Gono takes over the team’s top spot at 2017 Philippine Endurance Race in Clark
Teamwork and strategy steered the TRS-Formula V1 Team to the overall championship of the Philippine Endurance Challenge 2017 “8 Oras ng Pilipinas Race” recently at the Clark International Speedway in Pampanga.
Five decorated drivers alternately took turns at the steering wheel of the Tuason Racing School-prepared race car as they completed a total of 191 laps throughout the eight-hour event.
The team started second on the grid as Mike Tuason, Bjorn Ongtiaobok, Louis Ramirez and Ferdie Ong – dubbed as the “Titos of Motorsports” – impressively controlled a steady pace in the early goings despite going through eight stops due to the small 20-liter fuel tank and a drive through penalty.
The race took an exciting turn as Luis Gono, the pioneer Vios Cup champion, took over the top spot with 15 minutes left and drove the Formula V1 car to the finish line just one minute and 14.505 seconds ahead of Overall Runner-Up Team Centrum-GT Radial 2 that also completed 191 laps.
“The V1 is what we call a REAL racecar. It is a purpose built, mid-engine machine that tests your skill as a driver,” Gono said. “This is not a new concept racer. The V1 is a tried and tested machine that is perfect for developing drivers and race engineers alike. It is what I like to call an Organic Racecar. There are no driver aides, not even ABS. It has a full manual transmission, fully adjustable suspension, single seater, open cockpit buddle of joy. A go-kart on steroids. The perfect drivers machine.”
Team Big Chill-Shell Helix 1 checked in one lap later to claim overall third place, while Team Centrum-GT Radial 1 and Parts Pro Racing 1 Team wound up fourth and fifth, respectively.
“It was the solid concerted efforts of the five drivers that paved the way for the championship victory. The four veteran drivers did their best to maintain our race position in the first hours of the race despite some problems, while the sheer speed of Luis Gono was utilized to deliver the heroics in the last 15 minutes to win the Overall championship,” said TRS president JP Tuason.
The second team, the TRS-BAEOS Team finished fourth place in the FM3 Class with 176 laps behind TRS instructors Gav Quintos, Pathrick Bautista, Dollan Briones, Jiffy Armas and Paul Monastrial using a Toyota racing school racecar. Unfortunately, ABS/brake problems hampered their challenge for a strong podium finish.
But ultimately, the efforts of the Instructors’ Team combined with the title-clinching feat of the TRS-Formula V1 Team powered Tuason Racing into clinching the 3rd Overall Spot in the Team Championship.
“We’re happy with what we’ve achieved in this pressure-packed, strength-draining Endurance Race and we could not have done it without the support of Team manager Miguel Ramirez and the excellent job of the TRS mechanics and crew during the weekend,” Tuason added.
The team was backed by Toyota Racing School, OMP, Rota wheels, C! Magazine and West racecars. For more information check out www.tuasonracing.com or our Facebook page.