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The newest addition to the pinnacle of Thai motorsport’, Super Car Class 3-GTC, continued to justify its addition to the Thailand Super Series (TSS) programme with two exciting races on the return trip to Buriram that saw the action continuing to hot up and the standard of drivers, cars and teams is certainly growing fast as this category finds its feet.

TSS7Meanwhile in Super 2000 the pace never slows down for a second, just as the fans have grown to expect, and two more thrillers were dished up. In fact both Super Car Class 3-GTC and Super 2000 threw up different winning driver names and car brands for each of their races.

The first Super Car Class 3-GTC race victory was claimed by Khun Naputt Assakul in the sleek little Ginetta G55, he’s now starting to shape up into the driver to beat for the title this year, while Race 2 saw Khun Grant Supaphong take victory with a faultless drive in the Krating Daeng Mitsubishi Evo X and when this car runs reliably he seems unbeatable.

The first Super 2000 race win went to Khun Munkong Sathienthirakul who never looked like being headed in his pacey Honda Civic FD and he stamped clearly his mark on the proceedings. He had looked fast at the season opener too and so that was something of an overdue win. Stand-in driver at Singha Motorsport Team Thailand, Khun Carlo Van Dam, got the closest but in the end the Dutch professional driver had to settle for the runners up spot while third place went to Singha TT Motorsport’s Khun Chayut Yangpichit.

TSS2Championship points leader Khun Jack Lemvard bided his time in the first race in the ballast laden Vattana Motorsport BMW E90 and by hanging on for P4 neatly lined himself up on the front row for the second race, thanks to the top five reverse grid, and with some of his weight being shed he powered away from the pack to claim his third win of the year and in doing so start to edge towards the title. Khun Chayut went one better than the first race, he turned in another superb drive to nab the runners up spot while Khun Pasarit Phromsombat continued his fine form with third place.

Super 2000 has a long-standing reputation for providing the closest fought racing in Thailand and this year is proving to be no different. Super Car Class 3-GTC meanwhile is growing fast in stature and also commanding tight racing from very varied but evenly matched racecars. Strength in depth and competitive racing are the hallmarks of both these popular categories.

Buriram Race Reports

Ben Potter

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