In case you haven’t noticed, the PH sim-racing scene is alive and kicking

A handful of online racing events are being live-streamed on Facebook weekly
by Leandre Grecia | Apr 22, 2020
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Sim racing is becoming even more popular by the day. As the COVID-19 outbreak continues to confine people (hopefully) to their homes, more and more are racing fans starting to look to alternatives to get their regular dose of racing action.

A lot of you may have not noticed this, but here in the Philippines, the local sim-racing scene is actually gaining some traction, too. A quick search will lead you to the 2020 VVT-i Cup, a one-make-race hosted by Sim Racing PH (SRP).  The championship features a bunch of Toyotas—Vios models, to be exact—much like that popular racing series that we’re certain you’ve already heard of by now.

To shed some more light on SRP, the VVT-i Cup, and the local sim-racing scene in general, we looked around on cyberspace to see what material we could find on it.  We eventually ended up chatting with Allen Escoto, one of the co-founders of SRP.

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Escoto told us that SRP was founded by the trio of him, Daryl Brady, and Gav Quintos. It started out as a forum dedicated to sim racing, and was created to promote and spread knowledge on the sport. Since then, the group has made a name for itself hosting sim-racing events, and setting up gaming booths at mall events and mainstay exhibitions like the Manila International Auto Show, Manila Auto Salon, and Trans Sport Show.

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Today, the SRP community has become a haven for local sim racing, and one of its biggest ongoing projects is the said VVT-i Cup. This year’s championship marks the VVT-i Cup’s third season and is said to have the biggest prize pool ever, with a bucketload of goodies up for grabs during the event as well.

There are now over 50 drivers from all over the country and abroad who are currently participating in the event. Anyone with a Windows-based PC is qualified to race, and high-end setups aren’t a must—Escoto told us that there are some racers today still use keyboards to compete. SRP also uses rFactor—yes, the first one—for its racing events, which doesn’t necessarily require high-performance systems.

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As of this writing, the cup is now on its fifth round and is nearing its end—races are held every Sunday, so you might want to mark your calendars already if you’re interested. And if you’re thinking of joining some of the upcoming races, you should check out SRP’s official Facebook group and page for more details.

Escoto also told us that SRP has some on-ground events lined up for 2020, so you might want to keep an eye out for that. For now, he advises onlookers to check out the weekly iRacing events hosted by Oliver Aquino on Facebook, as well as the GT Sport series for PS4 gamers through the Gran Turismo Philippines Facebook group.

“We’re very glad that sim racing is slowly being recognized by a lot of Filipinos nowadays, not just by the people in the gaming scene. And with FIA supporting sim racing also due to this ongoing pandemic, we can say that there’s a bright future as well as better opportunities for sim racers dreaming of stepping up their game,” SRP said.

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We guess it’s time to start training and see how far our skills can take us, then. Will we be seeing you at some of the races in the near future?

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