In the first ever race at the brand new Inje Speedium circuit in Korea, PETRONAS Syntium Team secured double pole position for both races with the SLS AMG GT3 #28.
SUPER TAIKYU SERIES 2013
Rd.2 Inje Speedium, Korea
After a cancellation of the first round at Sugo due to snowfall, the Super Taikyu Series 2013 season only begins this weekend at the brand new Inje Speedium circuit in Korea. One of the first to race on this 4.207km track, the PETRONAS Syntium Team and its pair of of Mercedes-Benz SLS AMG GT3 cars #1 and #28 are eager to start clocking championship points in aim of their sixth consecutive title.
Featuring two 45-minute single-driver sprint races, the race format has been altered for this round. Melvin Moh and Dominic Ang 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.
Fastest in their respective qualifying sessions, Fariqe and Lester secured pole position for both races in car #28. Moh in car #1 qualified second after Fariqe for Race 1 and Ang qualified third for Race 2. Race start times on Sunday are 10.30 am and 3.15 pm. All times are local.
MELVIN MOH / SLS AMG GT3 #1 – DRIVER A (RACE 1)
I was looking forward to this round as we now officially start the season after Sugo was cancelled last month. I thought I adapted pretty quickly to the circuit. During qualifying however, the car was experiencing a lot of understeer and our lap times suffered. Car #28 did a better job this afternoon and congratulations to them!
DOMINIC ANG / SLS AMG GT3 #1 – DRIVER B (RACE 2)
I was aiming for pole position and I tried my best but I was about five-tenths off the pace. We need to change some things in the car before tomorrow’s race and hopefully we can test it during the morning warm-up. I also need to be more mindful of Sector 3 and be faster there.
FARIQE HAIRUMAN / SLS AMG GT3 #28 – DRIVER A (RACE 1)
It’s a great feeling to be fastest in qualifying – it’s been a while since that has happened for me. My best lap was perfect, save for one little mistake just before the hairpin that cost me about two-tenths of a second. I’m really psyched up for tomorrow – I will be driving the first race and I’m aiming to create history to become the first race winner at this brand new Inje Speedium track.
JONO LESTER / SLS AMG GT3 #28 – DRIVER B (RACE 2)
It was very tense in qualifying with Kazuki Hoshino getting quicker and quicker in the GTNet Advan Nissan GT-R. It’s not often that you end up equal on time with another car (both Hoshino and I had exactly the same lap time). Tomorrow’s race is sure to be a very close battle. Personally I’m very happy with my laps and our car #28 is performing flawlessly as usual. I’m also extremely happy that both Fariqe and I were fastest in our respective qualifying sessions. We’re aiming for two race wins tomorrow!
DATO’ DAVID WONG / TEAM PRINCIPAL
Racing at a brand new track brings about a whole host of new challenges and I’m proud of the boys for adapting quickly. The track is a very technical one but they handled it well and secured pole position. Tomorrow’s race will be very intense as it is just a 45-minute sprint with no driver changes or pit stops, so they have to be quick right off the bat. We are confident of achieving our desired results and winning both races.