Thailand’s most competitive racing category, Super Car Class 2-GTM, is set to continue its relentless growth this year with new cars and drivers being announced to join the ranks even though the start of the Thailand Super Series (TSS) season still around four months away.

saravut - sawaAnd in terms of new drivers this week comes news that the ‘Sereethoranakul’ name is set to double up on the grid as, while well established Super Car star, Khun Sarun, will trade up to an exciting new machine for the new season, his younger brother, Khun Saravut, will smoothly step into his now vacant Porsche 997 GT3 Cup to join Super Car for the first time. And on his rookie year Khun Saravut isn’t planning to make up the numbers either, last Tuesday he kicked off his pre season training programme at Bira Circuit with Japanese pro Keita Sawa on hand to guide him.

The newest cutting edge racecars are coming here in ever growing numbers and at Bangsaen last November the representation from Porsche’s latest-generation 991 GT3 Cup in the series expanded to three. Top Super Car driver Khun Aekarat Discharoen who has traded up from the 997 that has previously carried him to victory in Class 2-GTM has just acquired one of the newly arrived ‘991’ racecars.

He debuted his new car in Bangsaen and as the machine only arrived in Thailand a few days before the event kicked off and was in ‘Cup’ specification the week was really something of an extended test session. Certainly though Khun Aekarat looked quick and the driver said it was a definite all round improvement over the 997 so expect fireworks this season.

Finally, Super 1500 has long been a racing category that’s offered strong appeal towards the ‘middle’ of the TSS ‘ladder’, providing a viable and effective stepping stone to Super 2000 and it comes with strict cost controls. Entry has always been accessible and that’s meant enduring popularity – and close racing. As the times are changing in Thai motorsport so the category will evolve this season.

Super 1500 however signed off the 2015 season in real style on the streets of Bangsaen with two explosive races that saw the advantage changing by the lap. In the end a new champion was crowned, well not quite new as Khun Nuttapong Lertlumprasertkul also won this title four years ago, but he had to work all the way to the checkered flag of the final race to secure honours for a second time.


Ben Potter

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