• Toyota Vios Cup season ender slated at BGC

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    PHOTO BY MICHAEL ANTON

    PHOTO BY MICHAEL ANTON

    Toyota Motor Philippines (TMP) is all set for the Vios Cup Season’s 3rd and final race! TMP’s grand dream of bringing the much-talked about motorsports festival closer to the public will finally happen on October 18 and 19 as the race moves to McKinley West, Bonifacio Global City (BGC), Taguig.

    From a record of 30 Vios Race Cars that lined up at the track during the last race, seven new entries will be added to the largest grid in Philippine motorsports history. With the much bigger number of race cars, the final leg will be divided into two grids or brackets which will be based from the results of the qualifying time trials (QTT) scheduled before race day.

    Moreover, champions from the previous legs’ Media Class will race under Media/All-Stars category together with celebrity racers who will battle it out wheel-to-wheel to take the honor of being the best in their class. With this, fans can expect a more action-packed race as competition is expected to level up with all teams gearing up for this final and much anticipated leg that will happen here in Metro Manila.

    Race organizer JP Tuason of the Toyota Racing School revealed that a 1.8-kilometer road track will be laid out along the new development inside McKinley West. According to Tuason, the entire track will be fitted with concrete barriers and Armco steel guard-rails to provide utmost protection for both drivers and spectators during the race. A grandstand and spectator bleachers will be put up in strategic places to give the race goers an excellent view of the event. The road track will have a total of seven turns that includes three hairpins and four tight corners. There will be a set of two chicanes to put a check on the speed as well as a long sweeping left turn. The longest stretch is approximately 400 meters long right in front of the grandstand.

    Despite the inclement weather on the 2nd heat of the previous race last July, the Vios Cup racers proved that whether rain or shine, they can exemplify racing skills on those heart-stopping drifts on the wet track. Jason Choachuy, racing for Toyota Balintawak, once again emerged as the winner for the first and second heats scoring a huge strategic point advantage in the three-leg race series making him the top seed for the Manila race.

    However, the point system for this final race will double up, which gives everyone a final opportunity to improve their championship standings for the 2014 race season. The racer who will get the highest cumulative points (with deductions implemented by the Automobile Association of the Philippnes) from the first to the last official race will be declared the overall season champion. Aside from his or her bragging rights, he or she will receive a brand new Vios (1.5G M/T). Meanwhile, the 2nd placer will get P400,000 and the 3rd placer will receive P200,000.

    TMP has prepared another full-day program and other side activities such as Track Day competitions and fun outdoor games suited for all ages. Feel the rush of adrenaline as one of the stars from the movie hit “Fast and Furious” returns to once again showcase exclusive drifting exhibitions for all racing fanatics. Be in awe as the ‘drift king,’ Keiichi Tsuchiya, show spectators live ‘Tokyo Drift’ maneuvers as seen in the movie.

    To wrap up this weekend-long festivity, TMP will be lining up various Original Pilipino Music bands that will rock this season’s final race. Watch and let your world be rocked by live free concert by Pulso, Yolanda Moon and the most awaited performance of Up Dharma Down. Get ready to witness the biggest motorsports festival in the country. Mark your calendars and experience a fun and exciting weekend at McKinley West, Fort Bonifacio, Taguig City on October 18 and 19, 10:00AM. This event is open to the public, and admission is free.

    The 2014 Vios Cup is in cooperation with Bridgestone and supported by Rota, Motul, Brembo, Denso, AVT, OMP, and TRD. For more updates and information about the Vios Cup, you may visit www.toyota.com.ph and follow Toyota’s official Facebook page and Instagram account at ToyotaMotorPhilippines.

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