Champions Come Together at the Ultra 4 Hours Endurance Race

After a successful comeback last year, the Tuason Racing Raceday, featuring the Ultra 4 Endurance Challenge, returned on November 16, 2019 at Clark International Speedway!

The Tuason Racing Raceday is the culminating event for the Giti-Formula V1 race calendar and supported by GITI Tires, Phoenix Pulse Fuels, AEG Powertools, West Race Cars, OMP, Oakley, ROTA Wheels, Eurasia, Donpapa, ESPN Sports 5 and Family Mart.

One of the event highlights was the Phoenix PULSE Supercars Trackday which kicked off the day with a jaw-dropping parade of almost 100 cars making their way around the course. The coming together of supercar enthusiasts during Tuason Racing Raceday is fast becoming a much-awaited event in the yearly trackday calendar.

The supercar owners were treated to Phoenix Pulse goodies and a meet and greet with the members of the Phoenix Pulse Racing team consisting of actress and endorser Rhian Ramos with the 2019 Phoenix Pulse Young Driver’s Program winners, Raffy Rabe, Tara Laconico and Patrichk Dela Rosa.

The Ultra 4 Hours Endurance Race

At 1pm, the green flag was waved to start the most grueling event of the 2019 Formula V1 calendar. Twenty (21) teams put their stamina to the test on a blazing hot day in Clark for four (4) hours of racing.

The star studded grid included: Gaby Dela Merced, Jinno Rufino, and British racer Martin Gibson for the Standard Insurance team, Dominic Roque from Cleanfuel Racing Team, Troy Montero and Phoemela Baranda representing Frontrow Racing Team, and Rhian Ramos with Phoenix Pulse Racing Team.

Cleanfuel Racing Team nabbed the crown with 96 laps completed. It was an all-star team featuring 2018 Giti-Formula V1 Challenge overall champion Luis Gono along with Japan’s Ryo Yamada–2019’s second-place driver who also has an upcoming Formula Masters test drive with Eurasia in Sepang, Malaysia. His compatriot, Naoki Yamaya, completed the trio in green.

In second-place was Edgesport Racing Team with international formula racing veteran Tyson Sy, multiple-time slalom and autocross champion, Milo Rivera, and Formula V1 AM Class driver Cesco Dino. With a total time of 4:02:23, only 2:11 separated them from the winning team–a slim margin when it comes to endurance racing!

In third was Toyota Otis-Obengers composed of the current Formula V1 champ Estefano Rivera, up-and-coming Vios Circuit Challenge racer, John Dizon, and Obengers team manager, Pao Agregado, joining his wards on track for their 95-lap effort. While an endurance race is about pacing and conserving the car, the race winners weren’t afraid to go at it in the opening minutes with several blistering 2:10 laps recorded in the process.

And despite the punishment of a four-hour event, the Formula V1 cars ran strong for the entire duration of the race. None of the entries experienced any serious mechanical problems–and all cars finished the four hours on a single set of Giti GTR3RR1 tires. The homegrown formula racer has low running costs and sustainability and its excellent durability helps achieve those qualities.

Stay tuned for the the last V1 action of the season as Estefano Rivera competes in Suzuka versus Japan’s Vita champions this December!

The Giti-Formula V1 Challenge is presented by Phoenix Pulse Technology and Tuason Racing. Sponsored by Giti Tires Philippines, West Racing Cars, OMP, AEG Powertools, Phoenix Accelerate, Rota Wheels, Oakley, Eurasia, FamilyMart, and Don Papa Rhum.

Media partners: Autoindustriya, Autocar, Wheelsph, Jamesdeakin, C!Magazine, and ESPN 5

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