Celebrities and influencers showed up anew for a day of Waku Doki excitement at the Clark Speedway in Pampanga where the second round of the Toyota Gazoo Racing Autocross Challenge was recently held.
Trading their crowns for OMP Helmets were Miss World Philippines 2017 Laura Lehmann, Reina Hispanoamericana winner Winwyn Marquez and Beauty queen and gamer Carla Lizardo. Joining the beauties were actors John Manalo, the nephew of former Vios Cup Racer Jericho Rosales, and Star Awards best supporting actor Arron Villaflor. Avid basketball enthusiasts Gab Lagman and GMA Starstruck alumna Enzo Pineda also took the wheel during the race weekend.
Other adrenaline junkies like radio DJ Gino Quillamor, Adidas Runners Manila captain and Superbods winner Jules Aquino, Amazing Race participant Jacq Yu, and model and body love advocate Lexi Mendiola also joined the Autocross Challenge. Gamer Bianca Yao completed the celebrities and influencers class cast for Leg 2.
Prior to the actual race day, the participants were given training by instructors of the Toyota Racing School onboard specially prepared Vios Autocross cars. Autocross tested the skills of the celebrities and influences as they needed to maneuver and navigate on the racecourse made by the organizers and clock in the best time. Good reaction time, hand and eye coordination, and maneuvering capabilities are skills that are needed and developed by this racing discipline.
Leg podium honors were won by DJ Gino Quilamor in third, newcomer Enzo Pineda in second, and Captain Jules Aquino as the winner. Aquino, who won third place during the first leg, seems to be flexing dominance, but Pineda’s runner-up on his first salvo should not be discounted.
Jeanette Ipapo-Tuason’s “why” is to help people become better versions of themselves. Married to multi-awarded race car driver JP Tuason and mother of five children, she is a confessed learning junkie (know it all), avid reader, sometimes life coach (gives unsolicited
advice), triathlete (when not allergic to working out), and cook.