2011 SUPER TAIKYU SERIES
Rd.6 MOTEGI CIRCUIT
Qualifying for Round 6 of the 2011 Super Taikyu Series at the 4.8km Motegi Road Course saw both PETRONAS Syntium Team cars locking out the front row on the grid.
- PETRONAS Syntium BMW Z4M Coupe No. 1 qualified in pole position with the best combined time.
- Sister car PETRONAS Syntium BMW Z4M Coupe No. 28 qualified in P2, 0.388 seconds behind.
- Nobuteru Taniguchi and Masataka Yanagida clocked the fastest times in their respective sessions.
NOBUTERU TANIGUCHI / No. 1
Today is the final race of the Super Taikyu Series this season and also the last race for this BMW Z4M Coupe (before we switch to the SLS GT3 AMG). I was pushing myself during qualifying but temperatures were quite low then and the tyres were not working quite correctly. Some other car went off into the gravel and the session had to be red-flagged after that. I wanted to bring out the best performance from the car but lost the opportunity to do so. Still, our car No. 1 got pole position for the final race and that’s great.
DOMINIC ANG / No. 1
I improved my timing quite significantly from practice and I was almost fastest in my qualifying session, just 0.083 seconds behind the first guy. Overall, qualifying was great because our car No. 1 finally took pole position. The last time we were on pole was in Fuji back in Round 2.
MASATAKA YANAGIDA / No. 1
Going out last, I just checked the car setup, balance and the tyres, as the car’s on almost a full fuel tank. This is the last race of this season and I just want to win perfectly. I believe we have the focus to finish the race with steady pace and no trouble.
TATSUYA KATAOKA / No. 28
My time attack during qualifying was almost perfect but I’ve always felt that our car No. 28 doesn’t quite have enough top speed on the straights. I feel relieved that we still got second place on the starting grid for the race later. We will do our best and keep our overall second ranking in the championship. FARIQE HAIRUMAN / No. 28 It wasn’t too good a session for me today as I messed up slightly. I went out on new tyres and had a strategy to work, but the track was a little slippery and I spun, going off course at Turn 4. That ruined the strategy and we are not on pole, but it is a long race and we will chase hard for our first race win this season.
OOI FEI HOONG / No. 28
I’m happy because I got faster as I got to know the track better. It’s a shame that our car No. 28 did not get the pole position for this round but it’s a long race ahead (300km) so we will fight to get to the front.
DAVID WONG / TEAM PRINCIPAL
Although we have already secured the championship title, we will still carry on performing and doing our best. Our car No. 1 almost had a perfect season with five out of six race wins so far and they will try to get their sixth race win of the season today.