TSS BIRA - Qualifying: Super Compact

TSS BIRA - Qualifying: Super Compact

10.09.2016: Thailand Super Series TSS - Bira Circuit Saturday, September 10th 2016

Thailand Super Series TSS - Bira Circuit
Saturday, September 10th  2016





Battle resumed in Super Compact between the two titans of the class, Pasarit Phromsombat and Kajornsak Na Songkhla. They arrived at Bira Circuit split by just 5 points so with only a double header in Bangsaen to go after this round neither can afford not to be winning this weekend.


The Ford Fiesta driver arrived with the best form though, three straight wins. But this circuit is a totally different proposition from Buriram and it was the first time here for the Honda CR-Z while Kajornsak knows his car inside out on this track.


As so often in qualifying, Pasarit was able to get the job done and claim pole position; his best lap, was a 1:11.835 which edged Kajornsak (1:12.114) out by just under three tenths of a second. That was the Honda driver’s second lap and he would only do four laps in total, but it was enough to secure pole.


This pair will as usual occupy the front row between them and expect fireworks when they head for Turn 1 when the first Super Compact race goes to green lights at the very early time of 0850 this morning.


The Innovation Motorsport team will be pretty happy with yesterday’s performance as they locked out Row 2 of the grid with Michael Freeman edging out his young teammate by less than a tenth of a second; the Australian posted a best lap 1:13:322 while Tachapan Vijittranon weighed in with a 1:13:425. The latter also claimed Class C pole by a comfortable margin.


Super Compact is all about equalising performance through a tailored BoP programme and it’s really paying off for the factory supported Mazda team which last year switched to run the new generation turbodiesel Mazda2. That chopped three seconds out of Michael’s laptime.


“Best lap here by a mile,” he said afterwards. He is confident that those times can be replicated into race pace and the former Super Pickup racer put the gains down to “a big improvement in the chassis balance and front aero.”



This team is right back in the game now and it seems there’s more to come, “we will have a power increase for Bangsaen,” he added.


Kittitat Vongprai who is finding his pace quickly will lead out Row 3 and was just two tenths off the #44 Mazda, his best was a 1:13.622 while he also claimed Class B pole. Then came Phongthep Wachirarungruang who was almost nine tenths of a second further back but nabbed second position in Class C.




- Edd Ellison - also photo

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