‘Keng is King’ PTT racer rules King of Asia Pro Series
May 31, 2018
Thai racer Wuttitat “Keng” Pankumnerd who carried the flag for PTT brought the oldest and smallest car in the track but emerged as the big winner by clinching the King of Asia Pro Series 2018 drifting championship last weekend at the sprawling Clark International Speedway.
The 24-year-old protégé of PTT Lubricants smoothly managed the course with his 700hp 1978 Green Toyota Corolla KE30 and battled it out in the finals with the legendary and crowd favourite Daigo Saito of Japan who brought his amazing 1200hp Black Lexus SC430 to the Philippine leg of the competition.
The Japanese racer impressed the judges more with his precision on the track particularly his impressive combination of a rate-to-angle and the fluidity of the car in the course, edging out the PTT racer in the finals of the King of Nations Pro Series Philippine leg.
The Thai racer ended up second place behind Saito who was declared champion for the Philippine leg. However, the combined scores after the three legs of the competition rendered Keng the King of Asia Pro Series champion.
Keng scored impressive wins during the first two legs in Thailand, finishing first and second places, to secure a comfortable lead in the overall tally. An eight place finish in the Philippine leg would also secure him the championship round.
During the first day of qualifying round in Clark, Keng finished third behind Charles Ng of Hong Kong and Saito who landed second and first place, respectively, to advance to the Top 32 where the Thai ended up winning over the Chinese counterpart to settle a final showdown with the Japanese star.
“We are very impressed of his (Keng) performance and we hope to see him in more international drifting competitions carrying PTT RD -2 Lubricants Team,” PTT Philippines Director for Commercial Fuels and Lubricants Vittaya Viboonterawud said shortly after the race.
Meanwhile, coming from another victory with PTT Philippines being named as Employer of the Year of People Management Association of the Philippines, its President & Chief Executive Officer Sukanya Seriyothin also expressed her congratulatory message to the Thai racer and assured PTT’s support every time he would compete in the Philippines.
“We are proud of what you have achieved here in the Philippines, and we hope that you would continue your success in all your races whether in Thailand or abroad. We will always support you being part of PTT RD-2 team,” Ms. Seriyothin averred.
Keng who left Manila for Bangkok on Monday told reporters that he would practice more back home to prepare for bigger tournaments like the Japan D1 Grand Prix (Tokyo Drift).