Philippine leg of e-Sports Racing Asia Cup set to be launched by Toyota

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Toyota Motor Philippines announced the launch of its latest e-sports program – The GR Supra GT Cup Asia – Philippines. Photo from TMP.

Toyota Motor Philippines is set to launch its latest e-Sports program – GR Supra GT Cup Asia – Philippines as an alternative to physical races that have been limited during the coronavirus pandemic.

The online edition of the Toyota race addresses the situation where safety is of the highest concern to everyone.

“Safety of our customers, employees, and fans are always at the top of our priority,” expressed TMP President Atsuhiro Okamoto. “But we also recognize the value of waku-doki spirit in everyone! This is a great way to sustain the excitement of motorsports program in the Philippines in a safe environment.”

The GR Supra GT Cup Asia – Philippines, an e-racing event under Toyota’s Gazoo Racing motorsports program, will be fully held online and will be open to the public, ages 18 and above.

“Finally, Toyota fans can participate in our sports program at the comfort and safety of their own homes. We also expect this activity to reach a wider and younger audience, based on the profile of gamers,” said the Toyota brief on the e-racing program.

The online e-race, using Toyota’s legendary sports car icon, the GR Supra, is expected to start in July 2020. Winners of the e-race will get a chance to participate in the regional finals, the GR Supra GT Cup – Asia.

The GR Supra GT Cup Asia – Philippines is Toyota’s fun and safe alternative to holding the country’s number one motorsports program, The Vios Racing Festival. Usually held in 3 legs from the second to the fourth quarter, the current situation makes it very challenging for Toyota, the racings teams, the drivers, and public spectators to do this physical event.

“We look forward to a better 2021 Vios Racing Festival Season where we can go back to the tracks again and feel the heat and excitement. But for now, we invite everyone to join the GR Supra GT Cup Asia E-Sports Program,” Okamoto concluded.

More details of the GR Supra GT Cup Asia – Philippines will be announced soon.

The e-Sports in the Philippines has grown in popularity over the years. The addition of e-Sports programs in various international competitions, producing Filipino medalists, has further legitimized the sport. In fact, Team Philippines won the gold in e-Sports when it was first played at the 30th SEA Games.

The first e-Sports college degree in the Philippines is also in the works at Lyceum University.

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