SHAH ALAM: UMW Toyota Motor Sdn Bhd (UMWT) will be running the second season of the Toyota Gazoo Racing Velocity Esports Championship.
It is open to Malaysians aged 18 and above.
The racers will have to go through a time-trial phase at Cove Esports in Bandar Sunway, Subang Jaya, Selangor on 31 August/1 September and 14/15 September.
The top 40 racers with the fastest lap times will then be eligible to enter the Grand Final.
The grand finals of the Esports Championship will be held at Pavilion Kuala Lumpur (Centre Court) on 21/22 September from 10am to 9pm.
From the top 40 qualifiers, one will be crowned as the champion for 2019.
This year, winners will share a bigger prize pool of RM70,000.
For the Esports Championship, Thrustmaster will supply its T-GT ultimate racing simulator for Gran Turismo Sport and also for future Gran Turismo games.
All participants will use the latest 2019 Toyota GR Supra, Toyota’s flagship sportscar developed not only for the real motorsports but also for the competition in Gran Turismo Esport.
This year, they will be racing around the Fuji Speedway in Japan, the famous 1.475-km long circuit with one of the longest straights in the world.
The top 10 finalists will be competing on a 10 lap race on a best-of-three tracks which are Kyoto Driving Park, Suzuka Circuit as well as Fuji Speedway.
“Esports is a rapidly rising industry in Malaysia, as well as regionally and globally. It provides thrills and excitement of racing experience for the younger generation and Toyota’s involvement in this activity complements the dynamic and sporty side of the brand through the Toyota GAZOO Racing banner,” said Mr. Ravindran K., president of UMW Toyota Motor.
“We are very delighted with the overwhelming response from the public towards our very first Toyota Gazoo Racing Velocity Esports Championship last year, which was one of the largest Esports event in the country. We are confident that it will be more challenging this year, as more talented drivers would want to compete in the competition,” he added.