Toyota Team Cebu ‘mature’ enough to win it all in Season 5 of Vios Cup

By: Ray Charlie Diaz April 23,2018 - 10:01 PM

Members of Toyota Team Cebu (from left) Clive Fermin, Jette Calderon, Team Principal Jose Manuel Cuenco, Team Manager John Velasco, Team Captain Lord Seno, Sean Velasco, and Oscar Suarez face members of the media during a press conference at the Toyota Mandaue-South dealership in Mandaue City. CDN PHOTO/LITO TECSON

Toyota Team Cebu has all the ingredients needed to win the overall title in the Toyota Vios Cup Season 5, which kicks off at the Clark International Speedway in Clark, Pampanga on April 26.

The team, composed of Cebuano racing enthusiasts and backed up by Toyota Cebu City Inc., will once again be participating in this one-make race and will be the only team from outside Luzon.

Team Manager John Velasco is positive his team will get good results this season.

“The team has matured already,” Velasco said. “We made a few mistakes that made us lose the team championships but we succeeded in our goal, which was a podium finish.”

Velasco has every reason to feel confident for the coming season.

“We are in top of the time sheets in the practice sessions and we now know what it takes to win. We will get that sweep and get that overall award. That is my fearless forecast.”

The Toyota Vios Cup is a one-make racing series, which means all racers use the same spec equipment, in this case, a race prepped Toyota Vios 1.5-liter G variant modified by Toyota Racing Development for racing purposes.

Toyota Team Cebu is gunning for the team championship and will be up against last year’s winner, Toyota Balintatwak, and other powerhouse teams such as Toyota San Pablo, Toyota San Fernando and Toyota Alabang.

Jose Manuel Cuenco, the Team Principal, said he is very positive that the team will perform well.

“We had good runs last year and sweet victories. Not bad for a team from the South, with no racing facility to practice on. They have the formula to win, they just have to do it consistently,” he said.

The team is composed of seven drivers: Sean Velasco, who had a strong season in 2017 and will move up a class; Jette Calderon, who will be competing in the Super Sporting Class, the top class of the racing series; team captain Lord Seno; Oscar Suarez, the driver who gave Toyota Cebu its first taste of victory, winning 2nd in the Promotional Class in the Season 2 Cebu Leg in 2015; Robert “Bobby” Pangilinan; Clive Fermin; and Brian Currie, a Canadian based in Palawan, will also be racing under the team in the Promotional Class.

Seno, a legend in the local motorsports scene, is one of the team’s anchors but he said he has set his sights on helping the team win as a whole.

“I do not care about the individual award. We want to focus on garnering the team award,” Seno said during the team’s launching yesterday at the Toyota Mandaue-South dealership.

Team sponsors are: (Gold Sponsors) Standard Insurance Cebu and Malabon Glass Factory Cebu (MMF Cebu), (Silver Sponsors) Commonwealth Insurance Cebu, Q5 Hotels, J Lo Performance Car Accessories, Shaldan Air Fresheners and Automagic Car Care Products, Bronze Sponsors – BPI Family Savings Bank, Bobhen Builders, Solane, Hearthub Cardiovascular Lifestyle and Specialty Care, Solid Construction, Protrade Enterprises, Yavera Car Rentals, Whakatopa Inc., Atlantic Hardware, Super Shuttle Roro, Suarez and Sons and Roadstar.

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