BMW works driver Jesse Krohn, who competes in the GTP class in the IMSA SportsCar Championship, will race in all five rounds of the 2024 Thailand Super Series.

By Steven Walton

Krohn will drive the #91 Team AAI BMW M4 GT3 in this year’s Thailand Super Series, partnering with Chun Hua Chen.

Asian Motorsport caught up with Krohn on Friday at the first round in Buriram, where he confirmed that he would race the full season.

There are no calendar clashes between the Thailand Super Series and the IMSA SportsCar Championship, the American series where Krohn drives the #24 BMW M Hybrid V8 LMDh car in the GTP class.

“It’s quite good to spend some time on the GT car as well because my main programme’s in the LMDh, so just to have this on the side is a good addition,” Krohn said.

“I like the tracks that we go to, I think it’s well organised, the show around it is good, there’s some good drivers as well, so it’s nice to be a part of it.”

‘LMDh is so much faster’

Asked about what it was like to jump back into the GT3 car after driving the LMDh prototype, Krohn said it took a bit of adjusting.

“It feels like we’re missing a bit of power the first time you switch off the pit limiter because the LMDh is so much faster,” he said.

“But in a way, it’s easier because you have so much more time to think about the braking points and everything, everything just happens slower, it’s like slow motion almost, but it takes maybe two [or] three laps and then you’re back in it.”

Krohn said he aimed to win the Thailand Super Series GT3 championship, but noted that there was tough competition. He specifically mentioned the four cars entered by B-Quik Absolute Racing, saying: “It’s always hard to fight against such a big team.”

Krohn said his BMW car felt good on Friday and the team was focused on getting Chen, his teammate, up to speed.

“So far so good, [my teammate has] done super well, the car feels good, he’s happy with it, I’m happy with it, so I think we’re ready to go.”

Krohn and Chen’s #91 BMW finished seventh and fourth in the two practice sessions on Friday.

‘It’s always fun to come here’

This is not the first time Krohn has raced in the Thailand Super Series.

He drove in the Sepang round last year with Chen and the pair finished third in the first race and won the second race.

Krohn said he has been with Team AAI since 2016. “I like the people in the team and I like the way they do things so it’s always fun to come here.”

Krohn won the 2017/18 Asian Le Mans series crown with Team AAI and last year he also raced for the team in the Buriram and Sepang rounds of GT World Challenge Asia.

After this weekend in Buriram, Krohn will return to the United States for the next IMSA round at Laguna Seca on May 10-12.

Header image credit: BMW Group


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