Starved of virtual racing action? Then dust off your gaming rig and sign up for Round 3 of the 2022 Toyota GR GT Cup e-racing series.
The GR GT Cup series is Toyota’s virtual racing tournament that lets you experience heart-pumping excitement within the comforts of your home. The first GR Supra GT Cup Asia – Philippines was held in July 2020. It was the height of the COVID-19 pandemic, and Toyota’s premier motorsports program, the TOYOTA GAZOO Racing Vios Cup, was postponed for health and safety reasons. Toyota Motor Philippines (TMP) decided to keep the spirit of racing alive by taking the races online.
With the success of the GR GT Cup’s inaugural season, TMP continued the e-motorsports tournament in 2021. With the series already in its third season, it is continuing its goal of developing racers at the grassroots level, promoting the fun and excitement of motorsports, and making racing accessible to more Filipino fans.
As with previous seasons, the GR GT Cup has three classes:
- Junior Class: for ages 17 and below
- Promotional Class: for up-and-coming gamers aged 18 and up
- Sporting Class: for professional esports players
In Round 1, broadcast last May 6 and 7, e-racers drove the Toyota GR Supra around the Suzuka Circuit. Claiming the top spot for the Junior, Promotional, and Sporting Classes were David Enzo, Matthew Spencer Ang, and Russel Reyes, respectively.
Round 2, which was broadcast from May 27 to 28, brought the racers to the Autopolis International Racing Course, where they drove the Toyota GR Yaris. Christopher Joaquin Garrido, Stanley Theodore Golez, and Russel Reyes were first to reach the checkered flag for the Junior, Promotional, and Sporting Classes, respectively.
Round 3, which will be broadcast on June 24 to 25, will let racers go behind the virtual wheel of the Toyota GR86 and go on thrilling laps around the Tokyo Expressway. The good news? You have the chance to live out your racing dreams as registration for Round 3 is already open.
Like before, all rounds are done online on the Gran Turismo Sport game and participants must have a Sony PlayStation 4 or 5 with an active PSN account and PS PLUS subscription to race.
The winners of the local round will compete at the national final round, where they will go up against the top racers in the country. Cash prizes and GR GT Cup merchandise await the winners of the local rounds and national final round.
If you’re one of the fastest e-racers at the GR GT Cup Philippines, you will get to represent the country in the GR GT Cup Asia, where you will duke it out with the best of the best in the region.
But wait—there’s a rare opportunity at stake here: if you win at the GR GT Cup Philippines, you will also get to take your racing skills from the virtual tracks to the real-world tracks. National champions will be able to compete at the TOYOTA GAZOO Racing Vios Cup one-make race at the Clark International Speedway. Yup! This is your first step toward being a full-fledged competitor in an actual, real-life racing circuit. So, if you’ve always wanted to race and push your limits for better but didn’t know where to start, the GR GT Cup will not only let you hone your skills, but also give you the chance of a lifetime to get behind the wheel and put pedal to the metal of a real race car.