It was an eventful race for Team Toyota San Fernando last weekend during the second round of Vios Cup, held in Filinvest. The team posted promising results in the Promotional class and a significant points haul in the Sporting class.
It was the first Vios Cup race for Oliver Matias and only had a week to get used to the car and only a few days to get to know the track. Despite that, Matias held his ground and even improved on his tenth place qualifying position. Matias jumped three places to finish seventh overall in the grid mixed with celebrity drivers. In his class alone, Oliver finished fifth. On top of that, Matias was even faster on race day than in qualifying, posting a time of 1:24.061 from 1:26.701 during qualifying. In the second race, Matias moved one spot higher to finish sixth overall. With more seat time, Oliver Matias sees a bright future in local motorsports.
Steve Bicknell was the top driver of the team in the Sporting class, finishing in the top five in both races. In the first race, Bicknell had to contend with the narrow circuit packed with cars. Making his challenge even more difficult was the fact that he qualified with a lap time of 1:21.894, meaning he had start from eighth. He was able to leapfrog to fourth after a car stalled on the grid and maintain his position throughout the race. He repeated his strong performance and finished fourth in the second race.
Still in the Sporting Class, Ton Ramos also made great strides in race 1. Qualifying tenth with a lap time of 1:22.263 , he too jumped four places to finish sixth. Helping him jump several places was extra training before qualifying, shaving off nearly four seconds from his first run around the track. Unfortunately, Ramos was unable to finish race two.
Paolo Rodriguez qualified thirteenth with a laptime of 1:23.509. On race day, Rodriguez was sandwiched in the start when a car stalled on the grid. The incident caused a pileup, causing damage to Rodriguez's car. The team elected to retire the car from the race to preserve it for the second heat. In rae two, he was tagged from behind, causing major damage to the car's bodywork. He was able to limp the car home in twelfth.
TSF's Super Sporting class driver Pauland Dumlao ran strong during the first half of the race. Unfortunately, he clipped the barrier on the final lap, damaging his suspension. Upon closer inspection, the car's axle had pierced through the engine block, disabling the car. The team is trying their best to repair the engine to avoid penalties. While changing an engine mid-season is allowed, TSF will have to serve a 10 place grid penalty in the next round. The team's mechanics are working overtime to save the three year old block.
Despite the challenges ahead, Team Toyota San Fernando is moving forward and aiming higher for better results in the next round.
Team Toyota San Fernando Racing is composed of team managers Raffy David and Terence Lallave, race and technical director Jeff de Leon, Team coaches Tetsuya Omura, Kunihiro Iwatsuki, the teams mechanics and drivers Pauland Dumlao, Ton Ramos, Paolo Rodriguez, Oliver Matias and Steve Bicknell.
Team Toyota San Fernando is powered by Partspro.ph, Fixstop Auto Service, Autoindustriya.com, Sonax, PIAA, 602PTG, Forcedspeed, Toptul, Toncars, Barneys Burgers, Primetime Creatives, Grundstein, along with friends and families supporting the team.