Giti-Formula V1 Challenge 2018 slated in May

TRS’ Formula V1 Challenge aims to make Filipinos become globally competitive in motorsports

After its successful participation in various motorsports events such as the Toyota Vios Cup and Flat Out Race Series, Tuason Racing School (TRS) is now about to add another event for Filipino racing enthusiasts, the Formula V1.

Aiming to be at par with global motorsports, TRS will hold its first Giti-Formula V1 Challenge 2018 in May. The race is intended for intermediate drivers who want to join other racing programs, and for experienced racers who want to come back into the sport.

There are four events lined up in the 2018 calendar with a mix of sprint and endurance races. Sprint events in May, August, and October will have two 12-lap races each, while the season finale in November will be a four-hour endurance. Venues will then move between the Batangas Racing Circuit (BRC) and Clark International Speedway (CIS).

To make Filipinos become globally competitive in racing events, the winner of the Formula V1 Challenge will be given a chance by TRS and West Race Cars Japan to compete with other V1 racers in Japan. The competition is set this November at the former Formula 1 Racetrack, Fuji Speedway in Oyama, Japan.

"We are looking forward to an action-packed season with both local and foreign experienced drivers on the grid. Having Tyson Sy, Luis Gono, Stefan Ramirez and Actor Dominique Roque creates a great rivalry, and they will be joined by a Japanese and Indonesian driver this year," said TRS president JP Tuason.

The Formula V1 is a collaboration with West Race Cars Japan and is raced in China, Japan, and Taiwan. This open cockpit, single seater race car kit sits on a tubular steel frame chassis covered by a composite body and weighs about 530 kg. It is equipped with a 1.5 liter 4-cylinder Toyota 1NZ engine pushing out 110 hp, a five-speed manual gearbox, and reach a top speed of 200 km/h.

The race car kit is assembled in the Philippines but will later be manufactured locally and made available in other Asian countries for a regional competition.