The #33 Honda CRZ, driven by Phuwapon T. and Phaophong C., won an incident-filled TH Super Compact race two at Bangsaen. Asian Motorsport reviews the action.

By the Asian Motorsport Team

The second TH Super Compact race of the Bangsaen Grand Prix took place under clear skies and sunny conditions. Norrarat Apivart started from pole in his #25 Toyota Yaris ahead of the #38 Toyota Yaris (Mitchell C. / Muhammad Naquib N.) and the #95 Honda CRZ (Buddhamont T. / Chanyaboot T.)

A brilliant start from the #33 propelled them into first place by the end of Lap 1, ahead of Apivart and the #38. From that moment, the all-Thai pairing of Phuwapon T. and Phaophong C. controlled the race, leading every lap.

Apivart lost four more places by Lap 2 and struggled to maintain good pace throughout the Super Compact race. He would eventually finish in fourth, having been unable to claw his way back into the podium positions.

A safety car was deployed 38 minutes into the race due to a car stopping on the front straight. It was lifted seven minutes later, but it wasn’t long before another safety car was deployed as the #38 crashed into the barriers. The race was subsequently red-flagged with just over 22 minutes to go.

The race resumed under the safety car with just over nine and a half minutes remaining. The stewards opted to extend the race time by five minutes and the safety car pulled in with 11 minutes now on the clock.

With just over five minutes remaining, Shane Ang’s Supersonic by Rongpo Power Unit’s #66 Honda Fit GR crashed into the barriers at Turn 8. However, the race was not interrupted.

There was a thrilling battle for second on the final lap. The #92 Honda CRZ (Chaiya Muang-ngam) overtook the #95. Whilst fighting for position, the two cars made contact, but continued racing. The #95 YK Motorsports car overtook again on the run down to Turn 18, but the #92 regained second place at the final corner.

TH Super Compact race two top ten

  1. Phuwapon T. / Phaophong C. (Honda CRZ) – 1:07:47.009, 24 laps
  2. Chaiya Muang-ngam (Honda CRZ) – 0.406s, 1:07:47.415
  3. Buddhamont T. / Chanyaboot T. (Honda CRZ) – 1.019s, 1:07:48.028
  4. Norrarat Apivart (Toyota Yaris) – 7.280s, 1:07:54.289
  5. Yotsarun S. / Hideharu K. (Honda CRZ) – 33.587s, 1:08:20.596
  6. Na Dol V. / Tanchanok C. (Toyota Altis) – 35.020s, 1:08:22.029
  7. Chotthanin C. / Aniwat L. (Honda City) – 37.062s, 1:08:24.071
  8. Chananchicha Thanatthithadakul (Honda CRZ) – 57.153s, 1:08:44.162
  9. Thanapattra Sutthisawang (Honda CRZ) – 1:01.633, 1:08:48.642
  10. Putinad T. / Arthon L. (Honda CRZ) – 1:25.726, 1:09:12.735

For more updates from the 2024 Bangsaen Grand Prix, stay tuned to Asian Motorsport.

Header photo credit: Mac

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