Vios Cup: Waku-Doki weekend in Manila
It was a rip-roaring weekend as the third leg of the Toyota Vios Cup blasted the tranquility of the Manila Bay Marina last September 5 and 6. It was Manila’s turn to experience what Waku-doki was all about as thousands of race fans, car enthusiasts, and gearheads of all ages witnessed local motorsports history in the making.
Manilenos got their first taste of wheel to wheel racing as celebrities and veteran racers traded paint and scorched the pavements to compete for championship points .
During the first heat of the Celebrity Class, it was a close battle for track dominance amongst the racers but seasoned model and actress Phoemela Baranda showed her experience and bagged 1st place while sportscaster and host Jinno Rufino took 2nd spot and Brazilian-Japanese model Fabio Ide took 3rd. DJ Sam YG displayed his brilliance behind the wheel by bagging the 1st place in the second heat despite car early car problems.
In Race 5 of the Promotional Class, veteran driver Miguel Diaz of Toyota Alabang Motorsports showcased his driving skills finishing 1st place, with Visayan racer Lord Seño representing Toyota Cebu coming in at 2nd place. Senator JV Ejercito of Toyota North Edsa completed the podium at the Promotional Class and finally had his first podium finish of the season as he bagged the 3rd spot in the heat. Showing that age does not matter, TMP Philippines President Michinobu Sugata finished 3rd overall.
The young guns dominated the Sporting Class for podium finishes as Estefano Rivera of Toyota Alabang was crowned champion despite his race-ready Vios packing an extra 60lb load compared to other racers. In the first heat, Andres Calma of Toyota Alabang tailed Rivera tightly and took 2nd place but during the second heat Daniel Miranda of Toyota Balintawak overtook Calma to take his spot at 2ndplace. Moreover, a consistent threat to the leaders of the pack was Bobby Domingo of Toyota Alabang who finished 3rdplace for both first and second heat of the Sporting Class.
“I am thrilled that more fresh talents are showing interest and support to bring back the life of Philippine Motorsports! From the beginning, we have always envisioned the Vios Cup to be a grassroots racing competition wherein racers of all ages can learn what Motorsports is all about. This leg ofthe Vios Cup in Manila is trulya testament of Toyota’s continued thrust to revive Motorsports in the Philippines,” says Toyota Motor Philippines president Michinobu Sugata.
Toyota is set for its fourth race slated on November this year. Car enthusiasts and Motorsports fans should definitely watch out for the final leg of the Vios Cup. Location and exact race weekend schedule in November will be announced soon!
The 2015 Vios Cup is in partnership with Bridgestone and Rota, supported by Motul, TRD, Brembo, Denso, AVT, OMP and Tuason Racing.