Turtle Monster Racing’s Cem Yudulmaz triumphed in his #35 Ford Mustang in an action-packed second GTC race at Bangsaen Street Circuit. Asian Motorsport reviews the race.

By Nida Anis

The race began with high drama, as polesitter Siramedt Thungsuteeranonkul suffered a technical issue in his Tecpro Racing #11 Ford RR Daytona GT Coupe. This caused his car to agonisingly slow down to a stop as the rest of the seven-strong field overtook him.

Yudulmaz inherited the race lead and maintained it for the rest of the race. However, there was a close battle for second and third, with Toyota Gazoo Racing Thailand’s Akkarapong Akkaneenirot in his #38 Toyota Supra 3S trying to hold off Cre-Lanotec-Liqui Moly Racing’s Damien Hamilton in his #88 Ford Mustang TA2 6.2L.

Hamilton had overtaken Akkaneenirot by Lap 6, and right until the final lap, it looked as though the Toyota Gazoo Racing Thailand driver was set to be relegated to third. However, Hamilton dropped back significantly at the very end of the race, enabling Akkaneenirot and his teammate, Manat Kulapalanont, to overtake him for second and third.

Furthermore, a five-second time penalty was imposed on Hamilton for an incident with Akkaneenirot at Turn 8.

GTC race two results

  1. Cem Yudulmaz (Turtle Monster Racing, Ford) – 24:07.376
  2. Akkarapong Akkaneenirot (Toyota Gazoo Racing Thailand, Toyota) – 1.519s
  3. Manat Kulapalanont (Toyota Gazoo Racing Thailand, Toyota) – 6.953s
  4. Damien Hamilton (CRE-LANOTEC-LIQUI MOLY RACING, Ford) – 16.430s
  5. Manuel Rafael Caceres (C&C Motorsports KS Racing, Nissan) – 1:15.661s
  6. Manasseh Manuel Caceres (C&C Motorsports KS Racing, Lamborghini) – 1 Lap
  7. Siramedt Thungsuteeranonkul (TECPRO RACING, Ford) – DNF

Header photo credit: Mac

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