BIg changes in Bangsaen

BIg changes in Bangsaen

02.02.2017: The final pieces of the jigsaw for the 10th Bangsaen Grand Prix are rapidly falling into place and one of the biggest – and most visually

The final pieces of the jigsaw for the 10th Bangsaen Grand Prix are rapidly falling into place and one of the biggest – and most visually striking – pieces is the brand new purpose built permanent Race Administration Building that has just been completed and is currently being fitted out.



The facility will house all aspects of race organisation under one roof and includes a state-of-the-art Race Control Room.



Meanwhile, ‘Super 2000’ has earned its place on the Thailand Super Series (TSS) programme as arguably the closest fought championship, without fail it guarantees door action in true touring car style as the top Thai drivers pull no punches in their quest for victory.



It’s always been reserved for 2-litre C-segment cars but in the new era of downsizing and extracting ever greater efficiencies the cars emerging from the showrooms no longer fit that mould so the category is being rejuvenated and reborn for 2017 – with a new name that revives one of the most famous national series brand identities, ‘Thailand Touring Car Championship’.



We are pleased to take part in the official celebrations of the 30th anniversary of Bira International Circuit, which will take place this coming Saturday, 4 February. The event was originally planned for last October but was rescheduled due to the national period of mourning.



Last year TCR Thailand really rocked the boat when it joined the TSS programme, now we are ready to preview a new series set to be added to the roster – “TA2” – in Bangsaen.



 This is an exciting new ‘one make’ racing formula that’s busy establishing itself around the globe and is now getting set to burst into life in Thailand. In short it’s a pukka U.S.-built racing car with a ‘spec’ spaceframe chassis that packs in a powerful 6.2-litre V8 engine – and the fans only have a few weeks to wait to see it stretch its legs.



Finally, and back to Bangsaen. While the ‘Street Circuit’ might look broadly similar along its 3.5 km length to the casual observer the big two-year push to attain FIA Grade 3 homologation has seen virtually every aspect of the safety barriers lining the two sides of the track renewed, changed, upgraded or evolved right down to the very tiniest details.



Most recently a lot of work has been put into reconfiguring and refining overlap access to the track – no detail is escaping attention.






New Race Administration Complex raises Bangsaen’s game




The final pieces of the jigsaw for the 10th Bangsaen Grand Prix are rapidly falling into place and one of the biggest pieces – and most visually striking – is the brand new, purpose built, permanent Race Administration Building, that has just been completed and is currently being fitted out.
 


This completes one of the key strategic components of the Bangsaen Street Circuit and prepares the Bangsaen GP superbly for its second decade, which will see the arrival of a FIA Grade 3 License, that will allow major international series to join from the 11th edition this coming July.
 


Investing in a state-of-the-art Race Administration complex demonstrates the organisers’ long term commitment to the Bangsaen GP event and puts it, in terms of permanent management infrastructure, ahead of many other street racing events around the world.
 



The 360 sq. m. building, located in the new permanent support paddock zone, which adjoins the pit lane, includes a Race Control Room, Stewards Room, Meeting Room, Race Directors Office and Secretaries of the Meeting Office, as well as a Canteen and a Data Center to support the Race Control Room operation.



 It means that all the functions of the administrative organisation of the Bangsaen GP are brought together in one place in an optimal and cohesive manner.
 


The highlight is the spacious new 144 sq. m. Race Control Room which features a wall of new LED monitors, linked to CCTV cameras that cover the whole track and pit lane.



 The tiered seating allows clear views of the CCTV feed from work stations that accommodate upwards of 24 staff. An adjoining Data Center supports all of the Race Control IT infrastructure requirements.
 


One of the biggest issues that the new administration complex resolves is location. Since the first edition of the Bangsaen GP Race Control and its associated functions have been located in the conference suite at the Bangsaen Villa Hotel, which is remote and difficult to access from the paddock.



This is a point TSS Vice President Preeda Tantemsapya was very keen to emphasis was core to the planning and development new building and its strategic location.
 


“We really needed a properly configured Race Control and race management facility, as the previous location was a big hassle for everyone due to the inaccessibility of the Bangsaen Villa,” he notes.



 “For example if you want to lodge a protest there is a 30-minute time constraint in the rules and it has always been difficult to reach Race Control in that timeframe.



Also in many instances we couldn’t release official results as we believed there might be a protest placed and we would have to wait in case the team representative arrived. The new location will cut away all those restraints and position Race Control with the best possible access.”
 


Preeda also notes that as well as the new Race Control Room there have also been improvements made to the operating infrastructure.




“We have upgraded the CCTV cameras so all of them can zoom in so we can better detect and have more evidence for the stewards to examine if required,” he says. “The timing system, which is supported by ‘My Laps’, is also being upgraded.”
 


He’s very pleased with the new world-class complex, which has been designed and executed in house by the Racing Spirit Track Development team under the leadership of Technical Manager Pairuch Ngernmeesri. “This is a proper Race Control that has been designed to match the high standard found at a traditional permanent circuit,” Preeda says.



“I think it’s a real statement of intent that we have developed this and shows our long term commitment to ensure the Bangsaen GP reaches a world-class standard in every single area.” He also adds that the Medical Center will be relocated this year to a new position readily accessible from pit lane and close to the Race Administration Building to further improve efficiencies and accessibility.



- Edd Ellison also photos

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02.02.2017 / MaP

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