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Toyota changes format of one-make race series

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Toyota Vios Cup races have seen some of the largest starting grids in local motor sports.

TOYOTA MOTOR Philippines (TMP) announced it is introducing changes to its motor sports program this year with the launch of the Vios Racing Festival 2019.

The new race series, scheduled to start in April, replaces the Vios Cup, which TMP conducted from 2014 to 2018.

TMP President Satoru Suzuki said that the Vios Racing Festival will “continue the trailblazing legacy of the Vios Cup.”

TMP said it aims to deliver the action and excitement of motor sports to an even wider audience through the Vios Racing Festival. It added the event will feature two disciplines of racing via the Vios Circuit Championship and the Vios Autocross Challenge.

TMP explained the Vios Circuit Championship will see racers — divided into Promotional, Sporting and Celebrity classes — competing on the track of Clark International Speedway in Pampanga using the new Toyota Vios. Three legs with three races each, scheduled in June, September, and November, will form this series.

In the Vios Autocross Challenge, drivers will compete in time trials to be held on a specially designed obstacle course. The competitions will be held in Metro Manila, TMP said, as it seeks to make the races more accessible to participants and spectators.




The company also announced it will offer an “optimal racing experience” to participants through the Toyota Racing School. The move, according to Suzuki, will “boost and encourage the Filipino interest in motor sports.”

The program will be held together with TMP’s official motor sports partner, Tuason Racing School.