Qualifying: PETRONAS Syntium Team locks out Top 2 spots in Super Taikyu Round 5!

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PETRONAS Syntium Team

2011 SUPER TAIKYU SERIES

Rd.5 MOTEGI CIRCUIT

26 NOVEMBER

 

QUALIFYING

Weather: Fine

Course: Dry

 

Qualifying for Round 5 of the 2011 Super Taikyu Series at the oval Motegi Super Speed Way was a good session for PETRONAS Syntium Team with both cars taking the top two spots.

 

• PETRONAS Syntium BMW Z4M Coupe No. 28 qualified in pole position with the best combined time.

• Sister car PETRONAS Syntium BMW Z4M Coupe No. 1 qualified in P2 just 0.016 seconds behind.

• Nobuteru Taniguchi and Masataka Yanagida clocked the fastest times in their respective sessions.

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NOBUTERU TANIGUCHI / No. 1

Prior to today, I did not have any practice on the oval track (this is my first race on an oval track for this year) but I managed well. I clocked the fastest lap of the entire qualifying; however, our sister car No. 28 took the pole position for this afternoon’s races because of the combined time. It’s a pity we missed pole position by such a tiny margin (just one-hundredth of a second). I am still aiming to win both races later and clinch the series title though it is difficult to overtake on an oval track.

 

DOMINIC ANG / No. 1

It was a close fight for pole position with our sister car (No. 28) and we lost out by a small margin. I managed to improve my times from yesterday, but it was not enough for B qualifying. Well done to our sister car though, I look forward to a good race.

 

MASATAKA YANAGIDA / No. 1

I used my qualifying session to check the tyre conditions and balance of the car, as well as adapt to the track conditions as this is my first time driving (I was ill and missed practice). Oval races make for tough battles, but I think it will be a fun one with our sister car!

 

TATSUYA KATAOKA / No. 28

Finally we scored pole position for both of today’s races and I’m very happy about it. I was P2 in my qualifying, slower than (Nobuteru) Taniguchi by such a narrow margin and that was such a shame! Fariqe (Hairuman) did well and our teamwork proved successful to secure pole position. I hope we will achieve pole-to-flag wins in today’s races!

 

FARIQE HAIRUMAN / No. 28

It was a good start of the day for me. Although we took pole position by just 0.016 seconds, it is still pole. I was aiming to achieve pole position for today but I was not expecting such a tight margin. A big thank you to everyone for their efforts!

 

OOI FEI HOONG / No. 28

I’m feeling good that our car qualified in first place and I’m happy that my timings were consistent even with that much traffic. Overtaking on an oval track may look easy but it is actually quite difficult. I hope to have a good race later!

 

DAVID WONG / TEAM PRINCIPAL

It is encouraging to have some healthy competition between both cars in the team as it helps to bring out the best in each other. An oval track may seem ordinary to some, but it actually can hold lots of exciting racing action. Good job to both cars!

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