Andres Calma of Toyota Alabang Motorsports took the checkered flag in both races of the 2015 Toyota Vios Cup, which placed him at the top of the standings after two races of the series. Two more races will round up this year’s Vios Cup.
Calma, the 19-year old son of basketball legend Hector Calma, took pole position in both races and never looked back during the two races held on Sunday at the South Road Properties in Cebu City. Though the win of Calma looked easy to spectators, he said he put a lot of hard work into it.
“It was a lot of hard work especially for my team. It took a lot of preparation and there was a challenge from Danny Miranda. I’m happy I got to the podium,” he told The Manila Times. He also set the fastest lap of the day at one minute and 16 seconds over the 1.6-kilometer street racetrack near the Cebu City waterfront.
In the both races of the centerpiece Sporting Class category, Miranda of Toyota Balintawak finished second in both races to place him second overall behind Calma in the standings with two more races to go. Miranda carried the pressure of winning both races because he hails from Cebu City.
In the first race, Bobby Domingo also of Toyota Alabang started seventh at the starting grid and vaulted to third place at the finish line.
”Since practice, I saw people were making mistakes, so I thought consistency will make me finish good [at the podium],” said the son of Trade and Industry Secretary Gregory Domingo.
For the second race, Allan Yu of Toyota Quezon Avenue rounded up the top three finishers.
The next leg of the 2015 Vios Cup goes to back to Manila, with Calma accumulating 100 points so far with Miranda trailing with 80 points. Calma said he is eyeing first place finishes in the third leg of this year’s Vios Cup.
In the Promotional Class that saw several celebrities taking place in the races, Sam YG took first place in both races. In the first race, he finished ahead of the pack with 40 seconds.
Toyota Motors Philippines President Michinobu Sugata observed a good number of drivers who have competed in the Vios Cup since its first staging last year have greatly improved their skill level.
“Some of them may graduate to GT Class,” he said, referring to the next level of competition for more experienced racecar drivers.
The Vios Cup was launched by Toyota Motor Philippines last year as a grassroots program to develop Filipino racecar drivers who can compete at the higher levels of competition like GT Class.