TSS - Lamborghini Huracan blows into Thailand

TSS - Lamborghini Huracan blows into Thailand

28.04.2016: Thailand Super Series 2016 There is now just under a month remaining until Thailand Super Series

Thailand Super Series 2016

There is now just under a month remaining until Thailand Super Series (TSS) 2016 kicks off in Buriram and the anticipation is really winding up for ‘Season 4,’ which promises to significantly raise the domestic motorsport bar once again.

And as the clock ticks down through the final weeks, teams, drivers and cars are hitting the track in preparation for the new season – and in particular it’s shakedown time for new car-driver combinations, with several of those looking to be exciting cocktails to keep an eye on.

The new Lamborghini Huracán LP620-2 Super Trofeo is certainly one of the most exciting new 'Cup' level cars to enter the sportscar racing world during the last year, it’s a visually striking racecar and now it’s set to grace the grid when Super Car Class 2-GTM gets the green lights for the new season and the first example to arrive in Thailand has just stretched its powerful yet lithe legs for the first time at Bira Circuit in the hands of Khun Sarun Sereethoranakul.

That driver has made quite a name for himself over the last two season at the wheel of a Porsche 997 GT3 Cup and the car in question won’t be standing idle either as his brother, Khun Saravut, will slip straight into the cockpit.

He’s already been out for his first run in the car and has impressed the team with just how quickly he got to grips with the Porsche. He looks like being another to look out for this year.

The new Super Compact category (which replaces Super 1500 on the programme) was announced towards the end of last year as part of TSS’s strategy of responding to evolving motorsport trends and in particular to open up regulatory possibilities that allows teams to maximise the technical skill-learning platform which will prepare them to keep climbing up the ladder.

Thailand Super Series is pleased to announce that the ‘Press Conference 2016’ and ‘Champions Night 2015’ will be jointly held at ‘Asiatique The Riverfront’ on Wednesday 4 May when all the exciting plans for the new season will be outlined and during the same occasion our champions of last year will be honoured for their successes.

Enter the Huracán

The new Lamborghini Huracán LP620-2 Super Trofeo is one of the most exciting new 'Cup' level cars to filter into the sportscar racing world during the last year.

 And now it’s set to be on the grid when Super Car Class 2-GTM kicks off its first round of the 2016 season next month. And recently the first example to arrive in Thailand stretched its powerful yet lithe legs at Bira Circuit.

Forming the backbone of the Italian prestige brand's 'one make' Super Trofeo racing series the Huracán LP620-2 Super Trofeo plays the same role as the Porsche 991 GT3 Cup does for the German sportscar maker or the Ferrari 458 Challenge for the Prancing Horse.

And just like those cars, which have already arrived in Super Car Class 2-GTM and stamped their mark, now comes the stylish Huracán LP620-2 Super Trofeo, and it will slot perfectly into Super Car Class 2-GTM.

It will be on the grid when Super Car kicks off for its first round of the year, which will make this particular Huracán LP620-2 Super Trofeo, which raced in the Super Trofeo Asia Pacific last year, one of the first to appear in a domestic racing series – and that’s another sign of how TSS is growing fast in stature.

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The Huracán will be in the hands of Khun Sarun Sereethoranakul, who has emerged in just two seasons as one of our leading Super Car stars.

He switched from a successful drifting career to Super Car for the 2014 season, choosing a Porsche 997 GT3 Cup for his transition and he continued with that combination for 2015.

Khun Sarun has quickly made the grade in circuit racing and his white #55 Porsche is now a regular on the podium, no mean feat in the most competitive category in Thai motorsport. His first win clearly isn’t far away.

However it was also clear with the influx of newer cars last year, such as the Lamborghini Gallardo LP520, Ferrari 458 Challenge and Porsche’s new-generation 991 GT3 Cup that Khun Sarun needed a more modern car to match his ambitions.

“I decided to have a new car for the 2016 season because the GTM class is very competitive and every team develops and make their cars faster and faster,” Khun Sarun explains.

“The 997 Cup car is quite old and not competitive enough and with [this car] our team never can think about winning the race or pole position, even getting on the podium is still difficult. So it's time to take a chance with a new car.”

There are a lot of cutting edge racecars that tick most of the boxes for Super Car Class 2-GTM so it wasn’t a straightforward choice, but for Khun Sarun and his team, which includes his racing ‘tutor’, the highly experienced Japanese professional driver Khun Keita Sawa, one car stood out.

“The Huracán Super Trofeo is a fast car compared to the one make race cars,” he reckons. “This version is the 610-2, it's two wheel drive so has good handling [and] low maintenance and our team can do the maintenance by ourselves.”

While Khun Sarun has made a lot of progress in the last two years and proved himself as one of the leading Super Car drivers, he admits he still has some way to go and is quite cautious on what he can achieve with his new weapon. “I need to get more podiums than [in] 2015,” he says.

It certainly is a capable racetrack ‘weapon’. The new Huracán LP620-2 Super Trofeo has been built by the Lamborghini factory and thus benefits from all the skills and expertise of the production supercar maker and by extension its parent company, VW Group.

The sleek and dynamic chassis is made from a hybrid mix of carbon and aluminum with modifications of the double wishbone suspension geometry that also allow a larger and more efficient radiator to be fitted at the front while accommodating a racing specific gearbox at the rear.

The aerodynamics been improved over the road going version too with a new racing splitter and dive plates being incorporated at the front, new side skirts to manage airflow along the flanks as well as a big racing wing, protruding rear diffuser and specific engine cover.

With a lowered ride height it adds up to a visually stunning machine that oozes menace while 18-inch wheels all round further add to the look.

 The dry weight of the Huracán LP620-2 Super Trofeo comes in at 1,270 kg before Balance of Performance (BoP) is taken into consideration while weight distribution is a handy 42-58 split.

Under the skin the production 5.2 litre V10 engine is retained but fitted with a racing intake and managed by a MoTeC unit with Traction Control options.

As with previous generation Gallardo-based 'Super Trofeo' versions the production standard 4WD system is ditched in favour of rear wheel drive with power fed to the wheels via a racing clutch, lightweight flywheel and 6-speed sequential gearbox. There is ABS but no ESP.

The new Huracán LP620-2 Super Trofeo first joined the brand's three global one-make series last year. Some of those first year cars have now filtered out of the series' towards domestic championships, including the one acquired by Khun Sarun.

The car looks like being a highly competitive package and with the application of TSS’s Balance of Performance (BoP) that should see it neatly slot into Super Car.

The question will be for Khun Sarun’s support team to help him unlock that potential and attune the driver to his new mount and that journey started with a shakedown test at Bira Circuit behind the wheel of the Huracán.

On a very hot and dry afternoon the Pattaya racetrack reverberated to the sound of a Huracán Super Trofeo for the first time. The running was all about thoroughly checking over the car, starting to understand its characteristics and to begin learning about setting it up.

 “The purpose is to test the car as we have just got the car,” explained Khun Sarun. “We prepare the car and it’s my first drive in Thailand so I want to test the car before I go to Buriram [for a two day test].”

Khun Sarun was pleased with the shakedown and reckons the car is a good step forward over his outgoing 997. “The [Lamborghini]’s very nice to drive, very balanced if compared to the Porsche, the Porsche needs a lot of weight transfer,” he explains.

“The engine has more torque so it’s fast, but sometimes it’s more sensitive, you have to adjust and accelerate very smoothly, and the car has Traction Control so even in Bira where there are some low speed corners and bumps so on acceleration it’s more convenient to drive.”

Helping to make for a smooth transition will be the fact that Khun Sarun has the same ‘backroom’ team in place that has helped him progress so far over the last two years, led by Team Manager Khun Somboon Kittitanagorn.

“For this year we still run with same team and the same coach, Keita Sawa,” he adds.

- Edd Ellison, also photo


28.04.2016 / MaP

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