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Tuesday, July 13, 2021

Toyota Motor PH Successfully Holds Round 1 Of 2021 Vios Cup After Hiatus


Amidst the pandemic, Toyota Motor Philippines’ (TMP) premier motorsports program made a comeback after a hiatus last year with new and familiar names battling for podium finishes in the first leg.

24 Autocross racers and 24 Circuit racers across 3 race classes competed at the Clark International Speedway in Pampanga last July 9 and 10, and raced their way to the finish line.

TMP announced the return of the Vios Cup early this year, much to the excitement of racing veterans, aspiring and rookie drivers, and other motorsports enthusiasts. While there are no public spectators for this race weekend to enforce safety protocols for the participants, TMP livestreamed the racing events to let more motorsports fans cheer and support their favorite racers safely from their homes.

During the first race weekend of the Toyota Gazoo Racing Vios Cup, racing fans witnessed the comeback of veteran racers, celebrities, and media representatives, as well as new faces competing in the Autocross Challenge and Circuit Championship formats at the Clark International Speedway.

“Toyota Gazoo Racing is all about pushing the limits for the better. We had to hit the brakes due to the pandemic last year, but now we are back with an even more exciting race!” Okamoto remarked during the opening ceremonies “So here we are today at the Clark International Speedway, returning with the ever-reliable Vios. This Filipino-made car is really fun to drive on the daily and at the tracks. With hope for better days ahead and maximum safety protocols, we move forward and race on!”

A total of 24 drivers in Promotional, Sporting, and Super Sporting Class competed in the Circuit Championship. Maila Alivia and Jiro Garbes ended this race weekend with 2 out of 3 races at the podium for the Promotional Class while celebrity racers turned Promotional Class contenders Troy Montero and Fabio Ide had one podium finish each as well. Familiar names dominate the Sporting Class, with Inigo Anton and Julian Tang as consistent top 3 finishers, and Joaquin Garrido being displaced by Jacob Ang in the top 3 by the 3rd race of the weekend. For the Super Sporting Class, Gerard Loy is the consistent podium placer, meanwhile Estefano Rivera and Red Diwa finished at the top 3 in the first 2 races with Bryan Co and Marc Soong taking their place by the 3rd race.

Meanwhile, actor Alex Diaz dominated the tracks in the Autocross Challenge Celebrities and Influencers Class, followed by TV star John Manalo and social media personality Jules Aquino. Jose Altoveros was hailed the champion in the Media class with Ian Magbanua and Inigo Roces in 2nd and 3rd, respectively.

The next legs of the race will happen on September 11 and November 6.

Here’s the complete list of the winners of the Toyota Gazoo Racing Vios Cup 2021 Circuit Championship and Autocross Challenge:

CIRCUIT CHAMPIONSHIP RACE 1

Promotional Class
  • #1 - Maila Alivia of JBT Racing / Toyota Isabela
  • #2 - Jiro Garbes of JBT Racing / Toyota San Fernando
  • #3 - Julia Delos Angeles / TSJ – Obengers Racing Team
Sporting Class
  • #1 - Inigo Anton of Toyota North EDSA – Obengers Racing Team
  • #2 - Julian Tang of Toyota Marilao – Obengers Racing Team
  • #3 - Joaquin Garrido of Toyota Otis – Obengers Racing Team
Super Sporting Class
  • #1 - Estefano Rivera of Toyota Balintawak – Obengers Racing Team
  • #2 - Gerard Loy of R Racing / Toyota Dagupan
  • #3 - Red Diwa of JBT Racing / Toyota Isabela
CIRCUIT CHAMPIONSHIP RACE 2
  • #1 - Troy Montero of Team TOYOTA GAZOO Racing PH
  • #2 - Maila Alivia of JBT Racing / Toyota Isabela
  • #3 - Jason Lao of OTR Racing Team
Sporting Class
  • #1 - Julian Tang of Toyota Marilao – Obengers Racing Team
  • #2 - Joaquin Garrido of Toyota Otis – Obengers Racing Team
  • #3 - Inigo Anton of Toyota North EDSA – Obengers Racing Team
Super Sporting Class
  • #1 - Gerard Loy of R Racing / Toyota Dagupan
  • #2 - Red Diwa of JBT Racing / Toyota Isabela
  • #3 - Estefano Rivera of Toyota Balintawak – Obengers Racing Team

CIRCUIT CHAMPIONSHIP RACE 3

Promotional Class
  • #1 - Jiro Garbes of JBT Racing / Toyota San Fernando
  • #2 - Fabio Ide of Team TOYOTA GAZOO Racing PH
  • #3 - Royce Sarmiento of RMS Cars Racing Team
Sporting Class
  • #1 - Inigo Anton of Toyota North EDSA – Obengers Racing Team
  • #2 - Jacob Ang of Eagle Cement Racing Team
  • #3 - Julian Tang of Toyota Marilao – Obengers Racing Team
Super Sporting Class
  • #1 - Gerard Loy of R Racing / Toyota Dagupan
  • #2 - Bryan Co of FILA Make A Wish Obengers Racing Team
  • #3 - Marc Soong of R Racing / Toyota Dagupan
AUTOCROSS CHALLENGE

Media Class
  • #1 - Jose Altoveros
  • #2 - Ian Magbanua
  • #3 - Inigo Roces
Celebrity/Influencers Class
  • #1 - Alex Diaz
  • #2 - John Manalo
  • #3 - Jules Aquino

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