|The first-ever Vios Challenge, one-make Series, ended on a high note, over the weekend. Initiated by UMW Toyota Motor, the Vios one-make series is a stepping stone for domestic aspiring racers.|
The final Vios challenge held in town saw to an exciting conclusion, following rounds in Batu Kawan, Penang; MAEPS, Serdang; and Medini City, Johor. Each leg drew over 21,000 spectators on average. As always, some 40 Vios race in three classifications namely Sporting, Super Sporting and Promotional. Aside from racing, there were fun-filled activities for the entire family, including a special Drift demo by the series’ partners, Toyo tires.
Vios Challenge: The Battle of Wits
The series wasn’t just for the hardcore, but beginners and celebrities were encouraged to participate. The said ‘celeb’ in the Promotional class, one Shukri Yahaya, who’s known for his roles in local TV dramas, was one of the drivers. He qualified on second row of the Sporting class grid, alongside another celeb, an actress named Diana Danielle. The category was won by Shawn Lee , who only lost twice in the eight-race series. In the Super Sporting class, Tengku Djan took the overall title, despite a strong challenge from a certain William Ho. Another worthy mention was Brandon Paul Anthony, who joined the series only in the second event at MAEPS. He stormed up the ladder from there on to seal a title with a good performance in the final leg.
“The Vios Challenge was aimed at bringing motor racing closer to Malaysians. We wanted everyone to appreciate motor racing in a fun yet safe environment and to make it a weekend outing for the whole family. Judging from the happy expressions of the crowds at each venue, I believe we have successfully brought an appealing event to everyone,” said President of UMW Toyota Motor Ravindran K.
“This was our hope when we brought the concept to Malaysia. We wanted to expose motor racing to new participants and allow them to build on their own abilities; making them better racers and better drivers on the road,” Deputy Chairman of UMW Toyota Akio Takeyama added.
There was plenty of unpolished gems that emerged throughout the inaugural season, and the second season is slated for the second half of the year and promises more excitement.