Tuason Racing School is the most prominent school for motorsports in the Philippines. Running events for Go-Karting, various cars, and even Superbikes.
So what did the company run through in the past 21 years?
Chapter 1 – Arthur Tuason Memorial Cup 2000-2006
To memorialize his father, who taught him how to race, JP Tuason organized the Arthur Tuason Memorial Cup in his honor. The annual race series began in the year 2000 with the first event at Carmona race track. With the use of Go-Karts for simplified racing, the series would quickly become popular. This event would create an opportunity for all to enjoy an afternoon of racing, as well as support a good cause with all the proceeds going to charities that provided for children’s medical needs. Later on, the tournament would move to Speedzone in Makati and would peak at over one hundred participants. This would be an excellent introduction for JP Tuason in the world of organizing races.
Chapter 2 – Civic 2001/Formula 3 2003-2006
In 2001 the Racing School began when the Tuason husband and wife duo along with a group of close collaborators purchased and modified four Honda Civics into race cars, which then saw use in an early version of TRS circuit training.
Then from 2003 to 2006, JP Tuason took up a new challenge and entered the Formula 3 scene. The Tuason Racing team traveled all over Asia to compete against other international racers, including competitors from France and England. Despite all the high-quality talent in this series, JP would garner podium finishes racing in both China and the Philippine legs of the series, then parting with the series having attained success, experience, and higher ambition in the future.
Chapter 3 – Lynx Cup 2003-2006
While competing with the Asian Formula 3 series, JP also organized the Ford Lynx cup, which was the first Filipino one-make series that was composed of purely novice drivers. The TRS team had a fleet of ten new Ford Lynx cars, which were converted into powerful race cars. The goal of the series was to culture new Philippine talent by exposing newcomers without too much of a financial drain. The first step was training sessions as the new drivers went through basic and advanced lessons, before entering eligibility for the race weekends. Running successfully for three full seasons, the series would become a successful first foray into one-make racing for the Tuason company
Chapter 4 – Ford Focus 1.6
TRS would continue the success they saw with the Ford Lynx by now making use of a fleet of ten Ford Focus 1.6L cars. It first saw action in the racing school as the primary instruction vehicle used by the participants. After seeing its potential, the team then converted the units into race cars and began entering races around the country. They would find success in the Philippine Autocross Competition with racer Dollan Briones as well as gain a championship from the Philippine Touring Car (PTCC) series with Stuart Macdonald. With accolades earned, the Focus would also see action in its one-make series run by TRS. Students of the school would rent out the units, and it ran for two years before making a significant upgrade.
Thus in 2008 came the Ford Focus 1.8L Diesel, and the TRS fleet experienced a power-up. All eight cars were modified to be race-ready, and the Ford Focus Cup would continue with the new machines. While organizing their competition, TRS would also participate and collect wins in the PTCC, GT, Philippine Autocross, and the Philippine Production Car Championship.
Chapter 5 – Drifting 2008-2010
Around the same time the Focus 1.8 diesel cars were phased into the TRS rotation, the team also branched out of the traditional racing methods and tried out the local drifting competitions. Making use of two Mazda BT-50 Diesel trucks, and a Mazda RX7 converted into competitive drift cars. The team made headlines with the introduction of the first drift pickup truck, and later on, secured a first-place win with the RX7. Accomplishing these technological and skillful feats within only two years of competing is impressive for a team that came into the sport as greenhorns.
Chapter 6 – The Karting events (COF 1 and 2)
The Champions of the Future event of COF was first introduced in 2008. This project was where they taught young boys and girls racing basics in the grassroots event for motorsports. Serving as both a clinic and then run series, the students could get a feel for the race car driver’s life and enjoy their first thrill behind the wheel.
These students who graduated from the COF program often joined the local karting competition, and eventually, some went international such as with the Asian Karting Open Championship. They also had the option to join the TRS team, partner up with other teams, or even start up their own.
A second COF also ran from 2011 to 2013, because of the success found in the previous class. Several racers from this class would also follow in the footsteps of their predecessors and compete both nationally and internationally for karting and even other forms of motorsports.
Chapter 7 – Fiesta 2011-2012
Before the Vios cup came into fruition, there was the Fiesta Cup, which would change the way that TRS handled their one-make competitions. In the previous few race series, the team would rent out units to the drivers. The Fiesta Cup changed the business mold as they began to sell units to racing teams, this made up a larger grid of twelve cars.
Chapter 8 – CSS 2013
A venture that began when a close collaborator approached TRS because of the company’s previous work with their road safety advocacy. The goal was to provide an avenue for Superbike enthusiasts to learn about safe usage and better control over their rides. TRS knew that the best trainers in the world came from the American company CSS, and so contacted them and began working on their CSS event. Starting in 2013, CSS Philippines has continued to grow and has trained many local riders’ vital techniques for safety on the road and speed in the circuit.
Chapter 7 – Toyota 2014
Now partnering up with Toyota to promote the newest version of the Vios, a new one-make series that sought to reach a wider audience through the inclusion of celebrity racers. Beginning in 2014, the series has dramatically evolved throughout the years, from a new version of the Vios, more race categories, new celebrities, and more experienced racers. After four successful years, however, Tuason Racing and Toyota Motor Philippines overhauled the event, and it became the Vios Racing Festival bringing more “Waku Doki” than ever before. This included the addition of the Vios Autocross Challenges as well as the Toyota Racing School circuit car classes for any aspiring champions.
Chapter 9 – Birth of Giti-FV1 2018
Formula V1 began as a way to level up local motorsports as it would fill in a gap between closed-wheeled and open-wheeled racing series. The V1 car is a proper single-seater race car and can move at a top speed of 220 mph. TRS would begin working with the Toyota Racing Development team and studied how the event worked in Japan. After careful research, TRS began to import, build, and sell the cars to interested racing teams. The first season started in 2018 with thirteen cars on the grid, and the second season saw further improvement with seventeen cars competing. The goal of the series continues in the offered prize as the champion of the current season is given an opportunity to represent the Philippines and race in Suzuka Circuit, Japan