Twenty-four graduates of the Vios Challenge Racing School are now ready for the inaugural Vios Challenge race this August 12 and 13, having completed a compulsory introductory course and receiving a certificate of competency from Toyota Racing Development (TRD) Japan.
Throughout the course, professional trainers imparted fundamentals such as race and safety protocols, advanced car handling techniques and maintaining proper race driving lines, preparing the students with the necessary tools for a safe and competitive race series once the Vios Challenge takes to the tracks in Batu Kawan, Penang.
Among the graduates who received their scrolls were eight celebrity drivers – actors Fattah Amin, Diana Danielle, Shukri Yahaya and Janna Nick, singers Geraldine Gan and Danny Koo, blogger and model Venice Min and beatboxer Shawn Lee.
Also receiving his scroll was UMW Toyota Motor deputy chairman Akio Takeyama who will join the celebrities in the Promotional Category of the Vios Challenge.
UMW Toyota Motor president Ravindran Kurusamy said he believes motorsports is an effective means of developing humans as much as machines.
“Achieving success on the race track is about finding the limits of both the individual and machine collectively; no component can outpace the other.
“By arming these drivers with racing skills, we hope they will better exploit the sporting potential of their Toyota Vios racing cars safely and responsibly,” he said.
The Vios Challenge will feature three racing classes where ten of those with a successful racing record will be moved into the elite Super Sporting Category while the Sporting Category will feature 17 racers and the remaining ten in the Promotional Category.
Each category will have two heats with points being awarded for top positions in each heat.
The course on the specially-designed 1.65km racing circuit in Batu Kawan is shaped somewhat like a racing steering wheel and will run in a clockwise direction, featuring nine turns with the longest straight a shade over 156m in length, ensuring that qualifying will be a keenly-contested session.
The Vios Challenge will be the headlining event at the Toyota GAZOO Racing (TGR) Racing Festival, open to members of the public for free.
The festival will host a myriad activities including drift shows, celebrity performances, food trucks, test drives, and a special showcase of the upcoming Toyota C-HR.
Meanwhile, Toyota is holding a buy and win promotion from this month at all authorised Toyota showrooms nationwide where the lucky winner can stand a chance to win a trip to the Tokyo Motor Show.