The Petronas Syntium Team is the undisputed team to beat in Japan’s Super Taikyu Endurance Series, and the recently held Round 6 of the 2010 season at Sendai Highland Raceway underlined that fact. Celebrating the team’s sixth win in a row was the trio of Masataka Yanagida, Nobuteru Taniguchi and rookie Imran Zaharias Shaharom in the No.1 BMW Z4M Coupe. Winning at the mountain circuit also meant that they wrapped up the 2010 overall title with one race to spare.
For extra joy, PST’s No.28 car driven by Tatsuya Kataoka, Fariqe Hairuman and Melvin Moh finished second at Sendai. With their six successive podium finishes, the No.28 Z4M Coupe is second in the championship standings. Since becoming the first Malaysian team to win a major endurance series title in 2008, this is PST’s third consecutive Super Taikyu title and third 1-2 championship finish in the Japanese series.
“This is yet another incredible weekend! I do not have the right words to describe the incredible emotions I am experiencing! To reach this point with six straight race wins is fantastic! All I can say is that I am really happy as everything went according to plan, the car felt really good and we could push for another win! My thanks to my senior teammates Yanagida and Taniguchi who have taught me so much over the course of the past two years! Although we already won the championship here at Sendai, I will give it my all for the final round at Motegi,” said an elated Imran Shaharom.
“It is a momentous occasion for the Petronas Syntium Team. I am extremely proud of what the team, drivers, mechanics and engineers have managed to achieve. On top of this, since 2009, our driver line-up has included the young drivers from Petronas’ driver development programme. This year, our development drivers Melvin and Imran have done a tremendous job, performing well beyond expectations and contributing towards taking the title again,” said PST Team Principal David Wong.