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Tuesday, July 11, 2023

Toyota Motor PH Kicks Off 2023 Motorsports Season With Leg 1 Of TGR Vios Cup, TGR GT Cup PH

Toyota Motor Philippines kicked off its 2023 motorsports season with the first local round of the Toyota Gazoo Racing Gran Turismo Cup (TGR GT Cup PH) and the first of three legs of the Toyota Gazoo Racing Vios Cup (TGR Vios Cup).

E-motorsport fans around the country gathered to watch the first round of the 2023 TGR GT Cup PH last June 28, 2023—the first of its three qualifying rounds. The first round featured the Tsukuba Circuit racetrack and the GR 86 as the sim car.

A mix of TGR GT Cup first timers and veterans participated this season. David Enzo Ison came in at first place for the Junior Class; Stanley Theodore Golez championed the Promotional Class while past champion Luis Moreno claimed his spot as the Sporting Class Champion.

Joshua David Marquez and Russo Grabriel Formoso took the second and third spots in the Junior Class, while Deigo Herrera and Benedict Salido followed right behind Golez in the Promotional Class. Lastly, Matthew Spencer Ang and Russel Reyes completed the second and third spots, respectively, in the Sporting Class.

Meanwhile, the Clark International Speedway (CIS) grandstand roared with cheers as motorsports enthusiasts cheer for their favorite racers and racing teams in the opening leg of the 2023 TGR Vios Cup last July 1, 2023.

This season’s first leg was also the debut of the Corolla Altis GR-S HEV in the TGR Vios Cup. Dubbed as the Hybrid Electric Racer, the Corolla Altis GR-S HEV served as this season’s safety car.

Team Toyota Cebu was off to a good start as they dominated the Circuit Championship races with Jarond Mesina and Ian Rosales taking the top spots in Promotional and Super Sporting class respectively. Meanwhile, Toyota Balintawak Inc. – Obengers Racing Team took the top spot in the podium of the Sporting Class with Vios Cup newcomer, Bern Corpino.

Alain Alzona of Toyota General Santos – Chooks-to-Go Racing and Bong Garbes of Inbox Toyota San Fernando followed Mesina in the Promotional podiums in second and third. Michael Keilani Jordan and Maila Alivia then took the second and third spot at the Sporting class, while Gerard Loy and Bryan Co of R Racing Team completed the podium spots in the Super Sporting Class.

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