Struggles of a 15-year-old student Joaquin Garrido on studying while racing.

8-year old Wakkeen was brought to a Tuason Racing Clinic in Carmona and that’s when he got hooked on racing. He didn’t stop since then.

His dad also used to bring him to car shows and drift events at such a young age and introducing him to the beautiful world of F1 racing paved the way for Wakkeen to pursue the sport, practicing in years on how to be a fast but “swabe” driver.

Through the years, Wakkeen learned a lot about racing which also helped him to become the best that he can be outside the race tracks.

“My biggest learning in racing is how to balance time! Being a student while racing is hard, you are being given tasks in school, and you are driving at the same time – at times, there could be a lot on your plate, and that’s when balance comes in. As a race car driver, you don’t get a lot of free time as you spend it practicing or improving, so you find ways to do your schoolwork while driving.”

Now that the GITI-Formula V1 Race Challenge is on its last round, he looks forward to this weekend.

“I’m looking forward to the championship battle between me my other rivals on the track. For sure, it’s going to be a fun, and interesting race to drive in and watch !” he shared.

Wakkeen is up to compete with more racers for GITI-Formula V1 Race Challenge this weekend at Clark International Speedway!

ICYMI here is Round 1 GITI-Formula V1 Race Highlights.

Real Racing Action Is Back with GITI-Formula V1 Race Challenge

After a year , GITI-Formula V1 Race Challenge marks the comeback of adrenaline-filled physical races that open doors to aspiring racers all over the country made possible by Tuason Racing.

Presented by Phoenix Fuels, GITI-Tires, powered by PLDT Home and supported by Family Mart, Limitless and Brembo, GITI-Formula V1 Race Challenge’s  race dates will start on September 25-26 for Round 1 and December 4-5 for Round 2.

To ensure safety among racers, staff and guests, certain protocols has to be followed upon entering Clark International Speedway.

Crews and Drivers are required to be tested for COVID-19 Swab Test before going to the track, and its validity must be 72 hours before the event. A number of  crew will only be allowed on the event: 2 mechanics, 1 driver and 2 driver guests.

Results must be given to the secretariat prior to the crew or participant’s arrival.

Fans and spectators can watch thru race challenge broadcasts on these dates: 1st round’s Race 1-2 will be aired on October 20 and Race 3-4 will be on October 27 which will air on Tuason Racing’s Facebook page.1

GITI-Formula V1 Race Challenge participants will battle it out at Clark International Speedway, and will get a chance to show off their potential as the new breed of champion racers.

Two racing classes are available for the public- The Promotional Class is for professional racers, who had pro experience in the racing .  and the AM class which are for aspiring racers  who has no experience on racing on track.

Notable drivers to watch out for are Growl Thule Racing’s Jussi Hoikka, a staple and top contender from 2019’s GITI-Formula V1 Challenge, Phoenix Pulse Racing Team and 2020 National Karter Of The Year Joaquin Garrido,  Formula V1 AM Class 2019 Champion Red Diwa, Phoenix Pulse Racing Team and the only female driver on the roster, Aira Medrano. This also marks the comeback of Obengers Racing Team’s Daniel Miranda.

Get ready for a riveting, adrenaline-fuelled racing action and catch it on

 Tuason Racing’s Facebook page facebook.com/tuasonracing and Instagram instagram.com/tuasonracing ! GITI-Formula V1 Race Challenge is also backed by media partners C!Magazine, Philippine Daily Inquirer, Wheels Philippines,  Time Attack Manila, Autodeal and Autocar Philippines.

Phoenix PULSE Racing Team Driver’s Profile: VITTO MARQUEZ

HEART OF A CHAMPION

Witnessing actor and performer Vitto Marquez’s focus and great performance during Phoenix PULSE Young Driver’s Program Celebrity Showdown this year made him a champion in his own right.

His experience as a member of the Valorant team and Counter Strike  Global Offensive Pro Team gave him an edge in the competition, he showed what toughness is all about.

 The world of virtual racing is new to him but it didn’t stop Vitto to get the much-coveted championship title.

Fast-forward to this day, he now shows his strength and potential at Phoenix PULSE Formula V1 Virtual Cup as part of the Phoenix PULSE Racing Team.

Sharing his FV1 Virtual Cup Round 1 experience, Vitto said that the most challenging part was the first corner during Race 1, aside from the track itself.

“Usually pag start ng race kasi talagang bugbugan sa first corner so that’s the most challenging, as in. It’s either pag nakalagpas ka don okay na okay, you can continue pero pag nasira kotse mo, as in wala na pag-asa move on ka nalang ganon.” Vitto shared.

But despite these challenges, Vitto considers his Round 1 experience a memorable and adrenaline-filled battle.

“First time ko na mag-competitive na tournament sa racing kaya mejo baguhan pa ako but I got the hang of it, nakakalaban naman ako .”

He also cited that his experience in Phoenix PULSE Young Drivers Program: Celebrity Showdown is a big help for his FV1 Virtual Cup stint.

“Dun ko first time nagamit yung virtual racing, yung talagang may wheel, kung ano yung feeling, yung kahit hindi ka naman pro, andun yung feeling na talagang lumalaban kami.”

Vitto also shared a lot of things he learned in his first foray into the world of virtual racing through Phoenix PULSE Formula V1 Virtual Cup.

“It’s not all about speed, It’s about being smart also. Kaya hindi ibig sabihin na mas mabilis ka, una ka na. Kaya pagdating ng laban talaga , iba ang qualifying iba pa ang race kaya kailangan matalino ka, kailangan hindi ma-damage kotse mo. Kailangan isipin mo kung ano ang weakness ng kalaban , mahirap talaga siya, kailangan may presence of mind ka.”

With his passion to learn and adrenaline-filled spirit, Vitto Marquez sure knows how to show that he is indeed a CHAMPION.

Catch Phoenix PULSE Racing Team’s Vitto Marquez as he battle it out in the AM Class on the virtual race tracks in the 2nd Round of Phoenix PULSE Formula V1 Virtual Cup Season 2!

Catch the action on Tuason Racing and Phoenix Fuel’s Facebook Page on October 2! See you at the virtual race tracks!

Phoenix PULSE Formula V1 Virtual Cup is presented by Phoenix Fuels, powered by PLDT Home and backed by Limitless, Family Mart and Apex Sim Racing and is also backed by Ribbon Arc Motorsports, Gran Turismo Philippines, Sim Racing PH, Automobile Association Of The Philippines and Seven Garage. With media partners C!Magazine, Philippine Daily Inquirer, Wheels Philippines, Time Attack Manila, Autodeal and Autocar Philippines.

Phoenix Pulse Racing Team Profile: Get To Know Andre Varquez

It is always inspiring to see passionate, young talents bringing out their best to show what they’ve got, we can consider ourselves blessed as we get to see aspiring racers reach the finish line in Phoenix PULSE Formula V1 Virtual Cup’s 2nd Season.

Almost a hundred virtual drivers competed on the virtual race tracks and it is amazing to see them give their hundred percent on the competition.

Just like Phoenix PULSE Racing Team’s Andre Varquez who’s an AM Class Champion and now competed for the PRO Class in this race.

“I started racing virtually back when I was a kid, from various racing games on consoles, arcades in malls to proper sim racing events outside, where I got my first taste of emulated realistic car physics.” He shared.

Paul Faustino paved the way for Varquez to compete in FV1 Virtual Cup’s 1st season.

“He gave me an opportunity of borrowing his old racing wheel, thus giving me more leverage to compete in the first season of Phoenix Pulse’s Virtual FV1 series. As it progressed, a lot of opportunities came to me, like running in my first wheel-to-wheel race in an actual race track and winning my first virtual racing championship, for which I’m still thankful to this day.”

On where he gets his drive to race, Varquez shares that it’s the people who supported him since day 1 who pushes him to keep going.

“Though I don’t think much about “doing it for them” and enumerating all the what-ifs when preparing for a race. I’ll keep my head down and let the skills do the work, learn from mistakes, and always keep the mindset that anything can happen on the track. I’m somewhat hesitant and nervous but, I’ll just send it because only a few can experience this make-or-break opportunity.”

From competing on the race tracks, switching his energy to battle it out on the virtual tracks has been pretty interesting yet the hardest to start on. “Half of the journey of learning how a car moves to anything that I throw at it, I already knew it through sim racing, even the layout of the track, so translating it to the real world made so much sense with all the knowledge reflecting on whether I’m doing it wrong or right.”

Winning the 1st season of Phoenix PULSE Formula V1 Virtual Cup last year helped in his immersion with being one with the simulator compared to the small monitor he was using throughout the series. For him, Tuason Racing also gave him opportunities to learn the other side of racing by volunteering in the company’s different events such as Young Driver’s Program Celebrity Showdown that helped increase his interest in how he looks forward to making the Philippine Motorsports Scene a fun place both in the perspective of being a competitor and a being part of the team who makes all the events happen. It also boosted my self-esteem as a virtual racer and contributor, potentially striving for better.

The  former rookie in virtual racing is competing in an all-new season of the competition, and there is no stopping Varquez to show his fullest potential.

“Now that I’m in the pro class, it is not easy to maintain my standing, but I have to move up in the world. I’ll do my best to keep up with the greats under the Phoenix Pulse Racing Team, who will support both of us for the best.”

Get to witness Phoenix Pulse Racing Team’s Andre Varquez as he battle it out in the PRO Class on the virtual race tracks in the 2nd Round of Phoenix PULSE Formula V1 Virtual Cup Season 2!

Catch the action on Tuason Racing and Phoenix Fuel’s Facebook Page on October 2! See you at the virtual race tracks!

Phoenix PULSE Formula V1  Virtual Cup is presented by Phoenix Fuels, powered by PLDT Home and backed by Limitless, Family Mart and Apex Sim Racing and is also backed by Ribbon Arc Motorsports, Gran Turismo Philippines, Sim Racing PH, Automobile Association Of The Philippines and Seven Garage. With media partners C!Magazine, Philippine Daily Inquirer, Wheels Philippines, Time Attack Manila, Autodeal and Autocar Philippines.

Andre Varquez, Inigo Anton leads Round 1 of Formula V1 Virtual Cup’s 2nd Season

The Phoenix Formula V1 Virtual Cup started its 1st season in 2020. In order to keep the racing community alive during the pandemic, Tuason Racing together with Phoenix Fuels brings another racing action in the new normal platform, competing in an adrenaline-filled, challenging race experience at the comforts of their home. Local racers in the country, both sim and real on track racers have joined since the start of its season, and now more racers, even beginners in racing have joined to further enhance their skills.

Inigo Anton and Joshua David Marquez secured the fastest times and were applauded as champions in Round 1 of Phoenix PULSE Formula V1 Virtual Cup’s 2nd season, which was broadcasted at the Tuason Racing Facebook Page last August 14 and August 21.

Set in Subic International Raceway, A total of 120 racers both for AM Class and PRO Class battled it out on the virtual racetracks, but Marquez and Maulana lead the pack and dominated the PC-based Assetto Corsa virtual race.

This year’s GR GT Cup Junior Class Overall 2nd placer and Legion Of Racers’ Joshua David Marquez made it to the top on the AM Class with the total race time of 10:05.479.

Last year’s Formula V1 Virtual Cup Champion and Obengers Racing Team’s Inigo Anton proves that he is still a force to be reckoned with a total race time of 10:00.462, among 21 racers who competed in the PRO Class for this race.

Stregawo Veloce Ragazzo Squadra and Formula V1 Virtual Cup’s AM Class podium finishers Francis Metrillo placed 2nd in the AM Class with the total time of 10:09.118 after a tough racing battle with Marquez, while new racer Joshua Nabus of Termi Tuning Factory placed 3rd  with 10:10.218 that made him show his great potential as an upcoming virtual racer to look out for as he competed in the race with only his gaming mouse and keyboard unlike any other racers with their own set-up of rig.

Meanwhile in the PRO Class Category, Asian Endurance Series’ Podium finisher  and Stregawo Veloce Ragazzo Squadra’s Russel Reyes followed Anton to secure a second place finish with a total time of 10:12.014, while Partspro Veloce Ragazzo Squadra’s  Aldo Balagulan got 3rd place with a time of 10:18.038.

New Breed of Racers also showed their fullest potential during the virtual race, like Phoenix Pulse Racing Team and last year’s AM Class Champion Andre Varquez who is now competing  on the PRO Class, and Phoenix PULSE Young Drivers’ Program Celebrity Champion Vitto Marquez.

Andre who was running 2nd during the Race 2 session were able to overtake and claim the Champion spot as Paola Bringas who was leading the race eventually crashed while exiting one of the dangerous corner of the track. Paolo Bringas is a Top Driver Champion in 2011 and has competed in Ford Fiesta Cup.

Round 2 of the Phoenix PULSE Formula V1 Virtual Cup will be broadcasted on October 2 at Tuason Racing and Phoenix Fuel’s Facebook pages.

Phoenix PULSE Formula V1 Virtual Cup is presented by Phoenix Fuels, powered by PLDT Home and backed by Limitless, Family Mart and Apex Sim Racing and is also backed by Ribbon Arc Motorsports, Gran Turismo Philippines, Sim Racing PH, Automobile Association Of The Philippines and Seven Garage. With media partners C!Magazine, Philippine Daily Inquirer, Wheels Philippines, Time Attack Manila, Autodeal and Autocar Philippines.

RACE 1 – PHOENIX PULSE FORMULA V1 VIRTUAL CUP SEASON 2
RACE 2 – PHOENIX PULSE FORMULA V1 VIRTUAL CUP SEASON 2

Back on Track: Phoenix PULSE Young Drivers’ Program Returns to the Actual Arena

PhPhoenix Petroleum, along with Tuason Racing will, once again, set the race tracks ablaze, as it brings back the Phoenix PULSE Young Drivers’ Program to an actual racing arena this year.

In 2019, the brand launched the sponsorship initiative to elevate Philippine motorsports, and to give aspiring racers the opportunity to be the next racing superstar. Out of  almost 300 hopefuls, Phoenix and Tuason Racing were able to discover young, promising race drivers like Raffy Rabe who bested other contenders, and became part of the Phoenix PULSE racing team.

The motorsport rising star was given an opportunity to represent Phoenix at the 2019 GITI-Formula V1 Challenge where he showed off his racing skills at the 4-hour Endurance Formula V1 Race of the Tuason Racing Race Day.

“Phoenix Petroleum, along with our trusted partner, Tuason Racing, is glad to bring back this wonderful opportunity for racing hopefuls who possess a good balance of excellent racing skills and great attitude who can represent the brand, and inspire other young drivers to reach for their dreams,” said Phoenix Petroleum Vice President for Integrated Marketing and Strategies Celina Matias.

Last year, the Young Driver’s Program had to be taken online due to strict quarantine restrictions and safety concerns. This 2021, however, the program is back on track as it turns the racing dream of one aspiring race car driver into reality. 

“Phoenix Petroleum, along with our trusted partner, Tuason Racing, is glad to bring back this wonderful opportunity for racing hopefuls who possess a good balance of excellent racing skills and great attitude who can represent the brand, and inspire other young drivers to reach for their dreams,” said Phoenix Petroleum Vice President for Integrated Marketing and Strategies Celina Matias.

The program is open to anyone who is 15-26 years old with at least one year of racing experience, can drive a manual transmission car, with a valid driver’s license, and of Filipino descent.

Follow the Phoenix Petroleum and Tuason Racing social media accounts for details on registration, or scan the QR code provided on the posters!

See you on the race tracks!

Phoenix PULSE Formula FV1 Virtual Cup 2021: Another Year Of Exciting, Virtual Race Action

The First Homegrown Filipino Esports  Racing Series is back with more exciting, virtual racing action for aspiring esport stars and racing fans.

Phoenix PULSE Formula V1 Virtual Cup is now on it’s 2nd year and along with Tuason Racing,  they aim to continue expanding its virtual motorsports program and creating a platform for racing and motorsports enthusiasts to pursue their love for the sport.

Presented by Phoenix Fuels, powered by PLDT Home and backed by Limitless, Family Mart and Apex Sim Racing, FV1 Virtual Cup’s Round 1 will kick-off on August 14 followed by Round 2 on October 2 and Round 3 on November 20.

Aspiring  Filipino and International esport racers aged 14 years old and above are eligible to join the race against other participants, win amazing prizes and get a one-in-a-lifetime opportunity to be trained by the best in the industry, Tuason Racing.

Participants in the Formula V1 Virtual Cup will get the ultimate racing experience via PC-based game Assetto Corsa  and will drive a Formula V1 inspired race car to race for their future as the next FV1 Virtual Cup Champion.

Two racing classes are available for the public- The Promotional Class is for professional esport racers, who had vast experience in the virtual racing world.  and the AM class are for aspiring racers  who has no experience on Sim Racing.

If you think you have what it takes to be the next Phoenix PULSE FV1 Virtual Cup Champion by signing up via the QR Code provided on the poster or you can contact Aileen Urgelles at 09175967580.

You can also follow Tuason Racing’s Facebook page facebook.com/tuasonracing and Instagram instagram.com/tuasonracing for more Phoenix PULSE Formula V1 Virtual Cup  updates!

Phoenix PULSE Formula V1 Virtual Cup is also backed by Ribbon Arc Motorsports,  Gran Turismo Philippines,  Sim Racing PH, Automobile Association Of The Philippines and Seven Garage. With media partners C!Mgazine, Inquirer Mobility, Wheels Philippines,  Time Attack Manila, Autodeal and Autocar Philippines.

Vitto Marquez dominates Phoenix PULSE Young Drivers’ Program Celebrity Showdown

After seven challenges, gamer and Hashtag member Vitto Marquez emerged as the champion of the Phoenix PULSE Young Drivers’ Program-Celebrity Showdown, beating out six other celebrity racers.

In the final episode, which aired on July 9, the competition got tighter and more exciting as the final two contestants Marco Gumabao and Vitto Marquez went head-to-head to get the coveted title of being the Phoenix PULSE Young Drivers’ Program-Celebrity Showdown Champion.

Marco and Vitto were able to meet the people behind the web series, including Phoenix FUEL’s Marketing Manager Alex Noveno, Tuason Racing CEO and Founder JP Tuason, along with Tuason Racing coaches Mike Tuason and Oliver Aquino, with E-sport instructors Elysee Menorca, Quattro Adriano and Race directors Gav Quintos and Andre Varquez.

The remaining two celebrity racers were also given a chance to choose a teammate from the eliminated celebrities to help them in the final round. Vitto chose Joshua Dionisio as his tag team while Marco chose Michelle Dee to be his partner.

After choosing their partners, Marco and Vitto headed to their final showdown, the Phoenix PULSE Formula V1 Virtual Challenge.

For the virtual circuit race, the finalists and their chosen partners competed in a wheel-to-wheel battle with a Formula V1 virtual car for three laps around the track.

Vitto Marquez then emerged as the winner for the challenge, leading only by a few laps against Marco.

GiTi Tire Change Challenge
Karting Challenge
Slalom Challenge

Aside from the bragging rights of getting the title and being part of the Phoenix PULSE Racing Team, Vitto will also get over P200,000 worth of prizes; P10,000 worth of Phoenix FUEL gift certificates, 20,000 worth of Limitless points, 30,000 worth of GITI-Tires, and P150,000 worth of Family Mart items so he can set up his community pantry.

“I was expecting myself to win, siyempre dapat gano’n talaga lagi kapag nasa competition ka, kahit anong sport, kailangan gano’n mindset mo. You should always push yourself to the limit. So I gave my all, and I was rewarded.” Vitto shared.

Marco Gumabao or Vitto Marquez? Who Will be the Next Phoenix Pulse Young Drivers Program Celebrity Showdown Champion? The Final Showdown Begins!

From Four, fiery celebrity racers, only two celebrity racers emerged as the finalists for the Phoenix PULSE Young Drivers’ Program-Celebrity Showdown.

Marco Gumabao and Vitto Marquez are the top racers in the Time Trial challenge, which made Kim Baranda and Joshua Dionisio exit the competition.

Marco and Vitto will now head on to the Final Showdown: The Formula V1 Virtual Circuit Race.

The virtual race is a wheel to wheel battle for around 2 to 3 laps around the track. The first one to finish the race wins the challenge and will be the Phoenix PULSE Young Drivers’ Program-Celebrity Showdown CHAMPION.

Whoever gets the title will not only get a title but will get a whole lot of prizes as well which includes P10,000 worth of Phoenix Fuel GCs, 20,000 worth of Limitless Points, 30,000 worth of GITI-Tires and 150,000 worth of FamilyMart products for them to be able to set-up their own community pantry?

The big question now is, who is the Phoenix PULSE Young Drivers’ Program-Celebrity Showdown Champion? Find out this Friday, June 9 at 8:00PM on Phoenix Petroleum’s Facebook Page and Youtube channel with replays on the Limitless App.

Watch the last episode and get to win amazing prizes from Phoenix!

You can also watch this exciting episode on Tuason Racing’s Facebook Page.

Phoenix PULSE Young Driver’s Program-Celebrity Showdown Episode 4 Recap: Limitless Possibilities

Now 6 celebrity racers are left to continue the next challenges that will test not only their strength, but patience as well.

The celebrity racers goes head-to-head individually through another physical race which is the Phoenix Fuel’s Slalom Challenge. The challenge will determine the top 4 celebrity racers who will advance to the next round, while the bottom two has to pack their bags and go home.

The goal of this challenge is to drive through the slalom course with the fastest time and avoiding penalties by hitting any of the cones.

Marco Gumabao shared that he already has an experience  with slalom challenge that’s why he already has an idea  on how was it like. “Inatake ko lang siya kung paano ko siya naisip atakihin, and I just stepped on the gas  tapos iwas iwas lang sa pole.” he said.

Marco, along with Joshua, Vitto Marquez and Kim Baranda won the challenge, making Patricia and Michelle the bottom two celebrity racers.

The Top 4 then proceeded with Online Time Trial Challenge, where the drivers should find their shortest lap time around the course. The top 2 on this round will be advancing to the finals.

After the challenge, Marco and Vitto emerged as the winners, and will be competing for the final race on the next episode.

So who’s the Phoenix PULSE Young Driver’s Program-Celebrity Showdown Champion? Find out on our final episode this Friday, July 9 on Phoenix Petroleum’s Facebook Page and Youtube Channel  at 8:00pm with replays on the Limitless App.

You can also catch the action on Tuason Racing’s Facebook and Youtube Channel.