Fresh from a 1-2 finish at the previous round of the 2011 Super Taikyu Series, PETRONAS Syntium Team (PST) is eager to repeat the same successful result. To be held on the Twin Ring Motegi Super Speed Way and International Circuit, PST is gearing up for an intensive weekend with two rounds of the Super Taikyu Series scheduled, to replace the postponement of an earlier round due to the unfortunate natural disaster that hit Japan earlier in the year. The three-time defending champion team is aiming to achieve its fourth consecutive Super Taikyu championship title this weekend.
Drivers will first compete in Round 5 in the Motegi Super Taikyu Oval Battle (two races of 50 laps each) across the 2.4km Motegi Super Speed Way. The Series will then close with the Motegi Super Taikyu Finale with a 300km endurance race on the 4.8km Motegi road course.
Having already secured four wins in the ST-1 Class this season, the PST BMW Z4M Coupe (Car No. 1) is looking good to seal the championship title should all things go according to plan. Helmed by the winning combination of renowned Japanese drivers Masataka Yanagida and Nobuteru Taniguchi, as well as PST-homegrown driver Dominic Ang, their team-mates in the other PST BMW Z4M Coupe (Car No. 28) will be sure to put up a good challenge as well, as they look set for an overall second place finish.
MASATAKA YANAGIDA / No. 1 Our strategy worked well in the last race and I hope we will be able to do it again and achieve a perfect conclusion to the eventful 2011 season. As always, our target is at the front for pole position and to take the chequered flag first. I look forward to another strong finish this weekend!
NOBUTERU TANIGUCHI / No. 1 (Tatsuya) Kataoka put up a strong fight in the last round and together we gave the spectators a roaring time in the closing stage of the race. I am proud to have such a great team that gives me the motivation to keep pushing ourselves to only higher levels.
DOMINIC ANG / No. 1 The last round was a close race and the fans really enjoyed it. The aim is always to win and I have my wonderful team-mates to give me advice and guidance so I can keep improving on my drive.
TATSUYA KATAOKA / No. 28 The bumper-to-bumper action with (Nobuteru) Taniguchi in the last few laps of the last race was fantastic driving and it was a pity that we lost out eventually. Nonetheless, it is going to be a demanding weekend this time with two rounds and we are gunning for race wins.
FARIQE HAIRUMAN / No. 28 We were so close to winning the race in the last round and we will keep putting in our best performance for a race win.
OOI FEI HOONG / No. 28 I am excited about driving at Motegi this weekend and it will be tough on both the mind and the body as we complete what we usually complete over two days in just one day this time. It will no doubt be a fulfilling experience and I will learn as much as I can from the more seasoned drivers.
DAVID WONG / Team Principal The team has worked hard to come this far and we are confident of securing the 2011 title, achieving our fourth Super Taikyu championship title. I am very proud of the drivers and the crew from PST and there is nothing sweeter than success after all that hard work and great effort.
ABOUT PETRONAS SYNTIUM TEAM (www.teampetronas.com) The PETRONAS Syntium Team is the brainchild of David Wong, who took thePETRONAS name into touring car and superbike racing in 1990 and immediately established his team as the regional pacesetters in Asia. Today, after over two decades of success, PETRONAS Syntium Team is testament to a solid record of race victories with over 100 wins. The history of the PETRONAS Syntium Team can be traced back to 1990 when it was racing in Malaysian and Asian saloon car events under the names Team PETRONAS Mach 5 and Team PETRONAS Primax. Collaboration in 1999 with Opel Motorsport South Africa saw a rename to Team PETRONAS Syntium Opel. In 2002, the team became known as Team PETRONAS Syntium Proton and saw its entry into the world’s premier touring car series – the British Touring Car Championship (BTCC). After a three-year BTCC campaign, Team PETRONAS Syntium Proton returned to Asia in 2005 to compete in the Asian Touring Car Championship (ATCC), winning the Team Championship in 2006 before clinching both the Team and Driver Championship in 2007. Thereafter, the team is now known as the PETRONAS Syntium Team and continued to add to the ever increasing list of awards and accolades, including the prestigious title of a three-time Super Taikyu champion, winner of the Tokachi 24 Hours, 24 Hours of Dubai class champion and a multiple Merdeka Millenium Endurance Race winner.
ABOUT SUPER TAIKYU (www.supertaikyu.com) The roots of the Super Taikyu (スーパー耐久) Endurance Race Series started in 1985 with Group A regulations of the Japan Touring Car Championship which ended in 1998. Evolving from the N1 Taikyu Series (that started in 1990), the name “Super Taikyu” was officially created in 2000. As a series, Super Taikyu celebrated its 20th anniversary in 2010.