Toyota Vios Racing Festival 2019 concludes | Results are out!

Nov 19, 2019 | Same topic: Highlights of the week
Another stunning and exciting season of the Toyota Vios Racing Festival has concluded and after a fun-filled weekend, the author shares why one of the biggest blunders of his life is also the most exhilarating.

I’ve always dreamed of driving a race car, to experience the feeling of driving flat out on the track, heel-toeing at every turn threading through chicanes. This won’t be a story about that, however; this will be more a lesson in racing protocol, “How Not To Screw It Up 101". It was a bit unfortunate that an *epic* fail on my part sort of put a damper on things, but we’ll get to that later.

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The Toyota Vios Racing Festival

The 2019 Vios Racing Festival recently came to a smashing conclusion last Saturday at the Clark International Speedway, with drivers from different classes competeing in their respective events to find out who's the fastest around the track and the autocross course.

This was the fourth and final leg of the annual event that saw its fair share of twists, turns, and straights, as well as a few exciting crashes where thankfully no one was seriously hurt.

Vios Race Car

It was a solid and action-packed event, as this Vios race car can attest to.

Popular celebrities such as Gerald Anderson, Chie Filomeno, Gretchen Ho, Daniel Matsunaga, Aubrey Miles, and Troy Montero showcased their racing stuff in the Celebrity Class of the Vios Circuit Championship.

Racing alongside the stars and competing in their own division are the Promotional Class drivers, many of whom are seasoned veterans. Previously racing with his fellow celebrities, Fabio Ide chose to compete in the promotional class this time around, to prove his mettle against the best of the best.

>>> Check out: Car of the Week | 2014 Toyota Vios Race Car.

Autocross madness

Apart from the balls-to-the-wall race action on the circuit course, the Toyota Vios Racing Festival featured the Vios Autocross Challenge for participants from the Media, Social Media and Car Clubs classes. Yours truly went for the Media class; I don’t have enough followers on my Instagram account, and I have too much body fat to be with the Social Media Class.

Gerald Anderson with fan at Vios Racing Festival

Fans were able to enjoy and have a good time with their favorite celebrities

These were the stakes that lay ahead of me as I came late to the party, only joining the last leg thanks to the gracious invitation sent by Toyota Motor Philippines. Before the main event last Saturday, I was supposed to join the briefing and pre-race exercises which were mandatory even for seasoned drivers, much more so for newbies such as myself; unfortunately, I wasn't able to catch it. Giddy with excitement, I put on my racing jumpsuit which was a little too small for my 2XL frame, since I was a last-minute entrant. We went straight to the track but as soon as my name was called, I was like a deer in headlights, frozen and numb as they ushered me to the race car. I felt like my whole life flashed before my eyes, culminating at that very moment. I finally knew what Ricky Bobby meant when he says he didn’t know what to do with his hands, I just wanted to go fast, and off I went.

In car shot of author attacking uturn

The part where I got lost in all the confusion

I lined up on the grid, and as soon as they gave me the go-ahead, I just ran off to the first chicane. I was about to do a U-turn but one of the guides told me to go ahead, so I kept going straight. I mashed the throttle, fully expecting to pass by the next cone, but all I saw was more tarmac in front of me. Panic started to set in, as no one was stopping me and I kept on going and going, downshifting and heel-toeing as I entered every corner and letting it all rip as I exited the apex. I was so high on adrenaline, and the entire stretch of the Clark International Speedway just lay before me, seemingly endless under the Saturday sun.

As I returned to the grid, I realized to my horror that I was racing in the opposite direction, which would have endangered the other racers had they been with me on the track; this driver just made a complete fool of himself by giving in to his baser instincts. All I could manage was a feeble “I am so sorry” to the organizers. They were far from impressed by my stunt, but they were understanding enough to at least let me keep racing in the event. Even now, I still wilt at the memory of that faux pas, days after the event had wrapped up. 

Author inside Vios Race Car

I kept repeating to myself: "Don't get lost!"

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What I learned

Thankfully, the organizers just made light of my stunt, pointing out to the other racers the importance of briefing, listening and paying attention to instructions before setting foot on the track. Oh well, I'd rather be a semi-good example than a cautionary tale. The rules are there for a reason, because the cliche is true; it’s all fun and games until someone gets hurt. I just thank the heavens that nothing untoward happened as a result my blunder.

Winners at the podium

The winners were announced during the after-event ceremonies

The guys gave me another crack at the course. Since I am now more than familiar with the Vios race car at this point, I know what it was capable of. Despite my earlier display of derring-do, I didn’t make the cut for the finals, not even close. But the autocross course was really fun; it showcased the handling of the Vios, the engine response was spot on, whether the clutch was in or out. Ths Vios is a very stable machine, although I felt like I’ve already had my fill of the festivities from behind the wheel, and all I wanted was to bring the car back to the pit in one piece.

Toyota Supra pace car

There was an interesting race car on display as well

Would I ever come back? Absolutely. It was the best moment of my life, and I am profusely thankful to Toyota Motor Philippines for the chance to represent Philkotse.com and experience the Toyota Vios in an autocross environment. Sure I’ve had a little too much fun, but if ever the organizers are gracious (or foolhardy) enough to invite me back, I'll make sure to never miss the pre-race orientation again. All in all, the Toyota Vios Racing Festival was an experience I will never ever forget.

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Philkotse Team at the Vios Event

The Philkotse.com team sure had a great day as well!

The 2019 Vios Racing Festival is supported by the following partners and sponsors: Bridgestone, Petron, Motul, Rota, Brembo, Denso, AVT, 3M, OMP, and Tuason Racing.

Vios Race Car attacking a chicane

Until next year's Vios Racing Festival!

Here's the complete list of the podium finishers from last weekend's races:

Circuit Championship
Rank
Celebrity
Promotional
Sporting
 Race 7
1st
Troy Montero
Francis Adriano
John Dizon
2nd
Aubrey Miles
Darrel Garbes
Marc Soong
3rd
Gretchen Ho
Julian Tang
Red Diwa
Race 8
1st
Troy Montero
Francis Adriano
Lord Seno
2nd
Aubrey Miles
Darrel Garbes
Marc Soong
3rd
Gerald Anderson
Elysse Menorca
Gel Napat
Race 9
1st
Troy Montero
Julian Tang
John Dizon
2nd
Gerald Anderson
Elysse Menorca
Red Diwa
3rd
Daniel Matsunaga
Ian Rosales
Eggy Ong
Autocross Challenge
Rank
SMPs
Media
Car Clubs
1st
Vince Vandorpe
Anjo Perez
Carlos Iñigo Anton
2nd
Jun Sunga
Jose Luis Altoveros
Sean Kody S. Ng
3rd
Reph Bangsil
Raymond Figuerres
Mickie Carbonell

Media Autocross Racers in group shot

The Media Class racers surely had one of the best days of their lives

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Source: Roy Robles