German GT star Markus Winkelhock has returned to Asia this year for a second season in the Thailand Super Series. He says mechanics in the region are motivated and the series itself is good fun and quite competitive.

By Steven Walton

Winkelhock is an accomplished GT driver who has previously won the 24 Hours of Nürburgring, among other achievements.

He is a platinum-rated driver and he also has one Formula 1 start to his name, when he stepped in at the 2007 European Grand Prix for Spyker F1 Team.

Winkelhock raced in the Thailand Super Series last year and finished fifth in the drivers’ championship.

He is back again for 2024 and is again racing an Audi R8 GT3 Evo II for B-Quik Absolute Racing. He is sharing his car with Chinese driver, Vincent Lin.

Meanwhile, Winkelhock is also racing in GT World Challenge Asia this season.

“I really like it to come over here because it’s kind of different racing,” Winkelhock told Asian Motorsport from the Thailand Super Series paddock in Buriram.

“Especially when you come over to Asia, for me as a European, you have new race tracks, the atmosphere is completely different, the fans are different, so it’s like something new after 26 years of racing now,” he said.

“It’s quite competitive for sure, it would be nice to have a couple more cars, but it’s really, really competitive, it’s good racing,” he said of the Thailand Super Series.

Winkelhock said the Asian racing fans were friendly and he also enjoyed the region’s food.

“I really like it over here,” he said. “I like the series, everything is relaxed … you can have fun on-track, off-track, I just like it here, it’s good fun.”

Winkelhock also praised the attitude of the region’s mechanics, saying: “they are so motivated, even working their ass off in this heat.”

Temperatures during the recent round in Buriram got as high as 40 degrees Celsius. Some teams set up inflatable pools at the back of their garages.

“Day and night, if you ask [the mechanics] for something to do, they never would say no, they do really everything for you, I feel like a little Formula 1 driver here again.”

Winkelhock said he would try and support his teammate, Vincent Lin, as best as possible this year.

“He’s doing a good job, he’s really fast, try to make him even faster and support him as best as possible, and try to help him to win the title this year,” he said.

Winkelhock and Lin picked up two third-place finishes during the first Thailand Super Series round in Buriram.

Header image credit: Thailand Super Series

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