Kathy Villar Hailed First Female Rookie Driver of The Year At The Yokohama Philippines Grand Touring Car Championship

In a testosterone-driven sporting event, a female racer emerged series champion in the GT150 Class of the 2018 Yokohama Philippines Grand Touring Car Championship, which drew some of the best racers in the country last October 21 at the Clark International Speedway.

Racer Kathy Villar wins the GT150 Class of the 2018 Yokohama Philippines GT Championship at the Clark International Speedway on Oct. 21. Beside her are runners-up Lewy Manio and Russ Agapito.

Kathy Villar, the sole female competitor in the race series, was also hailed as the first female Rookie Driver of the Year. Trailing behind Villar were first runner-up Lewy Manio and second runner-up Russ Agapito.

Villar turns in the fastest lap time of 2.21.573 in the GT150 Class of the 2018 Yokohama Philippines Grand Touring Car Championship.

Driving a Honda Civic EK hatchback, Villar recorded the fastest lap time of 2.21.573, besting other competitors and eventually winning the GT150 title.
In the GT200 class, Edwin Rodriguez finished the season at the top of the driver points standing to clinch top series honors, while Paolo Ivan Santos and Paul Santos finished first and second runners-up, respectively.

“Racing with some of the country’s top drivers is such a privilege and I’m just very grateful for the opportunity and the recognition. It was indeed an adrenaline-charged series. Huge thanks to everyone who made this possible,” says Villar, who attributes a big part of her victory to her rigorous training.

Villar was trained by her coach and race car engineer, Edgen Dy-Liacco, who was also a champion in karting, rallying and Formula Toyota racing in the Philippines.
Sanctioned by the Automobile Association of the Philippines and sponsored by Yokohama Philippines, the six-leg Yokohama Grand Touring Car Championship kicked off last May and ran until the October finale. The races were held at the Clark International Speedway and Batangas Racing Circuit.
The annual series is under the Philippine Petron Motorsports Championships, which also holds other racing events like Philminiracers, Classic Aspirated Cup and Sparco Grid and Bracket Races.

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