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Second row at Twin Ring Motegi

SUPER TAIKYU SERIES 2013
Rd.3 Twin Ring Motegi
QUALIFYING
20 July

QUALIFYING

Weather: Very Sunny
Course: Dry

Following a two-month break after a history-making success in Korea, the Super Taikyu Series 2013 resumed in Japan this weekend with its third round. Held on the 4.801km Twin Ring Motegi road course, the PETRONAS Syntium Team and its pair of of Mercedes-Benz SLS AMG GT3 cars #1 and #28 locked out the second row of the starting grid.

Starting in P3 on the grid for the five-hour race tomorrow will be the PETRONAS Syntium SLS AMG GT3 #28 with Fariqe Hairuman, Jono Lester and Tatsuya Kataoka. Next to them on the grid will be sister car SLS AMG GT3 #1 with Melvin Moh, Dominic Ang and Nobuteru Taniguchi. 

The race on Sunday will start at 12.15pm (local time).



MELVIN MOH / SLS AMG GT3 #1 
Practice was good as I gradually improved up my time from the first session on Friday to this morning’s warm-up. I had a good feeling in the car for qualifying, but I lost four-tenths on my quickest lap when I encountered traffic. It’s a long race tomorrow and the key thing is to be consistent in traffic. Hopefully we will be fine tomorrow and beat the GT-Rs! 

DOMINIC ANG / SLS AMG GT3 #1 
I think this track suits the GT-Rs more and it is evident from their qualifying pace; they have the outright speed. I was aiming to clock half-second faster than the time I did. I think there is still place for improvement but the race will be another thing altogether. I am disappointed about qualifying but I’m not worried about the race tomorrow.

FARIQE HAIRUMAN / SLS AMG GT3 #28 
I was on old tyres for all three practice sessions yesterday and this morning’s warm-up, but for qualifying I went out on new tyres so I was a little unfamiliar with the grip level. By the time I realised I could carry more speed into the corner, the peak of the tyres was already past. Overall, I’m faster than last year, which is a good thing. I’m sure we got a stronger car for the race tomorrow too.

JONO LESTER / SLS AMG GT3 #28 
It has been a very challenging day for car #28, especially after the success of Korea. This circuit doesn’t seem to suit the SLS and personally I don’t believe it suits my driving style either. However, I gave it my all in qualifying and I believe I squeezed every inch of time possible, out of the car. I remain positive because I know that we still have what is probably the best race car out there in the field and a consistent fast driver lineup. Pay day is Sunday!

DATO’ DAVID WONG / TEAM PRINCIPAL
The GT-Rs clearly have speed but as we have always believed, this is an endurance race and it is about the consistency. Having competed in endurance races of different levels, our team has the experience and it will come in useful for the five-hour race tomorrow.