Waku-Doki Spirit Lives On at 3rd Leg of Toyota Vios Racing Festival
Waku-doki spirit never got drenched last weekend despite the uncooperative weather as participants ran the track of Clark International Speedway with the drive to win at the third leg of the Toyota Vios Racing Festival.
To cap the ghost month, Toyota Motor Philippines (TMP) recognized more than 20 racers who successfully made it to the podium after competing at the second round of the Vios Circuit Championship and the third round of the Vios Autocross Challenge.
Claiming two first place victories at the Circuit Challenge Celebrity Class was Troy Montero who, unfortunately, had to drop out of Race 6 after a surprising crash with Sporting Class racer John Dizon, right after crossing the finish line for Race 5. Daniel Matsunaga took the top spot of the Celebrity Class for Race 6.
Aside from Montero, celebrity racer Chie Filomeno also slid off-track due to aquaplaning, causing her to not finish the final race. Both celebrities were quickly brought to the hospital for checkups, and were cleared to be back at the venue in time for the awarding ceremonies.
“No matter what happens, I still find myself coming back to this sport. The adrenaline rush it gives me is out of this world,” said Filomeno in an Instagram post she wrote after the race.
“Despite the outside damage, the driver’s area was totally untouched. We also have a roll cage, race suit, and helmet, and most especially the HANS (head and neck) device to keep us safe,” explained Montero in his own Instagram account.
In the Circuit Challenge’s Sporting Class, Red Diwa of JBT Racing-Toyota Isabela won Race 4 and Eggy Ong of JBT Racing-Toyota San Fernando managed to keep the first place title in both Races 5 and 6.
In the Promotional Class, it was Julian Tang of Toyota Otis Obengers who led in Race 4.
Young lass Elysse Menorca of Toyota North EDSA Obengers (one of the two female racers in the class) did not fizzle out and bag Races 5 and 6.
During last weekend’s Autocross event, Carlos Inigo Anton won the Car Clubs category, AutoIndustriya’s Jose Luis Altoveros led the Media Category, while Jules Aquino took the top spot in the Social Media Personalities category.
“On behalf of Toyota Motor Philippines, I would like to express my deepest appreciation to our customers and fans who have dedicated time and effort to witness our Vios motorsports events,” said TMP President Satoru Suzuki during the race’s opening ceremonies attended by the race participants and spectators.
TMP has been organizing Vios motorsport events in the country for six years now. For this season, TMP added the Autocross Challenge to the event, transforming the annual Vios Cup into a more inclusive and accessible Vios Racing Festival.
The next and final leg of the Vios Racing Festival is scheduled on November 9, still at the Clark international Speedway. The final races will determine the overall winners of this season’s Circuit and Autocross competitions.
The Vios Racing Festival is supported by TMP’s partners and sponsors Bridgestone, Petron, Motul, Rota, Brembo, Denso, AVT, 3M, OMP, and Tuason Racing.