Toyota PH to fire up motorsports fever with the inaugural Toyota Racing Festival

March 5, 2019

You might have already seen the title and asked, “What happened to the Toyota Vios Cup, the one-make race Toyota Motor Philippines (TMP) has pioneered since 2014?” The quickest answer would be that it’s no more. The longer answer is that it has gone up levels higher than ever before to the point of it going by a new name called Toyota Racing Festival.

During TMP’s media thanksgiving event, TMP’s President, Satoru Suzuki, announced that the long-time one-make race will now be called as such, not only to freshen thing up, but also to provide racing fans with more action-packed thrills. What’s special about the Toyota Racing Festival is that it will come in two folds; the Vios Autocross Challenge and the Vios Circuit Championship. Best part is that racers will now be putting the all-new Toyota Vios through its paces.

The Vios Autocross Challenge meanwhile will have racers in a timed competition within a specially designed obstacle course where participants can share the tracks with celebrities, media, and car club racers. It will be held in Metro Manila, with the goal of making the races more accessible to the public, whether as participants or spectators.

The Vios Circuit Championship, on the other hand, will have Participants from different areas in the country and of different backgrounds will be classified under three classes - promotional, sporting, and celebrity. It will have three rounds with three races per round, happening in June, September, and November.

Finally, the 2019 Toyota Racing Festival will see the return of the Toyota Racing School, its motorsports learning program where those with an itch to go full throttle on the tracks can learn and hone their skills in a safe and fun way. As before, it will be made possible with the help of Tuason Racing School (TRS), the country’s premier racing and safety driving school.

We’ll keep you posted for more updates about the inaugural Toyota Racing Festival.

Photos: Randolph de Leon

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Randolph de Leon
Randy is a person with disability (PWD), a partially-blinded person with only his left eye functioning. Since childhood, the automobile has always been his passion, and is able to express it through photography and most recently, through writing as well. Outside the motoring beat, Randy spends time manning the media aspect of his business which he co-founded with his sister/college classmate. It's called Dragonlight Wellness and Solutions, a multi-business venture centering on improving peoples' lives through earning.