TSS to join Bira Circuit 30th Anniversary Celebrations

TSS to join Bira Circuit 30th Anniversary Celebrations

10.10.2016: Thailand Super Series is pleased to take part in the official celebrations of the 30th anniversary

Thailand Super Series is pleased to take part in the official celebrations of the 30th anniversary of Bira International Circuit, which will take place on 15 October.




We will present a trio of racing machines that provide a snapshot of the series, the Porsche 997 GT3 Cup that TSS President Sontaya Kunplome races in Super Car GTC, a new SEAT Léon TCR, which is competing in the inaugural season of TCR Thailand, and one of the Honda Jazz racecars that make up the fleet of capable ‘learner level’ machines used by the TSS Racing Academy (TRA).


We have visited Bira International Circuit five times now, twice in 2013 and once each in 2014, 2015 and 2016, and every time the legendary racetrack has served up a weekend of unrelenting excitement and action packed racing.


 Returning annually to the ‘home’ of Thai motorsport is considered important for the biggest domestic motorsport series and excluding our ‘jewel in the crown event’, the Bangsaen Grand Prix, we welcome our largest crowds of the year at the Bira Circuit round.


The milestone occasion of the 30th anniversary celebrations of Bira International Circuit actually fall just over a month after we visited the famous Pattaya racetrack for the fourth consecutive year, so the track is fresh in our minds.


Bira Circuit has an unshakeable place at the heart of the national sport and is simply known to everyone as the historic ‘home of Thai motorsport’.


When it was founded thirty years ago it was Thailand’s first permanent circuit and brought the sport, which had thus far been mainly played out on temporary airfield circuits, into a new age as well as ushering in rounds of prestigious international championships.


Although relatively small and cramped by modern day standards it still holds its place as the spiritual home of the sport and many legends have been born and nurtured on its 2.4 kilometre length, which features 12 turns.


TSS has been delighted to visit here for the past four seasons and we certainly hope to be able to return to Bira Circuit again.


“It’s the founding track for all Thai racers, it’s the track we all learnt to race on and grew up on,” says TSS Vice President Preeda Tantemsapya. “It’s been at the centre of motorsport through the highs and the lows and to be able to still go back after thirty years and continue to race there is a real privilege.



 Bira has created all our great drivers that went on to race internationally and we all think of it as our starting point. Whether drivers are racing round the world or retired now Bira provides so many memories of their career.



“Although it’s older now it still provides a challenge and a lot of excitement at an affordable price. I’m very pleased Bira has been able to retain its place on the calendar into the TSS era and we have enjoyed five excellent events there so far.



Although it’s certainly smaller for the ‘New Era’ of more powerful cars and it doesn’t give the availability of too much extra space I think all the drivers treat Bira with respect and caution and now with the climb to international standards they understand and obey the safety instructions perfectly so that means the conditions for racing can be maintained.



“So we’re very pleased to be part of the 30th Anniversary celebrations and to be able to showcase our series, it’s an especially relevant and poignant time as we have just visited Bira Circuit and it was a weekend that went very well, the action was exciting and we got a big turnout from the fans.”

 

 

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