Gerald Anderson, MPBL baller, can now add 'race winner' to his resume

Nov 13, 2019

TWO VICTORIES, one weekend. Not a bad race day for rookie motorsports racer Gerald Anderson.

The actor-athlete, one half of Imus Bandera's 'The Fast and the Pogi' tandem in the Maharlika Pilipinas Basketball League, scored a third-place podium finish at the Celebrity Class - Race 8 of the recently concluded Toyota Vios Festival, held last November 9 at the Clark International Speedway.

On the ninth race, he moved up to second place.

The twin victories came as a relief for Anderson, who had started out winless at the first leg of the one-make motorsports series back in June. "I was tired of losing and not giving a good race for my fans/supporters who travelled from Manila to Clark every race to support me," he wrote on Instagram. "You guys were my motivation. I couldn't accept not standing on the podium before the Vios Racing Festival ended."

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It was a welcome change from his previous, more modest motorsports-related IG posts.

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Other celebrity racers in his class included Gretchen Ho, Chie Filomeno, Fabio Ide, Aubrey Miles, and Daniel Matsunaga. Vios Cup veteran Troy Montero won the top spot in both Race 8 and Race 9.

Anderson has been training for the festival since earlier this year, taking classes at the Toyota Racing School.

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The Vios Racing Festival is this year's version of Toyota's annual Vios Cup. This season, it added the Autocross Challenge.

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