The second season of Super Car Class 3-GTC wound to a conclusion of the streets of Bangsaen last month with two exciting races as the ‘third’ category in the ‘Super Car’ portfolio continues to establish itself as not just a capable feeder but as an exciting sportscar racing platform in its own right. Two gripping races that ebbed and flowed from green flag to checkered flag eventually added two new names to the roll call of winners for the year.
There races were doubly explosive because at the same time the destiny of the title was playing out with the second ever Class 3-GTC champion being crowned at the end of the weekend’s concluding race. And it was a highly deserved winner too. Khun Grant Supaphong rarely has the car to match his unquestioned talent and that was the same story this year when his fast but fragile Mitsubishi Evo X expired on several occasions costing him valuable helpings of points.
But when it’s worked Khun Grant has been pretty much unstoppable and a run of four maximum scores from the six races so far this year set him up for the season closer with the title his to loose, only his teammate, Khun Daychapon Toyingcharoen, and Mazda driver Khun Thanapol Thongchua could wrest the title away if they scored highly and Khun Grant picked up no scores.
That scenario then – almost inevitably – played out over the opening days and closed up the gaps. Khun Grant’s Evo made it hard work for the driver once again, expiring in qualifying and then suffering another engine problem in first race. But in the second race the patched up car – and literally the engine had been patched up as no spare units were available – made it to the line in third place, Khun Grant carefully nursing the car into the points, and that was good enough to allow him to wrap up his first Super Car title.
Aside from the destination of the title, Bangsaen always has the last say with winners and there were two new names added to the Super Car Class 3-GTC roll call for 2015. The first race was won by Khun Chayut Yangpichit who had looked to be in a class of his own during qualifying and proceeded to run away with the race, while in the second Khun Daychapon Toyingcharoen took his first ever Super Car win, in what is his second season in ‘GTC’, the well established ‘drift’ superstar continuing to make light of the theory that sideways racers usually struggle to adapt to the circuits.
He’s rapidly becoming something of a ‘Bangsaen specialist’, with five appearances so far that have netted five pole positions and five victories. And in each of those victories, two that were earned last year and a further three this year; he’s not been headed in any of those races either. That’s Darryl O’Young. And the category he’s made his own in Bangsaen is Super Car Class 2-GTM, arguably the most competitive, professional and hard fought discipline in Thai motorsport history.