LUIS GONO led the Tuason Racing School (TRS) team in taking the overall title in the Philippine Endurance Challenge held Dec. 3 at the Clark International Speedway.
Mr. Gono, the first champion in the Toyota Vios Cup, competed in the eight-hour motor race along with teammates Bjorn Ongtiaobok, Ferdie Ong, Louis Ramirez and Mike Tuason. Mr. Gono was drafted in the team by TRS President JP Tuason.
The team campaigned a Formula V1 Spec race car powered by a 1.5-liter engine from a Toyota Vios.
“Our car was not designed for endurance racing. We had to really push hard every time we refueled because our gas tank only holds 20 liters,” Tuason said, noting that the team’s manager, Miguel Ramirez, had to use a strategy in which fuel consumption can be managed most efficiently.
“Since Luis was the fastest in the team, we had to tweak the car to suit his driving style,” the TRS head said.