The journey for the Philippine contingent in the GR Supra GT Cup Asia 2020 came to an intense conclusion on Sunday, October 25th as Supra GT Cup Asia – Philippines Sporting Class champion Terence Lallave delivered inspired drives in the three final heats of the series’ regional finals.
Lallave, the top finisher in the Philippine legs of the online one-make sportscar racing event, carried the country’s flag up to a 5th place overall finish after tight races that saw him pitted against fourteen other challengers from the five participating countries – Thailand, Singapore, Malaysia, India and the Philippines.
Supported by teammates Lance Padilla and Jose Altoveros, Lllave proved to be the fastest Filipino as he raced against formidable opponents notably Nathayos Sirigaya of Thailand in round 2 and Jason Tay of Singapore in round 3. Lallave came into contact with the drivers in the initial laps of each round hampering his progress against the faster e-racers in the front pack.
Ar Muhammad Aleef from Singapore, having won the first two races, eventually took the top honors in the regional finals. He was awarded US$6,000 and will represent Asia and compete with e-Motorsport players from around the world at the “GR Supra GT Cup 2020” global event to be held this December.
The winners of the regional final were determined by their total points at the end of the competition. Aleef had the highest score of 36 points, while Taj Aiman of Malaysia came second with 33 points, and Sirigaya was in third with 25 points.
The exhilarating regional final was a one-make race championship in Gran Turismo Sport using the Playstation 4 gaming console. It was a culmination of national-level virtual racing championships held across Philippines, India and Malaysia, and it also included Singapore & and Thailand participants who had qualified after taking part in the global GR Supra GT Cup competition, with the best national racers advancing to the regional final.
E-motorsport is one of the key pillars of Toyota Gazoo Racing [TGR], bringing thrill to car enthusiasts, and excitement to those looking for new challenges in the virtual world. The real-time experiences and learnings from TGR’s motorsport activities are applied to the development of ever-better cars.
On the success of the “GR Supra GT Cup ASIA 2020 [Regional Round],” vice president of Toyota Motor Asia Pacific, David Nordstrom, said, “The ‘GR Supra GT Cup ASIA’ is a feat made possible by the power of passion, cars and limitless possibilities, and we were happy to share the thrill of the regional final with e-Motorsport fans and racing enthusiasts. The regional finalists were all incredible players and they made us feel the exhilaration of racing the iconic GR Supra on some of the most amazing racetracks around the world. Congratulations again to all the winners, and I wish Aleef all the best in the ‘GR Supra GT Cup 2020’ global final.”
Motoring and motorsports are two of Mikko’s greatest passions. Combining more than twenty years of professional automotive photography and videography experience with years of touring car racing competition, and a deep understanding of the car industry, from both the manufacturers’ and consumers’ points of view, have given him a unique and insightful perspective in the motoring beat.