Published on September 23rd, 2019 | by Subhash Nair


2nd Toyota GR Velocity Esports Championship Concludes

The 2019 Toyota Gazoo Racing Velocity Esports Championship came to a close yesterday at Pavilion KL with 40 top qualifiers competing.

Here’s the full story.


The Grand Finals of the Toyota GAZOO RACING (GR) VELOCITY ESPORTS
CHAMPIONSHIP held at Pavilion Kuala Lumpur (Centre Court) on 22 September saw top 40 qualifiers challenging each other in the final round of the biggest national Esports racing event in Malaysia.

UMW Toyota Motor (UMWT) became the first Malaysian car company to be associated with the fast-growing Esports racing activity with its involvement last year. Due to strong response from participants and public, the company continue to organize it this year.

The 2019 Toyota GAZOO RACING (GR) VELOCITY ESPORTS CHAMPIONSHIP saw about 700 enthusiastic participants racing against each other in time-trial qualifying rounds at Cove Esports Hub in Bandar Sunway, Subang Jaya, Selangor which took place on 31st August, 1st , 14th and 15th September.

This year, the overall winners share a bigger prize pool of RM70,000:

  • Champion – RM20,000
  • 1st Runner up – RM10,000
  • 2nd Runner up – RM5,000
  • 4th – 10th place – RM2,000 each
  • 11th – 20th place – RM1,000 each

There was also a Lucky Draw that offer RM11, 000 worth of gaming products. The Toyota GAZOO RACING (GR) VELOCITY ESPORTS CHAMPIONSHIP virtually complements the high-performance activities of Toyota, including the on-track racing of Toyota Gazoo Racing Festival which takes place four times a year at various locations across the country.

“In this digital age, it’s not surprising that Esports has become a fast-growing industry, not only in Malaysia but also globally. It offers the thrills and excitement familiar to the generation that has grown up in the digital age of videogames and racing simulators,” said Mr. Ravindran K., President of UMW Toyota Motor.

“As such, Toyota’s association and involvement in Esports through the Toyota GAZOO RACING banner is an ideal way for the brand to show off its dynamic and sporty side. Last year, we were delighted with the overwhelming response from the public towards our very first Toyota GAZOO RACING (GR) Velocity Esports Championship and this year, it is even
stronger,” he added.

All participants uses the latest 2019 Toyota GR Supra, Toyota’s flagship sportscar developed not only for the real motorsports but also for the competition in Gran Turismo Esports.

This year, the racers raced around the Fuji Speedway in Japan, the famous 1.475-km long circuit with one of the longest straights in the world. The top 10 finalist competed head to head on a 10-lap race on a best-of-three tracks which are Kyoto Driving Park, Suzuka Circuit as well as Fuji Speedway.

Thrustmaster® supplies its T-GT ultimate racing simulator for Gran Turismo Sport for the Toyota GAZOO RACING (GR) VELOCITY ESPORTS CHAMPIONSHIP, and also for future Gran Turismo games. The racers benefited from its unique new technologies to exploit the superior driving dynamics of the Toyota GR Supra.

For information on the Toyota GAZOO RACING VELOCITY ESPORTS CHAMPIONSHIP winners and participation, members of the public can visit

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