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Busy Qualifying Morning at Suzuka

SUPER TAIKYU SERIES 2013
Rd.6 Suzuka Circuit
QUALIFYING
21 September

QUALIFYING


The PETRONAS Syntium Team had a hectic weekend before this, running parallel operations in two different countries simultaneously. The team was fighting for their third consecutive Malaysia Merdeka Endurance Race (MMER) win, while also continuing their pursuit of the sixth Super Taikyu title in a row at Okayama.




Re-united in Suzuka this weekend, the sixth round of the Super Taikyu Series is serving as a support race to the World Touring Car Championship. Race format is slightly different, with three individual 40-minute sprint races.

Results of Driver A qualifying will determine the grid position for Race 2 on Sunday morning, while Driver B qualifying will form the grid for Race 1 this afternoon. That means the PETRONAS Syntium Mercedes-Benz SLS AMG GT3 #1 will start on the front row in P2 for Race 1. Qualifying just two-hundredths of a second behind Nobuteru Taniguchi, Jono Lester put sister car #28 on the second row in P3. For Race 2, both cars will be starting on the second row, with Tatsuya Kataoka qualifying in P3 with car #28 and Dominic Ang in P4 with car #1. 

The grid for Race 3 is based on the fastest combined qualifying times of Drivers A and B. The fastest lap times of Kataoka and Lester put them in pole position, their second of the season.

Race 1 is at 2.10pm today (local time in Japan).


QUOTES


NOBUTERU TANIGUCHI / SLS AMG GT3 #1 
I heard that it would be better to wait for a bit in the pits so I can get a good timing for my attack, hence I waited about two minutes before I went out. Unfortunately my attack was disrupted by others and I didn't get a good chance at all for every single lap. If I got a clear lap, I think I could have achieved a better performance.

DOMINIC ANG / SLS AMG GT3 #1
It was a good qualifying for me, though there is still improvement I can make in sector one. It was a shame we lost pole to our sister car #1 by less than two-tenths of a second. There are three races and we will be aiming to score well for all the races to extend our championship lead before going into the last round at Autopolis.

MELVIN MOH / SLS AMG GT3 #1 
Qualifying went pretty well for me, though there is always room for improvement. I think the time is not so bad given that I am running on old tyres and a slightly higher fuel load. It’s a bit of a pity as we lost the pole position point to our sister car. But, there are three races coming up so hopefully we can score good points this weekend.

TATSUYA KATAOKA / SLS AMG GT3 #28 
I wanted to get a clear lap, so I stayed in the pits for a while. I managed to get a clear run on my first lap and I wanted to get faster time on my second attack, but it didn't go well as there were many slow cars around me. I didn't have any mistakes but I felt I couldn't get a good session.

JONO LESTER / SLS AMG GT3 #28
I am very happy with today's performance, where we also took our second pole position of the season. With the top three separated in my segment by seven-hundredths of a second, it is tough to find much to complain about! Everybody was driving on the limit and it was exhilarating at the wheel of car #28. We are competitive at Suzuka not only in the races but on raw pace too, so I expect a strong result for both cars this weekend.

FARIQE HAIRUMAN / SLS AMG GT3 #28 
It was really hot in Suzuka today during my qualifying session. As usual we planned for the race pace with maximum fuel load and used tyres and we managed to clocked consistent lap times. I'm looking forward to winning again this round!

DATO’ DAVID WONG / TEAM PRINCIPAL
This weekend is interesting with three sprint races so each driver gets to perform his own race. It is refreshing from the usual endurance race which is like a relay. Every point counts as we head towards the end of the season and I look forward to a good drive from the team.