The second season of the Toyota Gazoo Racing (TGR) Velocity Esports Championship will kick off at the end of August 2019. This is a racing simulation tournament initiated by UMW Toyota Motor Sdn Bhd (UMWT), the first Malaysian car company to be associated with the fast growing Esports racing activity.
The TGR Velocity Esports Championship virtually compliments the high-performance activities of Toyota, including the on-track racing of the Toyota Gazoo Racing Festival, which takes place four times a year at various locations across the country.
“Esports is a rapidly rising industry in Malaysia, as well as regionally and globally. It provides thrills and excitement of racing experience for the younger generation and Toyota’s involvement in this activity complements the dynamic and sporty side of the brand through the Toyota Gazoo Racing banner,” said Mr. Ravindran K., President of UMW Toyota Motor.
“We are very delighted with the overwhelming response from the public towards our very first Toyota Gazoo Racing Velocity Esports Championship last year, which was one of the largest Esports event in the country. We are confident that it will be more challenging this year, as more talented drivers would want to compete in the competition,” he added.
This year, the TGR Velocity Esports Championship is open to all Malaysians aged 18 and above. The racers will have to go through a time-trial phase at Cove Esports in Bandar Sunway, Subang Jaya, Selangor on 31 August / 1 September, and 14 / 15 September. The top 40 racers with the fastest lap times will then be eligible to enter the Grand Finals.
The Grand Finals of the Championship will be held at Pavilion Kuala Lumpur (Centre Court) on 21 / 22 September from 10 am to 9 pm. From the top 40 qualifiers who will challenge each other in the final round races, one will be crowned as the Champion for 2019. This year, winners will share a bigger prize pool of RM70,000.
Participants will be driving the latest 2019 Toyota GR Supra, Toyota’s flagship sports car developed not only for real motorsports but also for competition in Gran Turismo Esport. This year, Esports drivers will be racing around Japan’s Fuji Speedway, the famous 1.475 km circuit with one of the longest straights in the world. The top 10 finalists will then compete head-to-head in a 10-lap race on a best-of-three tracks i.e. Kyoto Driving Park, Suzuka Circuit as well as the Fuji Speedway.
Thrustmaster will be supplying its T-GT ultimate racing simulator for Gran Turismo Sport and also for future Gran Turismo games. The racers will benefit from unique new technologies to exploit the superior driving dynamics of the Toyota GR Supra.
Besides the TGR Festival and the Esports Championship, UMWT’s effort to associate the brand with motorsports in Malaysia will include the introduction of the GR Supra and GR Garage soon.
For information on the Toyota Gazoo Racing Velocity Esports Championship and for registration of participation, please visit https://toyotavelocity.com/