“I did my best to get away from Zizan as the battle behind me took place, but in the later part of the race I began to notice him coming back even stronger. It was a good fight to the finish and it was unfortunate that there was a penalty involved, but that’s racing,” said Shukri.
For Takeyama, who is also Chief Motorsports Officer of TOYOTA GAZOO Racing Malaysia, the night race created elevated the excitement of the Vios Challenge. “From an organizer’s point of view, we welcome any feedback with regards to the organizing of the first night race in the Vios Challenge.
From a driver’s point of view however, I can tell you that the concept of a night race provided better concentration, cooler conditions, exceptional visibility, and it was even more exciting with the absence of disturbance from too much glare as a result of the sunlight,” said Takeyama who added that his performance of the night was also the result of continuous training on a simulator.
A turn one lap tangle between Nabila Razali and Ahirine Ahirudin in the very first lap of the race meanwhile, dropped the two celebrities to the back of the field while Talitha Tan, Janna Nick and Wany Hasrita finished in fifth, sixth and seventh positions respectively.