Tuason Racing–together with Phoenix PULSE, recently concluded their first-ever #RaceForFrontliners Esports racing series which was held in Gran Turismo Sport. The campaign, which began in April, brought together racing enthusiasts during quarantine to help out different frontliners and Barangays around Metro Manila as the COVID-19 takes its toll in the Philippines. After four elimination rounds, the culminating event on June 14, 2020, was made even bigger with more prizes along with a Celebrity Challenge.
The Celebrity Challenge grid is composed of Troy Montero, Aubrey Miles, Fabio Ide, Phoemela Baranda, Gaby Dela Merced, Jinno Rufino, Ivan Carapiet, and Arianne Bautista, who are all racing for their Barangay Beneficiaries.
They went head-to-head in the Time Attack Competition, and after a fierce battle, Carapiet and Montero ended up in the top for the final showdown. Carapiet was able to finish with the best time claiming the Champion title, taking with him P50,000 worth of Family Mart food packages to be donated to Barangay Western Bicutan. All celebrity racers will also receive P10,000 worth of Family Mart goodies for their own beneficiary communities.
“I am truly happy I got to do what I love while helping people. We have to move forward to evolve. Congratulations to all the competitors and TRS!” said Celebrity Challenge Champion, Ivan Carapiet.
After two semifinal heats, the Final Nine qualifiers ran a reverse grid making the competition fiercer. Starting on the pole is Inigo Anton, 2nd Ian Soquila, 3rd Russel Cabrera, 4th Corban Guerero, 5th Jeff De Vera, 6th Joaquin Garrido, 7th Rabboni Buenaventura, 8th Kevin Puatu, 9th Zio Tantengco. Anton did a lights to flag race with Russel closely behind.
“There will always be someone better than you out there and you should make them your inspiration to be better. I learn a lot from them and I believe that experience, hard work, and practice will always make you a better racer.” Iñigo Anton expressed.
Overall, the #RaceForFrontliners Esports campaign was able to rake in a total of P403,000 worth of donations that were given to various Barangays and frontliners.
As for the winners, Iñigo Anton will bring home a new racing simulator rig; decked with an OMP full bucket Seat, Seven Star Garage Sim Rig Frame, Logitech G29 Wheel, LG HD Television unit, OMP Racing Suit, and OMP Helmet amounting to more than P150, 000. The 2nd placer will bring home an LG mini sound system, while the 3rd placer will receive P5,000 worth of Phoenix Pulse Fuel.