Young guns led by AutoIndustriya’s Jose Altoveros and Go Flat Out’s own Jerald Valdez from the Media Class, as well as the youngest 14-year-old racer phenom Carlos Iñigo Anton from the Car Club Class won over their rival veterans. The Vios Autocross Challenge, introduced by Toyota Motor Philippines (TMP) as part of the Vios Racing Festival for the year 2019 was held in MOA Concert Grounds. TMP fulfilled its promise to bring the Vios Racing events formerly called The Vios Cup to the reach of its loyal followers, fans and car owners.
With the festive atmosphere and its free open admission to the public, the Autocross Challenge kicked off last Saturday, April 27, 2019. The events’ qualifying day was filled with racing aspirants of around 40 registered Car Club drivers and Facebook Online participants and 20 drivers for the Media Class which boasts of veteran racers combined with amateur racers from motoring media practitioners. Meanwhile, the Celebrity Class consisted of Gretchen Ho, Aubrey Miles, Chie Filomeno, Gerald Anderson, Troy Montero, Fabio Ide, and Daniel Matsunaga.
The following day, April 28, was the main event where participating drivers where trimmed down to a final-four for each class. For the celebrities, actor Troy Montero emerged as the champion clocking the fastest lap time for the day with 1:10.63, the fastest time during the event. Joining him in the podium is Fabio Ide with 1:14.10 as the second placer and third is Gretchen Ho with a time of 1:14.77.
Emerging as champion for the Car Club class is the kid phenom 14-year-old Carlos Iñigo Anton, the youngest driver in the event, who set a lap time of 1:11.13, the second fastest during the event, followed by veterans drivers Michael Scott Carbonel and Daryl Brady, clocking in at 1:12.23 and 1:12.47 respectively.
On the Media Class, AutoIndustriya.com’s Jose Altoveros emerged as the champion with a time of 1:12.63 in the finals, giving him enough lead over young newbie driver Jerald Valdez of Go Flat Out who posted 1.15.00 and landed him second place at the podium. Veteran driver Eggay Quesada from Autocar finished third, who posted a time of 1:17.34.
Closing out the competitions per class were the finalists in Influencers Class where Ralph Bangsil who was declared as the champion for the Influencers Class with a time of 1:17.06, followed by Karl Gabriel in second and Klea Pineda at third.
Catch the second leg of the Toyota Vios Racing Festival this June 8, 2019 at the Clark International Speedway in Pampanga.