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Toyota PH starts the 2023 season of Gazoo Racing activities with a bang

Our writer placed 2nd in the media autocross challenge

Basking under the Clark sunshine. PHOTO FROM TOYOTA

Rev up your engines as Toyota Gazoo Racing Philippines has kicked off the 2023 season on virtual and real tracks with the GT Cup and the Vios Cup. Both contests took place during the weekend of June 28 to July 1, and tons of action and winners emerged from both races.

Even in eSports, the racing tension was on. SCREENSHOT FROM TOYOTA

Correcting the original announcement, the first round marked the debut of Gran Turismo 7 as the new home of the GT Cup, seeing players competing against each other using the GR86 at Tsukuba Circuit.

Returning champion Luis Moreno bagged first place in the sporting class, while David Enzo Ison and Stanley Theodore Golez won in the junior and promotional classes.

A virtual victory was still a victory. SCREENSHOTS FROM TOYOTA
  • Sporting Class
    1. Luis Moreno
    2. Matthew Spencer Ang
    3. Russel Reyes
  • Promotional Class
    1. Stanley Theodore Golez
    2. Diego Herrera
    3. Benedict Salido
  • Junior Class
    1. David Enzo Ison
    2. Joshua David Marquez
    3. Russo Gabriel Formoso
Watching the races live with an engaging crowd was something else. PHOTOS FROM TOYOTA

Afterward, the long-popular Vios Cup was back, taking place at Clark International Speedway for its first race last July 1.

In the hotly contested circuit championship, Toyota Team Cebu gave its all as two of its drivers, Jarond Mesina and Ian Rosales, won the promotional and super sporting classes. Bern Corpino of Toyota Balintawak/Obengers won the sporting class.

  • Promotional Class
    1. Jarond Mesina (Toyota Team Cebu)
    2. Alain Alzona (Toyota General Santos/Chooks-To-Go)
    3. Bong Garbes (Toyota San Fernando)
  • Sporting Class
    1. Bern Corpino (Toyota Balintawak/Obengers)
    2. Michael Keilani Jordan (Toyota Otis/Obengers)
    3. Maila Alivia (JBT Racing/Toyota Isabela)
  • Super Sporting Class
    1. Ian Rosales (Toyota Team Cebu)
    2. Gerard Loy (R Racing Team)
    3. Bryan Co (R Racing Team)
Whatever critics say, a chance to experience motorsports in a Vios Cup car show is exciting. PHOTO FROM TOYOTA

Meanwhile, the Autocross Challenge returned, gathering various figures in the influencer and media spheres. Content creators Miguel Romulo and Bianca Yao, and our media colleagues Patricia Tenorio (Zigwheels) and Siegwald Go (C!) took the top spots in their respective promotional and sporting categories.

  • Promotional Media
    1. Patricia Tenorio (Zigwheels)
    2. Cesar Miguel (Philkotse)
    3. Riz Javier (Top Gear Philippines)
  • Sporting Media
    1. Siegwald Go (C!)
    2. Justin Young (VISOR)
    3. John Rey San Diego (Autocar Philippines)
  • Promotional Influencer
    1. Bianca Yao
    2. Arianne Bautista
    3. Apple David
  • Sporting Influencer
    1. Miguel Romulo
    2. Lexi Mendiola
    3. Reph Bangsil
Congratulations to all top finishers—including us! PHOTO FROM TOYOTA

Catch the second round of the GT Cup on July 14 (7pm). The latter two rounds of this year’s Vios Cup will be on September 9 and November 11 in the same hallowed grounds of Clark International Speedway, and will also be streamed live on Toyota Gazoo Racing Philippines’ Facebook page.

As usual, see you there!

Justin Young

Justin loves cars of all forms. Molded by motoring TV shows and Internet car culture, he sees the world from a different perspective that not many get to see every day.