The Petronas Syntium Team started 2010 with a memorable result at the team’s first ever outing at the 24 hours of Dubai. Emerging triumphant over the weekend with a win in the A5 petrol class (3,000-3,500cc) and an impressive overall second place were the quartet of Malaysian Fariqe Hairuman, Japanese duo Masataka Yanagida and Nobuteru Taniguchi and guest driver Johannes Stuck of Liechtenstein. They were driving the #40 BMW Z4M Coupé, which completed 605 laps of the 5.39 km Dubai Autodrome circuit in 24 hours.
The team’s other Z4M Coupé (#41) driven by Tatsuya Kataoka, Manabu Orido, Kosuke Matsuura, Hiroki Yoshida and Malaysian youngster Johan Adzmi had to overcome a host of problems throughout the gruelling endurance race to finish third in the A5 petrol class. They did 555 laps and finished in 14th place overall.
Despite tough competition from the A6 petrol class (3,500-4,000cc) factory-backed 997 GT3 RSRs, PST’s inaugural outing at the 24 hours of Dubai got off to a strong start on with both cars qualifying in the top-ten. #40 was consistant throughout the race, eventually losing out to the winning Porsche by three laps, but #41 was saddled with mechanical problems, which reared its head with 40 minutes remaining in the race to force a long stop. They weren’t able to return to the race but were classified as third in class.
Good job guys and girls, congratulations!