Preview: Super Car GTM  Thailand Super Series Buriram

Preview: Super Car GTM Thailand Super Series Buriram

20.05.2016: The headlining category of Thai motorsport, Super Car GTM, is set

The headlining category of Thai motorsport, Super Car GTM, is set to be even better and brighter and with more strength in depth this year. There’s a big story to play out with ‘GTM’ for 2016 with so many stars and stunning cars.

Young hotshot Khun Kantasak Kusiri delivered on his promise last year and won the Drivers' title so he has to start as the early favorite as Singha Motorsport Team Thailand seeks out an unprecedented three crowns on the trot.

Looking to wrest away the youngster’s crown will be an array of top drivers such as Khun Craig Corliss, he was Vice Champion last year and has recently sent his unique Holden Commodore back to Australia for a complete rebuild.

The New Zealander is fired up and has been out on the track since Tuesday. He also has highly experienced help in the garage from Khun Crag Baird, if anyone can offer input into getting the Holden on song here then he can.

Meanwhile don't count out Khun Kantasak's teammate Khun Voravud Bhirombhakdi, the 2014 champion, who made an impressive late run up the classification last year.

There are plenty of dark horses looking to upset the established order, Khun Sarun Sereethoranakul has got his hands on Lamborghini’s potent new Huracán Super Trofeo LP620-2 and his pace has been blistering over the last two days.

The car should suit Buriram very well, the driver is fired up and from the unofficial laptimes it already looks like he’s going to be the benchmark this weekend.

B-Quik Racing will double its Audi R8 LMS Cup lineup with entries for Henk J. Kiks and Daniel Bilski, they're sure to be right in the mix and both happy with their recent pre season test, while there will be a new face in the team’s Porsche 997 GT3 Cup, New Zealander Shaun Varney.

 Look out too for the factory Toyota team, they will field their top class drivers, Khun Nattavude Charoensukhawatana and Khun Nattapong Horthongkum in improved 86s, which, amongst the changes, feature revised front end aerodynamics with better cooling, a new suspension system and work undertaken to the bodyshell clearly aimed at reducing weight and improving its dynamics.

Meanwhile there will be more Porsche 991 GT3 Cup machines arriving this year, Khun Aekarat Discharoen and Khun Pitsanu Sirimongkolkasem, who both have experience of the car behind them from last year, will naturally lead the charge of the Stuttgart cars, both have been banging in very quick unofficial times over the last two days.

The newcomer to the ‘991’ ranks is Khun Paul Kanjanapas, he’s trading up from the 997 he’s raced for the last few seasons and that car will also be on the grid on Friday afternoon as it’s now in the hands of his Painkiller Racing teammate Khun Naputt Assakul. Khun Paul was quickly getting to grips with his new car yesterday and improved his unofficial personal best laptime.

Sticking with the ubiquitous Porsche brand and the other new name in the 997 ranks will be Khun Saravut Sereethoranakul, he’s moving into the car his brother, Khun Saran, has vacated now he has the Lamborghini to drive.

 The final Porsche will be driven by Khun Pinet Piyaoui who will kick off a full season in his 997 after debuting in the car at Bangsaen last year.

There would have been one more 997 in action on the track today; however Khun Suttiluck Buncharoen suffered engine problems yesterday which resulted in the black car having to be withdrawn from the event.

It was a bitter blow for this popular driver but his fans will be able to see him back in action here next month in GT Asia Series and before that he has a date in Porsche Carrera Cup Asia, so it's going to be a very busy season for him.

There will also be split to create distinct PRO, PRO-AM and AM classes in GTM and that's certainly going to help everyone, especially the new rookies coming into the category this year, to find their feet and chase rewards.

- Edd Ellison - also photo


20.05.2016 / MaP

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