Toyota Motor Philippines (TMP) announced the launch of its first virtual motorsport competition, the GR Supra GT Cup Asia-Philippines. Filipino car and esports racing enthusiasts will now have a crack in the championship to compete against other racing champions in Asia.
The GR Supra GT Cup Asia-Philippines is a motorsport program under Toyota’s global Gazoo Racing brand. The Philippine leg is being staged by TMP in partnership with Tuason Racing. This activity expands TMP’s local motorsport development program, which includes its premier one-make-race, the Vios Racing Festival set to resume in 2021 once it’s already declared safe to hold mass gatherings and public events.
Interested individuals can register for free at the tournament’s official website. There are two major open categories: the Promotional Class for the novice, casual virtual racers or enthusiasts and the Sporting Class for more advanced racers with professional virtual motorsports experience.
Two special classes are also open: the Celebrity and Media class where the third Philippine champion will come from and the Junior class for players below 18 years old.
The competition is open to Filipino citizens with a valid Philippine passport, aged 18 and above. Players must have access to a Playstation 4 using their own active PSN account and PS Plus subscription, and the Gran Turismo Sport game.
After registration and submission of requirements, qualified applicants will be notified of official game rules and schedules. Official racers will then join a qualifying leaderboard challenge to identify the Top 24 from each class. The Top 24 will then race in the semi-final and the final race heats, and points will be assigned based on finishing time.
The first round qualifiers will happen on July 23, while the finals will happen a week after. A second and third round will happen in August and September, respectively, with point values increasing at each round. Players will need to qualify for each round. The players from the two classes to accumulate the most points after the third round will be declared the Philippine champions and will participate in the Asian Regional Round in October.