The second leg of the Vios Racing Festival kicked off at Clark International Speedway last August 31 and the weekend was full of the action-packed racing that we’ve come to expect from the one-make series.
Aside from the assorted activities and entertainment that had been setup around the track complex, the sleek Toyota GR Supra made another much-awaited public appearance to excite the crowds ahead of the opening Race 4.
During the action, Growl Thule Racing’s Red Diwa finally grabbed first-place in Saturday’s kick-off race after a string of runner-up podium finishes in the Sporting Class’s first three heats. He was followed by John Dizon of Toyota Marilao – Obengers in second, and Eggy Ong of JBT Racing/Toyota San Fernando in third.
Race 5 in the top tier saw Eggy Ong move up to first, while Marc Soong of Toyota Balintawak-Obengers and Clive Fermin of Toyota Cebu rounded out the top three. In one of the most heart-stopping moments of the day, a last-minute collision between John Dizon and Troy Montero saw them literally flying over the finish line in Race 5! The result still counted for Montero, who claimed another first place finish in the Celebrity Division in the most unorthodox manner, but it took both competitors out of the running for the final race of the day. Race 5 also saw female racing favorite; Elysse Menorca grab her first top finish for Toyota North Edsa-Obengers in the Promotional Class.
The skies opened up and soaked the track for the final Race 6 and the tricky conditions caused numerous drivers struggle to stay on track. Marc Soong and the reigning points leader Lord Seno, of Toyota Cebu, both saw DNF’s in a race which had almost half of its duration occur under safety car conditions. Eggy Ong maintained his composure to clinch first place ahead of Red Diwa, while Clive Fermin took home third-place once again. In the Promotional Class, Menorca finished first once again, followed by Francis Adriano of Toyota San Jose Del Monte-Obengers, and Julian Tang of Toyota Otis-Obengers–gaining her ground in the class points which saw her at second after July’s first leg.
The Autocross Challenge also took place on a rain-slicked track as it rounded off the day’s competition, making things tricky as drivers did their best to coax their cars around the course.
The points table still looks tight as no driver was able to create clear daylight ahead of the pack due to an an eventful and wet race weekend. Things will have to be settled when The Vios Racing Festival returns to Clark International Speedway on November 8-9!