With the primary aim of keeping up the spirit of racing fans during the onset of the pandemic, the Phoenix Formula V1 Virtual Cup was first launched in 2020. From being a pandemic baby of Tuason Racing and Phoenix Fuels, the Formula V1 Virtual Cup has grown into a new platform of racing where participants battle it out and give it their all at the comfort of their home. Both sim racers and real race car drivers have been actively participating in the online event showcasing their racing talent in the virtual racing world.
Now on its second year, the Phoenix Formula V1 Virtual Cup is back once again to serve intense virtual racing action from the safety of everyone’s home. The first round of the virtual racing series was held in a simulation version of the Subic International Raceway in the PC-based racing simulation game Assetto Corsa. A total of 120 racers both for AM Class and PRO Class battled it out on the virtual version of the class local former circuit track.
This year’s GR GT Cup Junior Class overall runner up and Legion Of Racers’ Joshua David Marquez made it to the top of the AM Class Race 1 with the total race time of 10:05.479.
Stregawo Veloce Ragazzo Squadra and Formula V1 Virtual Cup’s AM Class podium finishers Francis Metrillo placed second in the AM Class Race 1 with the total time of 10:09.118 after a tough racing battle with Marquez. Showing his great potential as a sim-racer, Joshua Nabus of Termi Tuning Factory placed third with a total race time of 10:10.218. What makes Nabus’ podium finish impressive is the fact the he raced with only just a keyboard unlike other racers who competed using a sim-racing rig.
Meanwhile in the PRO Class Category, last year’s Formula V1 Virtual Cup Champion and Obengers Racing Team’s Inigo Anton proved that he is still a force to be reckoned with his total race time of 10:00.462 in the PRO Class Race 1. Asian Endurance Series’ podium finisher and Stregawo Veloce Ragazzo Squadra’s Russel Reyes followed Anton to secure a second place finish with a total time of 10:12.014, while Partspro Veloce Ragazzo Squadra’s Aldo Balagulan got third place with a time of 10:18.038.
As for race 2 of the AM Class, Metrillo was able to fight back and clinch the win from Marquez earning him the top podium spot. Santiago Brewery/Jempoy Resing’s Gatlabayan completes the race 2 AM Class podium with his third place finish.
New breed of racers also showed their full potential during the virtual race. Phoenix Pulse Racing Team and last year’s AM Class Champion Andre Varquez is now competing in the PRO Class category together with Phoenix PULSE Young Drivers’ Program Celebrity Champion Vitto Marquez.
Varquez captured the PRO Class race 2 win as then race leader Paolo Bringas crashed while exiting one of the tricky corners of the track. Proving that virtual racing is anyone’s game, Paolo Bringas is an experienced race car driver champion and competed in Tuason Racing School’s Ford Fiesta Cup in 2011.
Round 2 of the Phoenix PULSE Formula V1 Virtual Cup is set to be held online on October 2. Races will also be broadcasted at Tuason Racing and Phoenix Fuel’s Facebook pages.
Phoenix PULSE Formula V1 Virtual Cup is presented by Phoenix Fuels, powered by PLDT Home and backed by Limitless, Family Mart and Apex Sim Racing and is also backed by Ribbon Arc Motorsports, Gran Turismo Philippines, Sim Racing PH, Automobile Association Of The Philippines and Seven Garage. With media partners C!Magazine, Philippine Daily Inquirer, Wheels Philippines, Time Attack Manila, Autodeal and Autocar Philippines.