As on-track racing continues to return, the GITI-Formula V1 Race Challenge 2021 has hosted its final races of the season. After making a big comeback this year following its absence in 2020, the country’s single-seater racing series is closing 2021 with thrilling racing action delivered by the the talented drivers of both the PRO Class and AM Class divisions.
With the whole race calendar scheduled into a two-leg series, the final leg consisted of the last four races of the season. Held at the Clark International Speedway on December 4 and 5, 2021, the last Formula V1 race weekend of the year was participated by 13 drivers which included three FV1 newcomers in the form of GITI-Racing Team’s Bryan Co, champion karter Miguel Quinones of Toyota Marilao-Obengers Racing Team, and the British Formula 4 Championship racer Eduardo Coseteng who represented Eagle Cement Racing Team in the PRO Class category.
On the PRO Class grid, Daniel Miranda secured the lead right from the start of the race. Miranda’s championship rival Milo Rivera grabbed the second place from Eduardo Coseteng in the first lap with the mission to chase down Miranda. But the Obenger Racing Team driver continued to spread his lead lap after lap eventually earning him the Race 5 win. Joining Miranda on the podium is Rivera in second place and Coseteng in third.
Meanwhile, Phoenix PULSE Racing Team’s Joaquin Garrido dominated the AM Class grid in style by capturing the Race 5 win in style. Garrido finished third overall in Race 5 after racing in between the PRO Class top three. Completing the Race 5 AM Class podium is Toyota Marilao – Obengers Racing Team’s Julian Colvin Tang on second and Autoholic Raceform’s Julian Neri on third.
For Race 6, Rivera took the lead in the first lap from Coseteng. Rivera was comfortably leading the whole race, eventually crossing the finish line first. Causing a scuffle with Miranda right off the starting line, Rivera was given a penalty which put him in second place and giving Coseteng his first FV1 win in just his second official race. Joining Coseteng and Rivera on the PRO Class Race 6 podium is Daniel Miranda in third place.
The AM Class Race 6 was quite eventful. Garrido, sitting on the second grid, had a bad start pushing him far back of the grid. He pushed with the aim to regain positions and by lap 5, Garrido was back on top of the AM Class grid and, again, in the same pace with the PRO Class’ top three. Once again, Garrido was back on the top podium spot joined by Nuzest Racing Team’s Cesco Dino in second place and Julian Colvin Tang in third place.
Miranda started race number 7 from the pits after missing the grid start. But that did not stop the 2019 FV1 Pro Class 2nd overall from pushing. From starting at the back, Miranda was able to climb his way to third. Coseteng got his second FV1 win as the Race 7 champion, Rivera finished in second place while Miranda completed the PRO Class Race 7 podium in third.
Continuing his astounding racing weekend, 2021 Phoenix PULSE Young Drivers’ Program graduate Joaquin Garrido took home another AM Class win while racing on the same pace with the PRO Class drivers. Tang finished in second place while Cesco Dino completed the AM Class Race 7 podium in third.
If Garrido’s Race 7 performance impressed you, the season’s final race was his masterpiece making it a flawless race weekend for the young driver. He did not just race on par with the PRO Class, he even briefly led the race at some point in a dog fight against Miranda. Midway into Race 8, Rivera jumped into the front of the pack. Rivera defended the lead and eventually earning the PRO Class Race 8 win. Coseteng finished in second place while Miranda in third place.
The first half of the racing highlights of the 2021 GITI-Formula V1 Race Challenge is now available for viewing via Tuason Racing’s Facebook page. Second part of the race highlights will premiere on December 22, 2021.