TSS Buriram Qualifying: Super Pickup

TSS Buriram Qualifying: Super Pickup

21.05.2016: Thailand Super Series at Buriram When the trucks took to the track for the first session all

Thailand Super Series at Buriram

When the trucks took to the track for the first session all eyes were on the brand new Toyota Hilux Revos of last year’s champion and runner up, Khun Jaras Jaengkamolkulchai and Khun Songsak Kornsirisuepsakun, respectively.

However the first racing ‘Revo’ trucks in Thailand are brand new out of the box, only turning their wheels in unofficial practice and they clearly have plenty of development work to do. They ended the session with P7 time for Khun Songsak and P14 for Khun Jaras.

Instead, getting his marker down quickly was Khun Phisit Netdechathanasit in the Innovation Motorsport Mazda BT-50 with a 2:02.949, two tenths faster than Khun Tanawat Suwannarat in the Prospeed YSS Team Thailand Isuzu D-Max.

When Khun Tanawat stepped on the gas in the qualifying session a few hours later, he ripped a full second out of his morning time and planted the #22 Isuzu on pole position with a 2:02.208.

After languishing down in P8 during the morning session Khun Yuth Jhannet (#98 Chevrolet) also pushed up the gears and posted a 2:05.051 to occupy the outside of the front row.

However that was a staggering 2.8 seconds away from pole and the rest of the grid is going to have to come up with something special if they are going to trouble Khun Tanawat (who also nabbed Class B pole) when the first of the two 12 lap races for Super Pickup goes to green lights at 1110 this morning.

The second row will be led out by Khun Peerawat Pajeeyachart who will be aiming to turn the pace he showed last year on his way to winning the Class C championship (with three class wins including one here in Buriram) into overall podium results.

The Class C runner up last year Khun Philip Massoud, who, like Khun Peerawat, has also been bumped up to Class B this year, would have been on Row 2 – so that rivalry could have resumed – but he was penalised his best time for smoke and that means he moves down to P8.

The Krating Daeng driver, who will have an overnight turbo change for his Isuzu to resolve the problem, will be building on his hugely successful debut racing year and will certainly be in the mood to fight back and target the upper steps of the overall podium.

Khun Nuthaporn Namjuk in the #46 Donut D.N.A Exedy Isuzu D-Max moves up to Row 2 and he’s one to watch out for as his career takes a step forward every year;

a highly experienced truck racer now he had only missed out on the second row by a couple of a hundredth of a second before Khun Philip was moved back a few places. Fifth on the grid will be Khun Phisit, who wasn’t able to recapture his morning pace.

The new Toyotas didn’t show too much progress from the morning practice session, however Khun Songsak is next up on the classification with the P6 time while Khun Jaras is down in P12.

Both though know how to hustle a truck through a race and their target will be to pick up as many points as possible to keep themselves in the championship hunt before gaining a breathing space to develop the brand new Revo pickup by the time the action resumes here in July. Fifteen trucks set a time during the 30-minute qualifying session.

- Edd Ellison -   also photo


21.05.2016 / MaP

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