The Bandar Malaysia track is one of the fastest and longest ever constructed for the series. It features 20 corners and two long straights, the longest being 600 meters.
It sets the stage for fastest street racing action so far in three seasons of the Toyota Gazoo Racing Festival. Higher speeds bring higher risks and that makes for an entertaining spectacle.
For those unfamiliar with the Vios Racing Challenge, there are three categories: Sporting Class, Super Sporting Class, and Promotional Class.
Those who have dabbled in racing would be in Sporting Class while full-blown professionals are in Super Sporting Class. Meanwhile, local celebrities are in Promotional Class.
And here are the results over the weekend:
In an incident-riddled 20-lap race which saw the race being held under safety car conditions twice, founder of Zerotohundred Tom Goh, representing S&D Tama Motorsports raced to his first victory of the season ahead of Crestmax Motorsports’ Adam Khalid in second place. In third place was 15-year-old Hayden Haikal.
Super Sporting Class
23 Motors’ Tengku Djan Ley stormed his way to victory from pole position, finishing the 20-lap battle around the 1.96km track just two seconds ahead of Laser Motor Racing’s Mark Darwin and Telegamas Toyota’s Freddie Ang in third place.
In the class for celebrities, beat boxer Shawn Lee led the race from start to finish ahead of actor Shukri Yahaya and presenter Nabil Ahmad who finished third.
Race 2 sees a reverse grid taking place in which winners from first to sixth position in Race 1 get reversed.
SMS Motorsports’ Haji Sutan Mustaffa Salihin clinched victory ahead of 17-year-old Bradley Benedict Anthony of Dream Chaser and Dannies Ng finished in third position.
Super Sporting Class
Kegani Racing’s Kenny Lee drove to a textbook finish from pole position to deny 23 Motors’ Tengku Djan Ley of a double race victory, with Laser Motor Racing’s Mark Darwin finishing third.
TV presenter and comedian Nabil Ahmad shot up from fourth on the grid to lead position all the way to the chequered flag, with singers Khai Bahar and Nabila Razali trailing in second and third positions respectively.
Apart from the racing event, the Toyota Gazoo Racing Festival featured Toyota’s fleet of vehicles, test drive sessions, a drift performance by professional Japanese drivers, a concert, a bey blade competition and racing simulator challenge, and the sale of merchandise.
Visitors to the festival were also able to get up close and personal with the newly-launched Toyota GR Supra with carbon fibre GR parts.