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maxing out in korea! Hi, and welcome to the second 2013 Issue of The Flying Kiwi, an e-Magazine put together to share the latest news, race reports, pics, videos and other interesting stuff from my world of motorsport. This issue is all about Korea, the home of Gangnam Style, where I had the pleasure of being the first to race on the amazing Inje Speedium circuit in the mountains of Inje Province. And the racing couldn’t have gone better, as the following pages will reveal! We now head into a mid-season break so I’m back in New Zealand, training hard and working on some other projects, as well as gearing up for the start of the 2013 programme with Fastway Racing in an upgraded 2011-spec Porsche 997 GT3 Cup car with a bunch of go-fast bits specific to endurance racing. Join me for the ride and I hope you enjoy the read!

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lester clean sweeps korea to lead super taikyu championship • Two pole positions, two race wins and the lap record to Lester & Hairuman • First event for the newly completed Inje Speedium in South Korea • Maximum points gives Lester championship lead Kiwi Jono Lester has made a clean sweep of the South Korean round of the 2013 Super Taikyu Series at the new Inje Speedium, to lead the Championship with maximum points. Lester and team mate Fariqe Hairuman scored both pole positions, both races wins, both fastest laps and set the Race Lap Record en route to the ‘perfect’ weekend for the #28 PETRONAS Syntium Team Mercedes-Benz SLS AMG GT3. “This was always our goal, but it’s still such a brilliant feeling to pull it off and give our Championship hopes a major boost!” Lester commented. The event format saw two 45-minute sprint races at the new 3.8km venue instead of Super Taikyu’s usual endurance format, allowing Lester and Hairuman a race each behind the wheel of the #28 car. Stiff competition, as at the series opener at Sugo, came from the sister #1 PETRONAS Syntium Team car and the GTNET Nissan GT-R piloted by Super GT aces Kazuki Hoshino and Takayuki Aoki. The GT-R, in fact, equaled Lester’s pole time of 1:35.048 to the third decimal places but started from second on the grid due to Lester’s time being set first. From there, it was all one-way traffic. Hairuman took a convincing victory in the opening race before Lester gapped the field in the second to win by over 17 seconds.

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The new race lap record was set by Lester on the final lap of the race, to cap off a perfect weekend for the 23-year old Kiwi. “Being the bridesmaid in 2012 was motivation enough to up our game for this season, and we have set the tone for what I hope will be a season of wins for myself and the team. “Having Fariqe in our car has reignited his mojo also and our overall package is proving to be extremely strong this year. “With the next race a 5-hour event at Motegi, we head into our next challenge with our heads held high!” Lester is supported throughout the 2013 season by key partners including Vortex Racewear, Purechoice New Zealand, R Redpath Limited, Opti-Flex, Fastway Couriers, Robbie Bird Wines, CRC MotorNews.co.nz, Mako Networks, iSign it, Sony New Zealand, Sony Xplod, ThrillPledge and Webdesign.

2013 Super Taikyu Calendar Round 1: 20-21 April, Sportsland Sugo, Sendai, Japan (3hrs) Round 2: 25-26 May, Autopia Circuit, Inje, South Korea (Sprint Round) Round 3: 20-21 July, Twin Ring Motegi, Motegi, Japan (5hrs) Round 4: 10-11 August, Fuji Speedway, Tokyo, Japan (7hrs) Round 6: 21-22 September, Suzuka Circuit, Suzuka-shi, Japan (Sprint Round) Round 7: 9-10 November, Autopolis Circuit, Fukuoka, Japan (3hrs)

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ride a lap of the inje speedium with jono!

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results breakdown Super Taikyu Round Two: Inje Speedium Qualifying 1 (HAIRUMAN – grid for Race One) Pos. No. Car Best Time Gap 1 28 PETRONAS SYNTIUM SLS AMG 1:35.456 2 1 PETRONAS SYNTIUM SLS AMG 1:35.713 +0.163 3 81 KONDO NISSAN GT-R 1:35.927 +0.534 Qualifying 2 (LESTER – grid for Race Two) Pos. No. Car Best Time Gap 1 28 PETRONAS SYNTIUM SLS AMG 1:35.048 2 81 GTNET ADVAN NISSAN GT-R 1:35.048 +0.000 3 1 PETRONAS SYNTIUM SLS AMG 1:35.623 +0.585 Race 1 (HAIRUMAN) Pos. No. Car 1 28 PETRONAS SYNTIUM SLS AMG (FL) 2 1 PETRONAS SYNTIUM SLS AMG 3 3 KONDO NISSAN GT-R Race 2 (LESTER) Pos. No. Car 1 28 PETRONAS SYNTIUM SLS AMG (FL) (LR) 2 81 GTNET ADVAN NISSAN GT-R 3 1 PETRONAS SYNTIUM SLS AMG

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my recent highlights PETRONAS Syntium Team, Mercedes-Benz SLS AMG GT3 • The honour of being the first to race on the new Inje Speedium circuit • Taking a clean sweep of results over the weekend • Winning my race by 17-seconds • Setting the lap record for the Inje Speedium • Leading the Super Taikyu Championship with a maximum points score • Meeting and spending time with Alan WIlson, the Inje Speedium track designer with decades of racing nostalgia and interesting stories shared over two banquet dinners!

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ON THE AIRWAVES Tune in to a recent interview with Radio Sport, chatting about the successes at Korea.

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recent print & web media The Paddock Magazine - May 2013 Issue

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recent print & web media CRC motornews.co.nz - 26th May

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recent print & web media New Zealand Herald - 29th May

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closing notes Next Event: Super Taikyu Endurance Series Round Three Motegi, Japan 20-21 July, 2013 My next event is the Super Taikyu round at Motegi. We are back to Japan, and back to endurance with a 5 hour race on the demanding stop-start circuit within the confines of the old Indycar oval. Follow the action #flyingkiwi

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a big thank you to my partners for the 2013 race season...

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