1st Philippines leg of Toyota GR Supra GT Cup Asia raises funds for frontliners

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Participants will get to race Toyota’s iconic flagship sports car in the Gran Turismo SPORT game on Playstation, and in two classes for the public. Screengrab from TMP video,

The first Philippines leg of the Toyota GR Supra GT Cup Asia that starts with a Qualifying Race on July 23, 2020, will also seek to raise funds for frontliners.

Toyota Motor Philippines’ (TMP) announced its new project to support frontliners during the launch of the e-Racing event.

“Our motorsports programs have always been linked with our responsible driving and road safety advocacy. The GR Supra GT Cup is no different,” announced TMP Executive Vice President Kei Mizuguchi.

“We are encouraging our racers and livestream viewers to donate any amount to be used for to provide food packs for military, police and medical frontliners deployed to man our highways and checkpoints. TMP will match the donation from racers and viewers to reach out to more front liners! It’s our simple way of helping and thanking them for keeping us safe on the road during these challenging times.”

Toyota had also just completed the turnover of 30 Vios units for use of health workers in hospitals run by the Department of Health, in addition to the shuttle it has provided to the workers at the Philippine General Hospital.

The country’s historic first hosting of the e-Racing event under Toyota’s Gazoo Racing motorsports program will be held fully online and will be open to the public, ages 18 and above.

The virtual racing tournament aims to find the Philippines’ top e-sports racers who will represent the country in the Asian Regional Round in the last quarter of this year.

The GR Supra GT Cup Asia – Philippines expands TMP’s range of motorsport activities with its long-running One-Make-Race program as its forerunner, the Vios Racing Festival (VRF).

TMP recently announced the postponement of the VRF’s 2020 season in view of health and safety risks resulting from the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic.

However, this did not stop the leading automotive company from keeping the waku-doki (heart-pumping excitement) spirit alive by taking the race online with no less than its flagship sports car, the GR Supra.

Filipino gamers aged 18 and above, will get the chance to race against other participants with a chance to represent the country against competitors from Asia Pacific countries in the GR Supra GT Cup Asia Regional Round. Participants will get to race Toyota’s iconic flagship sports car in the Gran Turismo SPORT game on Playstation, and in two classes for the public:

  • Promotional Class – for novice drivers with no professional e-sports background
  • Sporting Class – for intermediate and professional e-racers

The qualifying rounds will start this July 23 and will be concluded with the grand finals in August, in time for the regional competition towards the latter part of the year.

To join, interested players may check out the complete mechanics and register online via toyota.com.ph/gtcup.

Another class for Media & Celebrity partners will be created based on a different selection process by TMP. A separate registration will be conducted and details will be announced soon.

TMP will also open the Junior Class, where racers below 18 years old can join. Winners, however, cannot qualify for the regional round in compliance with the international tournament rules.

“Because of the current situation, we have decided to postpone VRF this year for safety reasons. The good news is, our waku-doki spirit lives on. This 2020, we are launching the GR Supra GT Cup Asia – PHILIPPINES. “ says TMP President Atsuhiro Okamoto “This e-motorsports program will not only continue Toyota’s racing legacy, but will also discover the Philippines’ top e-Sports talents. We are very excited to find them so they can represent the country in our international races.”

SEND CHEERS in the comments below to Toyota Motor Philippines for hosting the first Philippines leg of the GR Supra GT Cup Asia while raising funds for COVID 19 frontliners.

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