Motorsports: 3 young Pinoys race in Formula V1 Challenge


Posted at Jun 14 2019 06:31 PM

Three Pinoy racers get a chance to race in the international circuit as they join the Giti Formula V1 Challenge.

Leading the pack is 20-year-old Raffy Rabe, who topped the Phoenix Young Drivers’ Program. Rabe came out as the FlatOut Race Series and Touge Battle champion, and was chosen as the main driver of the Phoenix Formula V1 racing team.

Completing the trio of Phoenix’s drivers are 19-year-old Patrick dela Rosa and 15-year-old Tara Laconico. 

Dela Rosa bagged the GT200 title of the Yokohama Philippine Grand Touring Car Championships in 2017. 

Laconico, a rising star in the local karting scene, raced in the Sodi World Series held in Venice last year. 

Both of them will be racing alongside Rabe in the 4-hour Giti Formula V1 Challenge endurance race.

The trio emerged as Phoenix’s racers after a two-week selection that tested the skills and personality of more than 300 young drivers.

The entire Formula V1 Challenge is backed by Phoenix Pulse.

“We want to be holistic in our approach in supporting the local racing scene where young talents are very much on the rise,” said Phoenix Petroleum assistant vice president for brand and marketing Celina Matias. 

“As a partner of the Giti-Formula V1 Challenge, we are not only sending our team down the race tracks. Through Phoenix fuels with Pulse Technology, we are helping each racer achieve and deliver optimum driving performance.”

The opening round of the Formula V1 took place in May at the Batangas Racing Circuit. The second and third rounds are slated on July 20 to 21 and October 19 to 20, respectively, at the Clark International Speedway. 

The endurance race is set on November 16. 

This year’s Giti Formula V1 Challenge champion will head to the regional race on December 7 to 8 in Suzuka, Japan.

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