Troy Montero heads list of winners in rain-soaked Toyota’s Vios Racing Festival
WHEN it rains, they race.
Inclement weather could not stop the more than 20 drivers who competed in Toyota’s Vios Racing Festival series held Saturday at the Clark International Speedway in Pampanga. The grassroots motor racing event held the second round of the Vios Circuit Championship, a genuine wheel-to-wheel race, and the third round of the Vios Autocross Challenge, a timed event.
“On behalf of Toyota Motor Philippines [TMP], I would like to express my deepest appreciation to our customers and fans who have dedicated time and effort to witness our Vios motor sports events,” said TMP president Satoru Suzuki during the races’ opening ceremonies.
TMP is organizer of the Vios Racing Festival.
Three races comprise the Vios Circuit Championship, each having three categories — Celebrity, Promotional and Sporting.
Competitors in the Vios Autocross Challenge are divided in three classes — Social Media Personalities, Media and Car Clubs.
The wet track caused some racers problems. Troy Montero, racing in the Celebrity class, collided with Sporting class driver John Dizon after crossing the finish line in Race 5.
Another celebrity racer, Chie Filomeno, also retired after aquaplaning off the track.
The drivers were immediately brought to hospital. They were cleared and were back at the venue in time for the awarding ceremonies.
“No matter what happens, I still find myself coming back to this sport. The adrenaline rush it gives me is out of this world,” posted Filomeno on Instagram.
Montero on the same platform said: “Despite the outside damage, the driver’s area was totally untouched. We also have a roll cage, race suit, and helmet, and most especially the HANS (head and neck) device to keep us safe.”
The race winners are:
Vios Circuit Challenge
Race 4 Celebrity Promotional Sporting
1st place Troy Montero Julian Tang Red Diwa
2nd place Daniel Matsunaga Julian Neri John Dizon
3rd place Gretchen Ho Darrel Garbes Eggy Ong
Race 5 Celebrity Promotional Sporting
1st place Troy Montero Elysse Menorca Red Diwa
2nd place Daniel Matsunaga Julian Neri Marc Soong
3rd place Aubrey Miles Francis Adriano Clive Fermin
Race 6 Celebrity Promotional Sporting
1st place Daniel Matsunaga Elysse Menorca Eggy Ong
2nd place Gretchen Ho Francis Adriano Red Diwa
3rd place Aubrey Miles Julian Tang Clive Fermin
Vios Autocross Challenge
Social Media Media Car Clubs
1st place Jules Aquino Jose Luis Altoveros Carlos Inigo Anton
2nd place Ralph Bangsil Earl Davidson Lee Sean Kody Ng
3rd place Jun Sunga Chewy Buhion Mickie Carbonell
The next and final leg of the Vios Racing Festival is scheduled on November 9 at the Clark international Speedway. The event is supported by Bridgestone, Petron, Motul, Rota, Brembo, Denso, AVT, 3M, OMP and Tuason Racing.
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