Batangas Racing Circuit, Philippines. The debut race of Tuason Racing School’s (TRS) Giti Formula V1 Race brought together different racing families such as the Ramirez and Pastors back on the track to relive their old rivalries along with the sport’s brightest and newest superstars.
It can be remembered during the early 2000’s these different racing families would outrace each other whether in Formula 3, Formula Toyota or Philippine Touring Car Championships in Subic, along with Jojo Silverio, Edgen Dyliaco, etc. However, after the 2007 financial crisis, racing in the Philippines took a step back and had only regained its footing in the last four years.
The Giti_Formula V1 is poised to be the next step for the up and coming racer who have graduated from grassroots race series. It is presented by Giti Tires; the Giti-Formula V1 Race Challenge is also supported by Clean Fuel, ROTA, Motul, AEG Power Tools, West Racing Cars Japan, with media partners: AutoIndustriya.com, Autocar Philippines, Wheels Philippines, Philippine Daily Inquirer, and C! Magazine.
Bringing Formula Car Racing Back to The Philippines
TRS’ Giti-Formula V1 Challenge 2018 featured a full 13-car grid with drivers from the Philippines, Finland, Australia, Indonesia, and Japan. Running the Formula V1 race cars, an open cockpit, single seater formula car, a collaboration between West Race Cars Japan and TRS, powered by a 110 hp 1.5L four-cylinder engine, fitted with a short shift five-speed manual gearbox, and only weighs 530 kg dry. The car had no driver aids for skill development and ran on the grippy Giti GTR3 RR1 tires.
Ex-Formula 3 driver Tyson Sy of PartsPro Racing was the early pace-setter in the Pro Class. He qualified 1st in front of Nascar and Asian V8 Driver Don Pastor and 2014 Vios Cup Champion Luis Gono.
During the first race, pole sitter Tyson Sy lost a place to Don Pastor of Frontrow Racing at the first corner. Pastor's lead, however, would be short-lived as Sy regained the spot after a few laps of intense racing. The duo would be locked nose-to-tail until the chequered flag dropped with Sy winning the very first Giti-Formula V1 race with Pastor following in 2nd. Luis Gono of Team Clean Fuel chased after the leaders and collected 3rd place.
Ahmad Fadillah Alam of Indonesia put on a solid performance to finish 4th on his very first race in the Philippines. Stefan Ramirez of Scuderia Ramirez de Arellano ended the race in 5th.
Sy and Pastor's battle resumed that afternoon in Race 2. Pastor got the upper hand this time by taking 1st place. Sy hounded Pastor for 12 laps to cross the finish line in 2nd. Alam was on his way to a podium finish, but a spectacular late charge from Gono allowed the Clean Fuel driver to get past and claim another 3rd. This shows the maturity of the young 20-year-old driver.
Emerging Superstars of the AM Class
Former karter Sean “Rockrapidz” Smith of PartsPro Racing skillfully defended the AM Class lead in Race 1 with Jussi Hoikka of Growl-Thule Racing behind him. But the 19-year-old only dropped to 2nd on the very last lap. A photo-finish saw Hoikka take the win by a slim 0.085 sec with Smith in 2nd.
Actor and 2017 Vios Cup Celebrity Champion Dominique Roque of Team Clean Fuel gave Australian racer Shane Henderson (PartsPro Racing) a run for his money on his first formula car outing. Their battle for 3rd place lasted until Roque made an error and Anderson taking home the prize.
Race 2, Smith commanded a lead of 9.278 sec ahead of Hoikka who finished in 2nd; while Henderson once again claimed 3rd places. Completing the grid of this historical race are Japanese driver Masanori Aya. FORS FB Racing's Arbie Jacinto and Mark Dy.
The 2nd leg of the Giti-Formula V1 Challenge 2018 will resume action on August 10 to 11 at the Clark International Speedway in Pampanga. Taking the racers one step closer to the top prize of racing in the former F1 Race track, Fuji Speedway this November.
For more info, contact the GITI - Formula V1 Challenge secretariat at 820-4203 loc 203, Follow @TuasonRacing on Instagram or like us on Facebook/ Tuason Racing School or via email:firstname.lastname@example.org.