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2015 Vios Cup Leg 1 report: The official race results

The second season of waku-doki has begun. Once again breaking the country's motorsports record for the largest grid, the 2015 Vios Cup season-opener had 41 cars on the starting grid of Clark International Speedway last Saturday (March 21). It's even bigger than last season's record of 37 cars!

If you think 40 cars is a lot, Toyota Motor Philippines aims for a much bigger grid in the coming legs. The Japanese carmaker hopes to assemble 50 Vios Cup cars on the track within the season.

Because only 35 cars are allowed to compete at a time, the racers had to be divided into two categories: the sporting class and the promotional class. The former was made up of the top half of the regular racers, while the latter included the celebrities and the other regulars who didn't make the cut for the sporting class. Each category had two race heats, each having 12 laps.

The event kicked off with the first heat of the promotional class. Last year's celebrity champ Sam YG was in pole position, but he quickly lost his advantage when he and fellow celebrity racer Jinno Rufino crashed at the first turn. This gave Phoemela Baranda the opportunity to be the leader of the pack and to eventually snag first place. Miguel Diaz was close behind her in second place.

The second heat of the promotional class saw Sam YG redeeming himself and overtaking Baranda, thus earning for himself the titles of Best Male Celebrity Driver and Overall Celebrity Driver. The consistently fast Diaz was first to cross the finish line, earning the title of Class B champion, which meant the regular racer who led the field in the promotional class. Baranda, on the other hand, fell to fifth place in the second heat, but took home the title of Best Female Celebrity Driver.

Toyota San Fernando's Pauland Dumlao, who also raced in the 2014 Vios Cup, was pole-sitter for the first heat of the sporting division. He and first-time Vios Cup racer Estefano Rivera of Toyota Alabang raced head-to-head. Dumlao crossed the finish line first, but was relegated to second place due to a penalty. Rivera was then declared the first-placer. Dumlao wound up in second place, followed by Andres Calma in third. These top drivers proceeded to each carry an extra weight of 30kg, 20kg and 10kg, respectively, for the second heat.

The extra weight seemed to drag Rivera down, as he was not able to score another podium finish. Meanwhile, Dumlao had a comfortable lead for several laps, letting everyone else eat his dust until 17-year-old Daniel Miranda started reducing the gap between himself and Dumlao.

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The teenage driver ultimately recorded the fastest lap time, and by the ninth lap, the track spectacle put the crowd on the edge of their seats.

With only three laps remaining, Dumlao and Miranda were scuffling for first place. When the checkered flag was waved, Dumlao, who drove a car 20kg heavier than his pursuing rival, made it to the finish line first. Despite crossing the finish line second, Miranda was demoted to third place after having initiated contact with Dumlao's car. Allan Uy, the third driver to cross the finish line, was thus promoted to second place.

Check out the official race results at the bottom.

Photos by Mikko David


2015 Vios Cup Leg 1 report: The official race results

2015 Vios Cup Leg 1 report: The official race results

2015 Vios Cup Leg 1 report: The official race results

2015 Vios Cup Leg 1 report: The official race results

2015 Vios Cup Leg 1 report: The official race results

2015 Vios Cup Leg 1 report: The official race results

2015 Vios Cup Leg 1 report: The official race results

2015 Vios Cup Leg 1 report: The official race results

2015 Vios Cup Leg 1 report: The official race results

2015 Vios Cup Leg 1 report: The official race results

2015 Vios Cup Leg 1 report: The official race results

2015 Vios Cup Leg 1 report: The official race results

 

2015 Vios Cup Leg 1 (Promotional Class)
Heat 1 (Started at 12:30:17)
Pos Car no. Name Laps Total time
1 12 Phoemela Baranda 12 42:36.212
2 96 Miguel Diaz 12 42:36.944
3 24 JV Ejercito 12 42:48.646
4 44 Alfie Concepcion 12 42.49:456
5 33 Tonton Ramos 12 42:49.898
6 21 Jeje Villena 12 42:51.015
7 68 Bombi Palilio 12 43:06.333
8 19 Juan Nolasco 12 43:16.097
9 69 Roy Bunag 12 43:19.972
10 7 Joyce Pring 12 43:20.409
11 14 Derek Ramsay 12 43:27.409
12 22 Tomohiro Iwamoto 12 43:29.225
13 2 Jasmine Curtis-Smith 12 43:36.441
14 3 Michinobu Sugata 12 43:48.189
15 4 Kylie Padilla 12 44:12.865
16 6 Sam YG 10 44:31.594
17 35 Sherwin Hing 9 43:21.446
18 10 Jinno Rufino 7 44:29.164
DNF 8 Rhian Ramos 1  
Not classified
DQ 67 Arthur de Jong 12 42:45.7
Heat 2 (Started at 17:05:44)
Pos Car no. Name Laps Total time
1 96 Miguel Diaz 12 42:36.212
2 33 Tonton Ramos 12 42:36.944
3 6 Sam YG 12 42:48.646
4 67 Arthur de Jong 12 42.49:456
5 12 Phoemela Baranda 12 42:49.898
6 10 Jinno Rufino 12 42:51.015
7 68 Bombi Palilio 12 43:06.333
8 35 Sherwin Hing 12 43:16.097
9 8 Rhian Ramos 12 43:19.972
10 7 Joyce Pring 12 43:20.409
11 69 Roy Bunag 12 43:27.409
12 2 Jasmine Curtis-Smith 12 43:29.225
13 3 Michinobu Sugata 12 43:36.441
14 4 Kylie Padilla 12 43:48.189
15 22 Tomohiro Iwamoto 12 44:12.865
16 44 Alfie Concepcion 10 44:31.594
Not classified
DNF 21 Jeje Villena 5 7:32.972
DNF 19 Juan Nolasco 4 10:18.089
DNF 24 JV Ejercito 1  
DNS 14 Derek Ramsay  

 

2015 Vios Cup Leg 1 (Sporting Class)
Heat 1 (Started at 13:49:54)
Pos Car no. Name Laps Total time
1 23 Estefano Rivera 12 29:51.444
2 28 Pauland Dumlao 12 29:51.850
3 97 Andres Calma 12 29:57.649
4 26 Allan Uy 12 30:09.725
5 25 Dominic Ochoa 12 30:16.118
6 77 Basti Escalante 12 30:17.360
7 20 Daniel Miranda 12 30:17.416
8 17 Luis Gono 12 30:18.188
9 87 Raymond Ronquillo 12 30:18.200
10 78 Victor Buensuceso 12 30:18.716
11 41 Steve Bicknell 12 30:19.725
12 88 Robert Lilles 12 30:21.393
13 55 Bryan Co 12 30:22.055
14 15 Bobby Domingo 12 30:22.619
15 99 Charlie Cojuangco 12 30:24.339
16 85 Paolo Rodriguez 12 30:28.220
17 11 Carlos Loinaz 12 30:28.627
18 31 Miko Maristela 12 30:29.147
DNF 94 Alexis Salvador 4 8:01.591
DNF 27 Ramon Tanjuatco 3 5:06.264
Heat 2 (Started at 16:08:06)
Pos Car no. Name Laps Total time
1 28 Pauland Dumlao 12 29:10.283
2 26 Allan Uy 12 29:18.862
3 20 Daniel Miranda 12 29:18.999
4 77 Basti Escalante 12 29:19.222
5 97 Andres Calma 12 21:21.519
6 17 Luis Gono 12 29:21.923
7 25 Dominic Ochoa 12 29:27.401
8 87 Raymond Ronquillo 12 29:27.593
9 78 Victor Buensuceso 12 29:28.479
10 41 Steve Bicknell 12 29:34.030
11 55 Bryan Co 12 29:34.040
12 15 Bobby Domingo 12 29:51.510
13 99 Charlie Cojuangco 12 29:51.520
14 88 Robert Lilles 12 29:51.666
15 27 Ramon Tanjuatco 12 29:51.777
16 85 Paolo Rodriguez 12 29:52.197
17 31 Miko Maristela 12 29:52.793
18 23 Estefano Rivera 9 19:30.784
DNF 11 Carlos Loinaz    
Not classified
DNS 94 Alexis Salvador  
Tracy Carpena
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