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Heart-Pumping Action Continues with the TOYOTA GAZOO Racing Vios Cup Leg 2

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Excitement once again filled the race track as Toyota Motor Philippines, the country’s leading automotive and mobility company, concluded the second leg of the TOYOTA GAZOO Racing Vios Cup.

One highlight of Toyota’s premier motorsports program was the surprise appearance of the new TOYOTA GAZOO Racing models — the Toyota Hilux GR-S and the Toyota Fortuner GR-S — both of which are to be launched in the Philippines this October 23.

Originally slated in September, the second race weekend was moved to October 16 to prioritize the safety of partners and participants. Racing enthusiasts got to enjoy the heart-pumping action at home via livestream on Toyota Motor Philippines’ Facebook channel.

“Thousands of motorsports fans like you joined us online last July, making the return of the Vios Cup a safe and successful one. With more than 48 racers, we challenged the roadblocks of this pandemic. And now we are back, ready for more thrilling track action,” said TMP President Atsuhiro Okamoto during the opening ceremonies. “We are so glad to race again at the Clark International Speedway with the reliable Filipino-made Vios,” he continued.

A total of 49 racers competed in the race, with 25 and 24 participating in the Circuit Championship and Autocross Challenge, respectively. Overall 2021 GR GT Cup Promotional Class Winner Jether Miole also joined the fun at the tracks, competing against other racers during the Autocross Challenge and experiencing waku-doki at an actual speedway.

“That feeling of being behind the wheel and on the track for the first time after being used to sim racing is very exhilarating. At the end of the event, you’ll find yourself still craving for more,” Jether shares after finishing his very first Autocross weekend.

Veteran and rookie race enthusiasts joined the Promotional, Sporting and Super Sporting class of the Circuit Championship, with Julia Delos Angeles taking home two of the three first-place awards in Promotional Class. Royce Sarmiento took the top spot at the last race.

“For this leg, I really focused and did everything I can to be more competitive. I allotted more time to practice, and when I can’t physically be at the track, I’d still try to imagine and practice remotely through my onboard videos. In comparison to the previous leg, I think the main difference was that I stopped pushing myself too hard and just had fun,” Julia said as she shares her winning strategy and learnings from the July race.

Race 5 Promotional
Race 5 Sporting
Race 5 Super Sporting

Meanwhile, Inigo Anton and Julian Tang dominated the Sporting Class as consistent top 3 contenders. Jacob Ang was a familiar face at the Sporting Class podium, but his spot was taken by Joaquin Garrido by Race 6. Vios Cup veterans Estefano Rivera, Bryan Co, Gerard Loy, Red Diwa and Pauland Dumlao kept the Super Sporting Class exciting as they took turns at the Top 3, with Rivera as a consistent podium placer.

“I feel my performance was very good, not just for me but for our entire team. Our winning strategy was to make sure our car was 100 percent ready for the whole race week,” Rivera said. “I am looking for the same results in the next leg in order for us to secure the overall championship and the team championship as well,” he continues.

Race 6 Promotional
Race 6 Sporting
Race 6 Super Sporting

For the Autocross Challenge, social media influencer Jules Aquino was hailed the champion in the Celebrities and Influencers class, with newcomer Enzo Pineda coming in second and radio personality Gino Quillamor taking the third place. Autoindustriya.com’s Jose Altoveros won the trophy in the Media class followed by Brian Dacanay (Tier 1) and Paolo De Borja (C! Magazine).

Here’s the complete list of the winners of the TOYOTA GAZOO Racing Vios Cup 2021 Leg 2 Circuit Championship and Autocross Challenge:

Circuit Championship Race 4

RankNameTeam
1Julia Delos AngelesTSJ – Obengers Racing Team
2Fabio IdeTeam TOYOTA GAZOO Racing PH
3Jiro GarbesJBT Racing / Toyota San Fernando

Sporting Class

RankNameTeam
1Jacob AngEagle Cement Racing Team
2Inigo AntonToyota North EDSA – Obengers Racing Team
3Julian TangToyota Marilao – Obengers Racing Team

Super Sporting Class

RankNameTeam
1Red DiwaJBT Racing / Toyota Isabela
2Estefano RiveraToyota Balintawak – Obengers Racing Team
3Bryan CoR Racing / Toyota Dagupan

Circuit Championship Race 5

Promotional Class

RankNameTeam
1Julia Delos AngelesTSJ – Obengers Racing Team
2Maila AliviaJBT Racing / Toyota Isabela
3 Jiro GarbesJBT Racing / Toyota San Fernando

Sporting Class

RankNameTeam
1 Inigo AntonToyota North EDSA – Obengers Racing Team
2 Julian TangToyota Marilao – Obengers Racing Team
3Jacob AngEagle Cement Racing Team

Super Sporting Class

RankNameTeam
1Estefano RiveraToyota Balintawak – Obengers Racing Team
2Pauland DumlaoJBT Racing / Toyota San Fernando
3 Gerard LoyR Racing / Toyota Dagupan

Circuit Championship Race 6

Promotional Class

RankNameTeam
1Royce SarmientoRMS Cars Racing Team
2Maila AliviaJBT Racing / Toyota Isabela
3 Jiro GarbesJBT Racing / Toyota San Fernando

Sporting Class

RankNameTeam
1 Inigo AntonToyota North EDSA – Obengers Racing Team
2 Julian TangToyota Marilao – Obengers Racing Team
3Joaquin GarridoToyota Otis – Obengers Racing Team

Super Sporting Class

RankNameTeam
1Estefano RiveraToyota Balintawak – Obengers Racing Team
2 Gerard LoyR Racing / Toyota Dagupan
3 Bryan CoR Racing / Toyota Dagupan

Autocross Challenge

Media Class

RankNameTeam
1Jose AltoverosAutoindustriya.com
2Brian DacanayTier 1
3Paolo De BorjaC! Magazine

Celebrity/Influencers Class

RankNameTeam
1Jules AquinoTeam TOYOTA GAZOO Racing PH
2Enzo PinedaTeam TOYOTA GAZOO Racing PH
3Gino QuillamorTeam TOYOTA GAZOO Racing PH

Rewatch the action on TMP’s official Facebook and YouTube channels — Toyota Motor Philippines and Toyota Gazoo Racing PH.

The heart-pumping thrill never stops as your favorite racers from Team TOYOTA GAZOO Racing PH head on to the next race weekend! Join us in the final leg of the season on November 6. 

The TOYOTA GAZOO Racing Vios Cup 2021 was organized in cooperation with Bridgestone, official fuel partner Petron, supported by Motul. Other sponsors are Brembo, Denso, AVT, 3M, OMP, TuasonRacing and ROTA.

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