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FULL THROTTLE — Toyota Gazoo Racing GT Cup national finals set


E-motorsports fans are not only invited to cheer for their favorite e-racers live at the National Finals at the Quirino Grandstand, but also to partake in an exhilarating array of entertainment, including drifting and gymkhana exhibitions by international and local pro drivers

DURING the TGR Festival on 24 August, these eight e-racers will compete for the chance to represent the Philippines in the Asia Regional in Malaysia this year. | Photographs courtesy of Toyota Gazoo Racing Philippines

Toyota Motor Philippines has wrapped up the local qualifiers of the 2023 season of the Toyota Gazoo Racing Gran Turismo Cup.

The action culminated in a scintillating broadcast of the third and final round on 4 August, setting the stage for a thrilling National Finals event in the heart of Manila.

The upcoming National Finals, slated to unfold at the Quirino Grandstand on 24 August during the Toyota Gazoo Racing Festival, promises a live e-racing showdown that’s sure to send pulses racing among fans and participants alike.

Here, the successful qualifiers will compete head-to-head, each eyeing a coveted opportunity to represent the Philippines on the Asia Regional stage in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia.

The third round brought with it an electrifying race, featuring the virtual Toyota GR010 Hybrid, a vehicle that’s become synonymous with Toyota’s innovation and proven performance.

Racing on the iconic Nürburgring GP track, e-racers faced a daunting challenge as they tamed the GR010 Hybrid’s powerful four-wheel-drive racing hybrid powertrain, a sophisticated blend of electric and combustion technology.

AFTER three rounds, Russel Reyes takes the win for the Sporting Class. Stanley Theodore Golez takes the Promotional Class, while David Enzo Ison wins the Junior Class.

The gameplay provided broadcast viewers a rich and immersive experience, offering stunning visuals of the real-life German track via the highly acclaimed Gran Turismo 7 game.

The competition was fierce, but David Enzo Ison demonstrated unbreakable determination and skill, triumphing in the Junior Class for the third consecutive round.

His rivals, Russo Gabriel Formoso and Satoshi Jacobo Taguchi Paredes, showcased admirable tenacity, finishing in second and third place, respectively.

In the Promotional Class, Stanley Theodore Golez drove with precision to claim victory. Jan Rene Cortez Aldiosa and Benedict Salido displayed commendable performances, securing second and third place in a tightly fought battle.

The Sporting Class was no less thrilling, with Russel Reyes holding onto his first-place position. Jether Lugo Miole and Matthew Spencer Ang completed the podium in a display of resilience and strategic mastery.

The local rounds’ climax saw the selection of the Top 8 Sporting Class e-racers who will compete at the National Finals.

The list includes Russel Reyes, Jether Miole, Matthew Ang, Mark Elman, Luis Moreno, Topher Tejada, Estefano Rivera and Bob Villangca. These exceptional players will soon be racing for more than personal glory; they’ll carry the pride and dreams of a nation as they vie for a chance to compete on the international stage.

E-motorsports fans are not only invited to cheer for their favorite e-racers live at the National Finals at the Quirino Grandstand, but also to partake in an exhilarating array of entertainment, including drifting and gymkhana exhibitions by international and local pro drivers.

The event promises to be a celebration of automotive prowess, infused with thrilling entertainment from guest bands.

TMP’s commitment to cultivating a vibrant e-sports community in the Philippines, combined with the immense talent displayed by local e-racers, has set the stage for a riveting final chapter in this season’s TGR GT Cup.

The National Finals will be more than a showcase of skill and technology; it will be a testament to the passion and excellence that define the very essence of motorsport in the Philippines.

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