Standing on the brink of glory in TSS at Buriram

Standing on the brink of glory in TSS at Buriram

12.09.2017: Thomas Raldorf is on a real roll and the Dane – in the year he made his return to Super Car – now stands on the brink of grabbing the Drivers

Thomas Raldorf is on a real roll and the Dane – in the year he made his return to Super Car – now stands on the brink of grabbing the Drivers title in GTC after winning both races at Buriram last time out. Add that to his double win at the previous round, the 11th Bangsaen Grand Prix, and that makes it four victories on the trot.



The season didn’t start too well however – and despite leading both races at the season opener in Buriram back in April, mechanical issues set him back, as Thomas explains. “It’s so far been a very good season for us,” he says.



“Our car only just arrived before the first round in Buriram this year. The service team of mechanics and engineers checked the car and made sure it was ready for us. We were leading both races comfortably in Rounds 1 and 2, when a low fuel pressure issue caused us to lose power, and we subsequently finished fourth and second. So before Rounds 3 and 4 in Bangsaen the team took the car apart and checked it 100% and then rebuilt it again and it has since then been 100% perfect.”



Despite that setback Thomas was able to finish both races on the podium and emerged from Buriram with 25 points. That kept him second in the championship standings and well placed to mount a fightback as the series headed for the Iconic streets of Bangsaen. It turned out to be pretty much a perfect weekend. “In Bangsaen we had two pole positions, and two fastest laps and two wins, which brought us, back in the title fight for the Drivers’ championship,” Thomas notes.



With his first maximum points score of year in the bag, the Dane was back in the hunt and at the last round he was able to build on that progress – there was to be no repeat of the season opener. “In Buriram for Rounds 5 and 6, we had to try and get to wins to take the lead of the championship for the first time this season and to try and put our self in the best possible position for the final two rounds in September,” Thomas recalls.




“In Thursday’s practice sessions we were fastest and set a new personal best lap time of 1.44.607 and in the official practice we were again fastest in our class. With qualifying being cancelled due to rain, the lap times from the official practice was used, which meant we were starting from pole in both races.  



“Starting from pole we had a good start and were helped further by all the cars fighting for positions behind us, so we had a clear track and was able to pull a good gap while everybody was losing speed fighting with each other,” he continues.



“Towards the end of the first race, I saw James Runacres coming up through the field fast, and in the process setting the fastest lap of the race. I knew that given a good start in Race 2 he could become a threat even though he was starting last.



The pace of the Mazda was the biggest threat to Thomas wrapping up the weekend with another maximum points score. “The sector times showed James was around 1 second faster than me in the first sector which is the high-speed sector, so if he would be close enough I would not be able to keep him behind me down the long straight,” he says.



“I therefore pushed very hard in the first 5 laps of Race 2 to get as big a gap as possible so I hopefully would be able to keep him at bay. Towards the end of the race he was up into second and chasing me down. He ended up only 4 seconds behind me having come all the way from the back of the grid, and in the process actually helped me to increase my championship lead to 11 points before the last two races.



With the final round coming up in less than three weeks’ time, Thomas is going to have a fight on his hands as he chases the points he needs to secure the title. “It’s my guess that James [Runacres] will be a strong contender for the top step of the podium along with Khun Manat [Kulapalanont], my team mate [Charvanin Bunditkitsada] and myself, so the last weekend will be very exciting to watch,” he adds. Not long to wait to find out either.



- Edd Ellison - also photo

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12.09.2017 / MaP

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