Ffiteen year old Luis Gono, son of Carlos Gono of AutoPlus, has just topped the qualifying session for the first event of the 2014 Toyota Vios Cup One-Make Race season at the Clark International Speedway. Gono bested drivers with double (or even triple) his age and experience.
The teenaged Gono driving Car 17 clocked in a best time of 2:27.511 for P1, beating the time set by Jason Choachuy driving car 37 (former driver of the AutoIndustriya.com A31 Cefiro drift car) at 2:28.213. Starting from P3 will be karting prodigy Basti Escalante driving Car 77 who set a time of 2:28.291.
The top three positions of the grid are all driving under the banner of Toyota Balintawak.
In P4, P5 and P6 are the cars of Carlos Loinaz (#44 / 2:28.783), followed by Carlos Castaneda (#69 / 2:29.275), and Andres Calma (#97 / 2.29.696). In P7 is Inaki Araneta (#23 / 2:29.945) with Allan Uy (#26 / 2:29.980) right beside him in P8. In the 2:30 second range are drivers Bryan Co (#55 / 2:30.041), Charlie Cojuangco (#99 / 2:30.44) and Pauland Dumlao (#28 / 2:30.372) in P9, P10 and P11, respectively. Actor Dominic Ochoa is in P12 (#25 / 2:30.304)
The polesitter of the Vios Cup Exhibition Race last January 25, model and celebrity Phoemela Baranda is in a solid P13 (#12 / 2:31.220) followed closely by Christopher Kho in P14 (#5 / 2:31.323). Baranda and Kho are racing in the Celebrity and Media divisions, respectively.
They are followed by Tonton Ramos in P15 (#33 / 2:31.440), Ferdi Raquelsantos in P16 (#78 / 2:31.944) and Paul Ang in P17 (#18 / 2:32.934). SportsDesk host Jinno Rufino drives again in the Celebrity class starting from P18 (#10 / 2:32.934), followed by Kyle Reyes in P19 (#38 / 2:33.164) and Manila Bulletin's Anjo Perez in P20 (#9 / 2:33.872) in the Media division.
Rounding out the pack are celebrities DJ Sam YG in P21 (#6 / 2:34.086) and Fabio Ide in P22 (#11 / 2:34.173), Robert Lilles in P23 (#88 / 2:35.980), AutoCar Philippines' Ira Panganiban in P24 (#2 / 2:35.980), Jeje Villena in P25 (#3 / 2:36.065), Philippine Star's Manny Delos Reyes in P26 (#7 / 2:37.063), C! Magazine's Ardie Lopez in P27 (#4 / 2:37.160), actress Rhian Ramos in P28 (#8 / 2:39.386) and Juan Nolasco in P29 (#19 / 2:41.525). P30 will be Marlon Maristela (#73) who was unable to set a time.
Below are the complete qualifying results: