Toyota GAZOO Racing (TGR) Racing Festival ended on a successful note

The recent Toyota GAZOO Racing (TGR) Racing Festival lived up to its promise as a premier motorsports festival as some 20,000 spectators visited the Malaysian Agro Exposition Park, Serdang (MAEPS) to join in the action, thrilling races, entertainment.

“The wonderful crowd who came out to join us for the weekend in the thousands made organizing an event of this scale truly worth the effort. I am so happy and thankful for the support that the Malaysian public have shown towards the Toyota GAZOO Racing (TGR) Racing Festival and we are very motivated to continue our efforts to promote grassroots motor racing activities in the country,” said Deputy Chairman of UMW Toyota Motor Mr. Akio Takeyama who also participated as a competitor in the Promotional Category races over the weekend.

Mr. Takeyama also commended the drivers in the Vios Challenge, particularly his fellow competitors who had shown much improvement over their first stint in Batu Kawan. “I had some very exciting and close racing with my fellow competitors this time around and I can see that there is a vast improvement in everyone’s skills. This is what motor racing is about; to constantly improve by pushing our own capabilities,” he added.

The Vios Challenge races featuring some 40 drivers competing in identical Toyota Vios 1.5J running in three categories. The1 .9km circuit around the grounds of MAEPS proved to be both challenging and exciting for drivers and spectators as it featured no less than five elevation changes in the course of the 17-turn circuit.

The Sporting Category made up mainly of drivers who are new or had never won major races prior to the Vios Challenge. The balanced nature of the cars provides drivers with equal opportunity to win. This was evident by the close lap times posted by the drivers throughout qualifying.

Brendan Paul Anthony, a new-comer to saloon car racing and first time participant in the Vios Challenge win in Race 1 ahead of his experienced competitors such as Brandon Lim, Ken Foo, Kenneth Koh and Clement Yeo.

Race 2 was won by Patrick Tam of Team Nanoplus followed by Brandon Lim of Tedco Racing on the dry track. This left the younger Brendan to settle for third and his second podium finish of the weekend.

The thrill of the weekend was the premier class Super Sporting category. This was made up of the top drivers in the country and with no quarter asked or given, sparks were flying from the very first race on Sunday morning.


Equally thrilling were the drift demonstrations by Japanese world champion drift drivers Masato Kawabata and Hideyuki Fujino who performed some remarkable precision drifting in their Toyo Tires Toyota 86 drift cars. Performing their drift shows on the main track, the crowds were thrilled by their amazing car control, bringing their cars to within inches of the protective walls.

One of the main attractions in the car showroom was undoubtedly the C-HR that never fails to attract much attention from visitors everywhere it goes.

Apart from the test drives, visitors were also given the opportunity to have a thrill ride in Toyota’s legendary 4x4 models namely the Hilux and Fortuner. A specially-constructed obstacle course was erected on the grounds and members of the public were allowed to ride these off-road machines on side ramps and a high hill, showcasing the amazing capabilities of these vehicles.

The Toyota GAZOO Racing (TGR) Festival event grounds were abuzz with spectators who were able to catch the on-track action as well as the carnival activities, particularly the activities in the main stage where there were games, dance and percussion performances and of course appearances by the numerous celebrities.

The Toyota GAZOO Racing (TGR) celebrities namely Danny Koo, Diana Danielle, Fattah Amin, Geraldine Gan, Janna Nick, Shawn Lee, Shukri Yahaya and Venice Min made regular visits to give away goodies and to take wefies with their fans.

“It was a very exciting weekend of high quality racing action. I thoroughly enjoyed being there to absorb the sights, the sounds and the smells that celebrate what a day out to enjoy motor racing is all about. I am also grateful to the fans who braved the afternoon downpours and stayed all the way to the end with us. I say a big terima kasih,” said President of UMW Toyota Motor Mr. Ravindran K.

The Toyota GAZOO Racing (TGR) Racing Festival remains one of the biggest motorsport carnivals in Malaysia and it will be making its way to Medini Iskandar in Johor in January 2018. Look out too for the official announcement of the Toyota Vios SE grand prize winner which will be made on UMW Toyota Motor’s official communication channels on 7th December 2017.

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