TSS Free Practice Buriram: Super Car GTM

TSS Free Practice Buriram: Super Car GTM

09.07.2016: First blood went to the #26 Audi R8 LMS Cup driven by Khun Henk





First blood went to the #26 Audi R8 LMS Cup driven by Khun Henk J. Kiks, the Dutchman posted a sizzling 1:38.041 best lap to edge the Ferrari 458 Challenge of reigning champion Khun Kantasak Kusiri out of P1 by just a tenth of a second – it was that close.
 
 
Khun Kantasak was only just over a couple of tenths faster than the quickest of the two factory Toyotas, the #38 of Khun Nattapong Horthongkum who had topped the timesheets


His team mate Khun Nattavude Charoensukhawatana just nine tenths away from pole that meant both the red and white 86 sportscars were in the top six; the Japanese brand looks to be right back in the competitive game.
 

Between the two Toyotas came the second B-Quik Racing Audi, the #27 of Khun Daniel Bilski, and the triple winner of the opening round, Khun Sarun Sereethoranakul in the imperious Lamborghini Huracán Super Trofeo LP620.
 
 
That means two Audis, two Toyotas, a Lamborghini and a Ferrari in the top six, all split by less than a second. It bodes well for exciting racing today and tomorrow.


In fact this morning will see qualifying for Super Car GTM, scheduled for 0955-1025, before the first 15-lap race of the weekend takes place this afternoon at 1425.
 

Seventh and eighth fastest times were posted by Khun Aekarat Discharoen in the #11 A Motorsport Porsche 991 GT3 Cup and the second Singha Motorsport Team Thailand Ferrari of Khun Voravud Bhirombhakdi, they were seven tenths away from Khun Nattavude, but separated from each other by just hundreds of a second and clearly they have work to do to haul themselves onto the front running pace.

 
Then came the four Amateur class (AM) drivers led out by the returning Khun Thamrong Mahadumrongkul in his Ferrari 458 Challenge, his best time was a 1:42.305.


He previously appeared at Bangsaen last November and he’s still getting to grips with the car, but clearly Khun Thamrong is finding the pace as he led out the AM drivers.


Second quickest was Khun Paul Kanjanapas, who was struggling with shock absorber problems, he eventually had to switch back to an old setup as replacement parts aren’t available locally and that's going to compromise his weekend.
 

Then came the Porsche 997 GT3 Cups of Khun Naputt Assakul and Khun Saravut Sereethoranakul and the debuting Lamborghini Gallardo Super Trofeo of Khun Supachai Weeraborwornpong (see separate story).

 
The penultimate GTM laptime was posted by Khun Craig Corliss who had a very short session in the Holden Commodore VE after a tyre problem saw him clip the barrier with the left hand rear wheel arch although he was lucky the resulting damage was mostly superficial.


The New Zealander sat out the earlier practice sessions while a software issue was resolved so he will have to go straight into qualifying with virtually no track time behind him this week.


The final time was set by rookie Khun Tosaphol Phamyai, who is debuting in NSports’ Nissan GTR this weekend and he was busy acclimatising himself with the car; certainly the next couple of days are going to represent a very steep learning curve for this driver.
 


- Edd Ellison -  photo TSS

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09.07.2016 / MaP

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