Rookie Diaz writes GT 100 history
SEVENTEEN-year-old Ivan Kailer Diaz made history as he became the youngest and only rookie driver to complete a championship sweep of the 2015 Yokohama Philippine Grand Touring Car Championships Series’ GT 100 category at Batangas Racing Circuit recently.
The Bong Perez-coached Diaz came through with a perfect 360 points after sweeping all 12 of his GT100 races in the premier circuit-racing event.
“This is a sweet triumph for me,” said Ivan, who plans to take part in the faster GT150 division next season, a challenge he doesn’t shy away from. “I thank God for keeping me and my team safe.”
Ivan’s mother, Jane, was a professional bowling champion, while his father, Lennel, was a drag racing champion.
The De La Salle-College of Saint Benilde Architecture student started racing at the age of 13, fueling his new-found love through go-kart racing with the help of Arvin Drueco and Coach Edgen Dy-liaco.