Toyota PH brings 'waku-doki' back via Vios Cup, GR GT Cup 2021
The local arm for automotive giant Toyota has just bared plans for this year’s racing season—both online and on-track.
TMP said in its statement that the Toyota Gazoo Racing-Vios Cup 2021 is eyed to be restarted soon come July this year, “barring any unforeseen circumstances such as prohibitions from government or health authorities or risks to participants' health and safety.”
Aside from the circuit race that has Promotional, Sporting, and Super Sporting classes, the racing season will also pave way for the re-opening of the Autocross Challenge. To note, the 2020 season of the race series was deferred due to the COVID-19 pandemic.
TMP First Vice President for Vehicle Sales Operations Sherwin Chualim expressed the company’s determination to hold the local race series Cup with leveled-up waku-doki (heart-pumping excitement) energy, while observing strict safety protocols.
"While the race itself will be done live at the Clark International Speedway with no on-site spectators, more fans can enjoy watching the event as a digital spectacle. Supporters all over the world may follow and view the Toyota Gazoo Racing-Vios Cup online in the safety of their own homes," Chualim explained.
"Fans can look forward to significant improvements in the production to make the livestream doubly exciting and worth catching. Online fan engagements and brand building experiences will also be boosted through the support of the Toyota Gazoo Racing global brand and the addition of the GR GT Cup e-Motorsports (online racing) activities," he added.
TMP also announced the availability of limited-edition Toyota Vios units for aspiring participants. Interested racers may inquire through the Vios Cup secretariat managed by TMP's official race management partner Tuason Racing via email address email@example.com.
Meanwhile, coming from its inaugural season last year, TMP also announced its second season, providing another avenue for the waku-doki while enjoying the comfort and safety of their own homes.
Via Gran Turismo game on PlayStation, Filipino online racers compete to get the top podium driving the “ GR Supra and other Toyota GR models on the world’s most popular race tracks, virtually.” Those who want to win exciting prizes for this year’s winners may registration this March via toyota.com.ph/gtcup. Races will start in April.
Last year’s Toyota GR Supra GT Cup Asia-Philippines winners—who represented the country’s colors in the Asian leg—were composed of Terence Lallave, Johann Lance Padilla, and Jose Luis Altoveros. During the Asian leg, Lallave came nearest to making the podium.
Photos from Toyota Motor Philippines