Thailand Yamaha’s Apiwat Wongthananon stole the show again at Chang International Circuit in a close fought Superbike race to make it seven wins from seven starts in the FMSCT All Thailand Superbike Championship.
On the grid walk with Barry Russell
The series leader came under relentless pressure from Power Speed BigWing’s Suhathai Chaemsap and teammate Anucha Nakcharoensri for the entire 12 lap race, but kept a cool head to take the victory as the three flashed across the line with less than 0.8 of a second separating them. Despite the lead changing many times Apiwat’s win seemed somehow inevitable, which is a testament to the cool head he has displayed throughout the season in both this class and the Asia Road Racing 250 championship, in which the title also seems to be his for the taking. His rivals tried everything, but ultimately had to settle for second and third respectively.
Behind them, Suhathai’s teammate, Chanon came through to an impressive fourth place ahead of SPW’s Chaiwachit and Kawasaki Thailand’s Aekkachai.
The Superstock 1000 race served up an elbow to elbow battle between the Thailand Yamaha duo of Anon Sangval and Anuparb Sarmoon. Anon got the better of his teammate as they crossed the line, but was dropped one place by Race Direction for overtaking under a yellow flag early in the race. Anon also achieved a stunning fastest lap of 1:37.331 in an overall race time that was one second faster than the Superbikes.
The race for the third podium place was won convincingly by Apidek Boonsri, who took his Kawasaki across the line 11 seconds ahead of Kawasaki Thailand’s Benjamin Fortt, in his first race back after a prolonged left shoulder injury and the promising Bodeepak Watcharakajonwong of Whiz Racing Project.
Our good friend Benjamin Fortt
Tingnote Thitipong won a convincing victory in the Supersport 600 event. He controlled the race from the start, quickly putting daylight between his Honda, the Thailand Yamaha of Prawat Yanwut and Power Speed BigWing’s Vorapong Marahual. While these three were spread out, the battle for fourth place between Ratchada Nakcharoensri and Tithithorn Na Nan occupied spectators. Tithithorn grabbed it with two laps remaining. with both riders showing themselves to be strong contenders at the professional level.
The championship returns to Bira International Circuit for round 8 on 9th and 10th October.
Credit and thanks for the content of this article to Barry Russell.
Declaration of Interest: Barry Russell is Jury President for the FMSCT All Thailand Superbike Championship