Promotion Class will produce close racing
The teams have finalized their new line ups and the Promotion
Class for cars built before 1999 looks set for its most competitive
season to date. Resident pundit, Don Tacos, gives his predictions
on who will be doing the winning
Soepraptos signing for JF3 has produced a good favorite
to win races. He already has experience of Batangas and his
race winning exploits in Formula BMW Asia demonstrates he
knows what it takes to climb to the top step of the podium.
When he is in the mood he can beat anyone, the big question
is how often will he be in the mood?
Murphy has a good pedigree, racing in Ireland and the UK.
He is in the Promotions Class Championship winning team of
the past two years and his car is the one that finished second
overall in the last round of 2004. Testing has shown he can
get on the pace, although he has been exploring the limits
resulting in several off track excursions. If he can contain
his enthusiasm and keep the car on the road he will be challenging
for victories. Its a hard call as to who to make favorite
for the Championship, Murphy or Moreno.
Marcelo will drive for CJM in the car pedaled by Dado Pena
last year. Marcelo is a younger brother of the late Jovy Marcelo
who was a Formula Atlantic Champion in the USA before sadly
being killed during practice for the Indy 500. Testing has
demonstrated that John seems to also be a talented driver
but his almost complete lack of experience will count against
him. Expect him to get stronger with every race but can he
get on the pace soon enough to challenge for the championship?
Carino is a Philippine Formula Toyota Champion and he therefore
must possess a great deal of talent. He joins Speedtech Asia
and they demonstrated with Oliver Turvey at the final round
last year that they know how to prepare a winning car. JP
knows BRC very well and I expect him to show well there. How
he copes with Zhuhai and Sentul will determine whether he
can be a championship contender.
Morales is crossing over from Touring Cars with the Fujitisu
Ten Toyota Team TOMS operation. Its a really tall
order to expect him to be a winner this year but expect him
to improve with every race, his touring car exploits have
demonstrated he does possess a natural talent.
other end of the scale is JP Tuason who will enter as car
under his own team banner, Tuason Racing Team. JP is a quick
driver, of that there is no doubt and he does possess a lot
of experience. He raced in AF3 during 2002 and demonstrated
he can pedal an F3 car extremely fast. The down side is that
the whole deal has been put together at the last moment and
the team may take some time to get up to speed. If they can,
then he should be a race winner. Whether he can win in the
first couple of races is another matter.
car is unaccounted for, it is rumored that Kinetic F3 will
run an unnamed driver. The team are frugal with any information
so we are unable to comment.
Don Tacos prediction is that Greg Murphy, Moreno Soeprapto
and JP Carino will make up the top three in the Championship,
and that JP Tuason will also be a race winner. Predictions
are very dangerous and by the last race of 2005 there will
be probably be a lot of egg on the proverbial face!