By DARMINAA UTHAYAKUMAR / Pic By toyota.com.my
ROUND 3 of the Toyota Gazoo Racing (TGR) Festival and Toyota Vios Challenge street racing series concluded after two days of street circuit racing action at Batu Kawan Stadium, Penang.
Over 15,000 spectators filled the stadium to witness the Super Sporting, Sporting and Promotional classes for professional, amateur and celebrity racers.
In the Promotional class, Shukri Yahaya, Nabil Ahmad and Shawn Lee were ahead of their grid of 11 drivers with Shukri coming out as the victor followed by Nabil and Lee.
“It was a hard fight. I tried to build a bigger gap, but after making a slight mistake, Nabil was right back at my heels challenging for the lead,” said Lee, Season 1’s overall champion.
Singer Nabila Razali marked herself as the fastest woman on the track, holding down the fifth place.
Race 1 of the Sporting class saw Aylezo Motorsports’ Mirza Syahmi Mahzan dominating the 22-lap race from S&D Motorsports’ Hayden Haikal, Panglima City Racing Team’s Kenneth Koh and Crestmax Motorsports’ Adam Khalid.
Hayden took the lead widening his position from three to eight seconds ahead of Koh with Adam rounding up the top three positions on the podium.
Race 2, meanwhile, ended prematurely in the second lap after a six-car pile-up. At the restart behind the safety car, four of the 16 cars were eliminated.
Dream Chaser’s Bradley Benedict Anthony won this race, while S&D Tama Motorsports’ Tom Goh came in second, followed by SMS Motorsports’ Haji Sutan Mustaffa Salihin.
For the Super Sporting class, 23 Motors’ Tengku Djan led with a five-second distance between Laser Motor Racing’s Mark Darwin and Dream Chaser’s Brendan Paul Anthony.
“The conditions were extremely hot, and everyone struggled with grip. The race was tough on both tyres and brakes. You have to go fast but you have to be smooth,” said Tengku Djan.
Tengku Djan was out of the race after a damage to his right rear wheel.
Freddie Ang clinched the win for Telagamas Toyota ahead of Toyotsu’s William Ho and defending champion Boy Wong.
UMW Toyota Motor Sdn Bhd president K Ravindran said Season 3 of the TGR Festival and Toyota Vios Challenge underlined the auto company’s commitment to bring motorsports to the masses and to demonstrate the capabilities of Toyota cars in an extreme proving ground.
Test drive of Toyota’s new vehicles, a drift performance, a racing simulator challenge, stage games, celebrity performances and lucky draws were included in the TGR festival.
Racers will be meeting once more for the finale of Season 3 at the Sepang International Circuit (SIC) in a wider high-speed track.
UMW Toyota chief motorsports officer Akio Takeyama said: “We expect the race for the championship in all three categories to be nothing short of exhilarating.”