PETRONAS Syntium Team Resumes Super Taikyu Title Chase



· PETRONAS Syntium Merdeces-Benz SLS AMG GT3 cars #1 and #28 returns to Japan for Super Taikyu Round 5.
· PETRONAS Syntium Team last raced at the Malaysia Merdeka Endurance Race with a successful 1-2 finish.
· The PETRONAS Syntium Merdeces-Benz SLS AMG GT3 #1 is currently leading the Super Taikyu Series. 

Wednesday, 17 October 2012 – After a successful 1-2 finish at the 13th Malaysia Merdeka Endurance Race (MMER) 2012 at the Sepang International Circuit last month, the PETRONAS Syntium Team is returning to Japan this weekend for the last two rounds of the Super Taikyu Series to resume the chase for their fifth consecutive title. Teams competing in the Series had a choice of the MMER as an alternative to Round 4 that was held at Okayama. 

The fifth round of the Super Taikyu Series will be held at Suzuka Circuit as a support race to the World Touring Car Championship on 20 – 21 October. Featuring their stellar driver line-up of Nobuteru Taniguchi, Dominic Ang and Fariqe Hairuman in the PETRONAS Syntium Merdeces-Benz SLS AMG GT3 #1, sister car #28 will be helmed by Tatsuya Kataoka, Jono Lester and Melvin Moh. The format for this weekend adopts a sprint race style of two 60-minute two-driver races. 

The PETRONAS Syntium Team last raced in Japan in Round 3 at Sportsland Sugo, where car #28 secured their first pole position of the season. Starting for car #28, Lester got off the ground quickly from pole position and was building a good lead from Fariqe in car #1 who encountered an incident and ran off track. Falling to the back of the field, Fairqe handed the car over to Taniguchi, who then steadily worked his way through the field to get back to the front. Hopes for a first race win for car #28 were dashed when Lester ran into rear suspension problems and then a drive-through penalty was given during Kataoka’s stint, costing them to lose precious time. Eventually, Ang took car #1 home in first place and Kataoka came in 16th overall and third in class in car #28. 

On track in their pursuit of securing the fifth consecutive Super Taikyu title, the PETRONAS Syntium Merdeces-Benz SLS AMG GT3 #1 has four victories in four rounds and is leading the overall standings with sister car #28 in second. 

Confident of his team, Dato’ David Wong, team principal of PETRONAS Syntium Team said, "We are within sight of winning our fifth Super Taikyu championship in a row. PETRONAS Syntium Team is highly motivated, especially after the wonderful win at the MMER where we defended our title and got a 1-2 finish. The team has definitely earned its name as one of the most successful GT endurance racing teams in Asia. We have come a long way and there’s a lot of satisfaction looking back at how we started from ground zero 22 years ago.” 

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