Luis Gono
Luis Gono gets a victory lift from Tuason Racing School teammates.

Tuason Racing wins PHL endurance title

LUIS GONO led the Tuason Racing School (TRS) team in taking the overall title in the Philippine Endurance Challenge held Dec. 3 at the Clark International Speedway.

Mr. Gono, the first champion in the Toyota Vios Cup, competed in the eight-hour motor race along with teammates Bjorn Ongtiaobok, Ferdie Ong, Louis Ramirez and Mike Tuason. Mr. Gono was drafted in the team by TRS President JP Tuason.

The team campaigned a Formula V1 Spec race car powered by a 1.5-liter engine from a Toyota Vios.

“Our car was not designed for endurance racing. We had to really push hard every time we refueled because our gas tank only holds 20 liters,” Tuason said, noting that the team’s manager, Miguel Ramirez, had to use a strategy in which fuel consumption can be managed most efficiently.

“Since Luis was the fastest in the team, we had to tweak the car to suit his driving style,” the TRS head said.

75 technicians graduate from Toyota school

THE Toyota Motor Philippines School of Technology (TMP Tech) announced 75 new technicians have graduated from its flagship two-year Toyota General Job (GJ) Automotive Servicing Course. The latest batch brings to 710 the number of TMP Tech graduates since the school opened in 2013.

The school said the new graduates are “now fully equipped to join Toyota’s network of after-sales service professionals” after undergoing workshop simulations at TMP Tech and extensive on-the-job training at local Toyota dealers.

Toyota has 62 dealerships in the Philippines (including Lexus Manila).

Isuzu Santa Rosa starts full operations

ISUZU Gencars Santa Rosa, partially open since last year, on Dec. 17 started full operations as a dealership.

The dealership located on Tagaytay Road in Santa Rosa City has a showroom for 10 vehicles, including Isuzu’s big trucks. It is a part of the ALC Group of Companies that has interests in automotive, insurance protection, media, pre-need assurance, banking and finance, security, hotels and real estate. The Santa Rosa facility is the 10th dealership of Gencars, Inc.

“We are grateful for the partnership with Gencars, Inc. Its dealerships are vital to the growth of Isuzu brand in the country… and for a long time has been carrying the essence of what the Isuzu brand is about,” said Hajime Koso, president of Isuzu Philippines Corporation, during a program that marked Isuzu Gencars Santa Rosa’s opening.