Tuason Racing School (TRS) celebrates its 20th anniversary milestone by bringing back formula racing to the Philippines with the new GITI Formula V1 Challenge.

After tremendous success in different grassroots events like the Toyota Vios Cup and Flat Out Race Series, TRS is moving the Filipino racing enthusiast forward to once again be competitive in the global arena.

Formula V1 is a collaborative effort between TRS and West Racing Cars Japan. The 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 VITA-01 car is also being competed in China, Japan, and Taiwan.

The race car kit is assembled in the Philippines, there are plans to manufacture the kits locally as well, to be made available in other Asian countries for a regional competition.

GITI - Formula V1 Challenge

The inaugural Giti-Formula V1 Challenge 2018 will have its first event in May. The series is intended for intermediate drivers who as a step-up from grassroots race programs and for experienced racers, as well. The cost-effective aims to make racing more accessible while providing up-and-coming drivers a venue to develop their skill.

Organizers have planned four events for 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 4-hour endurance event. Event venues will be the Batangas Racing Circuit (BRC) and the Clark International Speedway (CIS).

Inaugural Season Champion Races In Japan

In tune with its goal to make Filipinos competitive globally, TRS and West Race Cars Japan is giving the series winner a chance to compete with the best V1 Racers in Japan.  They will compete head to head in November 2018 at a former Formula 1 Racetrack, Fuji Speedway near Tokyo.

"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. 

Public debut at Manila International Auto Show

Several Formula V1 racecars will be on display at this year's Manila International Auto Show for the public to touch and feel. Confirmed drivers will also be doing meet and greets and visitors will get a chance to receive limited-edition Formula V1 Merchandise.

The Giti-Formula V1 Challenge 2018 is also supported by Cleanfuel, Motul, ROTA, OMP, AEG, TuasonRacing.com West Racing Cars; media partners Autocar, Autoindustriya.com, C! Magazine, Philippine Daily Inquirer, and Time Attack Manila.