Thai star tanart sathienthirakul makes history in singapore

Various Auto
17 Sep. 2023 • 16:05
The second running of TSS The Super Series in Singapore was all about Tanart Sathienthirakul. He bagged a double win on what was his fifth visit to the Marina Bay Street Circuit.

In fact, he was imperious throughout on what was also his first time driving an Audi R8 GT3 and, as well as winning both races in style. he claimed both poles and also topped the practice session.


Job well done and a double win for Thailand on these streets. But it wasn’t all about Sathienthirakul as there was lots of action throughout the field in races where the weather also played its part.


Saturday’s opening TSS The Super Series race mirrored the previous one here for TSS The Super Series, which was held almost exactly this time last year, as the anticipated 12-lapper got underway on a wet track with clearing skies, although this time the tyre choice was much easier.


However, dry or wet, and it was 30 degrees and very humid, nothing could stop Tanart Sathienthirakul. Cool, calm and collected he added his name to the illustrious roll call of winners on the Marina Bay Street Circuit after a faultless race where he made light of the conditions and never put a foot wrong.


Thai hopes rested on Sathienthirakul’s shoulders and he didn’t disappoint. He even swiftly put behind him a messy start to lead almost all the race and grind out a gap, lap by lap, he could control.


Second place went to Vincent Lin, in the #27 Audi, he started third and executed a neat pass early in the race on Anderson Tanoto (#11 Porsche), who had started in P2 but was soon under pressure, to move up to the runners up spot and he managed the position to the chequered flag.


The Indonesian in the purple and yellow #11 Porsche slipped backwards in the race and became embroiled in the scrap for P3 which saw a huge battle for most of the race that included Alex Liu in Kam Lung Racing’s bright orange Mercedes AMG GT3 and Malaysian Adrian D’Silva in the #61 EBM Porsche with Sun Jingzu (#13 Porsche) and Vincent Floirendo (#55 Audi) locking onto the back of it after the latter two had swapped places.


In the end Tanoto departed that battle when he suffered a puncture, while Liu clung onto third place despite D’Silva being alongside him at times in what was the ding dong battle of the race.


Then it was the B-Quik Absolute cars of Sun and Floriendo, before another team member, Henk Kiks, the Dutchman enjoying a strong weekend in his regular #26 Audi, wrapped up the top seven.


In eighth place overall, and comfortably winning the GTM category, was Yuey Tan (Porsche) and the local hero was one place ahead of the EBM Aston Martin Vantage GT4 of Romain Leroux, who claimed GTC honours.


A terrific race from a quality grid but then it was onto Race 2.


Again, Sathienthirakul was unstoppable as he controlled Sunday’s final race from the green lights to chequered flag as he made it a perfect weekend with two wins out of two, steering the #25 Audi safely between the ever-unforgiving walls of the iconic Marina Bay Circuit.


This time it was D’Silva that gave chase, the Malaysian upping his game from the day before to grab the runners up spot. Fourth the day before, a big step forward saw him finishing in second on Sunday to wrap up an excellent weekend for the experienced EBM Porsche driver.


In the #27 Audi, Lin also enjoyed a very successful weekend in the red and black car, second in Race 1 he came home third in Race 2 to keep himself high up on the podium steps on both days.


Following that theme of consistency, Sun was fourth in Race 2, one place better than he managed the day before, while shadowing him both days was Floirendo, his sixth the day before became a fifth in Race 2, the two B-Quik Absolute Audis seemingly inseparable during both races.


Kiks brought the #26 Audi home in sixth, also up one place from the day before, while next up Tan claimed GTM honours again, the Singaporean driver putting all his local expertise to good use.


The top eight was rounded out by Mak Hing Tak in the #68 Bentley Continental GT3 who made up for a disappointing Race 1 with a very solid run to the chequered flag in the big brutal machine.


Ninth went to Liu in Kam Lung Racing’s Mercedes AMG GT3. He had been fighting for the podium early on before a tangle tipped him down the leaderboard, while the top ten was concluded by the EBM Aston Martin Vantage GT4 of Leroux who won GTC for the second consecutive day.




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