Pushing every millisecond they could out of car #28, Kataoka and Lester will line up third on the grid tomorrow, after finishing second and fifth in their respective qualifying stints. The new tyre balance is something to be worked on in the meantime before the race though. Sister car #1 will line up next to car #28 in fourth.
SUPER TAIKYU SERIES 2013
The Super Taikyu 2013 finale is once again held at Autopolis, that lies in an upland area in the Oita prefecture. The championship has already been clinched by the PETRONAS Syntium Team – marking its sixth consecutive Super Taikyu title – at the last round in Suzuka, but the title will be decided between the PETRONAS Syntium Mercedes-Benz SLS AMG GT3 cars #1 and #28 this Sunday.
With the absence of Nobuteru Taniguchi this round, car #1 will be driven by Dominic Ang and Melvin Moh. Car #28’s line-up remains the same, with Tatsuya Kataoka, Jono Lester and Fariqe Hairuman. Pushing every millisecond they could out of car #28, Kataoka and Lester will line up third on the grid tomorrow, after finishing second and fifth in their respective qualifying stints. The new tyre balance is something to be worked on in the meantime before the race though. Sister car #1 will line up next to car #28 in fourth.
The three-hour race will start at 1.00 pm (Japan time) tomorrow. Weather forecast for tomorrow is not optimistic with rain in the works – all fingers are crossed for favourable conditions!
DOMINIC ANG / SLS AMG GT3 #1
Other cars are looking competitive this weekend and I think it will be a tough fight to secure a podium finish. Nonetheless, we aim to do our best to clinch the title for car #1. Qualifying overall was good, though the car is still suffering from a little understeer. That was about the maximum that I could squeeze out of the car. Tomorrow we will go into the race thinking of the title.
MELVIN MOH / SLS AMG GT3 #1
I’m actually quite satisfied with my qualifying performance, given that I have not done qualifying (as Driver A or B) in a while since Motegi. I felt I could have gone quicker on my second lap but I encountered traffic at the last sector. Nevertheless, the gap to Kataoka is not big (four-tenths) so I’m quite happy. However, I still feel we need to change the setup for the race to make the car more comfortable to drive. I’m really looking forward to the race tomorrow, whatever the conditions may be (as rain is forecasted tomorrow).
TATSUYA KATAOKA / SLS AMG GT3 #28
Qualifying went well – there was good traffic and no mistakes. However, we changed the setup before qualifying and it wasn’t right. Still, we will start third on the grid tomorrow and I’m looking forward to race.
JONO LESTER / SLS AMG GT3 #28
I’m happy with the lap I achieved in qualifying today, however, I think we went on the wrong direction with setup for the new tyre. We will revert back to our practice configuration which proved to be very fast on used tyres and push for both the race and championship victory tomorrow.
FARIQE HAIRUMAN / SLS AMG GT3 #28
We did race simulation during my qualifying and we did some changing of the setup. In generally I’m quite happy with the lap times, which is on target for the race tomorrow. Let’s hope the weather for tomorrow will be fine so we can race hard!
DATO’ DAVID WONG / TEAM PRINCIPAL
It is the last race of the season and we hope that the weather holds up so we can have a good, proper race. Last year was a bummer with the thick fog and rain. Although the championship is in the bag, the boys will still be fighting hard for the win.