The popular race returns when the Toyota GAZOO Racing Festival reopens to the public on June 25-26, 2022 for the first time in two years with a celebration of fun family-friendly on-road activities and programs amid live drama from racing on the Sepang International Circuit track.
The two-day weekend festival is not only back, but bigger and more exciting! This is to make up for a two-year hiatus due to the COVID 19 pandemic which forced the racing activities of the Vios Challenge race series to be held behind closed doors and without public participation. Currently in its fifth season/year, the Vios Challenge is renowned for nothing less than wheel-to-wheel racing action featuring local celebrities, young drivers, amateurs and professionals.
“We are delighted to be able to welcome people back to the Festival and to the second round of the Vios Challenge. There are a myriad of activities suitable for everyone, from families looking to spend their weekend to racing fans and enthusiasts. Happy to see you again!” said UMW Toyota Motor President Ravindran K.
“This is and always has been a festival for people, no matter if they are not pure racing fans. It is a platform for Toyota to give back and celebrate people, thanking them for their support. continuing to the brand. It’s also a great opportunity to bring back festivities and activities for people after two years of retreat from the pandemic. When it comes to racing, the Vios Challenge continues to provide affordable entry into the competitive and fair races with its one-make format and the many classes for young drivers, amateurs, professionals and even local celebrities.
Fans can once again get up close and personal with their favorite celebrities as they compete in the promotional class. The Season 5 lineup includes Season 4 champion and cast member Shukri Yahaya; last year’s finalist and actor Zizan Razak; television host Nabil Ahmad; actress Janna Nick; singers Wany Hasrita, Nabila Razali and Khai Bahar; television personality Ahirine Ahiruddin; and actress and presenter Ain Edruce who returns to Vios Challenge after a sabbatical after welcoming her first child.
These celebrities will also be performing live over the weekend, and in addition, UMW Toyota Motor will also be hosting a special concert with Malaysian rock band Bunkface on Saturday, and for the first time ever, will feature an international act from the Indonesian singer Judika Sunday. .
The festival grounds will be buzzing with merchandise and promotional booths, games and carnival activities. Entrance and parking for the festival, including the concert and the many programs on offer, are free and everyone is welcome. However, visitors must register their attendance on the Toyota GAZOO Racing Malaysia website to gain access to the Festival.
And for those who haven’t yet experienced the Sepang International Circuit, a special off-road festival invites those with non-motorized vehicles (bicycles, inline skates, skateboards, longboards, push bikes , push scooters, etc.) to take a lap of the 2.7 km track. There will also be a Zumba session for fitness enthusiasts.
Elaborating on the People’s Race, Ravindran K. said Toyota’s goal from the start was to contribute and create greater excitement in Malaysian motorsport.
“The Vios Challenge continues to evolve every year since we started the series in 2017. We established and to this day, maintain the format of a one-brand series to make it affordable and accessible to those who want to compete. .
“The Vios Challenge has evolved enormously, attracting more new and young drivers to drive at a competitive level, we have even invested in the GAZOO Racing young driver development program to allow people aged 15 to 20 to progress to sedan racing from karting and simulator racing, and we even introduced a Rookie class for young drivers in the Vios Challenge race. In 2021, the Vios Challenge also took place at night for the very first time under the dazzling lights of the Sepang International Circuit.
Toyota’s focus on attracting young talent has since paid off when a 15-year-old became the overall Amateur Sport Class Champion in Season 3. His investment in the development program young drivers GAZOO Racing also saw a simulator driver crowned Rookie Class Champion and become one of the most competitive drivers not only in the Vios Challenge but also in other local racing series. Its other graduates are also currently among the leading contenders in other local racing series.
Ravindran K. added that the Vios Challenge has also been the most rewarding racing series to participate in over the past five years, with Season 5 offering a total of over half a million ringgit in prize money, including 70,000 RM and 50,000 RM. to the overall champion of the Super Sporting and Sporting Class champions respectively.
For those who can’t race but still want to be intimately involved in the Vios Challenge, UMW Toyota Motor has also introduced the GAZOO Racing Dream Team TGR Fantasy Game. It is a racing platform where players register and compete by creating their own TGR Dream Team of racers who they believe will perform best throughout the season. Participants will be required to select 3 drivers from each of the 4 racing classes, and their team will earn or lose points based on actual racing results throughout the 3 rounds of Season 5. The player with the most points will be declared the winner at the end of the season for a chance to win attractive prizes.
Toyota GAZOO Racing Festival and Vios Challenge Season 5 consists of 3 rounds and a total of 6 races with Round 1 already over and Round 3 taking place in September. In the 4 seasons of the Vios Challenge so far, the Festival and the Vios Challenge have successfully attracted more than 8 million viewers and viewers online, achieving a social media reach exceeding 19 million, which makes it one of the most watched domestic motor racing events.
“That’s what we mean by people’s racing – it’s not only meant to change the dynamics of local motor racing, but it’s also a festival to celebrate people and hopefully inspire them to learn, understand and enjoy motorsport as we do with traditional sporting events such as football and badminton,” said Ravindran K.
The Toyota GAZOO Racing Festival opens on June 25 and 26, 2022 at the Sepang International Circuit. Admission, all activities and parking are free. All visitors must register their presence to gain access to the Festival. To register, log on to the Toyota GAZOO Racing Malaysia website at www.toyota.com.my/tgrmalaysia.
Fans and racing enthusiasts can also catch the weekend’s action and stage performances from local celebrities streamed live on the Toyota GAZOO Racing Malaysia website at www.toyota.com.my/tgrmalaysia and on the Toyota Malaysia and Toyota Gazoo Racing Malaysia Facebook pages.
This content is provided by UMW Toyota Motor Sdn Bhd.
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