Toyota Motor Asia Pacific’s first virtual motorsport racing championship drew to a close last Sunday, October 25, 2020, with a thrilling regional round. The competition featured sim racers from a total of 15 different countries, which had the competitors race on Fuji speedway, Tokyo expressway, and on the Nurburgring’s Nordschleife track. All participants did their best to drive the virtual Toyota GR Supra to its limits all vying for a top-three finish.
The demanding tracks tested both the driver and the Japanese sports car to its limits with Singapore, Malaysia, and Thailand racing it out in the top three positions. During the final lap of the Nordschleife track, Sirigay from Thailand was able to successfully pass Taj Aiman from Malaysia for the lead. However, this aggressive move got him a 1-second penalty. This ultimately gave Taj Aiman the lead which he thoroughly defended until the finish line. With Aiman securely in the lead Sirigaya and the championship leader Aleef battled it out for the remaining positions.
With Aleef consistently getting top spots in the other rounds, his 3rd place position at the Nurburgring secured him the overall championship win. He ultimately won the grand prize of 6,000 USD and a spot in the global final for the GR Supra GT Cup 2020. There he will race against other high-tier e-Motorsport challengers from all around the world in December.
Taj Aiman who was also gunning for the championship win ended up placing second and won 3,000 USD. Sirigaya, on the other hand, even with a valiant effort finished in 3rd place overall and won 1,500 USD. All three winners were given trophies for their racing efforts.
With a titanic task ahead of them, Team Philippines was able to place well despite being relatively new to the international sim racing scene. Terence Lallave gave the other top countries a run for their money placing 5th overall. Jose Altoveros also put up a good fight coming in 11th place overall. Just below him Lance Padilla also put on a good especially in the Nurburgring, earning him 12th place overall. With another racing series planned for next year, this opens the door for other budding sim racers to set up the competition next year.