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Vios Cup

The 2016 season of the Toyota Vios Cup kicked off at Clark International Speedway on March 19 in what was arguably the most competitive installment yet of the three-year-old one-make racing series. This year, the race saw a few changes in format, with several drivers moving up a class or two, as well as the addition of the new Super Sporting Class.

Last year, Andres Calma took the top spot at the end of the season. Will he be able to repeat his success? If his performance during the first leg is any indication, there's a very good chance he will. He finished first and second in Races 1 and 2, respectively.

Allan Uy, also in the same Super Sporting Class as Calma, delivered another spectacular drive on the way to fourth- and first-place finishes in the two-race leg. His heated track battle with Calma, Estefano Rivera and Daniel Miranda in the second race was easily the highlight of the event. All four competitors were in the running for the top spot right up to the end, but neither Calma nor Miranda could go past Uy.

In the Celebrity Class, Jinno Rufino handily stayed ahead of the pack throughout the competition. The birthday boy bested Fabio Ide, Joyce Pring and Vios Cup newcomer Jericho Rosales (pictured above) on the way to first-place finishes in both Races 1 and 2. With celebrity favorites Sam YG and Phoemela Baranda no longer in the same class, Rufino and the other celebs will admittedly have an easier time this season.

Meanwhile, things got pretty tight in the Sporting Class, with several drivers colliding with each other over the course of both races. In Race 1, Paolo Rodriguez, Miko Maristela and Sean Velasco finished first, second and third, respectively. In Race 2, Miguel Diaz, Velasco and Maristela were the top finishers.

Will this year's Vios Cup be as exciting as last year's? From what we saw in the opening leg, we certainly think so. Below are the complete results:

Photo by Mark Jesalva

2016 Toyota Vios Cup
Leg 1
CLASS  POSITION  DRIVER
RACE 1


Celebrity Class 1st place Jinno Rufino
  2nd place Fabio Ide
  3rd place Jericho Rosales
Promotional Class 1st place Marc Martinez
  2nd place  Bobby Pangilinan 
  3rd place Evelyn Coseteng
Sporting Class 1st place Paolo Rodriguez
  2nd place Miko Maristela
  3rd place Sean Velasco
  4th place Miguel Diaz
  5th place Robert Lilles
 Super Sporting Class  1st place Andres Calma
  2nd place Estefano Rivera
  3rd place Daniel Miranda
  4th place Allan Uy
  5th place Dominic Ochoa
RACE 2    
Celebrity Class 1st place Jinno Rufino
  2nd place Fabio Ide
  3rd place Joyce Pring
Promotional Class 1st place Oscar Suarez
  2nd place Evelyn Coseteng
  3rd place  Bobby Pangilinan 
Sporting Class 1st place Miguel Diaz
  2nd place Sean Velasco
  3rd place Miko Maristela
  4th place Steve Bicknell
  5th place Paolo Rodriguez
 Super Sporting Class  1st place Allan Uy
  2nd place Andres Calma
  3rd place Daniel Miranda
  4th place Estefano Rivera
  5th place Basti Escalante
SPECIAL AWARDS    
AVT Best Male Celebrity Driver Jinno Rufino
  Best Female Celebrity Driver Joyce Pring
Denso Fastest Lap (Promotional Class) Marc Martinez
  Fastest Lap (Sporting Class) Tonton Ramos
   Fastest Lap (Super Sporting Class)  Andres Calma
Brembo Driver of the Day Andres Calma
  Most Improved Celebrity Driver Joyce Pring
Motul Slingshot Award Sean Velasco
Bridgestone Adrenaline Rush Joyce Pring
  Catch Me If You Can Joyce Pring

Drei Laurel
Online Editorial Assistant
Drei's passion for driving began not behind the wheel of a car, but in front of a keyboard and computer screen, playing 'Need For Speed' for hours on end with his twin brother.
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