Toyota Gazoo Racing (TGR) Festival in Kuala Terengganu

Toyota Vios Challenge produced a series of many firsts, with 15-year-old Hayden Haikal storming to his second race victory and his first ever win on a street circuit in the Sporting Class, and singers Wany Hasrita and Nabila Razali making their maiden appearances on the winners’ podium in the Promotional Class for celebrity drivers.

The two-day Toyota Gazoo Racing (TGR) Festival was held at the Sultan Mizan Zainal Abidin Stadium in Kuala Terengganu with the Toyota Vios Challenge race series being held on a specially-constructed 1.65km street circuit.

Coincidentally, Kuala Terengganu was also the venue where Hayden made his debut in the Toyota Vios Challenge last season where he started his first ever saloon car race in ninth position and also finished ninth.

For the Promotional Class, the late afternoon rain made it an uneventful race with the start of the race being delayed for 30 minutes before resuming behind the safety car.

The wet conditions however, turned out to be in favour of singer Wany Hasrita who stormed into the first ever race win. In second place was fellow singer Nabila Razali, also making her first appearance on the winners’ podium, followed by actor Shukri Yahaya in third position.

Victory was also extremely sweet for Nabila who demonstrated a more calm and composed drive to finish in second place and claim her first visit to the winners’ podium.

In the Super Sporting class, Brendon Lim was dropped from fourth position on the grid to eighth place and Brendan Paul Anthony who lost one place, all drivers maintained their track positions from start to finish in the 22-lap race.

Toyotsu Racing’s William Ho led from start to finish, with Telagamas Toyota’s Freddie Ang taking second  place some 1.93 seconds behind, and Kenny Lee of Kegani Racing completing the top three a further two seconds adrift.

In the class of the elite professional racers, all drivers posted super competitive times and remaining within the 1 minute 15 second to 1 minute 16 second bracket around the 1.65km street circuit.

The two-day Toyota Gazoo Racing Festival was not only confined to the action and drama on the track, but included the display and test drive of Toyota’s new vehicles, a drift performance by Japanese drifters courtesy of Toyo Tires, a racing simulator challenge, stage games and celebrity performances, promotional activities, lucky draws, the sale of merchandises, and a Superfans Signing Session where fans had the opportunity to mingle with celebrities racing in the Promotional class.


1.Wany Hasrita
2.Nabila Razali
3.Shukri Yahaya
4.Shawn Lee
5.Diana Danielle

1.Hayden Haikal -S&D Motorsports
2.Wong Chin Eeg - Hiewa Racing Team
3.Kenneth Koh - Panglima City Racing
4.Dato’ Ken Foo - Kulim Topwheels
5.Haji Sutan Mustaffa      

1.William Ho - Toyotsu Racing
2.Freddie Ang - Telagamas Toyota
3.Kenny Lee - Kegani Racing
4.Tengku Djan Ley - 23 Motors
5.Boy Wong - ST Wangan