After their Malaysia Merdeka Endurance Race success, the the Petronas Syntium Team (PST) went back to Japan for Round 5 of the Super Taikyu Series 2012 with a target – to secure their fifth consecutive overall Super Taikyu championship. It would have been a surprise if they didn’t achieve that.

PST’s Mercedes-Benz SLS AMG GT3 #1 sealed the championship by the end of the weekend at Suzuka with a win in Race 1 and second place in Race 2. The unique format of two one-hour sprint races meant adopting slightly different strategies than usual, but PST managed to claim victory in both races – sister car SLS AMG GT3 #28 won Race 2, the car’s first win of the season.

Storming to their second pole position of the year, the SLS AMG GT3 #28 combo of Tatsuya Kataoka, Jono Lester and Melvin Moh were determined to get a win after coming close in previous rounds. Car #1 was piloted by Nobuteru Taniguchi and Dominic Ang for Race 1 and Taniguchi with Fariqe Hairuman for Race 2. In Car #28, Lester was paired with Kataoka for Race 1 and then with Moh for Race 2.

“The monkey’s off the back! I am elated to take my first victory for the Petronas Syntium Team. After a tough morning, we fought back valiantly and showed our true pace. It’s nice to be finally rewarded for the efforts of the drivers and their crew. I made a clean start this time and I was very conscious of all of the yellow flag zones (to avoid another penalty),” Lester said.

Datuk David Wong, PST team principal, added: “Although this weekend’s races were short, there was a lot of drama. The most important thing to do is to remain calm and just focus on what’s ahead. It was a challenging morning for our SLS AMG GT3 #28 with the penalties but they put Race 1 behind them and drove their hearts out to get that race win they have been wanting.

“They achieved their goal and our team also inked another milestone with our fifth consecutive Super Taikyu title for our SLS AMG GT3 #1, with one more round to go next month. The Petronas Syntium Team is made of champions and they deserve every bit of it,” he added.

Super Taikyu 2012 will end at Autopolis on November 10-11.