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03 February 2011

Castrol and TRS looks for the next batch of racing champions

Words by Christopher Kho | Photos courtesy of Tuason Racing School
 
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The first Karting Clinic of the Castrol Champions of the Future (COF) was held last January 16, 2011 at the Carmona Race Track in Cavite where 27 kids, aged 6 to 13 years old, all gunned out to be part of the exclusive 20 young drivers who will be given race scholarships to the 2011 Champions of the Future Series in March. The children of touring car champions and racing enthusiasts, Stuart MacDonald, Sean Redpath, and Vice Governor Marc Leviste joined in the field of young aspiring racers. They were also lined up with the young ones of motoring media guys such as Kotse.com's Ferman Lao, Speed Magazine's Manny Delos Reyes, and Star Columnist Cito Beltran.

The group of young drivers underwent three kart training sessions, which included several exercises to help them understand how to drive a kart properly. The sessions were conducted under the watchful eyes of Tuason Racing School (TRS) instructors' International Kart Champion and race coach Mike Tuason, with Champion Karters Basti Escalante and Jacko Reyes. The COF program provided all participants with complete protective gear including helmets, gloves, and long-sleeved shirts. 
 
With training expertise under its belt, TRS ensured a safe and controlled environment throughout the clinic, where the only concern the beloved parents had to deal with was the cost of karting, as explained to them by multi-awarded race car driver and internationally-trained race coach JP Tuason. In all 12 years of guiding racers, TRS has produced most of the Philippines' racing champions today.

“Karting is the basic motorsports discipline where all Formula One champions like Michael Schumacher started their careers. We would like to see the number of young karters to flourish through this grassroots program. Our goal is to create the next batch of Filipino racers that can reach the Formula 1 dream,” said TRS president JP Tuason. 

Castrol, the world's leading lubricants company, has been at the forefront of Formula 1 racing for the past 61 years. Looking at Asia as the next powerhouse in the world of motorsport racing, the Castrol Champions of the Future series is aimed to give kids aged 7 to 13 yeas old the perfect opportunity to live up their racing dreams and start their careers in motorsports. This program provides a safe and cost effective way to bring out the driving talent in every child. 

Racing scholarships, in the form of equipment and running cost subsidy, will be awarded to 20 youngsters who have shown discipline, determination, and an innate talent in racing. They will then compete in the 2011 Castrol Champions of the Future series - a four-leg racing series that starts in March 2011. The series will put them on a level playing field as they race wheel-to-wheel on identical go-karts. The overall series champion will be given a Race Scholarship worth P100,000 from the Automobile Association of the Philippines (AAP) to run at the National Karting Series under the apprenticeship of JP and Mike Tuason.
 
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The COF program is presented by the Automobile Association Philippines, Bridgestone, Alaska, Pena Motorsports, AUTS Racing, Tuason Racing School, PUMA, OMP, Jaguar, Lifeline, Carmona Race Track, and Timezone, with media partners The Philippine Star, 99.5RTfm, Trapik.com, Kzone, and Top Gear.

The program's next Karting Clinic will be on March 6, 2011 at the Carmona Racetrack in Cavite. Clinic Costs are 60% subsidized and will cost only P3,500 per day. Series races will start in March and will run until summer.

Interested parties may register at any COF displays or online at www.championsofthefutureph.com. You may also call Tuason Racing School at 817-7795 for further details.