The 2024 Bangsaen Grand Prix will get underway this weekend at the Bangsaen Street Circuit in Thailand. Nineteen races are scheduled to take place from the 3-7 July, with fifteen different classes on this year’s roster. Asian Motorsport previews the action.

By Nida Anis

Bangsaen Street Circuit is one of Asia’s most picturesque and challenging racetracks. The 19-corner, 3.7-kilometre-long circuit opened in 2007 and has since become a fan favourite among drivers and regional motorsport enthusiasts alike.

From its humble beginnings as a local event backed by Thai politician and Porsche racing driver Sonthaya Khunpluem, the headline Bangsaen Grand Prix race weekend now hosts a diverse range of regional, national, and international series.

In 2014, Thailand Super Series President Sontaya Kunplome oversaw significant upgrades to the track which helped it gain FIA Grade 3 homologation. Simon Gardini, who had previously worked on Malaysian, Singaporean, and Australian street racing events, was the lead consultant.

The Bangsaen Grand Prix attracts over 100,000 visitors per year and has boosted the local economy in Chonburi. The return of Porsche Carrera Cup Asia looks set to propel this year’s race to even greater heights.

Round two of Thailand Super Series’ supercar division heads to Bangsaen

2024 marks Thailand Super Series’ seventh visit to the Bangsaen Street Circuit, with the championship having been a regular fixture at the Grand Prix since 2015. After a thrilling season opener at the Chang International Circuit in Buriram, the series’ leading competitors will be looking to consolidate their advantage in round two.

GT3

Absolute Racing lead the GT3 Teams’ Championship with 57 points, nine points ahead of their closest rivals Team AAI. Singha Motorsport Team Thailand are in third place with 47 points and will be looking to close the gap in round two.

Pro-Am

Team AAI #91 BMW M4 GT3 drivers Chun Hua Chen and Jesse Krohn currently lead the GT3 Drivers’ Championship with 43 points. They hold a ten-point lead over local favourites Piti Bhirombhakdi and Kantasak Kusiri in the Singha Motorsport Team Thailand #12 Honda NSX GT3.

Am

Absolute Racing #25 Audi R8 GT3 Evo II drivers Huang Ruohan and Adisak Tangphuncharoen currently lead the Am championship by 28 points. This places them comfortably ahead of their closest rivals, Team AAI #90 BMW M4 GT3 drivers Jun San Chen and Yin Yu Chen, who only scored 8 points in round one.

GTM

Toyota Gazoo Racing Thailand comfortably lead the GTM Teams’ Championship with 74 points, ahead of Singha Motorsport Team Thailand in second and Fire Monkey Motorsport in third.

Pro-Am

Singha Motorsport Team Thailand #25 Ferrari 488 Challenge drivers Kittipol Pramoj Na Ayudhya and Supakit Jenjitranun currently lead the Pro-Am championship with 36 points, ahead of Toyota Gazoo Racing Thailand #38 Lexus RCF GTM drivers Kris Vasuratna and Nattapong Hortongkum. However, the #25 duo are 14 points short of the overall GTM championship lead.

Am

Toyota Gazoo Racing Thailand #24 Lexus RCF GTM driver Nattavude Charoensukhawatana leads the overall and Am GTM Drivers’ Championships with 50 points. Fire Monkey Motorsport #10 driver Porsche 992 GT3 Cup Sye Wai Simon Chan has a sizeable gap to the Am leader with 23 points to his name.

GT4

2W Zoomies lead the Teams’ Championship in GT4 with 55 points. The team is 12 points ahead of their closest rivals, AAS Motorsport, and 28 points ahead of Absolute Racing in third.

Pro-Am

AAS Motorsport #18 Porsche 718 Cayman GT4 RS Clubsport driver Kantadhee Kusiri leads the Pro-Am and overall GT4 Drivers’ Championships by a healthy margin. His closest rivals, Racing Aurora #36 Mercedes-Benz AMG GT4 drivers Peter Hackett and Hayden Haikal, are currently 18 points behind him in the standings.

Am

2W Zoomies #95 Toyota GR Supra GT4 drivers Prakhun Phornprapha and Warren Adulayavichitr are the current leaders of the Am GT4 Drivers’ Championship. Their total of 33 points places them second in the overall GT4 standings, ahead of both Pro-Am pairings. Absolute Racing #26 Porsche 718 Cayman drivers Henk Kiks and Erwin de Smit are currently second in the Am class.

GTC

Toyota Gazoo Racing Thailand lead the GTC standings with 55 points, ahead of Cre-Lanotec-Liqui Moly Racing in second place with 27th race. C&C Motorsports & KS Racing are in third place with a total of 20 points.

#38 Toyota Supra 3S driver Akkarapong Akkaneenirot, competing for Toyota Gazoo Racing, is currently leading the GTC championship with 40 points. He is 13 points ahead of second-placed Cre-Lanotec-Liqui Moly Racing #88 Ford Mustang TA2 6.2L driver Damien Hamilton.

Seven points behind Hamilton is third-placed Manasseh Manuel Caceres, who drives the #50 Lamborghini Gallardo Super Trofeo 2010 for C&C Motorsports & KS Racing.

 

With a wide variety of drivers, cars, and classes, there’s no doubt that this year’s Bangsaen Grand Prix will produce a thrilling spectacle. Follow our coverage on AsianMotorsport.com for the latest updates on Thailand Super Series’ supercar division.

Header photo credit: Absolute Racing

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