Intense competition was the name of the game in the second GT3 race of the Bangsaen Grand Prix. B-Quik Absolute Racing’s #62 Audi R8 GT3 EVO II (Xuanyu Li / Wenlong Lu) won the race after the leading car crashed with seven minutes to go.

By Nida Anis

Throughout the first half of the race, the leading B-Quik Absolute Racing #27 (Hao Lin / Christopher H.) appeared to be evenly matched with the second-placed Singha Motorsport Team Thailand #89 (Voravud B. / Carlo V.).

The Winhere by BQAR #37 Audi R8 GT3 EVO II was one of the first cars to pit, with Sandy S. substituting Yi Deng in the second half of the race. They were later followed by the B-Quik Absolute Racing #25, who swapped from Thai driver Adisak T. to Dutch racer Henk K.

The next car to pit was the #89, which saw Voravud Bhirombakhdi switch with Carlo van Dam. The #27 swapped from Christopher Haase to Hao Lin, and the Singha Motorsport Team Thailand #12 (Piti B. / Kantasak K.) also had a drama-free pit stop during the allocated pit window.

With 12 minutes remaining, the cars in third to fifth were closing up to second place at a rate of 1.5 seconds a lap. However, the #12 in second encountered lapped traffic, which allowed the #62 to extend its lead.

A battle for fourth place ensued between Sandy S. (#37) and Piti B. (#12). Sandy S. attempted several overtakes, including an outside move at Turn 18 and another attempt at Turn 2, but was unable to pass. Nearly losing control on lap 32, Sandy S. managed to recover and maintain position.

With seven minutes remaining, the race leader (#27) crashed into the wall at Turn 15 after losing control, paving the way for #62 to take the lead, followed by #12 in second and #37 in third. The #89 car, previously passed by both #12 and #37, ended up in fourth place.

A safety car was deployed with just over five minutes to go to recover the stricken #27 and was called in at the end of Lap 34. The lapped #25 B-Quik Absolute Racing Audi held up the second-placed #12 on the restart, enabling the leaders to build a gap to the cars behind.

On the final lap, there was an intense battle for second place. #37 attempted to overtake #12 but couldn’t succeed and had to defend against #89. Ultimately, Xuanyu Li and Wenlong Lu in the #62 B-Quik Absolute Racing Audi won the race by 3.798 seconds.

GT3 race two top five

  1. Xuanyu Li / Wenlong Lu (Audi R8 GT3 EVO II) – 36 laps
  2. Piti B. / Kantasak K. (Honda NSX GT3) – 3.798s
  3. Sandy S. / Yi Deng (Audi R8 GT3 EVO II) – 4.202s
  4. Voravud B. / Carlo V. (Honda NSX GT3 2021) – 4.529s
  5. Henk K. / Adisak T. (Audi R8 GT3 EVO II) – 35 laps

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Header photo credit: Nida Anis

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