Big in Japan. Not the song, but Petronas. The Malaysian oil company is the title sponsor of GT500 defending champions Lexus Team Tom’s and the Petronas Syntium Team has just emerged from Round 3 of the Super Taikyu Endurance Series at Suzuka with a 1-2 finish. In fact, it’s the team’s third 1-2 finish in three races as rivals fail to find a way past the green and white BMW Z4 M Coupe.
Claiming their third win in a row was the trio of Nobuteru Taniguchi, Masataka Yanagida and Malaysian Imran Shaharom in car No.1. After a tough battle with the ART Taste GT3 Porsche throughout the 87-lap race as well as a penalty, car No.28 driven by Tatsuya Kataoka, Fariqe Hairuman and rookie Melvin Moh (the latter two are Malaysians) finished in second place.
“This was a fantastic race and result for us. The drivers were once again on top form and drove really well. I am especially proud of our two rookie drivers Imran and Melvin who demonstrated not just their talents but also a sense of maturity that has earned them the respect of their seniors.
“The race itself was not without its share of difficulties. Being a technically demanding circuit, Suzuka was always going to be a challenge particularly to our younger drivers. Coupled with that, we knew that the Porsche would be very strong here with a much faster straight line speed. On top of that, we knew that it would not be easy to overtake the cars in the other classes here. Taking all this into account, I am delighted with what the drivers were able to achieve from this weekend,” remarked Team Principal David Wong.
The team heads to Round 4 of the 2010 Super Taikyu at the Fuji Speedway from 26-27 June.