Clark International Speedway. It was a wet race weekend for the second installment of the GITI-Formula V1 Challenge where Clean Fuel’s Luis Gono and Parts Pro Racing’s Sean Smith claimed top finishes for PRO and AM class respectively.
With a full grid of 14 Formula V1 race cars, a single seater, aluminum and steel frame formula car made in partnership between TRS and West Cars Japan. Formula V1 has become one of the largest one make series in the country and it is expected to gain more cars & teams this year. The organizers also plan to roll out the series in other Asian countries.
The country’s only single seater formula car series for intermediate drivers who graduated from grassroots race programs such as FORS and experienced racers is organized by Tuason Racing Schoo (TRS) and supported by Giti Tires Philippines, Cleanfuel, Motul, Rota, OMP, AEG Powertools, Tuason Racing School, West Racing Cars Japan. Media Partner – Philippine Daily Inquirer, C! Magazine, Autoindustriya.com, Autocar, Wheelsph.com
The race started with a drizzle but has progressed into a downpour prompting officials to do a full course yellow flag on lap 5. A usual protocol for safety in an international race series, the racers finished 50% of the race laps and crossed the finish line behind the safety car allowing the awarding of full championship points. Drivers will now come into leg 3 with more chances to win the racing seat at Fuji Speedway to compete with Japan’s finest Formula V1 (or Vita Trophy as popularly known in japan) racers in November this year.
PRO Class: Top Prize now up for grabs to All.
Former formula 3 driver and points leader, Valenzuela councilor Tyson Sy settled for 2nd place and was sandwiched by two Vios Cup Series Champions, Cleanfuel’s Luis Gono (2015) and new entry Toyota Balintawak- Obengers Daniel Miranda (2017) who is currently competing in Asian Formula Renault.
Gono who had his first career win, lead from qualifying to the end of the race. He now comes in second in the points race behind Tyson Sy. But it also opens the door for Daniel Miranda to still claim victory since race 5&6 will be have double points come October 27, 2018 at the Clark International Speedway.
AM Class: Smith’s 10 position leap in 3 laps.
Sean Smith on the other hand, had engine problems before qualifying which required him to do some technical work. This resulted for the 19 year old to start 14th on the gird. Nonetheless, Smith worked his way up to 4th overall behind the PRO class top finishers and first in his class.
Parts Pro’s Shane Henderson and Growl- Thule Racing’s Jussi Hoika both held into their podium finishes despite the spectacular performance of Cleanfuel AM driver Dominic Roque who qualified in pole position for the AM class, but suffered a spill during the heavy downpour; and Charlie Cojuangco, a new entry under team Frontrow Racing also making an impressive debut to the single seater race.
“Our vision has always been to give fellow Filipinos a chance to be globally competitive, this is just the next step of what has been built by Toyota and other grassroots race series” Says JP Tuason, TRS and Formula V1 founder, “I am really happy that we are gaining traction for the series, more and more teams are interested to join and we hope more people will support the series.
Round 3 of the Giti- Formula V1 Challenge will have 3 race heats and will be on October 26 & 27, 2018 at Clark International Speedway. For more details please log on to Tuason Racing School’s Facebook page.