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Toyota Vios Cup Cebu

Race organizer JP Tuason called last weekend’s Toyota Vios Cup track the "Cebu Circuit de Monaco," and we think it was because of the oceanside view and the narrow roads of South Road Properties. Combined with a few dusty sections, the 1.6km circuit even looked like a rallycross at times.

The one sure thing about the recently held leg of the Vios Cup is that it was exciting. Barriers were hit, car bumpers were shorn, and at one point a half-Japanese/half-Brazilian driver hit another Japanese racer who also happened to be 100% company president. But at the end of the day, all of the drivers were just cheering each other onstage, drenching each other in beer and champagne.

The first heat of the sporting class saw Toyota Alabang’s Andres Calma take pole position because of his fast qualifying time. Allan Uy, who has proven to be one of the fastest drivers in the series, was in second position, and Victor Buensuceso rounded out the top three.

The tight street track seemed suited for Calma, who managed to protect his position with no serious contender. The racers behind him, however, jostled and overtook each other for the succeeding positions. Many spectators were treated to thrilling overtaking maneuvers because the bleachers were positioned right in front of a sharp corner. After each heat, this corner was strewn with Vios parts, especially bumpers.

Every now and then, a driver would exit a turn too fast, and a loud bang would be heard as the barriers would rattle. But the race organizers did their job, and no untoward accident occurred during all the heats.

When the dust settled--quite literally, by the way--at the end of the first sporting class heat, the teenage Daniel Miranda was behind Calma for second place, and Bobby Domingo finished third. It was a surprising finish for the latter, who had qualified seventh for this heat, and had only managed to do a personal best of 12th place in the previous leg.

For the second heat of the sporting class, Calma drove a smooth race with no mistakes to cruise to another victory. Miranda also held on to his second-place slot. But this time, it was Uy who came in third. Consistently in the fifth spot for both heats was 2014 Vios Cup overall champ Luis Gono.

In the promotional class, radio celebrity Sam YG was in pole position again, similar to his status in the previous leg. Right behind him was actor Derek Ramsay, whose known competitiveness in sports was beginning to bear fruit in his improved lap times. Third was non-celebrity racer Paolo Rodriguez.

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Prior to the race, Sam YG had told us that as long as he was in front, he could use the narrow circuit to his advantage. All the 2014 celebrity champ had to do was straddle the middle lane and defend his position. A special revelation was actress Jasmine Curtis-Smith, who had qualified in seventh place despite not knowing how to operate a manual transmission prior to joining the Vios Cup this year. Although she eventually blew up an engine during the race, we still think she’s cute. Let us repeat that: She's cute.

During the first promotional class heat, Sam YG executed his plan flawlessly and finished first. Rodriguez was able to overtake Ramsay after several heated battles and landed in second place during the first heat. Ramsay ended up in third place, just ahead of the fastest female celebrity, Phoemela Baranda.

By the second heat of the promotional class, Sam YG had mastered the track and was unchallenged in his dominance. Ramsay held on to second place, proving that he was hungry for the top spot, while Baranda nudged Rodriguez out of third place.

As evening fell, the drivers gathered at the stage for the awarding ceremonies. The celebrity drivers were presented and awarded first. Sam YG and Baranda were drenched in beer as they accepted their Best Male Celebrity Driver and Best Female Celebrity Driver awards, respectively.

When it was the turn of the sporting class to be awarded, it was clear that the driver of the day was Andres Calma, who drove so cleanly it impressed even the other teams. True enough, Calma won the Driver of the Day award, along with other honors like Best Qualifying and Fastest Lap. The top prize for Calma, of course, was still winning both sporting class heats and getting cash prizes and trophies for both.

With the Cebu leg being a double-points race, Calma is now effectively the man to beat in the 2015 Vios Cup. With the next leg set to be another street race--a setting Calma seems to excel in--it will surely be another exciting Vios Cup chapter as the other drivers are sure to set their sights on the new number one racer.

Check out the official race results at the bottom, and watch for our gallery of race photos which we'll upload after this.

Photos by Dinzo Tabamo


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2015 Vios Cup Leg 2 (Sporting Class)
Heat 1 (Started at 12:25:53)
Pos Car No. Name Laps Total time
1 97 Andres Calma 12 14:44.255
2 20 Daniel Miranda 12 14:52.176
3 15 Bobby Domingo 12 14:59.717
4 26 Allan Uy 12 15:02.028
5 17 Luis Gono 12 15:03.663
6 25 Dominic Ochoa 12 15:04.426
7 87 Raymond Ronquillo 12 15:12.485
8 28 Pauland Dumlao 12 15:15.070
9 23 Estefano Rivera 12 15:18.650
10 42 Jette Calderon 12 15:21.977
11 94 Alexis Salvador 12 15:22.679
12 27 Ramon Tanjuatco 12 15:27.235
13 78 Victor Buensuceso 12 15:41.537
14 55 Bryan Co 12 15:44.285
15 43 Lord Seno 12 15:45.138
16 33 Tonton Ramos 12 15:46.294
17 11 Carlos Loinaz 12 15:50.291
18 88 Robert Lilles 12 15:53.426
DNF 24 JV Ejercito 6 8:33.656
DNF 77 Basti Escalante 3 4:02.081
DNF 96 Miguel Diaz 2 2:42.545
DNF 70 Harold Ong/Sean Velasco   10.072
Heat 2 (Started at 15:46:10)
Pos Car No. Name Laps Total time
1 97 Andres Calma 12 19:24.764
2 20 Daniel Miranda 12 19:28.790
3 26 Allan Uy 12 19:34.748
4 25 Dominic Ochoa 12 19:37.189
5 17 Luis Gono 12 19:36.653
6 87 Raymond Ronquillo 12 19:31.272
7 15 Bobby Domingo 12 19:35.929
8 42 Jette Calderon 12 19:38.016
9 11 Carlos Loinaz 12 19:39.362
10 55 Bryan Co 12 19:55.373
11 28 Pauland Dumlao 12 19:40.228
12 77 Basti Escalante 12 19:45.524
13 94 Alexis Salvador 12 19:56.755
14 33 Tonton Ramos 12 20:04.481
15 70 Harold Ong/Sean Velasco 12 20:04.966
16 78 Victor Buensuceso 12 20:07.131
17 43 Lord Seno 12 20:08.199
18 24 JV Ejercito 12 20:13.038
19 27 Ramon Tanjuatco 12 20:08.574
20 88 Robert Lilles 12 20:15.742
DNF 96 Miguel Diaz 1 1:41.013
DNF 23 Estefano Rivera 1 01:51.5

 

2015 Vios Cup Leg 2 (Promotional Class)
Heat 1 (Started at 13:36:09)
Pos Car no. Name Laps Total time
1 6 Sam YG 12 15:34.261
2 85 Paolo Rodriguez 12 16:14.458
3 14 Derek Ramsay 12 16:14.977
4 12 Phoemela Baranda 12 16:15.641
5 80 Oscar Suarez 12 16:40.658
6 67 Arthur de Jong 12 16:38.094
7 31 Miko Maristela 12 16:40.144
8 41 Steve Bicknell 12 16:41.720
9 44 Ferdinand Dysico/Alfonso Conception 12 16:46.389
10 68 Bombi Palilio 12 16:50.253
11 3 Michinobu Sugata 12 16:48.110
12 10 Jinno Rufino 12 16:47.496
13 5 Fabio Ide 12 16:51.320
14 84 En Sta. Romana 12 16:53.065
15 35 Sherwin Hing 12 16:53.859
16 21 Jeje Villena 12 16:55.470
17 69 Roy Bunag 11 15:38.402
18 22 Tomohiro Iwamoto 11 15:36.999
19 99 Danilo Cruz 11 16:45.426
DNF 2 Jasmine Curtis-Smith 4 6:04.810
DNF 4 Kylie Padilla 3 4:51.654
Heat 2 (Started at 16:34:24)
Pos Car No. Name Laps Total Time
1 6 Sam YG 12 15:31.470
2 14 Derek Ramsay 12 15:40.790
3 12 Phoemela Baranda 12 15:44.558
4 85 Paolo Rodriguez 12 15:53.176
5 10 Jinno Rufino 12 15:46.011
6 41 Steve Bicknell 12 15:53.888
7 44 Ferdinand Dysico/Alfonso Conception 12 15:55.448
8 80 Oscar Suarez 12 15:55.942
9 31 Miko Maristela 12 15:57.191
10 67 Arthur de Jong 12 15:59.161
11 68 Bombi Palilio 12 16:16.207
12 35 Sherwin Hing 12 16:18.914
13 21 Jeje Villena 12 16:21.688
14 5 Fabio Ide 12 16:20.563
15 99 Danilo Cruz 12 16:24.697
16 84 En Sta. Romana 12 16:25.487
DNF 4 Kylie Padilla 4 6:07.221
DNS 22 Tomohiro Iwamoto    
DNS 2 Jasmine Curtis-Smith    

Dinzo Tabamo
Executive Editor
Dinzo has been fascinated with cars since he was 12 years old, when he picked up a car magazine in his cousin's bedroom. It is a passion that never waned.
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