With only a thin line separating Luis Gono of Team Clean Fuel and Tyson Sy of PartsPro Racing in the championship points, Round 3 of the GITI-Formula V1 Challenge promises to be a highly-charged racing event which unfolds on October 26 and 27 at the Clark International Speedway.
Gono, former champion of the Toyota Vios Cup 2015, showed the 14-grid Formula V1 participants who rules the track from the ranks of PRO class after he deprived Sy of victory during the wet and wild Round 2 of the single-seater formula car race held last August 11 also at the CIS. Sy is a former Formula 3 champion who now works as Valenzuela City councilor.
Known for his consistency and finesse in attacking corners, Gono proved untouchable by leading the pack of ace drivers from pole position to the checkered flag amidst the downpour.
However, race officials were forced to enforce a full course yellow flag when the weather condition turned from worse to worst on Lap 5.
However, Tyson still leads by only six points over Luis after they raked 50 and 44 from the first three rounds, respectively. And Tyson is now hungry for revenge on Round 4.
Considered a ‘wild card’ is Toyota Balintawak-Obengers team driver Daniel Miranda who finished third during the Round 3 of GITI-Formula V1. This earned him his first 12 points after failing to show up on Rounds 1 and 2.
The door is still open for a podium in the overall championship rankings for Miranda since Rounds 5 and 6 will implement double-the-points scheme. Miranda was Toyota Vios Cup champion in 2017 who is also currently competing in Asian Formula Renault.
Meanwhile, 19-year-old Sean Smith of PartsPro experienced engine problems before qualifying which required him to make some changes in his car’s setup in the last race. This caused him a penalty of having to start 14th on the gird.
Nonetheless, his driving prowess allowed him to finish 4th overall behind the PRO class top three finishers and first in the AM category.
Smith now leads in AM Class with 24 points followed closely by Jussi Hokka of Growl-Thule Team with 22 points.
The GITI-Formula V1 racers also welcomed Charlie Cojuangco of FrontRow Racing who made an impressive debut on Round 3.
“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.
Car racing enthusiasts are invited to witness the Round 4 of the GITI-Formula V1 happening on October 26 and 27 at Clark International Speedway. Admission is free.
Interested parties may visit the Facebook page of the Tuason Racing School (TRS)