Long Day of Practice for PETRONAS Syntium Team at Super Taikyu Final

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With two rounds of the 2011 Super Taikyu Series to be held at the Twin Ring Motegi Super Speed Way and International Circuit this weekend, free practice on Friday was longer than usual with five sessions altogether – three on the 4.8km Motegi road course in the morning and two on the 2.4km Motegi oval track in the afternoon.


Free practice officially started at 0830 hours and ended at 1545 hours.


There were three one-hour sessions of practice in the morning on the 4.8km Motegi road course, in preparation for Round 6, the Super Taikyu Final 300km endurance race.


Off to a good start for the weekend, the PETRONAS Syntium Team topped the time sheets with the best time of the morning at 1:58.366 minutes clocked by Nobuteru Taniguchi in the BMW Z4M Coupe No. 1. Sister car BMW Z4M Coupe No. 28 was second fastest overall with 1:58.621 minutes clocked by Tatsuya Kataoka.


Two half-hour practice sessions were held in the afternoon on the 2.4km oval-shaped Motegi Super Speed Way, in preparation for Round 5 tomorrow – the Motegi Super Taikyu Oval Battle (two races of 50 laps each). PETRONAS Syntium BMW Z4M Coupe No. 28 performed brilliantly with an overall fastest time of 50.401 seconds by Kataoka.




311831_294032610630983_131620790205500_917937_1511497051_nNOBUTERU TANIGUCHI / No. 1 The track is of a low temperature and the tyres were not too suitable for such conditions. I spent the morning practice testing the car settings as the car was suffering from huge understeer and finally it got better. Tomorrow’s race on the Motegi Super Speed Way will be my first oval race of the season so I am looking forward to having a good one.


DOMINIC ANG / No. 1 Driving at tracks for the first time always make a good experience. I made some mistakes today – spinning off course during the morning practice and later causing a little damage to the car during the oval track practice in the afternoon. There is always room for improvement and I will do my best not to repeat he same mistakes over the weekend.


TATSUYA KATAOKA / No. 28 Fariqe (Hairuman) did the car setup today, while I helped to test it. This weekend is a new challenge for the car but everything is going well at the moment. Our sister car No. 1 is our toughest competitor and this makes me really eager for qualifying tomorrow!


392641_294032390631005_131620790205500_917926_1433445409_nFARIQE HAIRUMAN / No. 28 We are looking forward to win tomorrow as we showed pretty strong lap times this afternoon. The oval track is not the most exciting to race on but it still proved to be a challenge, especially in the braking zones. Today’s practice is longer than normal as we drove on two tracks and I am feeling some fatigue, but a good’s night rest will put that right!


OOI FEI HOONG / No. 28 Like (Dominic) Ang, this is my first time racing at Motegi and it is exciting to try new tracks. I had a good practice today and increasingly improved my times significantly with each session. The results are satisfyingly happy and I can’t wait for qualifying tomorrow!


DAVID WONG / TEAM PRINCIPAL It was a long day for the team who worked hard for the extended practice session due to the double-round weekend. The timings from today are looking good and we are confident of winning this weekend for a perfect conclusion to the season by taking the championship title.


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