TSS Buriram Saturday Super Pickup Race 1

TSS Buriram Saturday Super Pickup Race 1

09.06.2016: Thailand Super Series (TSS) at Buriram Saturday race Khun Tanawat Suwannarat lined up on pole position in the #22

Thailand Super Series (TSS) at Buriram
Saturday race

Khun Tanawat Suwannarat lined up on pole position in the #22 Isuzu D-Max after posting a 2:02.208 lap during qualifying that no one was able to get anywhere near.

Khun Yuth Jhannet (#98 Chevrolet) was the best of the rest although he was a massive 2.8 seconds away from the top slot. It didn’t bode well for the rest of the pack as the trucks trundled round to form up on the grid.

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

Khun Nuthaporn Namjuk in the #46 Donut D.N.A Exedy Isuzu D-Max completed Row 2 while Khun Phisit Netdechathanasit rounded out the top five.

The third row was completed by the faster of the two new Toyota Hilux Revo entries, the #92 of Khun Songsak Kornsirisuepsakun, and all eyes were on these shiny new trucks which were straight out of the box and clearly need some development kilometres.

The second Revo, the #98 driven by reigning Super Pickup champion Khun Jaras Jaengkamolkulchai, qualified on the sixth row.

Both drivers know how to hustle a truck through a race and their target would be to pick up as many points as possible to keep themselves in the championship hunt before gaining a breathing space to develop their raw machines by the time the racing action resumes here in July.

At the green lights Khun Tanawat made an inch perfect getaway from the standing start to lead the pack into Turn 1 while Khun Yuth neatly slotted into P2.

 Behind them Khun Nuthaporn made a superb start to get down the inside of Khun Peerawat and into P3. However Khun Peerawat got a good run down the hill to Turn 3 and came in between Khun Nuthaporn and Khun Yuth and the three went side by side back up the hill with Khun Phisit locked onto them and ready to capitalise over who got squeezed offline as they approached Turn 4.

By this point Khun Tanawat had already pulled out four of five car lengths at the front while further back Khun Jaras had a big wobble under braking into the hairpin but however kept the Revo together.

Into Turn 5 the multi truck battle for second place went off as they all arrived with too much pace and Khun Peerawat ran very wide while Khun Nuthaporn spun on the inside of the corner after he dived up the inside of Khun Phisit but the Mazda came across and the two made contact, however Khun Nuthaporn quickly corrected the #46 D-Max and everybody safely streamed round him and he kept his classification drop to just a few positions, the damage to his truck being not too extensive.

As the competitors flowed through the middle esses it was Khun Peerawat in second place with Khun Phisit locked onto his tail and then Khun Yuth right behind.

That changed a few metres later as Khun Phisit jumped Khun Peerawat while behind that trio Khun Nuthaporn grabbed back a place to move into fifth.

Moving up to sixth by this point was Khun Phillip Massoud in the Krating Daeng D-Max, he was superbly picking off places as he working his way up following his grid demotion.

Across the line for the first time Khun Tanawat already had a three second lead as the trucks behind focused on each other. Second was Khun Phisit ahead of Khun Peerawat, and then Khun Nuthaporn jumped Khun Yuth for fourth place down the inside into Turn 1.

Khun Yuth seemed to be struggling as he lost fifth place on the run down to the hairpin as Khun Phillip got past and locked onto Khun Nuthaporn.

At the end of the first lap the race suffered its first casualty as Khun Wuttichai Solgosoom pitted in the #20 Triton although he would soon rejoin.

One driver on the move was Khun Waris Onyarab in the #93 D-Max, he had started from thirteenth place but was now scything through the lower positions of the top ten and he picked off Chaleampon Phonlookin for P7 in Turn 4 although the #13 D-Max wasn’t happy giving up the place and immediately started looking for a way back.

Just ahead Khun Yuth seemed to have found some more pace and was looking to regain the fifth place he had lost to Khun Johnny.

Boxed in behind the Australian’s pickup in the final turn, Khun Waris didn’t miss the opportunity to nip past Khun Yuth and the #98 driver who had been trying to get back past Khun Philip had instead lost a place.

Down the hill to Turn 3 Khun Waris got on the power, hit the inside line and got a slingshot past Khun Philip into fifth while the Krating Daeng truck, emerging on the outside, was passed by Khun Yuth on the run back up the hill.

However it now looked like Khun Philip had a car issue and he slowed up allowing Khun Chaleampon to also get past. That was three places lost in a few hundred metres and indeed he had a big problem, the turbo had stuck and he couldn’t get on the power leaving him gasping for a full complement of ‘horses’.

As the lap wound on Khun Nuthaporn, sporting some flapping bodywork, faded as he lost fifth gear and thus top end oomph and so he dropped several positions while the also down on power Khun Philip spun in Turn 9 and that cost him a lot of time, losing places to Khun Nuthaporn and Khun Songsak.

 Khun Phillip quickly re-passed the struggling Khun Nuthaporn who then lost another place to Khun Akasit.

Further forward Khun Waris had closed up on Khun Peerawat and he passed him out of Turn 7 with Khun Yuth also getting ahead Khun Peerawat into the final turn, these two were now third and fourth with Khun Peerwat, who had gearbox problems, being demoted to fifth.

 That quickly became sixth as Khun Chaleampon powered past on the start-finish straight. Just behind them Khun Phillip pitted for a long stop as his mechanics tried to resolve his turbo boost problems.

The race started to settle down as it approached the hallway point although there was a good scrap going on now between Khun Akasit and Khun Songsak which was resolved when the former also made a short pitstop. On the tenth lap Khun Supakit Dangintawat pulled off with an electrical problem, although he would get his truck going again and circulate to the line.

Khun Supakit’s pickup in fact has been out of use for several years (it was formerly raced by Khun Pravit) and so after Team Donut D.N.A Exedy Racing acquired it there had been a big race against time to get it prepared to Super Pickup regulations and renew parts and so the very short scheduling time meant that the simple target was to try to get the truck to the checkered flag – that push would prove successful, albeit 3 laps down, and Khun Supakit would collect points in Class C.

Meanwhile Khun Phillip’s race was going from bad to worse as he pitted for a second time.

The race went relatively quiet over the last couple of laps although on the final tour Khun Chaleampon had a spin at Turn 5 and that demoted him a place. At the checkered flag it was Khun Tanawat with a 16-seond cushion over Khun Phisit who took honours.

Third went to Khun Waris with Khun Yuth next up in fourth, but both trucks would be excluded post-event for an regulation infringement and that meant that more than 20 seconds down the road Khun Songsak, who had driven a very neat and tidy race and kept clear of trouble while it went off all around him, planted the new ‘Revo’ on the overall podium on its debut race, being eventually classified in an excellent third place.

Khun Songsak just about fended off Khun Chaleampon, who lost the place after his final lap spin, by just eight tenths of a second although the latter driver still won Class C with an over two second margin in hand over Khun Anulak Kladthong who was next up and wrapped up the top five overall.

Khun Nuthaporn hung on to finish sixth overall, Khun Jaras made it both of the new ‘Revo’ trucks in the top seven, while the top eight was wrapped up Khun Peerawat who suffered transmission problems and thus faded well away from the front running action after being in the hunt early on.

- Edd Ellison- also photo

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09.06.2016 / MaP

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