The GR Velocity Esports Championship, now in its sixth consecutive year, has been rebranded as the TOYOTA GAZOO Racing (GR) GT Cup Malaysia. The series, which is one of the most lucrative online racing events in the country, is offering up to RM90,500 in cash prizes this year, making it the highest ever in GR GT Cup Malaysia history.
Only local car brand involved in e-racing
Having run the first event in 2018, Toyota remains the only local car company and brand to be involved in e-racing. Since then, the e-racing tournament has attracted more than 900 participants annually.
For the first time this year, UMW Toyota Motor is introducing the simulator racing experience at selected universities across Malaysia. These include UNITAR, UiTM Pasir Gudang; UiTM Shah Alam; INTI Subang; Universiti Kebangsaan Malaysia; Sunway University; and INTI Penang.
Helping grow motorsports in Malaysia
This is part of an important extension of Toyota’s mission to contribute to the growth of motorsports in Malaysia, particularly in the areas of developing a younger generation of talent. It is not only aimed at encouraging greater participation of youths but to also bring motorsports to the masses.
“The momentum and the level of interest for virtual racing have grown tremendously and is a boost for both e-sports and motorsports here in Malaysia. We are proud to be able to support this platform of motor racing,” said Datuk Ravindran K., President of UMW Toyota Motor.
Winner to represent Malaysia
The winner of the tournament will represent Malaysia in the GT Cup Asia Pacific Regional Qualifier. He (or she) will race against competitors from other Asian countries to secure a spot at the Global Finals.
The qualifying stage for the TOYOTA GAZOO Racing GT Cup Malaysia tournament starts on 15 July 2023 to shortlist the top 20 fastest drivers for the semi-final and subsequently, the top 10 finalists for the finale which will be held at Sunway in Selangor on August 19/20, 2023. Registrations to take part are open now at www.toyota.com.my/gtcupmalaysia/ .