TENGKU Djan Ley, Hayden Haikal and Shawn Lee showcased their exceptional driving skills to claim victory in Race One of the Super Sporting, Sporting and Promotional classes respectively in the Toyota Vios Challenge at Batu Kawan Stadium in Penang yesterday.
In the Super Sporting class, 23 Motors’ Tengku Djan blew his rivals away to lead the race from pole position to finish five seconds ahead of Laser Motor Racing’s Mark Darwin (second) and Dream Chaser’s Brendan Paul Anthony (third).
Tengku Djan made a flawless start and, by the first two laps, was already 2.3 seconds ahead of Kegani Racing’s Kenny Lee, whose race ended on Lap 9 when he clipped the wall.
“The condition this afternoon was super hot and everyone struggled with grip. Mark was fast and I had to focus and drive to the best of my ability. This track is also not forgiving. It was a great race and I just got into a rhythm and maintained a good pace until the finish,” said Tengku Djan.
“The race was tough on both tyres and brakes. You have to go fast but you have to be smooth and can’t overcook it. You have to carefully pick and choose where you can push the car. It was not easy. If you just continue to push too hard you will end up hitting the wall.”
In the Sporting class, Aylezo Motorsports’ Mirza Syahmi Mahzan also made a brilliant start from pole to lead the 22-lap race from S&D Motorsports’ Hayden, Panglima City Racing Team’s Kenneth Koh and Crestmax Motorsports’ Adam Khalid.
It was close in the first four laps, with 0.5 seconds separating Mirza and Hayden for the lead.
But a mistake in the fifth lap sent Mirza crashing into the wall and Hayden went on to cruise home ahead of Kenneth.
“I had a good start and followed Mirza for a few laps before he made a mistake. From then on, I had a clear track ahead and just maintained a consistent pace,” said 16-year-old Hayden, who consolidates his position at the top of the overall point standings.
“My aim is to finish in the points and, honestly, I’m not really thinking of the overall championship.”
Pole-sitter Shawn, meanwhile, drove a textbook race to win the Promotional class ahead of television presenter Nabil Ahmad and Shukri Yahaya.
The race, which is for local celebrities, started under safety car conditions due to rain and only got underway after six laps.
“It was a very hard fight. It was pretty close. I tried to pull ahead but after making one mistake, Nabil was right on my heels challenging for the lead,” said Shawn.
“Looking at the track condition, I decided to play it safe and avoid making any mistakes which would cost me victory.”
Singer Nabila Razali, meanwhile, was the fastest rose on the track, finishing fourth ahead of fellow singer Wany Hasrita and actress Janna Nick in sixth.
The final day of the TGR Festival kicks off with a fun run and zumba fitness session (open to all) at 7am today. Entrance is free.
Promotional class: 1 Shawn Lee, 2 Nabil Ahmad, 3 Shukri Yahaya, 4 Nabila Razali, 5 Wany Hasrita.
Sporting class: 1 Hayden Haikal (S&D Motorsports), 2 Kenneth Koh (Panglima City Racing Team), 3 Adam Khalid (Crestmax Motorsports), 4 Bradley Benedict Anthony (Dream Chaser), 5 Sutan Mustaffa Salihin (SMS Motorsports).
Super Sporting class: 1 Tengku Djan Ley (23 Motors), 2 Mark Darwin (Laser Motor Racing), 3 Brendan Paul Anthony (Dream Chaser), 4 Boy Wong, 5 William Ho.