The finale to Season 5 of the Toyota GAZOO Racing Festival, and Vios Challenge racing series will be limited to 2,000 fans only over the festival weekend at Sepang. The festival is open to the public, however, the number of attendees will be split over the 2 days i.e. 1,000 fans on 24 September and the other 1,000 on 25 September.
The season finale will see racing done at night, with fans treated to an exclusive rooftop festival, besides seeing the season champion crowned on Sunday. The entire rooftop length of the Sepang International Circuit’s main paddock building will be transformed into a festival ground for the weekend.
For those who have the opportunity for this exclusive attendance, they will be entertained with a myriad of activities, including mingling with celebrities during the walkabout, meet and greet autograph sessions, as well as 2 very special concerts. There will also be GAZOO Racing and Toyota merchandise on sale, as well as a lucky draw. Somewhere in that schedule will be some very exciting racing for the Vios Challenge crown.
Prizes up for grabs in the lucky draw include 4 units of iPhone 13 Mini; 2 iPads; and 2 Apple Watch Series 7. Additionally, the festival weekend will be filled with back-to-back concerts with Saturday’s stage performances led by TGR racing celebrities Wany Hasrita and Nabila Razali, and will conclude with a special 40-minute Rappers & Racers concert anchored by K-Clique.
Meanwhile, singer and fellow TGR racing celebrity Khai Bahar will spearhead Sunday night’s entertainment ahead of an exciting Rockers & Racers concert which will feature Malaysian rock queen Ella and girl group Dolla. Activities on the track will also include a track day for invited owners belonging to various Toyota car clubs.
“It’s hard to imagine that we have come 5 seasons in the Vios Challenge. What an incredible journey it has been for Toyota, the racers, our dealers and our fans. We continuously look at new elements to make both the festival and the race even more exciting. Race fans have been a big part of the festival’s continued success and for the finale this season, we’d like to do something a little special by showing our appreciation to the lucky 2,000 spectators,” said UMW Toyota Motor, President Ravindran K.
“From street racing to circuit racing and night racing, the Vios Challenge has evolved to not only attract the best in Malaysian saloon car racers but has grown to become a breeding ground for new talent and young drivers. This is a momentum we hope to keep going into Season 6 and beyond.”
To be amongst the lucky ones to gain an invitation to the festival, you need to look out for a special contest posting on the TGR Malaysia Facebook and Instagram pages, like and follow the pages, and in the comments section of either page tag 4 friends that you’d like to bring along and indicate whether you’d like to attend the race on Saturday or Sunday. You can also visit https://toyota.com.my/tgrmalaysia/tgr-festival-vios-challenge/season-5/round-3-contest/ now to register and secure your attendance. Again, attendance is limited to 1,000 fans on Saturday and 1,000 fans on Sunday.
The last 2 races of the season will see very close fighting for the championship. The battle in the Promotional Class for celebrities will again be down to actors Zizan Razak and Shukri Yahaya. Zizan goes into the finale with a 2 race-victory advantage from the last 4 races, while Shukri is the defending champion.
In the Rookie Class for young drivers, the fight for the championship will be between simulator racers Nabil Azlan and Muhammad Hamdany Abdul Hamid. Nabil has 2 race wins in his bag while Hamdany is the only driver to consistently be on the winners’ podium in the past 4 races.
Meanwhile, in the Sporting Class for gentlemen and amateur racers, young driver Naquib Azlan from Axle Motorsports will be hoping his 3-race win advantage so far will be enough to propel him to his 2nd straight overall title after winning last year’s Rookie Class championship. Technically, the title is his to lose if he doesn’t finish in the points as another 2 young drivers i.e. Crestmax Motorsports Bradley Benedict Anthony and 23 Motors’ Abdul Miqail are in close pursuit.
Among the professionals in Super Sporting Class, there are at least 4 drivers in contention for the overall title. Prima Pearl TD Racing’s Tengku Djan Ley Tengku Mahaleel, Laser Motor Racing’s Mark Darwin and Eddie Liew, and Telagamas Toyota’s Freddie Ang, all have been consistently trading places on the winners’ podium.
In total, the Vios Challenge put up more than half a million ringgit in prize monies which includes RM70,000 and RM50,000 to the overall champions of the Super Sporting and Sporting Class respectively, making it the most lucrative motorsports event in the country over the last 5 years.
Additionally, both on ground and online fans are also invited to participate in the GAZOO Racing Dream Team TGR Fantasy Game. You can sign up online from now until 24 September 2022 and create your very own TGR DreamTeam of racers by selecting 3 drivers from each of the 4 classes of racing, and accumulate or lose points based on the real racing results throughout the 3 rounds in Season 5. The player with the most number of points will be declared the winner at the end of the season for a chance to win attractive prizes.
For those who cannot make it to Sepang, you can still catch the live stream in UMW Toyota Motor (Malaysia) Sdn Bhd’s website (www.toyota.com.my) or Toyota Malaysia and Toyota Gazoo Racing Malaysia’s Facebook pages.