PETRONAS Syntium Team will be one of the first teams to race at the new Inje Speedium track in Korea. This is the second time that the team is racing in Korea; the first time was in 2000 with the late Malaysian Hairol Azmi Buntat and multiple South African touring car champion Michael Briggs.
SUPER TAIKYU SERIES 2013
Rd.2 INJE SPEEDIUM, KOREA
For Immediate Release
PETRONAS SYNTIUM TEAM FIRST TO RACE AT NEW INJE SPEEDIUM TRACK IN KOREA
• PETRONAS Syntium Team will be one of the first teams to race at the new Inje Speedium track in Korea
• Second time that the team is racing in Korea; first time was in 2000
• Race format will be two 45-minute single-driver sprint races with no pit stops
• Valuable championship points up for grabs after first race of the season at Sugo was cancelled due to snow
Japan, 22 May 2013 – Eager to start clocking valuable championship points for the 2013 Super Taikyu season, the PETRONAS Syntium Team will be headed to the brand-new Inje Speedium track at Korea this weekend for their next race. This is the first race to be held at Inje Speedium and it will also be the revised season opener for Super Taikyu after the opening round at Sugo last month was unfortunately cancelled due to heavy snowfall. No championship points have been awarded as there was no replacement race for the snowed-out Sugo event, hence the five-time Super Taikyu champion PETRONAS Syntium Team would like to get their Mercedes-Benz SLS AMG GT3 cars #1 and #28 to the top of leadership board soon.
The race format for this weekend will be slightly different from usual. Instead of an endurance race with multiple drivers, there will be two 45-minute single-driver sprint races. Dominic Ang and Melvin Moh will each take a race for the PETRONAS Syntium SLS AMG GT3 #1, while Fariqe Hairuman and Jono Lester will be driving the PETRONAS Syntium SLS AMG GT3 #28. Official practice on the new 4,207km track will began on Saturday from 10.00 am to 12 noon, before qualifying at 2.30 pm. Race start times on Sunday are 10.30 am and 3.15 pm. All times are local.
This is not the first time that the team has raced in Korea. Back in 2000 under the name of Team PETRONAS, the team won the Asian class and finished seventh overall in the Korean Inter-Tec 2000 Touring Car Race held in Pusan, Korea. The late Malaysian Hairol Azmi Buntat and multiple South African touring car champion Michael Briggs raced in this 150km 50-lap endurance race with a factory-built 230bhp 1,600cc Nismo Nissan Pulsar ZIR that was used for the first time in Korea then.
Dato’ David Wong, Team Principal of PETRONAS Syntium Team, said, "It has been 13 years since we last raced in Korea and this weekend will be our second time. As we return to Korea to race this weekend, we take a moment to remember the late Hairol who drove and won for us. The team is determined to start the season well and the drivers are itching to get back on track after the Sugo round was cancelled. With a new track and different race format, the learning curve is steep but I am confident that we will adapt quickly.”
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, starting with Korea before going back to Japan – Motegi in July, Fuji and Okayama in August, Suzuka in September and Autopolis in November.
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