The biggest story to emerge from the ninth edition of the Bangsaen Thailand Speed Festival late last November was the closing up of the circle towards attaining FIA Grade 3 homologation, the conclusion of a yearlong process that culminated with an assessment visit by an FIA Track Inspector.

That strategy, which has been positioned as a fundamental cornerstone to the event going forward into the future, will allow the Speed Festival to plan for the longer term and the concluding pieces of the ‘Grade 3’ jigsaw will be slotted into place ahead of the tenth edition event which will take place in just over nine month’s time – putting everything on target in this ambitious schedule.

Meanwhile, truck racing enjoyed something of a revival last season as the regulations were rejigged to allow the latest-generation of production pickup trucks, which have in terms of their powertrains evolved so dramatically when compared to the previous breed, to be integrated into Super Pickup in a competitive and evenly balanced manner. That year of growth ended in spectacular style on the streets of Bangsaen where the pickups are always a big hit with the crowds. It also helped that the championship fight went right down to the wire.

Finally, with the official confirmation last week of the dates for this year’s 10th Bangsaen Thailand Speed Festival the last pieces of the TSS 2016 calendar have been slotted into place. ‘Season 4’ of TSS will thus closely follow the successful pattern of last year, four rounds split across three circuits, with a few tweaks to refine and calendar.

Ben Potter

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