Allan Uy of Toyota Quezon Avenue was hailed overall champion in the Super Sporting class of the third season of Toyota Vios Cup during the tourney’s awarding ceremonies at the Buddha Bar in Makati City on Thursday.
“Actually, it was a very difficult season because all the drivers became much, much faster this year, much better. The team, everyone, stepped up their game so it was just fortunate that we won the championship,” said Uy.
The Totota Quezon Avenue racecar driver got the chequered flag in the second race of the first leg and the second race of the fourth and last leg. But he finished 11th and 12th in the fifth and sixth races of the third leg, respectively. He garnered a total of 111 points after eight races.
“In the third race of the season, we got zero points, we had a problem with our car and we couldn’t find it. Luckily, before the last leg, we were able to find it but not as fast as we wanted to but we were able to win one race to clinch the title,” Uy said.
After a runner up finish last season, Uy finally brought home the top plum. He dethroned last season’s champion Andres Calma who was out of the top five this season.
“Well, it feels good. It feels great to be a champion. We’re looking forward to trying to get the championship early this year because we missed it last year. Well, God really blessed us, giving us this championship this year. But since everyone’s eyeing for the championship next year, we have to do much better to keep that No. 1 position for Toyota Quezon Avenue so I guess we have to work harder to maintain that championship next year,” Uy added.
Estefano Rivera of Toyota Alabang tallied 103 points, to finish second, while Basti Escalante of the Obengers finished third with 90 points.
Steve Bicknell of Toyota San Fernando topped the Sporting class with 112 points, followed by Gerard Loy with 108.5 points, and Miko Maristela of Toyota Quezon Avenue with 105 points.
In the Promotional class, Kiko Dysico of Toyota Cabanatuan closed the season with 109 points, landing at the top spot, followed by Marc Martinez at second with 98.5 points. Aira Medrano, on her first season, finished third with 98 points.
The lone female winner of the third season, Medrano was contented with what she has achieved.
“I’m very happy despite not winning the championship in the Promotional class because at least I achieved this feat. For me, this is my first time. I really did not aim to be on top. This season became my preparation for the next season. All of the races became my practices because I committed errors during those races, which serve as learnings for me,” she added.
Medrano will be competing in the Sporting class next season. “All of the top five per class will go to a higher class. It will be fun but I’ll remain competitive because all drivers are experienced in the sporting class,” she added.
Jinno Rufino received the top honor in the Celebrity class, dominating Fabio Ide and Jericho Rosales.