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TITAN-VNS RISES TO TOUGH CHALLENGE AT BIRA CIRCUIT

Titan-VNS Auto Logistics Co. Ltd. (“Titan-VNS”) has just completed its second racing weekend of the year, and looking to build on our success during the opening round of the Isuzu One Make Race Championship, held back in March, it was a return trip to Pattaya’s Bira International Circuit, for the second round, which took place last weekend.

The Isuzu One Make Race Championship features the new generation version of its popular pickup truck tweaked to go racing, with the latest 1.9-litre turbodiesel under the bonnet – that a power unit with real world relevance. For Titan-VNS and our close partners in this programme, Albatross Logistics, it’s a perfect fit. Our staff prepare the race-bred D-Max and the driver also comes from within the company meaning we are learning and testing ourselves in a high pressure racing environment where every split second counts – a similar scenario to the supply chain where we run lean and are ambitious for success.

The format for the weekend consists of Practice and Qualifying sessions on Friday, Race 1 on Saturday and Race 2 on Sunday. During the season opening double header our driver this year, Noppon Cherdchusud, finished on the podium in both races to kick off our year in real style.

However, for last weekend’s second round our fully focused commitments of a growing supply chain company meant we were unable to enter either Friday or Saturday’s programme. We made a late push to enter Sunday’s Race 2 though but having missed Qualifying we would be right at the back of the grid for the race – starting in twenty second place out of twenty two trucks! We would also have no track time at all to set up the D-Max or any practice laps for Noppon to get back in the groove – his first lap would be when the lights turned green! It meant we would be fighting to make up places in a race that only 10 laps long. Bira Circuit is just 2.4 km long with 12 turns, it’s cramped and very narrow, certainly it’s not easy to gain ground here.

With all those odds stacked up against us it presented a wholly different challenge for the weekend, there was virtually no chance of a trip to the podium, the race leaders would be romping away at the front by the time Noppon had picked his way, truck by truck, up the order so our objective was to push as hard as we could and let’s see where we ended up – certainly driver and crew were right up for it. As a company we thrive under pressure – just as we do in any sporting initiative we undertake.

The crew got the #86 D-Max prepared and ready during the morning and at the green lights for the 1430 start Noppon put his foot down and went for it. We really have to say he drove out of his skin, passing trucks on every lap, slicing his way up the leaderboard like a hot knife through butter and he was able to push his way as far as the middle order of the top ten. It was a sizzling hot day in the Pattaya countryside, ambient temperatures were soaring, and it was equally sizzling out on the track. Superb driving coupled to superb setup by the team, it was a great achievement to take way from our very ‘short’ racing weekend and everyone learnt a little bit more.

Source. Edd Ellison

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