TSS Round 3, Bira Circuit Super 2000, Sunday review

TSS Round 3, Bira Circuit Super 2000, Sunday review

10.10.2016: Thailand Super Series TSS Round 3, Bira Circuit Super 2000, Sunday (Race 6 of the year).

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TSS Round 3, Bira Circuit Super 2000, Sunday (Race 6 of the year).




Sunday’s second race saw a front row of Phatwit and Ekprawat with Kittipol and Munkong lining up on Row 2 while the previous day’s winner, Pattarapol was right behind them.


At the green lights Phatwit converted pole into the race lead with Ekprawat moving across to slot in behind. Kittipol tried to push up but was left with no room and all four wheels on the grass;


he had to concede the place and tuck into P3 as the pack surged down to Turn 1 with Munkong, Pattarapol and Manat next up. At the back though Thanavud spun his Civic FD through Turn 2 and although he recovered the car he would be left with plenty of work to do to catch up.


The top end grid order remained the same for the first race lap but Ekprawat was holding up the cars behind as they powered into the second lap and that meant Phatwit was able to pull a good second clear. As Kittipol tried to find a way past Ekprawat he ran wide into Turn 2 and that allowed Munkong through.



Further back Pure and Thamrong were tussling hard and into the S2 chicane the Toyota spun across the track on the exit with the cars behind bouncing off as they steered past.


Pure was able to get the car going again but was now sporting flapping a chunk of the left hand front wing as well as the side skirt which had detached itself but remained trailing off the ripped wing section. He swung straight into the pits.



Munkong quickly passed Phatwit to move into the lead while Pattarapol had by now passed Kittipol and both were clear of Ekprawat with the grey Civic FD also nipping past Phatwit into Turn 3 to ensure he kept the bright blue Civic of the race leader very close at hand. Further back Chayut suffered his second DNF of the weekend as his Honda DC 5 was hit by electrical problems that proved terminal for his participation in the race.


There was then a real ding-dong battle between Munkong and Pattarapol for the race lead, the two locked together and both with a point to prove. Munkong, after a season that hadn’t reaped the rewards he would have expected thus far, and Pattarapol, out to upset the order even further by making it two wins out of two on his Super 2000 debut weekend.


A few seconds back down the road there was another battle going on as Phatwit had Kittipol swarming all over him in the quest for P3. Kittipol was trying very hard to find a way past the white Honda City in front but Phatwit was defending his line carefully and not leaving much room. Kittipol was also aware of his remaining championship rival, Manat, sitting in his rear view mirrors so he couldn’t afford any errors.


It was eventually resolved into Turn 2 as Kittipol powered past and hung the #25 Civic into the corner, scrabbling to get the tight line through the bend, which he successful did. Manat would then close up on Phatwit and spend some laps trying to find a way through before he also successfully made a pass.


The battle for P1 was ferocious and Pattarapol spent lap after lap trying to find a way through, getting alongside Munkong on several occasions but unable to grab the racing line.



He tipped the grey Civic up onto two wheels as he tried to nip down the inside through Turn 12 but there wasn’t the room; however a lap later, after he got a very tidy run into the double apex, Pattarapol was able to force Munkong out wide through Turn 12 and scrub enough speed off his rival to be able to tuck in ahead as the pair went nose to tail down the main straight.


That was the battle for P1 over but further back with three laps to go Thanavud finished the day just as he had ended Saturday, with the #15 Civic FD lodged deep in the gravel, this time on the exit of Turn 11. Over the closing laps Munkong had a problem and dropped away rapidly with both Kittipol and Phatwit passing him.


At the end of 20 laps Pattarapol romped across the line with 13.431 seconds in hand to make it two wins out of two for the weekend, a thoroughly impressive debut in Super 2000.


Second place gave Kittipol maximum points, as the race winner wasn’t registered to collect points, and although Manat came home next up after deposing the fading Munkong in the dying minutes of the race that third place it wasn’t enough to deprive the Singha Motorsport Team Thailand driver of the title with one round still remaining.


Munkong and Phatwit completed the overall top five in the race. Ekprawat, Thamrong who as still struggling with power issues despite his crew replacing wiring overnight as they tried to fix the fault, Thanakorn, Wijak and Jetsada completed the top ten while Pure was the final classified finisher, albeit 5 laps down as he had lost a lot of time visiting the pits to have early race damage patched up.




- Edd Ellison - also photo

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10.10.2016 / MaP

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