On its 20th year Tuason Racing School, the country’s premier racing school, road safety trainer and motorsports event organizer is launching the next step in the Philippine Motorsports ladder, the GITI – Formula V1 Race Challenge (Giti-FV1RC).
Presented by Giti Tires, the series will feature seasoned and up and coming racing superstars who have graduated from the flourishing grassroots level the country has been enjoying in the last 5 years. Giti-Formula V1 Race Challenge is also supported by Clean Fuel, ROTA, Motul, AEG Power Tools, West Racing Cars Japan and Stolichnaya as Bar Sponsor, with the help of the official media partners—Philippine Daily Inquirer, AutoIndustriya.com, Autocar Philippines, Wheels Philippines, and C! Magazine.
The Giti-Formula V1 series is made up of four events which will start on May 12 to 13 at Batangas Racing Circuit (BRC) and will continue at Clark International Speedway (CIS) on August 10 to 11, October 26 to 27 and finally on November 24. A sprint challenge from May to October is composed of two 12-lap races each while the season finale on November is a four-hour endurance challenge.
Winner Goes to Fuji Speedway
Winner of the said series will be given a chance to further showcase their skill as they compete with the best V1 Racers in Japan. Tuason Racing School and West Race Cars Japan continues its initiative in honing Filipinos to become globally competitive individuals, hence bringing the Season Champion Race in Fuji Speedway on November 2018.
The Formula V1 Car
West Racing Car, a Japanese race car manufacturer based in Suzuka, holds a very strong and smart reputation in Japan because of its 40 years of motorsports experience. West has made race series in Japan and China as well. Now with their partnership with Tuason Racing School, the Formula V1 will be used by all teams during the whole season. Limitedly produced, Formula V1 has Mid-Engine—RWD, with a dry weight of 530kg. It also has 1.5L (110HP) and can accelerate from 0 to 100 kph in 4.5 seconds with a top speed of 200kph. Formula V1 also has 5 speed H pattern short shift transmission, no driver aids (true racing), and uses Willwood brakes for brake bias.
Formula V1 Teams
Competing for this year’s race series are eight teams—Mark Dy and Arbie Jacinto for Team Formula Fors, Stefan Ramirez for Team Scuderia Ramirez De Arellano, Luis Gono and Dominique Roque for Team Clean Fuel, Shane Anderson, Tyson Sy and Sean Smith for Team PartsPro Racing, Jon Effinger for Team AP Corse, Jussi Hoika for Team Growl-Thule, Masanori Aya for Team West Racing Japan, Fadil Alam from Team Presido Jakarta Ban Racing and Frontrow whose driver will be announced before the race.
Here's some photos from the Giti-Formula V1 Challenge Launch