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Taniguchi Sets Pace At Suzuka

SUPER TAIKYU SERIES 2013
Rd.6 SUZUKA CIRCUIT
RACE 1
21 September

TANIGUCHI SETS THE PACE AT SUZUKA 

PETRONAS Syntium Mercedes-Benz SLS AMG GT3 car #1 started on front row and took the win
Race format this weekend is three 40-minute sprint races

Japan, 21 September 2013 – The morning was a busy one for PETRONAS Syntium Team as qualifying went underway. Nobuteru Taniguchi managed to put the PETRONAS Syntium Mercedes-Benz SLS AMG GT3 #1 on the front row for Race 1 in P2, after qualifying two-tenths of a second quicker than Jono Lester in sister car #28. Determined to take this win, Taniguchi chased the Nissan ThreeBond Nissan Technical College Nissan GT-R #24 and took the chequered flag eventually. Lester started in third and missed the podium to finish fourth.



It was only by lap four that Taniguchi overtook the GT-R #24 for the lead. He held onto the lead, through a rather lengthy safety car period, before crossing the finish line in first place. Lester was running in third place but unfortunately got overtaken by the GTNet Advan Nissan GT-R #81 at Turn 1 after the race restart.

Dato’ David Wong, team principal of PETRONAS Syntium Team said, "It has been a long day with qualifying in the morning and then the first of three sprint races for the weekend. The win from (Nobuteru) Taniguchi is great, helping to set the pace for the team and getting them motivated for tomorrow. We hope to win at least two out of the three races this weekend.” 

Races 2 and 3 will be held tomorrow at 9.45 am and 12.35pm (local time in Japan).

QUOTES

NOBUTERU TANIGUCHI / No. 1
I thought it would come down to a competition between our car #1 and sister car #28. Our target is to win two races out of the three races. On lap three, the GT-R #24 had nowhere to go but the chicane and that was lucky for me because it gave me the chance to overtake him. We had a safety car run for 20 minutes and I got a good restart. I’m really happy that I got a perfect result this time.

JONO LESTER / No. 28
There isn't a lot to say about today's race. We had brilliant pace and fought tooth and nail with Taniguchi and the GT-R #24 until the safety car, where we got separated by traffic from the ST3 class. This caused me to lose a lot of time at the restart as we must wait until the start/finish line to pass. I was outpaced by the GT-R #81 in a drag race to Turn 1 and from there, with just three laps left there wasn't much I could do. I hope for some luck and two strong results for my team-mates tomorrow, so we can remain in championship contention for Autopolis in November.

DATO’ DAVID WONG / TEAM PRINCIPAL
It has been a long day with qualifying in the morning and then the first of three sprint races for the weekend. The win from (Nobuteru) Taniguchi is great, helping to set the pace for the team and getting them motivated for tomorrow. We hope to win at least two out of the three races this weekend.

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