With the regional finals of the GR Supra GT Cup Asia set to commence on October 25, the e-motorsport team representing the Philippines is currently stretching their virtual racing legs in preparation. As we’ve reported before, the team consists of the three e-racers who previously won the GR Supra GT Cup Asia national finals. These are e-sports racing veteran Terence Lallave, aircraft mechanic Lance Padilla, and writer/photographer Jose Altoveros.
From left to right: Jose Altoveros, Terance Lallave, and Lance Padilla
On October 25, the Philippine team will be facing twelve other players from Thailand, India, Malaysia, and Singapore. All are respective winners of their country’s GR Supra GT Cup Asia national legs. As such, there’s no doubt that the Philippine team will be facing stiff competition.
To aid the Philippine team, Toyota Motor Philippines (TMP) is currently working together with Tuason Racing. TMP also brought in PLDT enterprise to provide the necessary internet connectivity for the team Philippines. The race after all will be held virtually in Gran Turismo Sport, one of the Sony Playstation’s mainstay racing games.
The GR Supra in Gran Turismo Sport is pretty close to the real thing
With regards to the GR Supra GT Cup Asia as a whole, Jovy Hernandez, the President, and CEO and Head of PLDT and Smart Enterprise Business Groups said that:
“The current landscape has pushed all of us to come up with innovative ways to continue on with how we do things and technology has been a key enabler for many of these initiatives. With this, I would like to commend Toyota Motor Philippines for how they’ve pushed the envelope for racing through a groundbreaking virtual platform. We are proud to partner with you on such an undertaking and we look forward to seeing how this will raise the bar for the local sports industry.”
Team Philippines together with TMP President Atsuhiro Okamoto
JP Tuason, the President of Tuason Racing also thinks that the Philippine team has a good chance of getting a podium finish at the regional finals. He also says that the three members are strong, and with Tuason Racing’s aid, the team’s chances can be improved further.
If you want to support Team Philippines, you can post supportive messages with #TeamPhilippines and #GRSupraGTCupAsia. The stream will be broadcasted on October 25 at 7:00 p.m. on TMP’s official Facebook page.
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