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August 28, 2023

Toyota Gazoo Racing Festival Draws More Than 6,000 People Over Two Days

Attended by more than 6,000 people on-ground and 2.6 million livestream views, the Toyota Gazoo Racing Festival was a resounding success.

The motorsports event dubbed by Toyota Motor Philippines as its “greatest gathering to celebrate all things Gazoo Racing” is part of the mobility company’s 35th anniversary treat to customers and fans who have shown continuous love and support for the brand throughout the years.

Akio Toyoda, Chairman of Toyota Motor Corporation (who is known for his racing pseudonym Morizo), showcased his driving and drifting skills at the TGR Fest as he demonstrated his prowess behind the wheel across various Toyota race cars.

Morizo wowed the crowd with his mastery of the Toyota GR Yaris WRC rally car, where he entertained the crowd with donut maneuvers. Morizo also joined the Gymkhana challenge where he drove a Toyota GR 86 which allowed the audience to witness his expertise with a GR performance car that’s available for Filipino customers.

Morizo also took lucky passengers for shotgun rides, giving them a taste of what it's like to experience the track from the perspective of a racing master.

“I developed a car because I wanted to see the smiles of the people. You ask people and you give them what they want,” says Morizo. He believes that the best way to develop Toyota cars is by doing it on the road– driving and drifting these cars. “It’s because of the smiles and the cheers that is why I’m here,” he added.

Apart from Morizo, other Japanese champion racers from the Toyota Gazoo Racing team, Norihiko Katsuta and Masahiro Sasaki, were both present for the course of the two-day TGR Festival 2023. They brought along their legendary race cars Toyota WRC Yaris and Red Bull GR Corolla which conquered the rally courses of global racing events.

The festival wouldn’t be complete without the participation of the country’s home-grown Filipino racers as well. Local racing stars Alex Perez, Luis Gono, Marlon Stockinger, and celebrity-racer Ryan Agoncillo participated in the event with TGR performance cars such as the GR Supra, GR Yaris, and GR 86. Japanese and Filipino drivers joined together as well in Gymkhana Driving Challenge with Marlon Stockinger being declared as Day 1’s overall winner.

“It’s loud, it’s crazy, a lot of tire burning, the smells – you just feel like you’re at the race track, even if we’re here at Quirino Grandstand,” Stockinger said.

Local racers owned the track too and ultimately showcased a clash of skills for one of the most-awaited highlights of the event: Gymkhana Time Attack and Drifting Competition.

The Gymkhana Time Attack tested the competitors' agility and precision where they navigated a maze of cones and figure eights. After a fierce battle, the following winners emerged: For Day 1, the winners of the Gymkhana time attack were: Angelo Magtoto – 1st place, Jason Chuang – 2nd place, and Christopher Co – 3rd place. For Day 2, John Erik Barrera was 1st place, Mickey Carbonell – 2nd place and Matt Frederic See – 3rd place for the first batch. Second batch was Andre Tan – 1st place, Russel Cabrera – 2nd place and Makol Pasumbal – 3rd place.

In the Drifting Competition, the following took the trophies in the Drifting Competition for Day 1: Hans Jimenez – 1st place, Paolo Agregado – 2nd place, and Bryan Revilla – 3rd place.

Fun and excitement did not end with the exhibitions and racing competitions as the festival ground was adorned with loads of GR merchandise such as caps, shirts, jackets, and other souvenirs. Photo booths were there too for those who wanted to feel what it's like to stand at a podium finish.

The two-day TGR Festival 2023 also featured live performances by BGYO, Ely Buendia, Ben&Ben, Parokya ni Edgar, and Kamikazee.

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