After the first round of the Vios Autocross Challenge at the SM Mall of Asia grounds, Toyota Motor Philippines (TMP) has returned to Clark International Speedway for the Vios Racing Festival last July 8. The Vios Racing Festival saw veterans and new faces facing off with celebrities, racing teams, and car club members, Toyota owners, and motoring media in two different formats: Autocross Challenge and Circuit Championship. At the same time, visitors were also given a sneak peek of the all-new Toyota Supra.
“Today, we witness the first leg of the Vios Circuit Championship. This event will be the first time that the All-New Vios One Make Race model is going to be tested at the circuit tracks since its appearance as the official pace car in Filinvest, Alabang last 2018. I hope that you are all as thrilled as I am to see the All-New Vios in action,” said TMP President Satoru Suzuki as he formally opened the competition.
For the Circuit Championship, drivers are separated into three categories: Sporting Class Promotional Class, and Celebrity Class with a total of 22 drivers. During the first race, Daniel Matsunaga finished first in the celebrity class followed by Aubrey Miles and Gretchen Ho, respectively. However, in Race 2, it was Troy Montero who bagged the win followed by Ho and Matsunaga. In the third race, Montero and Ho managed to retain the same positions from the previous race being joined by Miles in P3.
In the Promotional Class, all three races were mostly dominated by the Obengers with Francis Adriano, Julian Tang, Elysse Menorca finishing from 1st to 3rd, accordingly in the first race. In the second race, Adriano managed to clinch 1st and was joined by Julian Neri of Toyota Cebu and Fabio Ide, in 2nd and 3rd place. During the last race, it was once again a podium lockout by Obengers with Tang, Menorca, and Adrian finishing from 1st to 3rd, in that exact order.
There is no Super Sporting Class this year, but the Sporting Class remains. Here, there was a wider selection of drivers going up the podium. For Race 1, John Dizon of Obengers finished 1st, followed by Gel Napat of Team Biskeg and Red Diwa of Growl Thule Racing. In Race 2, Eggy Ong of JBT Racing bagged 1st place with Diwa coming 2nd and Lord Seno of Toyota Cebu finishing in 3rd. It was Seno, however, who emerged victorious during the last race, followed by Dizon and Napat in 2nd and 3rd, respectively.
For the Autocross Challenge, 14-year old Carlos Inigo Anton once again emerged champion of the Car Club Class, setting a record time of 49.99. Mickie Carbonel and Alexis Lavapie finished in 2nd and 3rd, respectively with a time of 52.65 and 53.02. AutoIndustriya.com's very own Jose Altoveros bagged 1st place once again in the Media Class with a time of 53.05. Following behind him was Jeff Soberon (MPTurbo) in 2nd and Matt Mallari (STV) setting a 54.05 and 55.15 time, respectively. Rounding up the Autocross Racers are Vince Vandorpe, Phytos Ramirez, and Reph Bangsil finishing in 1st, 2nd and 3rd in the Influencers Class.
The Vios Racing Festival will return to the Clark International Speedway for the second and third leg of the Circuit Championship in August and November respectively.
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