Snowfall was too heavy for any racing and in the interest of safety, the race organisers decided to cancel the race. There will be no replacement race; neither will there be any championship points awarded
SUPER TAIKYU SERIES 2013
Rd.1 SPORTSLAND SUGO
PETRONAS SYNTIUM TEAM SNOWED OUT AT SUGO
• Heavy snowfall causes cancellation of Super Taikyu opening round at Sugo.
• PETRONAS Syntium Mercedes-Benz SLS AMG GT3 cars #28 and #1 qualified P3 and P4 respectively.
• Next round in Korea is still pending confirmation.
Japan, 21 April 2013 – Waking up to snow out the window, the PETRONAS Syntium Team headed to Sportsland Sugo this morning with a bad feeling in the stomach. Arriving at a snowed-in track, the morning warm-up session was delayed, along with a push-back and shortening of the race. The 45-car Super Taikyu grid waited for the weather to clear up but unfortunately, the snowfall was too heavy for any racing and in the interest of safety, the race organisers decided to cancel the race. There will be no replacement race; neither will there be any championship points awarded.
The opening round at Sportsland Sugo this weekend was highly anticipated as the PETRONAS Syntium Team is eager to defend their five-year-running Super Taikyu title. Competition has increased significantly this season with more entries and the presence of more professional GT drivers. The PETRONAS Syntium Mercedes-Benz SLS AMG GT3 cars #28 and #1 qualified in third and fourth respectively, as the Nissan GT-Rs locked out the front row for the three-hour race that didn’t happen. Looking forward to a good battle with the GT-Rs to challenge for the race win, the PETRONAS Syntium drivers are disappointed with the cancellation of the race.
Dato’ David Wong, Team Principal of PETRONAS Syntium Team, said, "Evidently from the qualifying, we have seen how the GT-Rs will pose a strong challenge to us this year. We are excited about the competitive racing this year and we will step up our game in aim of our sixth consecutive title. It was a pity we couldn’t race today and we apologise to the fans who made their way out to the track to support us.”
The 2013 Super Taikyu season will be a highly competitive one, seeing a full grid of 45 cars across six classes. The PETRONAS Syntium Team will face six other teams in the eight-car GT3 category, the biggest field for the class ever. With the cancellation of the first round, the series will be revised to six rounds, with the next round for Korea still in talks. Thereafter, the series heads to Motegi in July, Fuji and Okayama in August, Suzuka in September and Autopolis in November.
NOBUTERU TANIGUCHI / No. 1
I feel sorry for the fans, but unfortunately the weather is not something we can control. This season, with the Nissan GT-Rs showing full potential, I was hoping to use the first race today to better gauge the competition. Unfortunately the race was cancelled. Some of the rounds this year have longer race duration so hopefully we can show good teamwork and win them in aim at our sixth championship title this year.
DOMINIC ANG / No. 1
I’m disappointed that the race was cancelled. Today would have been a good race with the GT-Rs, to challenge them for the win. Well, I look forward to the next race and I hope the Korea round will happen.
MELVIN MOH / No. 1
I’m disappointed that the race got cancelled today due to the snow, as I was really hoping to show what I can do today. I feel sorry for all the teams and fans who came today, but there’s not much we can do. Now I look forward to the next race.
TATSUYA KATAOKA / No. 28
The GT3 class is very competitive and I reckon it will be tough. However, I think it is interesting and exciting with the increased competition and I will enjoy it. Car #28 has a lot of potential and I was hoping to prove our might in the race today, so it was a pity it had to be cancelled. For the next race, I want to get pole position and win the race.
JONO LESTER / No. 28
For the second time in a row (including the last round of last season at Autopolis) the weather ruined a good opportunity for car #28 to show its potential and naturally I’m very disappointed not to race today. However, in the name of safety, there was no way we could drive today – it’s far too dangerous. So, I look ahead to the next round knowing that we have a very fast race car and can challenge for the win next time.
FARIQE HAIRUMAN / No. 28
I felt really disappointed with what happened this week. I only got to drive one practice session on Friday and then there was qualifying. I can’t wait for the next race. Now I will go back home and do my usual routine.
DATO’ DAVID WONG / TEAM PRINCIPAL
Evidently from the qualifying, we have seen how the GT-Rs will pose a strong challenge to us this year. We are excited about the competitive racing this year and we will step up our game in aim of our sixth consecutive title. It was a pity we couldn’t race today and we apologise to the fans who made their way out to the track to support us.
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