Toyota Gazoo Racing – The factory racing arm of the world’s biggest car maker, have added a whole new dimension to the local racing scene with the official launch of the Toyota Vios Challenge one make race set to commence this August. The feature event of the upcoming Toyota Gazoo Racing (TGR) Race Festival, the Vios Challenge will see a field of 30 drivers in identical race-prepped Vios slugging it out for top honors including of course the grand championship prize, over a four race schedule on specially created street tracks in Penang, Johor and Kuala Lumpur.
To add to the glamour and excitement eight A-list Malaysian celebrities race debutant are poised to participate in the Vios Challenge according to UMW Toyota Motor. In a double entendre event the launch of the one make series also heralded the official Malaysian arrival of Toyota Gazoo Racing – an established player in the global motorsport arena. Its current exploits in WRC (World Rally Championship) have produced a maiden win in Sweden with a consistent points scoring run throughout the season thus far.
According to UMW Toyota Motor President Mr Ravindran Kurusamy, the Vios Challenge is the most appropriate arena to promote the fun and sporty persona of the immensely popular Vios. In line with UMW Toyota’s “All About the Drive” campaign, Mr Kurusamy firmly believes the Vios Challenge is the best way to promote the sportiness of the Vios to the younger more affluent Malaysians.
The Vios Challenge’s race management and car modifications shall be handled by Wing Hin Motorsports with TRD Japan supervision. Every aspect and facets of the one make series i.e. regulations, drivers and race management adheres strictly to FIA ruling with close AAM scrutiny. All novice racers including the A-list celebs must qualify in a racing program organized by TRD Japan themselves in May. Individuals slash teams who purchased the Vios Challenge race cars shall have a race package consisting among others TRD Performance Parts, safety equipments, tires and a number of additional racing gears and so on, all to ensure a safe but exciting racing.
The Vios Challenge is the feature event of the TGR Race Festival weekends – a carnival weekend of entertainment, games, food and other fun activities.