Bira dishes up a Thailand Super Series "Super Car" thriller

Bira dishes up a Thailand Super Series "Super Car" thriller

17.09.2016: The anticipation of Super Car GTM’s annual appearance at Bira International Circuit




The anticipation of Super Car GTM’s annual appearance at Bira International Circuit last weekend had hung heavy in the air – and then a blisteringly hot weekend in the Pattaya countryside for Thailand Super Series (TSS) was equally matched by the sizzling action on track. But try as everyone might – and his rivals really pushed him hard over every single lap – Sarun Sereethoranakul relentlessly continued his strategy of chasing the title from the front.


Following a stunning qualifying performance Sarun claimed two superb and well judged victories in the race after turning in two inch perfect drives as the dazzling Lamborghini Huracán Super Trofeo LP620-2 proved just as adept around tight and twisty Bira Circuit as it had on the long power straights and fast flowing corners of Buriram.


He dominated the weekend when others had been expected to take centre stage and in just 72 hours, Sarun, in only his third year competing in Super Car, went from being one of the fastest rising stars of Thai motorsport to one of our genuine top names, joining a handful of our best drivers that are guaranteed winning material. It was job superb done and easily the best drive of his career so far.


The title is almost won – almost. Sarun will go into the season closing triple-header in Bangsaen in two month’s time needing just 7 points – with a maximum of 60 points being available. Few would be prepared to bet against a new name appearing on the most prestigious trophy in Thai motorsport. But it’s not quite all over yet.


Singha Motorsport Team Thailand was back with a bang at Bira Circuit. The Ferrari 458 Challenge doesn’t suit the characteristics of Buriram too well and they generally had a pretty torrid time in the North East. But unleash the Prancing Horse cars around Bira and they’re immediately a force to be reckoned with.


 The led the practice sessions, missed pole by a few fractions and proceeded to chase the Lamborghini to the finishline in both races. A pair of 2-3 finishes for Kantasak Kusiri and Voravud Bhirombhakdi bounced the team right into contention in the Teams’ championship and come the season closer in Bangsaen in November they are very well placed to nab the title.


There were many giant performances throughout the field last weekend. The Porsche 991 GT3 Cup suited Bira Circuit well and that unleashed Aekarat Discharoen and Pitsanu Sirimongkolkasem. These two proven quantities were in the hunt for the podium positions in both races and their dueling provided non-stop standout action. Both enjoyed well-deserved trips to the rostrum during the weekend.


B-Quik Racing’s Daniel Bilski provided one of the comeback drives of the weekend, in Race 2 he fought his way from the back of the grid to the podium to get a decent reward for his efforts. The Toyotas though had a terrible time, a reversal of their dominant form during the last round in Buriram.


They departed with no points to their name and slip from the summit of the Teams’ championship standings. But there is still all to play for in Bangsaen.


Bira always dishes up a thriller and certainly this year was no different, the fans were treated to two spectacular races in Super Car GTM with drama occurring on almost every lap. Now it’s onto the season finale on the streets of Bangsaen in two month’s time – it’s a triple-header too and as usual expect the season to wrap up in style.





- Edd Ellison - also photo

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17.09.2016 / MaP

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