Season 6 Of Toyota GAZOO Racing Malaysia Starts This Weekend

Season 6 Of Toyota GAZOO Racing Malaysia Starts This Weekend

Entering its 6th season, Toyota GAZOO Racing Festival in Malaysia returns in a big way with a grid of fresh faces and young drivers. There will also be close to RM1 million in prize monies and incentives, establishing it as Malaysia’s premier motorsports event to thrill the fans.

The 2023 racing calendar will see 3 rounds (6 races) of the GR Vios Challenge begin this weekend (18 – 19 February) at the Sepang International Circuit. Toyota will also build on its strong presence in the national racing series with the continuation of the GR Vios Sprint Cup in the Malaysia Championship Series (2 rounds / 4 races) and the running of the GR Vios Enduro Cup at the prestigious Sepang 1000km endurance race as the racing season finale.Toyota GAZOO Racing Festival Malaysia_2023_Season 6 Calendar

“Racing has had a very profound impact on the Toyota brand globally and domestically. Embarking on our 6th season of the Toyota GAZOO Racing Festival, we remain committed in our mission to make an impactful contribution to Malaysian motorsports,” said UMW Toyota Motor President, Datuk Ravindran K. “Toyota also firmly believes the Malaysian motorsports eco-system can evolve to become very dynamic. By ecosystem I mean the development of future talent and the creation of a more vibrant motorsports industry”.

In 5 seasons of racing, the Toyota GAZOO Racing Festival’s unique approach to combine motor-racing with a carnival has successfully attracted over 15 million spectators and viewers (both on-site and live streaming online). Season 6 will continue with full-fledged on-ground and online event.Vios Sprint Cup_Toyota GAZOO Racing_Laser Motor Racing_Eddie Lew_Putera Adam

In the GR Vios Challenge, racing will again be divided into 4 classes i.e. the Promotional Class for local celebrities; the Super Sporting Class for elite and professional drivers; the Sporting Class for amateur and gentlemen drivers; and the Rookie Class for young drivers.

Prize monies of RM70,000 and RM50,000 will go to the overall champion of the Super Sporting and Sporting Class champions respectively, making the GR Vios Challenge the most lucrative motorsports event in the country for the last 5 years.

The format of a one-make series in the GR Vios Challenge remains unchanged with Rounds 2 and 3 in June and September respectively. GAZOO Racing’s calendar will also include the GR Vios Sprint Cup, which is run independent of the Vios Challenge, and will feature 2 rounds scheduled for May and June in tandem with the Malaysia Championship Series (MCS). Each round will feature 2 races with a total of more than RM200,000 in prize monies at stake.GAZOO Racing Vios Sprint Cup_Toyota

GAZOO Racing will also continue to make its presence felt in the national series by once again participating in the prestigious Sepang 1000KM Endurance Race (S1K) in November. The race will see the 3rd time the GR Vios Enduro Cup being organised, offering up to RM30,000 in prize monies, and will also see Toyota challenging for the overall S1K honors. Toyota had also raced to a historic 1- 2 overall victory in the 9-hour race last year and will be looking to defend this title.

Season 6 will also see more than 40 drivers forming the grid in the GR Vios Challenge. In the elite Super Sporting Class, teenage driver Hayden Haikal returns for his 6th straight seasons in the GR Vios Challenge and with the aim of defending the title he won last year. He will represent Axle Sports in a two-car entry alongside Naquib Azlan who was also last year’s Sporting Class champion. Meanwhile, in pursuit of his 4th Class title will be Tengku Djan Ley Tengku Mahaleel who will be leading Prima Pearl TD Racing’s two-car entry alongside Mitchell Cheah. Big names to look out for include the Laser Motor Racing pair of Eddie Lew and Putera Adam, Royal 47 Racing’s Brendan Paul Anthony, Telagamas Toyota’s Freddie Ang, Toyotsu Racing’s William Ho, and S&D Tama Motorsports’ Goh Chok Tong.Toyota GAZOO Racing_Vios Challenge_Tom Goh

As usual, the Sporting Class for amateurs will field the most number of competitors with no less than 18 contenders signed up. The grid will also feature a number of young drivers who will include Nabil Azlan (Season 5 Rookie Class champion) driving for Axle Sports, 23 Motors’ Abdul Miqail, Crestmax Motorsports’s Bradley Benedict Anthony, Distinctive Model’s Aaron Haikal, Super Evergreen Motorsport’s Muhammad Amirul Haikal, and Todak Wheelstar Motorsport’s Muhammad Alif Shawqi.

Meanwhile, the Promotional Class for local celebrities will see half the grid made up of new faces. They will include professional ten pin bowler and Ratu Ten Pin drama actress Syaidatul Afifah; actor, television host and Hot FM radio presenter Imran Aqil; actor and host Ezzrin Loy; actor, host and television personality Hefsy Sahad; and actress and model Reen Rahim.

Rejoining the grid will be former Promotional Class overall champion and actor Shukri Yahaya; actor Zizan Razak; actress and television personality Ahirine Ahirudin; and television personality Ain Edruce.Toyota GAZOO Racing_Malaysia_Promotional Class

Season 6 will also see UMWT continuing with the GAZOO Racing Young Talent Development Program which was first started in 2020. The program is designed to promote young drivers up the motorsports ladder and has so far successfully produced 12 very talented young racers between the ages of 14 and 20 making their transition from the sport of karting, and simulator racing to saloon car racing.

This season, another 6 graduates will be joining the Rookie Class i.e. 16-year-old and 2019 Rotax Max Malaysia junior champion Ariff Azmi; 16-year-old racing driver and simulator racer Iman Danish; 17-year-old karter Azriel Azhar; 18-year-old simulator racer Nazmir Azlan; and 19-year-old simulator racers and racing enthusiasts Yazid Razak and Elson Lew. Nazmir is the 3rd sibling to join the GR Vios Challenge and Rookie Class, following in the footsteps of his two elder brothers Naquib and Nabil who have both been crowned the overall champion of the Rookie Class.

Naquib also went on to also clinch the overall championship in the Sporting Class for amateur drivers in 2022 and will compete in the Super Sporting Class for professionals this season. Joining the Rookie Class with the most racing experience will certainly be Iman who has several podium and top 10 finishes to his credit which includes coming in 3rd in the Super 1600 Class, 2nd in the Tiner Production Class, and 4th in the Saga Cup in the MSF Racing Series.

This year, members of the public and race enthusiasts are also invited to Round 1 of the Toyota GAZOO Racing Festival and GR Vios Challenge this weekend (18 – 19 February) at the Sepang International Circuit.

You can catch all the action and stage performances by local celebrities on-ground or streamed live on Toyota’s website ( and on the Toyota Malaysia and Toyota Gazoo Racing Malaysia Facebook pages.


ROUND 1 : 17-19 February 2023 Sepang International Circuit 2 x 30 min race

ROUND 2 : 2-4 June 2023 Sepang International Circuit 2 x 30 min race

ROUND 3 : 29 September – 1 October 2023 Sepang International Circuit 2 x 30 min race


ROUND 1 : 5-7 May 2023 Sepang International Circuit 2 x 60 min race

ROUND 2 : 23-25 June 2023 Sepang International Circuit 2 x 60 min race


26 November 2023 Sepang International Circuit 9 hours / 1000km


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