Packed Crowds at Toyo Drift Show
August 23, 2017
The inaugural Toyota Gazoo Racing (TGR) Racing Festival Series that took place at the Batu Kawan Stadium on August 12 & 13, 2017.
Toyo Tyre Sales and Marketing Malaysia (TSM) was omni-present at Round 1 of the inaugural Toyota Gazoo Racing (TGR) Racing Festival Series that took place at the Batu Kawan Stadium on August 12 & 13. TSM was the main Gold sponsor of the TGR race and all competing teams were using Malaysian-made Toyo Proxes T1R tyres which performed admirably throughout the event and withstood the gruelling racing over 3 days with practice and race sessions, held on an abrasive concrete surfaced circuit in extremely hot and wet weather.
One of the highlights of the weekend was the excitement and cheers from the spectators brought on by the appearance of two celebrity drivers specially brought from Japan by Toyo Tyre Sales and Marketing Malaysia; Masato Kawabata and Hideyuki Fujino. The two champion drivers from TOYO TIRES DRIFT TRUST RACING and WISTERIA with TOYO TIRES respectively made personal appearances, signed autographs, met with Toyo employees, dealers and their fans and most importantly, performed their thrilling drift demonstrations at the Toyo Drift Show. Masato Kawabata is three-time Japan D1 Grand Prix series Champion and Guinness World Record Holder for the Worlds Fastest Drift, while Hideyuki Fujino is the 2014, 2015 and 2016 Japan Drift Muscle Champion.
They wowed the packed venue and performed a master-class exhibition of skill and precision behind the wheel of their Toyo tyre shod Toyota 86s. Many VIPs from UMW Toyota and Toyota Racing Development and Toyo Tires from Malaysia and abroad graced the performances of The Toyo Drift Show. They came away very impressed with the skill shown by the two drivers.
A Toyo Lounge was also set up at the circuit mainly serving as respite from the scorching sun for the two star drivers, Toyo dealers, visiting VIPs as well as Toyo management. The guests were treated to a great view of the racing that was taking place from inside the lounge.
TSM also hosted the huge visiting crowds with their TSM Booth which was well equipped with an attractive display of the Toyo tyre product range, visitor seating and even an in-house deejay to keep everyone entertained. TSM also organised quiz sessions and many unique prizes and tokens were either awarded to quiz winners or given away to the large crowds that were streaming through.
Overall, the supporting events organised in the Toyota Gazoo Racing (TGR) Racing Festival by Toyo Tyre Sales and Marketing Malaysia was a resounding success.
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