The Porsche Carrera Cup Asia will make a return to the Land of Smiles this summer after confirming it will make its debut on the Chang International Circuit. Rounds 7&8 will be held on the 4.5km, Hermann Tilke-designed circuit from July 31 to August 2, and will mark a return to Thailand for the region’s leading sportscar championship after a 10-year absence.
The Chang International Circuit is the first FIA Grade 1 motorsport facility for Thailand and was opened late last year. It has already hosted a round of the World Superbike Championship and the Japan Super GT, plus a number of domestic and regional races.
Commented Alexandre Gibot, Porsche China Motorsport Manager: “The Porsche Carrera Cup Asia delighted to be returning to Thailand and making our debut on the Chang International Circuit. This is an exciting addition to our 2015 calendar, and I am sure all our drivers look forward to the challenges a brand new track will bring.”
With no fewer than three Thai drivers amongst the Porsche Carrera Cup Asia field this year, the chance for them to compete in front of the home crowd will be welcome. When the series last raced in Thailand in 2005, at the Bira International Circuit, both Vutthikorn Inthraphuvasak, this year competing with 100 PLUS Racing Team, and Sontaya Kunplome, entered with Racing Spirit Thailand this season, lined up on the grid. This time though they will be joined by fellow countryman Suttiluck Buncharoen of True Visions Motorsports Thailand.
Thailand has a rich motorsport heritage, with a vibrant domestic racing scene and several drivers competing overseas in different disciplines of the sport. Putting motor racing firmly on the map was Prince Birabongse who, back in the 1950’s, became the country’s first Formula 1 driver.
Since then, the sport has flourished in Thailand, and the Porsche Carrera Cup Asia is assured of a typically warm welcome when it makes its triumphant return to the Kingdom this August.
2015 Provisional Calendar
|March 06 – 08||Sepang Intl. Circuit, Malaysia||Test Days||–|
|April 10 – 12||Shanghai Intl. Circuit, China||Formula 1 Support Race||Rounds 1&2|
|May 15 – 17||Yeongam Intl. Circuit, Korea||Asian Festival of Speed||Rounds 3&4|
|June 05 – 07||Fuji Intl. Circuit, Japan||One Make Series Festival||Rounds 5&6|
|July 31 – August 02||Chang Intl. Circuit, Thailand||Thailand Super Series||Rounds 7&8|
|September 04 – 06||Sepang Intl. Circuit, Malaysia||Asian Festival of Speed||Rounds 9&10|
|September 18 – 20||Marina Bay Circuit, Singapore||Formula 1 Support Race||Rounds 11&12|
|Oct 30 – Nov 01||Shanghai Intl. Circuit, China||World Endurance Championship||Rounds 13&14|