Preview: Super Production Thailand Super Series Buriram

Preview: Super Production Thailand Super Series Buriram

20.05.2016: The arrival of Super Compact hasn't dented the popularity of Super Production

The arrival of Super Compact hasn't dented the popularity of Super Production in any way, in fact it’s grown in strength this year, slotting in very neatly just under the new category.

That’s amply demonstrated by the strength in numbers – a massive entry list of twenty eight cars is headed for Buriram this weekend with no less than seventeen of those being from Class C, the time honoured proving ground for upcoming drivers.

However in the overall fight there are a few well proven names to who will fancy their chances as last year’s champion has moved on.

Khun Thanasit Bhunyatharanonth left Buriram this time last year as the narrow points classification leader although his advantage was soon whittled away and he will want to repeat that impressive start.

Khun Pattarapol Vongprai, Khun Anusorn Asiralertsiri, Khun Anon Rodprasert Khun Thomas Raldorf and Khun Sirisak Manthugumphol all have the driving skills to mount a title challenge.

 So does Khun Yotsarun Sansuk, he looked to be headed for the title last year after three wins across the middle of the season before seeing the crown snatched away after a disappointing run during the season finale in Bangsaen.

He’s proven himself to be quick at Buriram (recording a P1 and P2 finish here last year) so he probably has to be the pre season favourite. Also in the mix will be Khun Hideharu Kuroki, he’s very quick, highly experienced and won’t be taking part in order to rack up second places.

Class C has a bumper 17 entries but who is going to replicate the success of young lady driver Khun Nattanid Leewattanavaragul who impressively swept to the title last year and now moves up to Class B? There are plenty of pretenders.

There will though be another lady to watch out for as Khun Phattaraporn Chongkitkhemmathat is joining Super Production as she moves into her ninth season of racing.

In fact she first started her track racing career as the result of a university driver search project where her skills shone out and she's never one to disappoint. With plenty of steel she's a fighter and will want to make her mark.

Another to observe very closely is Khun Kmik Karnasuta driving a Team Eakie Honda City. The 16-year-old has already caused a big stir in Super Eco and he bagged his first win in TSS on the streets of Bangsaen last November in his little Honda Brio.

He’s coming off the back of a stunning result in the 6-hour endurance race here last weekend so has plenty track time and familiarity with a B-segment car behind him as he looks to make the step up to a bigger racecar.

If you can win in Bangsaen you can win anywhere so look out as Khun Kmik, who still can’t yet drive on the normal roads, starts to makes his mark in Super Production and see a future Thai champion in the making.

- Edd Ellison - also photo


20.05.2016 / MaP

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