B-Quik Absolute Racing dominated the first qualifying session of the Thailand Super Series on Saturday, but the team was beaten in the second session by Team AAI and Singha Motorsport.

By Steven Walton

Qualifying for the first two GT3 races of the 2024 Thailand Super Series season took place on Saturday morning in Buriram.

The first session set the grid for the first race, which is due to start later on Saturday. The second session sorted out the order for Sunday’s race. Both GT3 races are one hour long.

In the first qualifying session, the Audi R8 GT3 Evo II cars from B-Quik Absolute Racing were dominant, locking out the top four spots on the grid.

Akash Nandy set the fastest time in the #62 Audi he shares with Eshan Pieris. Nandy’s best time was 0.006s faster than second-placed Huang Ruohan, who drives the #25 Audi with Adisak Tangphuncharoen.

Behind the four Audis, the next best car was the #91 BMW from Team AAI. Its fastest lap, set by Chun Hua Chen, was 1.5s behind Nandy’s pole time.

The second GT3 qualifying session was a lot closer, with the top four cars separated by less than three-tenths.

BMW factory driver Jesse Krohn set the fastest time for Team AAI in the #91 BMW.

Behind Krohn in second, just 0.132s slower, was Carlo Van Dam, who drives the #89 Honda NSX GT3 for Singha Motorsport Team Thailand.

The third-quickest driver was Markus Winkelhock in the #27 B-Quik Absolute Racing Audi. Winkelhock set his fastest lap right at the end of the qualifying session, though he appeared to lose time in the final sector due to traffic.

Thailand driver Kantasak Kusiri finished with the fourth fastest time in the #12 Honda NSX GT3 from Singha Motorsport Team Thailand.

GTM and GT4

The GTM and GT4 classes also qualified together on Saturday morning. Like GT3, two 15-minute sessions were held to set the grids for two one-hour races.

In GT4, Kantadhee Kusiri dominated both qualifying sessions. He was driving solo in the #18 Porsche 718 Cayman GT4 RS for AAS Motorsport. He comfortably set the quickest times in both sessions.

In the GTM class, Toyota Gazoo Racing’s Nattavude Charoensukhawatana was the quickest in the first session, putting his #24 Lexus RCF on pole position for the one-hour race on Saturday afternoon.

Charoensukhawatana was the third quickest in the GTM class in the second qualifying session.

Pole position for the second race went the way of PSC Motorsport’s #77 Lamborghini Super Trofeo Evo, driven by Saravut Sereethoranakul and Afiq Yazid.

Full results from the qualifying sessions and races are available here.

Thailand Super Series is available to watch live on YouTube. Livestreams are available in both English and Thai.

Header image credit: Thailand Super Series

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