Published on June 7th, 2017 | by Subhash Nair0
Bigger Field for Toyota Gazoo Racing Vios Challenge
The inaugural Vios Challenge will now see an expanded field of 40 cars take to the starting grid when the Toyota GAZOO Racing (TGR) Festival kicks off the series in Penang this August.
Interest among motor racing enthusiasts and teams for the Vios Challenge rapidly escalated as the series promised high-quality racing from its one-make formula run on purpose-built street circuits.
Following the launch in April, the 30 cars announced were immediately assigned but due to the numerous requests by eager racers, UMW Toyota Motor sought to add more cars to the field. Following consultation with stakeholders and with the agreement of TRD, an additional ten cars were allowed to be added.
The inaugural season of the Vios Challenge has not only attracted over a dozen newcomers to the sport, it has also drawn a host of top names from the motor racing scene to the championship including Prince of Drift Tengku Djan, his nemesis in the Malaysia Speed Festival (MSF) series Boy Wong and former Malaysian Super Series (MSS) winner James Veerappan who have confirmed their participation. More big names are expected to be revealed when entries for the Vios Challenge closes in the middle of June.
With the additional cars, the Vios Challenge will now feature 40 racers competing in different categories. The race will be the headlining event at the Toyota GAZOO Racing (TGR) Racing Festival where a carnival-like atmosphere will feature around the race weekend with activities for the whole family.
Experiencing the race as a competitor himself, Deputy Chairman of UMW Toyota Motor Mr. Akio Takeyama said that he was looking forward to the prospect of racing in the very first Vios Challenge in Malaysia.
Fans can follow the developments of the Toyota GAZOO Racing (TGR) Racing Festival and the Vios Challenge on the Toyota GAZOO Racing Malaysia homepage, FB page or Instagram.