Published on July 17th, 2013 | by Daniel Sherman Fernandez0
Team Petronas @ The Motegi 5 Hour Race This Weekend
Kiwi endurance driver Jono Lester returns to Japan this weekend for the third round of the 2013 Super Taikyu Series at Twin Ring Motegi circuit. Lester will tackle this weekend’s 5-hour race alongside regular team mates Tatsuya Kataoka (JAP) and Fariqe Hairuman (MAL) in the #28 PETRONAS Syntium Team Mercedes-Benz SLS AMG GT3, returning to the more familiar endurance format after the recent Korean sprint event.
The 23-year old leads the Super Taikyu Series after a clean sweep of wins in Korea, and is firmly focused on consolidating and extending that gap at the high speed Motegi circuit, run within the banked curves of the popular Indycar oval. The pair of PETRONAS Syntium Team cars will come under threat from a gaggle of GT3 rivals from marques such as Nissan, Audi, BMW and Porsche. Included in the grid is the high profile addition of former Le Mans 24 Hour winner Seiji Ara, driving an Audi R8 LMS. The Motegi event marks the first of eleven for Lester in the space of 15 weeks, driving in the Super Taikyu Series, V8 SuperTourers and South Island Endurance Series.