The past weekend saw the first round of the 2021 Vios Challenge held in conjunction with the Toyota Gazoo Racing Festival at the Sepang International Circuit. Although there were no fans who attended physically, it is safe to say to most Malaysians are itching to scratch that motorsports itch as there were over two million online viewers who tuned in during the weekend to watch the two races unfold.
According to Mr Ravindran K. President of UMW Toyota Motor, "On track especially, the suspense and quality of racing in the Vios Challenge has not diminished, in fact amplified even more, despite a one-year break. Brand affinity for Gazoo Racing has grown tremendously over three seasons of organizing what is today recognized as Malaysia’s premier motor-racing series, and I would like to thank all our Gazoo Racing fans and online viewers for their continued support even in the absence of an on-ground festival. Looking ahead to the following rounds, we hope to bring spectators back to the festival and enhance our live broadcast reach in line with our mission to bring motorsports to the masses."
Four classes duke it out on the famous Sepang International Circuit - Super Sporting, Rookie, Sporting, and Promotional. Motorsports fans saw the dominance of Malaysian motoring icon, Tengku Djan Ley who finished the weekend strong with two race wins. The same goes for Naquib Azlan who took home a double victory in the rookie class. Sporting Class' is currently being led by Haji Sutan Mustaffa Salihin.
Moving on to the Promotional Class and its all-star line-up, it was Zizan Razak who came up on top with a classy double race wins on Saturday and Sunday. Toyota's very own Chief Motorsports Officer, Akio Takeyama finished Race 1 in P2 and Race 2 in P4, followed by the runner-up in the current season so far, Ahirine Ahirudin. To watch the replays of the race, head over to www.toyota.com.my/tgrmalaysia.