VOIS challenge, Round 1 Season 5

Day 2 of the Vios Challenge produced an exciting afternoon of close and hard fought battles on the track, an element that has traditionally defined the racing action in the series, as drivers in all 4 classes appeared to have warmed up to the start of Season 5 of the Toyota GAZOO Racing Festival.

The action on the track in all four classes of racing, the Super Sporting Class for elite drivers; the Sporting Class for amateurs; the Rookie Class for young drivers; and the Promotional Class for celebrities was incredibly intense from start to finish and not short of incidents with the top contenders having to dig deep for a place on the podium. The door to door skirmishes had all the makings of a youth against experience battle for the remaining races to come in the season.

“The one-make format of the Vios Challenge, the increasing number of younger drivers, and the emphasis we have placed on the GAZOO Racing Young Driver Development Program has certainly been able to make a significant impact on the track. It levels the competition between the younger and more experienced drivers, rewards skill and race craft, and promotes an even higher quality of racing on the track,” said UMW Toyota Motor Sdn Bhd President Ravindran K.

In the Super Sporting Class, veteran driver Eddie Liew got off to an incredible start from 4th position on the grid to lead the 20-lap race from start to finish. The battle for second and third was super intense with no less than five drivers in contention, providing a big enough distraction for Liew to extend his lead from 3 to as much as much as 10 seconds at one stage in the race. The Laser Motor Racing driver eventually took the chequered flag with a comfortable 5.58-second gap ahead of his nearest rival on the 2.7km half track at Sepang International Circuit

The battle for second and third positions saw Race 1’s winner and Axle Motorsports driver Hayden Haikal, team mate Boy Wong, M7 Japan Project Team’s Fariqe Hairuman and Amer Harris, as well as 23 Motors’ Ady Rahimy and Distinctive Model’s Clement Yeo trading places lap after lap before contact on the track put all of them out of contention for a podium finish. These misfortunes

promoted Prima Pearl TD Racing Team’s Mitchell Cheah to second and Telagamas Toyota’s Freddie Ang to third until the finish. It was also Ang’s second podium finish after completing yesterday’s Race 1 in second place.

In the Rookie Class for young drivers, 18-year-old Sharique Zulqarinain rounded up his racing weekend with a double podium finish, with victory in Race 2 and a second place in Saturday’s Race 1.

Finishing second was 20-year-old Muizz Musyaffa. Securing third in both Race 2 and 1 was 19- year-old Muhammad Hamdany Abdul Hamid.

The Sporting Class also produced its fair share of drama on the track but at the end of the 20-lap race, it was Crestmax Motorsports Bradley Benedict Anthony who was declared race winner with Panglima City Racing Team’s Kenneth Koh and 23 Motors’ Abdul Miqail in second and third places respectively.

Race 1’s winner Naquib Azlan of Axle Motorsports had won Race 2, but his hopes of a double rce victory weekend was shattered when he was later handed a 30-second penalty, effectively dropping him to seventh position overall.

The battle of the celebrities in the Promotional Class saw actor Shukri Yahaya clinching victory, also his second visit to the podium following Race 1’s second place finish. Fellow actor Zizan Razak however, was the man to watch in the race as he clawed his way up from last place to finish second in the 18-lap race. Presenter Nabil Ahmad rounded up the top three podium finishers.

Both Shukri and Zizan are now level on championship points with both drivers producing identical results over the weekend - winning one race and finishing second place.

Starting from sixth on the grid, Zizan endured the misfortune of being spun around on the opening lap which dropped him to last place. His pace on the track however, was visibly quicker as he picked out the other drivers one at a time.

Round 2 of the Toyota GAZOO Racing Festival and Vios Challenge race series is scheduled for June and Toyota hopes that it will once again be able to safely invite the public, after two seasons of the event being held behind closed doors due to the pandemic.

For more information, log on to www.toyota.com.my or visit the Toyota Malaysia and Toyota Gazoo Racing Malaysia Facebook pages.




Eddie Liew

Laser Motor Racing


Mitchell Cheah

Prima Pearl TD Racing Team


Freddie Ang

Telagamas Toyota

Bradley Benedict Anthony        Crestmax Motorsport
Kenneth Koh         Panglima City Racing Team
Abdul Miqail          23 Motors

Sharique Zulqarinain
Muizz Musyaffa
Muhammad Hamdany Abdul Hamid

Shukri Yahaya
Zizan Razak
Nabil Ahmad