The session was a strong one for Audis, with three of the top five cars overall running an R8 GT3 EVO II.

By the Asian Motorsport Team

The opening practice session for the GT3/GTM category at the Bangsaen Street Circuit saw the all-Thai duo of Sandy S. and Deng Yi in the Winhere by BQAR’s #37 Audi R8 GT3 EVO II secure the top spot.

Sandy S. and Deng Yi clocked the fastest lap time of 01:36.353 on their twenty-second tour around the 3.74-kilometre circuit. B-Quik Absolute Racing’s Chinese pairing of Xuanyu Li and Wenlong Lu followed closely in their #62 Audi R8, trailing by 0.776 seconds.

The third spot was claimed by Singha Motorsport Team Thailand’s Piti Bhirombakhdi and Kantasak K. in their #12 Honda NSX GT3, 0.740 seconds further adrift. Notably, the fourth and fifth-placed cars from Team AAI and B-Quik Absolute Racing were within three-tenths of the #12 Honda’s lap time.

The #37 Audi duo set an early benchmark with a 01:41.801 on their third lap, improving to a 01:40.914 on their fourth. While the B-Quik Absolute Racing entries—#27 driven by Lin H. and Christopher H., and #62 driven by Xuanyu Li and Wenlong Lu—occasionally led the timesheets, Sandy S. and Deng Yi maintained their dominance for most of the session.

The session wasn’t without incident; Viper Niza Racing’s #65, driven by Malaysian Douglas K., is under investigation for reversing in the pit lane.

TSS GT3 / GTM Overall Top Ten

  1. Winhere by BQAR (Audi R8 GT3 EVO II) – 1:36.353 (GT3 Pro1)
    Drivers: Sandy S. (THA) / Deng Yi (THA)
  2. B-Quik Absolute Racing (Audi R8 GT3 EVO II) – 1:37.129 (GT3 Pro2)
    Drivers: Xuanyu Li (CHN) / Wenlong Lu (CHN)
  3. Singha Motorsport Team Thailand (Honda NSX GT3) – 1:37.869 (GT3 Pro3)
    Drivers: Piti B. (THA) / Kantasak K. (THA)
  4. TEAM AAI (BMW M4 GT3) – 1:37.910 (GT3 Pro4)
    Drivers: Chun Hua C. (TPE) / Max H. (GER)
  5. B-Quik Absolute Racing (Audi R8 GT3 EVO II) – 1:38.097 (GT3 Pro5)
    Drivers: Lin H. (CHN) / Christopher H. (GER)
  6. Singha Motorsport Team Thailand (Honda NSX GT3 2021) – 1:38.584 (GT3 Pro6)
    Drivers: Voravud B. (THA) / Carlo V. (NED)
  7. B-Quik Absolute Racing (Audi R8 GT3 EVO II) – 1:39.527 (GT3 Am1)
    Drivers: Henk K. (NED) / Adisak T. (THA)
  8. Singha Motorsport Team Thailand (Ferrari 488 Challenge) – 1:41.076 (GTM Pro1)
    Drivers: Kittipol P. (THA) / Supakit J. (THA)
  9. PSC Motorsport (Lamborghini Super Trofeo Evo) – 1:41.599 (GTM Pro2)
    Drivers: Saravut S. (THA) / Afiq Y. (MAS)
  10. Fire Monkey Motorsport (Porsche 992 GT3 Cup) – 1:43.639 (GTM Am1)
    Driver: Simon Chan (HKG)

The GT3 and GTM categories have another 55-minute practice session scheduled for tomorrow afternoon at 3:45 PM.

Stay tuned to Asian Motorsport for further updates and detailed coverage at Bangsaen.

Header photo credit: Nida Anis


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