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Hat Trick at Suzuka and a 6th Consecutive Super Taikyu Title

SUPER TAIKYU SERIES 2013
Rd.6 SUZUKA CIRCUIT
RACES 2 & 3
22 September

PETRONAS SYNTIUM TEAM SCORES HAT TRICK AT SUZUKA 

AND SECURES SIXTH CONSECUTIVE SUPER TAIKYU TITLE

PETRONAS Syntium Team won all three sprint races at Suzuka this weekend
Nobuteru Taniguchi set the pace by winning Race 1 on Saturday in the Mercedes-Benz SLS AMG GT3 car #1 
Tatsuya Kataoka and Fariqe Hairuman followed up by winning Races 2 and 3 respectively on Sunday in #28
PETRONAS Syntium Team clinches sixth consecutive Super Taikyu title

Japan, 22 September 2013 – With nothing but victory on their minds, the PETRONAS Syntium Team was determined to win all three sprint races at Suzuka Circuit this weekend and they did. Nobuteru Taniguchi set the pace by winning Race 1 on Saturday with the PETRONAS Syntium Mercedes-Benz SLS AMG GT3 #1. The weekend got better with Tatsuya Kataoka winning Race 2 from P3 in sister car #28 and Fariqe Hairuman scored a pole-to-flag victory for Race 3 in the same car. To top it all off, the team secured its sixth Super Taikyu title in a row, with one more round to go. 



RACE 1
Taniguchi qualified two-hundredths of a second quicker than Jono Lester in #28 to take P2 on the grid of Race 1. He then chased the Nissan ThreeBond Nissan Technical College Nissan GT-R #24 for the lead and held onto it through a lengthy safety car period, finally taking the chequered flag. Lester started in third and missed the podium to finish fourth after being overtaken by the GTNet Advan Nissan GT-R #81 at Turn 1 on the race restart.

RACE 2
Starting from the second row in P3, Kataoka got a clear start and remained in third position. He managed to overtake the Audi R8 #8 and then chased race leader GT-R #81. It was tough to overtake with many backmarkers, but Kataoka finally found his chance on lap 12 at the Degner curve and grabbed the lead. From there he stayed out front and won the race. Moh started in fourth place with sister car #1 and stayed in that position, after running wide on lap 16 while overtaking a backmarker.

RACE 3
Charging from pole in car #28, Fariqe kept the lead from the start, with team-mate Dominic Ang in sister car #1 starting beside him on the front row. Ang chased Fariqe and at the same time, was being chased hard by the GT-R #24. On lap 14, Ang made contact with an ST5 car while attempting to avoid it when slowing down for the yellow flag. No damage was done to car #1 but it cost Ang precious time and the gap between him and Fariqe widened.

Effectively, PETRONAS Syntium Team has sealed the championship this weekend, achieving their goal of a sixth consecutive Super Taikyu title. The SLS AMG GT3 #1 and #28 are 33 and 26.5 points ahead of the GT-R #81 respectively in the standings, with only 21 points available in the next round. Hence, the 2013 Super Taikyu championship title will be decided between cars #1 and #28 at the sixth and final round in Autopolis on 9 and 10 November.

Dato’ David Wong, team principal of PETRONAS Syntium Team said, "We are extremely happy with the results from this weekend. Not only did we win all three races, we also secured the championship title. This was our aim at the start of the season and to achieve it before the end of the season is a wonderful feeling. The drivers and crew have worked hard to make this possible and I am grateful for their dedication and effort.”

QUOTES

MELVIN MOH / No. 1
The start of the race was alright as I was able to keep up with the leaders. However, as the tyres started to degrade, I started to struggle with the car. This is something which I need to improve on. Nevertheless, it was a very good experience for me racing with the professional drivers and I hope for better performance in the next race at Autopolis.

DOMINIC ANG / No. 1
The objective today was to increase our championship lead ahead of sister car #28 and unfortunately I finished behind Fariqe (Hairuman). I got close to Fariqe at certain points of the race but I also had to defend my position from the GT-R #24. Eventually, the gap became too far from Fariqe after I got stuck in slow traffic during the yellow flag period. Overall it was a good weekend for the team and I can't wait for the next round at Autopolis.

TATSUYA KATAOKA / No. 28
Today I showed good performance to the team and the spectators. That was quite happy for me! I really wanted to score maximum points so we can try to get ahead of our sister car #1 in the championship standings. During the race I was waiting for a chance to overtake the GT-R #81 and finally I did at Degner curve.

FARIQE HAIRUMAN / No. 28
I had a great race result for car #28 today. From pole position I jumped to the lead at the start of the race and kept ahead of the pack. There were a few yellow flag zones that allowed Dominic (Ang) to close the gap on me but I just focused on staying in front. It is really important to be able to overtake the slow cars and not get stuck behind them. I really hope that our car #28 will have this good luck again at Autopolis.

DATO’ DAVID WONG / TEAM PRINCIPAL
We are extremely happy with the results from this weekend. Not only did we win all three races, we also secured the championship title. This was our aim at the start of the season and to achieve it before the end of the season is a wonderful feeling. The drivers and crew have worked hard to make this possible and I am grateful for their dedication and effort.

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