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Toyota Gazoo Racing Festival sets an exciting race weekend at Bandar Malaysia

Shaun · Nov 11, 2019 10:43 AM

Toyota Vios Gazoo Racing front

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.

Toyota Yaris with Gazoo Racing livery

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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.

Shawn Lee

And here are the results over the weekend:

Day 1

Toyota Vios Gazoo Racing side

Sporting Class
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.

Winners of Super Sporting Class

Podium positions (left to right) Mark Darwin, Tengku Djan Ley, and Freddie Ang

Promotional Class
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.

Day 2

Race 2 sees a reverse grid taking place in which winners from first to sixth position in Race 1 get reversed.

Tom Goh

Tom Goh (right) started in sixth position with a weight penalty

Sporting Class
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.

Toyota Vios Gazoo Racing at TUDM

Promotional Class
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.

Toyota Vios Gazoo Racing rear

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.

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