TSS at Buriram Sunday Super 2000 Race 2

TSS at Buriram Sunday Super 2000 Race 2

09.06.2016: Thailand Super Series (TSS) at Buriram Sunday race With the top five on the grid being reversed for Sunday’s

Thailand Super Series (TSS) at Buriram
Sunday race

With the top five on the grid being reversed for Sunday’s second race that handed pole position to Khun David and the yellow Altezza duly took up the front spot with Khun Phatwit lining up alongside him.

Row 2 was an all ‘FD’ affair with Khun Rudolf and Khun Kittipol side by side while Race 1 winner Khun Chayut led out Row 3 with Khun Thanakorn next to him thanks to his sixth place in the previous day’s race.

Then would have come Khun Munkong, but he was an unexpected no-show and that left Khun Thanavud on his own on the fourth row of the grid.

Two retirees from the day before occupied the fifth row, Khun Pure and Khun Manat, while it was the same story on the sixth row with Khun Ekprawat and Khun Artit being moved back as both required overnight mechanical changes.

At the green lights everyone got away smoothly apart from Khun Rudolf who couldn’t get the power down and the pack swallowed him up; he would be out, pulling off the track after by Turn 1, with drivetrain issues.

 Khun David converted pole into P1 and led the pack into Turn 1 with Khun Phatwit swarming all over his back bumper, then came Khun Kittipol, Khun Chayut, Khun Thanavud, Khun Thanakorn, Khun Ekprawat and Khun Manat.

Khun Kittipol wasn’t hanging around and he barged past Khun Phatwit on the run down the hill to get the inside line through the hairpin as Khun David ran wide and so Khun Kittipol moved into the race lead, all in the matter of a three turns.

Khun Phatwit also took advantage of the Altezza’s wide line to move into second place and chase Khun Kittipol up the hill.

Khun Chayut then demoted Khun David to fourth under braking for Turn 4 and locked onto the back of Khun Phatwit through the stadium esses.

Meanwhile Khun David lost another place as Khun Thanavud passed him out of Turn 7 although the FD driver outbraked himself into Turn 8, gave the place back but then retook it by going round the outside of the Altezza through Turn 10 and getting the line as they climbed up through Turn 11.

Through the back section Khun Chayut squeezed past Khun Phatwit and as the pack came across the line for the first time it was the day before’s top two back in command of the race.

It was looking like it was going to be a replay – albeit this time Khun Kittipol seemed to have a working power steering system.

At the end of the first lap it was Khun Kittipol from Khun Chayut, Khun Phatwit, Khun Thanavud and then Khun Ekprawat who had been given a free pass by Khun David as he went wide through the final turn.

Then came the Toyota of Khun Manat who was moving up quickly from the back of the grid.

Through Turn 5 of the second lap and there was disaster for Khun Ekprawat as he slowed up, he was a race retirement for the second day in a row, while in the middle part of that lap Khun Manat and Khun Thanakorn, got past Khun David who was falling backwards fast, the two Toyotas moving up into fifth and sixth place.

Into the third lap and the top four – Khun Kittipol, Khun Chayut, Khun Phatwit and Khun Thanavud – were spreading out with a big gap back to the two Toyotas with Khun David hanging on their tail.

And those gaps would grow quickly. By the time another lap had been completed Khun Kittipol had pulled out a 3.2 second lead over Khun Chayut with Khun Phatwit in third and a further 4 seconds back.

Then came Khun Thanavud, Khun Manat and Khun David while a couple of places further back Khun Thanakorn led Class 2.

After 6 laps, the halfway stage, Khun Kittipol had edged out to a 4.217 second advantage and it looked to be all over at the front. The main action was Khun Manat edging in on Khun Thanavud in fourth place.

The gap though was one and a half seconds and the Toyota was only chipping tenths away. In fact as the race got to the two thirds distance mark the Singha Motorsports Team Thailand Civic FD started to edge away. At that point, 8 lap, Khun Kittipol had the gap up to 6 seconds.

With three to go though Khun Manat closed up and passed Khun Thanavud into Turn 9 but on the main straight as they went into the penultimate lap, Khun Thanavud powered past and by the time they got to Turn 3 he had the momentum and built up five car lengths. Just as soon as this battle looked to be full of drama it was back to the status quo.

Into the final lap and Khun Kittipol’s gap was 7.555, it was looking all over – and literally so for his teammate as Khun Thanavud’s engine blew spectacularly as he dived into the last turn to start his final tour of the track and he was out, allowing Khun Manat to finally nail down third place.

 Khun Phatwit had a problem and slowed up through Turn 6 and dropped away and that allowed Khun David into fourth place.

In the Super 2000 championship standings overall Khun Kittipol and Khun Chayut jointly share the lead with 35 points apiece, Khun David and Khun Phatwit are equal third with 16 points each while Khun Manat and Khun Rudolf are joint fifth, both emerged from the North East with 12 points apiece.

Meanwhile in Class B Khun David, thanks to the strong helpings of points he collected after finishing runner up in both the races, leads the classification with 30 points while Khun Artit and Khun Rudolf, who had a win and a DNF each in Class B from the weekend, are in equal second place with 20 points each.

- Edd Ellison- also photo


09.06.2016 / MaP

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