Preview: Super Compact Thailand Super Series Buriram

Preview: Super Compact Thailand Super Series Buriram

20.05.2016: The Super Compact category is new to the programme this year and




The Super Compact category is new to the programme this year and is another striking example of TSS's unfolding vision for the future which involves always being one step ahead of the game, introducing new trends and innovations as well as challenging teams and drivers to raise their game so every stakeholder in the sport is always pushing hard at the professionalism window.


Super Compact introduces Balance of Performance ‘BoP” (which has successfully created a level playing field in Super Car) to a small capacity engine category for the first time.


It allows teams a lot of freedom to develop the technological aspects of diverse racecars within a framework that will equalise performance.
 

Thai teams have quickly responded to the challenge and the inaugural year of Super Compact looks like it's going to be highly competitive. Picking a winner is not easy at this point.


 But the best place to start assessing the drivers is clearly with Khun Pasarit Phromsombat who will be seeking his third title in a third category in three years following on from titles in Super Production (2014) and Super 2000 (2015).


This driver knows how to win crowns; he's shrewd and smart, and well placed to respond to a new series that involves a whole lot of fresh thinking.


He's chosen a Honda CR-Z and it becomes the first to race in Thailand, so there clearly will be a development curve involved. The car is very neat and tidy and superbly finished as one would expect from him.


He hasn't had much testing so the coming weekend is going to be something of a test session so maybe see Khun Pasarit coming on stronger as the season progresses.
 

The Innovation Motorsport Mazda2 programme is switching from Super Production to Super Compact and that should allow the little turbodiesel cars to come into their own and be a much more competitive proposition.


The driver line up remains changed with Khun Michael Freeman and Khun Tachapan Vijittranon piloting the cars. That's a great blend of speed, winning experience and future promise.


Khun Kajornsak Na Songkhla switches from Super 1500 with his Ford Fiesta and it’s been visually updated with a new front clip; he was a very narrow runner up to Khun Pasarit two years ago in Super Production so that’s a rivalry that’s going to be renewed.


Another driver who is a proven winner is Vattana's Khun Settasit Boonyakiat who has rerated his Honda Jazz to suit Super Compact.
 


- Edd Ellison - also photo

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20.05.2016 / MaP

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