There’s no let-up in the pace of the B-Quik “Young Driver Programme” this month as following last weekend’s RAAT Thailand Endurance Championship races at Bira Circuit it’s straight on to the fourth round of “Toyota Motorsport 2018” which takes place in Phuket this coming weekend for what will be the team’s third event in three weeks.
That hectic schedule kicked off two and a half weeks ago with the fourth round of Thailand Super Series 2018, held at Bira Circuit, before last weekend saw a return trip to the Pattaya track for the second round of the “Endurance” series.
This time around we doubled up to run two cars adding a Honda Brio to the Toyota Vios we debuted in Round 1.
Once again, our 2018 “rookies”, Jerasak Kongplab, Adisak Tangphuncharoen and Attapon Kaewarsa, shared the Vios and they more than made up for the technical issues that blighted the car during the first round to record two top five finishes from the two 4-hour races.
Sunday’s second and final race saw the crew having to dig in to get to the finish after transmission issues at the end of the first hour meant the Vios had to spend more than 20 minutes in the garage. Very good work by the young crew supporting the young drivers and they were quickly back in the race.
Our “Class of 2017” finalists, Narin Naeosathon and Sathaporn Veerachue, teamed up in the Brio for their first ever “Endurance” distance race. They ran very well in both races, in fact they were leading the “Eco” class during Race 2 when engine issues scuppered their challenge just as they went into the final hour. In the first race transmission problems required the car to be garaged during the closing stages and while they didn’t have results to show for their hard work, it was a productive weekend for the pair.
Now the team’s attention immediately turns to the fourth round of the Toyota Motorsport “one make” racing series which pitches up in Phuket this coming weekend.
The Vios will make a swift return to the action as will Jerasak who will be driving the car. This rookie-year driver will in fact be contesting his third Toyota Motorsport round, following on from outings at Buriram (June) and Bangsaen (July).
On both occasions he acquitted himself very well and now with two Endurance races behind him in the car we expect more progress this weekend. Once again though Jerasak has a brand-new track to learn as Toyota’s championship pitches up on a temporary circuit in the popular tourist city of Phuket, located in the south of the country.
At just 1.5 km long, the circuit, in Saphan Hin Park, is very short and angular but it’s proved a huge draw with fans and in fact this is the eighth consecutive year that Toyota Motorsport is holding a round there.
As usual Jerasak will be supported by a young crew servicing the #26 Vios as our unique programme sees all the drivers and technicians drawn from the operational staff of B-Quik Service Centres.
B-Quik Racing is supported by B-Quik, Michelin, Mobil 1, Bendix, Yuasa, NGK, Liqui Moly, STI and WAC Car Detailing.
The track action starts the day after tomorrow (Friday 21 Sep) with practice before further practice and qualifying sessions as well as the opening races get underway the next day (Saturday 22 Sep) with the racing action continuing into Sunday (23 Sep).
Jerasak Kongplab: “After the endurance race at Bira, now we’re heading to Phuket for Toyota Motorsport. The endurance race has helped me improve my driving and to get ready for upcoming race. However, I have no previous experience of Phuket circuit, it’s a specially set up track too, so this race will see a lot of new things and will be a very big challenge for me. I’m excited to continue racing and I will do my best to keep improving and to try to get a good result.”