The 2019 Giti-Formula V1 Challenge championship went down to the wire during Round 3–and not only for the top two! While an epic side-by-side finish in Race 8 decided the series for Jussi Hoikka’s fellow contenders in the Pro Class, the Growl-Thule driver took home third in his class and the overall rankings by just one crucial point!
With double scoring on the board in Round 3, Hoikka drew first blood as he finished third in the weekend’s opening Race 7, trailed closely by Stefan Ramirez who was alongside him in the standings. After they both missed the podium in Race 8, their battle climaxed in Race 9–Hoikka defended against a pushing Ramirez for most of the race, but the Ensport driver managed to slip past on the final lap to clinch third for himself–but was it enough?
The Finnish racer’s consistency throughout the series–having successfully completed every race–turned out to be the key difference as Hoikka finished with a grand total of 106 points and the final spot on the season podium.
Here are Hoikka’s closing thoughts on a successful campaign: “The 2019 season saw lots of exciting and very close racing–especially with my fellow contenders for the overall third place such as Stefan Ramirez, Raymond Ronquillo and Paolo Mantolino. Finding the ideal setup for each race and focusing on consistency was indeed our entire team’s main focus. Big thanks to the dedicated mechanics of PartsPro Racing and coach Edgen Dy-Liacco of Edgesport for this result!”
Congratulations Jussi and Growl-Thule Racing on an excellent season of racing!
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