The SLS AMG GT3 #28 took the pole position with much conviction after Masataka Yanagida and Jono Lester pushed out the quickest timings in their respective sessions. Sister car #1 qualified second.
SUPER TAIKYU SERIES 2012
Arriving at Autopolis for the final round of the Super Taikyu Series 2012, the PETRONAS Syntium Team is aiming to make it a perfect season with six wins of six rounds after securing their fifth consecutive Super Taikyu title at the last round in Suzuka.
The PETRONAS Syntium Mercedes-Benz SLS AMG GT3 #1 fields its usual driver line-up of Nobuteru Taniguchi, Dominic Ang and Fariqe Hairuman, while sister car #28 will be driven by Masataka Yanagida, Jono Lester and Melvin Moh. The race on Sunday will be of a three-hour format. Grid positions are determined by the fastest combined qualifying times of Drivers A and B.
There were little hiccups at the circuit today, such as the shortened red-flagged Driver A qualifying and a slightly damp track in some areas during Driver B’s session. However, that did not affect the resolve of the PETRONAS Syntium Team, especially the SLS AMG GT3 #28 which took the pole position with much conviction after Masataka Yanagida and Jono Lester pushed out the quickest timings in their respective sessions. Sister car #1 qualified second.
NOBUTERU TANIGUCHI / SLS AMG GT3 #1 – DRIVER A
Today my best lap was not enough – I was stuck with another car and I didn’t get a clear lap. If I had a clear run, maybe I could have been fastest.
DOMINIC ANG / SLS AMG GT3 #1 – DRIVER B
I was losing time in the second sector, so I will try to find some pace there for the race tomorrow. During my qualifying, I went into the first left (Turn 4) too quick and had to brake. That unsettled the car, causing it to slid rearwards and I spun in the process.
FARIQE HAIRUMAN / SLS AMG GT3 #1 – DRIVER C
I was hoping for rain to experience driving in the wet here, as the weather forecast for tomorrow is rain, but no, it didn’t rain today. After going out on old tyres during my session, I found that the setup was good. We are ready for the race and my fingers are now crossed for tomorrow.
MASATAKA YANAGIDA / SLS AMG GT3 #28 – DRIVER A
I haven’t driven this car since the Malaysia Merdeka Endurance Race, which was in August, but after the warm up session today, I had a good feeling. During qualifying I could focus on a good time attack as I had a clear lap and also because (Tatsuya) Kataoka gave me some good tips. Tomorrow I hope to have a good performance for the last race of the season.
JONO LESTER / SLS AMG GT3 #28 – DRIVER B
Pole position is the perfect way to continue our momentum from Suzuka where we took the SLS AMG GT3 #28’s first win of the season. I was very happy with my own time during qualifying today, after tough practice sessions yesterday where we struggled for balance with the car. The team did a great job overnight to give us a good car today and we look forward to challenging for the victory tomorrow.
MELVIN MOH / SLS AMG GT3 #28 – DRIVER C
Like Suzuka, my qualifying was the Driver C session. Generally it was quite good; we did a simulation of the race for tomorrow. Time wise it wasn’t so bad but tomorrow’s weather might be wet and might be a different ball game. Still, we really hope to win the season on a high.
TATSUYA KATAOKA / SLS AMG GT3 #28 – ADVISOR
During Driver A qualifying there was a red flag and I was wondering if (Masataka) Yanagida could get a clear lap. Thankfully he did. Jono (Lester) showed good performance and improved a lot from yesterday. We hope to have a good result tomorrow.
DATO’ DAVID WONG / TEAM PRINCIPAL
Once again we are at the end of the season and it has been a successful one this year. The excitement factor is still in the air as we aim for a perfect record. The young drivers like Jono Lester and Melvin Moh have improved tremendously, scoring three pole positions of six rounds in the series. This brings us back to our objective of developing talent not just for the present, but also for the future.