Super Car GTM Thailand - A family's date with destiny in Bangsaen

Super Car GTM Thailand - A family's date with destiny in Bangsaen

09.07.2017: Super Car GTM provided some of the closest and most dramatic racing of Thailand Super Series’ (TSS) long weekend in Bangsaen as the

Super Car GTM provided some of the closest and most dramatic racing of Thailand Super Series’ (TSS) long weekend in Bangsaen as the big and powerful pack of GT sportscars was very evenly matched – but right at the front the landscape was dominated over three days of explosive racing by just one family which locked out all three poles, led every racing lap and nabbed victory in all three races.



It feels like it had been pre-ordained that one day the two young and super-talented Kusiri brothers would be fighting each other, hand to hand, for P1 in Super Car. That day has been relentlessly ticking down for a decade as their careers blossomed. Finally, the day dawned on a hot and dry weekend in Bangsaen.



The younger of the two siblings, Kantadhee, announced his intentions very clearly on what was just his second weekend in Super Car, following his debut in GTM at the season opener in Buriram, as he claimed his first ever Super Car pole position for Friday’s first race but the anticipated straight fight with his older brother, Kantasak, would have to wait a little as it was a rejuvenated Pitsanu Sirimongkolkasem who planted his Porsche alongside on the front row, raced to second place, his best ever top tier result, and kept his golden hued racecar in between the two brothers at all times with Kantasak having to be content with third place.



It took until Race 2 for the Kusiri vs Kusiri showdown to finally take place. For the second day on the trot Kantadhee was on pole, but come the race it was Kantasak on the move and this time he deposed of Pitsanu at the start.




 At last, the planets aligned as two of the defining young Thai talents of their racing generation engaged in arm to arm combat for P1, no hold was given and it was the older, more experienced and slightly wiser head of Kantasak who pounced to take the win as the brothers ran away to a 1-2 finish. That made it one-all between the pair and one-all between Ferrari and Porsche. Sunday’s final race assumed even more significance.



And the narrative couldn’t have played out any better as this time they locked out the front row, albeit a little luckily as Pitsanu was bumped down from pole to the second row due to a penalty being applied for an incident in the previous race.



With the brothers standing on a win apiece the question was – which one would go on to make it two wins from the final race? Although one of course always has to take into account that the grand old lady of Bangsaen always has the final word, it did appear that the hand of history was looming large over the Kusiri boys.



The third race would be decided over the first few hundred metres as Kantasak got clean away and Kantadhee was bogged down although younger brother would try every trick he could to find a way past all the way to the chequered flag, the youngster pushing his Porsche well past the dynamic edge as the pair kept the spectators on the edge of their seats.



As they crossed the line it was however Kantasak, taking his second win in 24 hours, from his younger brother and that made the score 2-1 to the elder sibling for the weekend. A truly amazing three days of dramatic racing when both brothers had finally come together to slug it out for the wins in Super Car. This moment had been anticipated for many years and when it arrived it didn’t fail to deliver – and so expect many more of these encounters in the future.



But it wasn’t just about the Kusiris, a plethora of drivers really raised their game in Bangsaen and that glittering list has to be headed by Pitsanu who stood out all weekend – not just due to the gleaming gold Porsche he drives – and after a tough couple of seasons in Super Car he looks very close to his first win in the big league and he’s certainly hungry for it.



Aekarat Discharoen was another Porsche driver who suddenly looks sharper and was in the podium positions fight all weekend. Craig Corliss in the Holden looked quicker than he has for some time as big man and big machine harmonised on these small streets, while Tanart Sathienthirakul is also knocking on the door of the top order.



In Super Car GTM Am, the wins were spread out between Thanavud Bhirombhakdi (2) and Paul Kanjanapas (1) and that meant the former narrowly extended his lead in the championship points standings although the latter, the reigning champion, certainly hasn’t given up his clear aspirations to retain his crown.




The Am class saw a lot of action over the three races with Chairat Sangtong and Chinnapol Jongprasert both standing out as they quickly got to grips with racing a Super Car at Bangsaen for the first time.






- Edd Ellison - also photo

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09.07.2017 / MaP

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