Toyota Gazoo Racing’s #24 Lexus won the multiclass GTM/GT4 Thailand Super Series race in Buriram on Saturday, beating Singha Motorsport’s #25 Ferrari to the chequered flag by more than six seconds.

By Steven Walton

The #24 Lexus from Toyota Gazoo Racing, driven by Nattavude Charoensukhawatana, started the 60-minute race from pole position, but it lost the lead on the second lap to Singha Motorsport’s #25 Ferrari 488 Challenge.

The #25 Ferrari, driven by Kittipol Pramoj Na Ayudhya and Supakit Jenjitranun, led during the first stint and built a gap of about four seconds to the Lexus before the pit window opened for mandatory stops.

Thailand Super Series uses compensation times during pit stops, which means cars have time added to their pit stop depending on the ranking of their driver line-ups.

Eight seconds were added for the #24 Lexus while 23 seconds were added for the #25 Ferrari.

The #24 Lexus emerged ahead of the #25 Ferrari after the pitstops and the #25 did not get close enough to retake the lead.

The gap between the two cars got down as low as three seconds at one stage, but by the end of the race, the #24 Lexus had a comfortable buffer of more than six seconds.

GT4

The story of the GT4 race was similar to GTM as the pitstops played a key role.

The two dominant cars in GT4 were the pole-sitting #18 AAS Motorsport Porsche of Kantadhee Kusiri and the #36 Racing Aurora Mercedes of Peter Hackett and Hayden Haikal.

The #18 Porsche led ahead of the #36 Mercedes during the first stint, but due to compensation times, the #18 Porsche lost track position during its mandatory pitstop.

After the pitstops, the top five cars in GT4 were covered by less than 10 seconds. The #36 Mercedes fought back from third in class to first, while the #18 Porsche recovered from fifth to second.

The final spot on the GT4 podium went to the #95 Porsche of 2W Zoomies, driven by Prakhun Phornprapha and Warren Adulayavichitr.

Meanwhile, the GTM podium was rounded out by the #77 PSC Motorsport Lamborghini, which will start Sunday’s GTM/GT4 race from pole position.

Header image credit: Thailand Super Series

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