The Toyota Gazoo Racing Festival that will be held this weekend (15 – 16 February 2020) at Stadium Batu Kawan, Penang will feature the penultimate race of the Toyota Vios Challenge for Season 3.
Visitors can expect the penultimate race to be an epic one as racers in all three classes of the Toyota Vios Challenge vie in a strategic game of nerves to extend their lead in the championship. This weekend’s race will be critical in deciding the Super Sporting, Sporting and Promotional class championships. This is also the last race of the season to be run on a street circuit race as the final race will be at the Sepang International Circuit in April. The first two races of Season 3 were held at the Kuala Terengganu and Bandar Malaysia street circuits.
“Penang can essentially make or break a driver’s championship campaign this season. For some, it will be the last chance to capitalize on their experience competing on a street circuit and hopefully build an almost unassailable lead in the championship. For others, it will be about fighting to narrow the gap in order to keep their championship hopes alive, enough to cause an upset when the racing moves to a permanent circuit,” said Toyota Gazoo Racing Malaysia’s Chief Motorsports Officer, Mr Akio Takeyama.
Leading the Promotional class for celebrities is television presenter and comedian, Nabil Ahmad, who has a four point advantage over Season 1 overall champion, Shawn Lee, at 28 points. Singer Khai Bahar goes into the race in third position in the standings. A total of 10 local celebrities will line up on the grid in Penang, including Diana Danielle, Janna Nick, Shukri Yahaya, Nabila Razali, Wany Hasrita, Ain Edruce, and Syafiq Kyle.
Meanwhile, in the Super Sporting class for professionals, Malaysia’s Drift King Tengku Djan Ley currently leads the point standings with 36 points, just 8 points ahead of Laser Motor’s Mark Darwin followed by Kenny Lee who is a point further behind.
“It’s great to be leading the championship but with four more races in the season, I have to make sure I stay focused. We still have a long way to go, and the experience of competing in Season 1 and managing a team in Season 2 has taught me that the overall championship almost always comes down to the last two races of the season and I don’t foresee it being any different this time,” said Tengku Djan.
In the Sporting class, S&D Tama Motorsports’ Tom Goh, who happens to be our friend and compatriot from zerotohundred.com, currently leads the standings with 28 points, just two points ahead of TGR debutante Haji Sutan Mustaffa Salihin. One point behind him is Crestmax Motorsport’s Adam Khalid followed by another TGR newcomer and young driver Bradley Benedict Anthony with 22 points. With 17 drivers on the grid, every Sporting class race has been nothing short of a dogfight.
UMW Toyota Motor President Mr Ravindran K. said that the TGR Festival’s return to Penang for a third consecutive season will be filled with exciting activities for visitors and motorsports fans. “The excitement of the TGR Festival is not confined to thrills and spills on the track, but includes so many activities for the family. It will feature the display and test drive of Toyota’s fleet of new vehicles, a drift performance, a racing simulator challenge, stage games, celebrity performances, promotional activities, lucky draws, the sale of merchandises, and a Super Fans Signing Session for a chance to mingle with the celebrities racing in the Promotional class. Also on display will be the flagship GR Supra!”
For fitness fans, the TGR Festival will also feature a morning fun run on the track as well as a Zumba fitness session on Sunday. Registration is free but goodies are limited to the first 500 participants.
Also on display will be a Super GT race car in conjunction with the upcoming Malaysian round of the Super GT Championship at the Sepang International Circuit in July.
Other attractions include the display of a fully restored 1968 Toyota KE-10 model, a retro display by the Art of Speed, and a showcase of motorcycles and merchandise by Harley Davidson, Aprilia, Vespa and Moto Guzzi. Children’s activities include a bey blade competition, the sale of Hot Wheels die cast models, and a nerf gun competition.
The TGR Festival kicks off from 9 am on Saturday (15 February 2020) to Sunday (16 February), and entry is free.