo Villamor, and Michael Vincent Yap.

photo grabbed from Mr. Marlon Stockinger's Twitter Account
The top 20 finalists will undergo not just actual driving challenges using real cars, but will also go through a series of physical, mental and personality challenges.

The physical challenges will test the finalists’ fitness level, as they will be made to hurdle tests such as the sergeant jump, planking, push-ups and the bleep test.  A driving challenge, with Mr. George Ramirez as the instructor, follows, after which the initial results will be tallied.

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On the second day, all twenty finalists will undergo ten pod time attack challenges of three rounds each. Their pod performance will be rated for the best lap time, consistency and super pole times. Afterwards, the finalists will face a panel interview by select members of the media as part of the personality challenge. After all the results are tabulated, the top six finishers will be announced and presented to the public and members of media in attendance.

I was very lucky to have been selected as one of the bloggers (special thanks to ms. Mars of for the opportunity) to cover the announcement of the Top 6 candidates who will be flying to the Silverstone Race Circuit in UK in August, and compete in the GT Academy Asia Leg. All six will then battle it out against each other and other Asian representatives including Thailand, India, Japan and Indonesia, both on and off the real-world track, this time, using real-world race cars.

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Serving as their coach, mentor and guest judge is Filipino-Swiss Lotus F1 Junior Team race car driver Marlon Stockinger.

“While I am happy to share my knowledge and experience in racing, nothing beats the contestant’s determination and drive to succeed in this demanding sport,” Stockinger said.
The event started with Mr. Antonio Zara's welcome remarks. Then the Top 20 Finalists were called one by one for their certificates.

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When it was time to announce the Top 6, everyone was very excited as the racers' family and friends cheer for them.

Top 6 winners: Mr. Raphael Miru Lesaguis , Mr. Luis Cachero , Mr. Terrence Aldrich Lallave, Mr. Jose Gerald Policarpio, Mr. Daryl Brady and Mr. Joel Agojo
Catch the thrilling conclusion of Nissan’s search for the first Filipino contender to the international racing circuit scene; come and cheer for your bet as they face-off for the ultimate chance to race to their dream career as professional race car drivers.

About Nissan Philippines, Inc.
Nissan Philippines, Inc. (NPI) is the sole national sales company of Nissan in the Philippines which started its operations in 2014. NPI is responsible for strengthening brand, marketing and sales strategy, and dealer operations in the Filipino market.

Nissan ranked the highest in customer satisfaction with after-sales service among new vehicle owners according to the J.D. Power Asia Pacific 2014 Philippines Customer Service Index (CSI) Study.

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