Toyota returned to the prestigious Sepang 1000KM endurance race with a vengeance to clinch a historic 1-2 victory in the 9-hour race at Sepang International Circuit.
Three Toyotas finished in the top five overall positions and in the Malaysian Touring Car (MTC) Class in only Toyota’s second year participating in the race.
Toyota GAZOO Racing Malaysia’s #37 Vios with GAZOO Racing Malaysia ambassador Tengku Djan Ley Tengku Mahaleel and reigning Vios Challenge Sporting Class champion Naquib Azlan won the 181-lap race from pole position to cross the finish line 6.2 seconds ahead of their nearest rival – the #39 Yaris piloted by Hayden Haikal and Jwan Hii for Wing Hin Motorsports which is UMW Toyota Motor’s dealer.
Third place went to the Hi Rev Dream Chaser team’s Mitchell Cheah and Brendan Paul Anthony, while in fourth position was the #38 Wing Hin Motorsports Yaris driven by
the pair of Boy Wong and Dannies Ng both cars finishing a lap down.
Rounding up the top five positions and finishing four laps down from the winning Vios was R Engineering HMRT’s Lee Wee Sing and Leon Khoo Beng Koon in the Honda City.
“2021’s was all about learning and gaining track time to develop both the Vios and Yaris to take on the prestigious 1000KM challenge. We had an extensive program in place as well as competitive cars, and we went on to win the race but we had to accept a penalty which classified us third in the MTC Class.
Going on to win the race this year and doing it in the manner where we not only led from start to finish but had three cars in the top five positions overall more than makes up for
that setback,” said UMW Toyota Motor President Ravindran K.