One of the most distinguished motor racing outfits in Malaysia, Wing Hin Motorsports prepared two Toyota Vios for the up-coming Sepang 1,000km (S1K) race including Car 39 racing under “Team Toyota GAZOO Racing Malaysia” colours which will feature TGR’s Chief Motorsports Officer, TGR Vios Challenge racer and UMW Toyota Motor’s Deputy Chairman Akio Takeyama in his maiden endurance race.
The cars will compete this weekend at the Sepang International Circuit in the premier MTC class for modified production cars below 1,600cc using TRD race-prepared engines in Toyota Vios chassis prepared at Wing Hin’s own facility in Balakong, Selangor.
The team had an impressive performance in 2018 where a Toyota Vios driven by the pairing of Boy Wong and William Ho scored a remarkable podium finish, Wing Hin Motorsports Principal Simon Loh is confident that the cars will be among the front runners again this year.
Simon Loh said “With the valuable data collected from last year’s event, the new parts we have secured through our collaboration with TRD and the immense experience of former Toyota GAZOO Racing development driver Akira Iida who will drive for us this year, I believe that we have the package to be competitive once again this year.”
The Sepang 1,000km race has been the crown jewel of the Malaysian circuit racing calendar with a starting grid of some 70 cars based on production models available in Malaysia. The 5.45km circuit will take over eight hours to complete with the top cars expected to clock over 180 laps of the circuit.
A Japanese touring car legend Akira Iida will be bringing his valuable experience to the team this year as he will be sharing the driving duties in the Team Toyota GAZOO Racing Malaysia-liveried Vios with Takeyama and William Ho. Akira Iida has six Le Mans 24-hour race finishes under his belt and Iida has been instrumental in developing Toyota GAZOO Racing’s competitive edge particularly in the Japan Super GT series. He was also a key member of the ROOKIE Racing Team that developed the Toyota 86 for Toyota Motor Corporation’s President Akio Toyoda and his son Daisuke Toyoda to race in the Super Endurance 24-hour Race in Fuji Speedway earlier this year.
The second Wing Hin Motorsport car will be racing under Team Wing Hin Motorsports banner which features Boy Wong and Dannies Ng.
Mr. Akio Takeyama is fueling his passion for motor racing with his participation in the S1K and it is seen as a means to gain greater race mileage to further hone his craft in the race where some of the most formidable racing drivers in the country will be vying for glory.
Takeyama said “Having only raced in the Vios Challenge for two and a half seasons, going into the S1K will be a totally new and exciting experience for me. I look upon it as a challenge and an opportunity for me to push my own boundaries. I also hope to pick up some valuable insights from my teammates Iida and William who have a wealth of circuit racing experience.”
The Sepang 1,000km kicks off with a rolling start around noon on 23rd November 2019 with the chequered flag expected to fall at around 9 pm that evening.