Veteran racer Tony Percy and the Honda Integra DC 5 are competing in the Super 2000 / Thailand Touring Car Class while the young Danish Viking, Victor Jensen is out to prove his worth in the Super Production Class with the Honda Jazz
As always the team arrived early in the week to begin preparations for the task ahead, Thursday was the first time the cars could get some track time and see how they were shaping up for the weekend ahead.
The week didn’t start well as the Honda DC5 was leaking oil and the brand new K20 engine was down on power with a suspected piston issue while the Honda Jazz was also down on power by around 20HP. The teams of mechanics worked well into the night to replace the essential parts to get the cars in good shape, and by 2 am Friday morning both the Honda DC5 and Honda Jazz were ready to race.
Tony and Victor soon got to grips with the Chang international and it wasn’t long until they were posting competitive times, by the end of the session Tony had qualified first in Class which was an incredible achievement considering his K20 engine had to be completely replaced the night before, the young Viking, Victor came an impressive second in class narrowly missing out on first place. GTM Supercar
Thailand Touring Car – Tony Percy – Honda Integra DC5
Veteran racer Tony Percy had better luck in the Honda Integra DC5, after taking a comfortable first in class pole position he followed up with a comfortable victory in Race 1. After making a solid start Tony began to pull away from the chasing pack and found himself in some clean air for most of the race easing over the line to win his class and take 3rd place overall. The victory was a great achievement as only 24 hours earlier his number one K20 engine had to be replaced with his spare backup engine.
Due to his success in Race 1 additional weight was added to the DC5, the mechanics installed the extra weight and altered the balance and the set up accordingly. With the extra weight in the car Race 2 was never going to be easy but Tony with his years of racing experience held off the chasing pack for the entire race, again finishing first in class and third overall. Tony now leads the Class B Championship.
Super Production – Victor Jensen – Honda Jazz
At only 17 years old young Victor has shown great potential in early season testing, now it was time to show his skills on the big stage at the Chang International Circuit. The early issues with the engine were now fixed and Dane was firing on all cylinders, ready to take on the much more experienced drivers. Confidence was high after an impressive qualifying where he narrowly missed out on pole position,
however, his dreams were dashed when going out on the formation lap he lost his left front wheel at turn four and had to retire the car. After some investigation by the team, it was found to be a cross-threaded nut that had caused the wheel to come loose and eventually break away. Victor returned to the pits still smiling accepting it was “Just one of those things that happen in motorsport”.
Due to no result in Race 1 Victor and the Jazz started right at the back of the grid with 11 other cars ahead of them, this did not phase the young man as the lights went out he began his charge up the field. By lap 4 Victor was in 5th place and catching up to 4th place with every corner he passed, but then more bad luck beset the team as his clutch failed dramatically reducing his speed, even though he could carry on at a slower pace it was decided to retire the car and negate any potential damage to the gearbox. The worst possible start to a new season, but again Victor was all smiles and looking forward to getting back in the hunt at Bang Saen in 5 weeks’ time.
A very tough and demanding weekend for all connected with the Unixx TR-Motorsport Team but they promise to bounce back in the coastal town of Bang Saen for rounds 5 & 6 of The Thailand Super Series.
The team would like to thank their gracious sponsors for their continued support, Unixx Lubricants, AKA Traders, Amber Food & Grapes, Seara Sports, Retox Group, Freem Clothing Thailand, SCAN Global Logistics, Sky Marine Group, Inspire Thailand, Thai Tech by Thai Visa, Mogit Training, Grover & Grover Bespoke Tailors, B-Quik, Cutting Edge Group, ETS and Planet Porsche Website.
The Unixx TR-Motorsport will next be in action at the Bang Saen Festival of Speed on the weekend of the 14/15 July. For more information about the team and upcoming events visit tr-motorsport.com, you can also follow them on Facebook, Instagram, Twitter and Line search Unixx TR-Motorsport Thailand.
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