Pro Racing Series Rd 7/8 KKC: Pick Up Truck Rd 7, Sep 11, 2010: Qualifying, Grid & Race
The Pro Racing Series visited the almost brand-new Kaeng Krachan Circuit (KKC) located just south of Petchaburi at the weekend for the fourth and penultimate round of this year's championship. For 2010 the multi-programme format, which focuses on classes for cars, bikes and pickups, has swapped last year's five races which all took place at the Bira track for three this time at the Pattaya circuit with the other two rounds being held at KKC, Thailand's newest racing facility. Thailand certainly lacks top-notch race tracks and most of the sport is focused around the Bira International Circuit just inland from the seaside resort city of Pattaya, which happens to be the country's only FIA sanctioned facility, so the arrival of KKC on the scene makes a welcome addition to the calendar although this year only the Pro Racing Series and the Honda Racing Fest seem to be making the trek. The Pro Racing Series, promoted by GPI Motorsport, is one of the key motor racing series in Thailand, slotting in underneath the Thai Super Car championship and above the more grassroots-focused Nitto 3K Racing Car Thailand and Super Club Thailand events. The Pro Racing Series revolves around three main categories: for cars there are two levels, Pro Car and the 2.0-litre Thailand Touring Car class, while there is the obligatory championship fought out by 2.5-litre turbodiesel-powered pickups. There is also the Singha Racing School championship for less experienced drivers providing a very suitable stepping stone. Bikes are usually included but not this weekend. The programme at KKC is split over two days: qualifying and the first set of races for all the series (round 7) takes place on Saturday with a second group of races on Sunday (round 8). The day's programme kicks off with practice runs for all classes through the early morning with the first qualifying sessions getting underway in the late morning before there is a scheduled break for lunch from 1130 to 1200. After lunch qualifying is completed (there are two separate track periods for the Thailand Touring Car runners) before the first race - round 7 - sees the Pick Up Truck drivers fighting an 18 lap race from 1355 to 1430. That is followed by 12 laps for the Pro Car category (1455-1520, 12 laps) and the bill-topping Thailand Touring Car race (1545-1620, 18 laps). The Singha Racing School 8-lapper wraps up the race action and the day will conclude with a crowd-pleasing drifting display. The pick-ups belch their way onto the still-sleepy track for their qualifying runs, ten turbodiesel machines drawn from the Isuzu, Toyota, Chevrolet and Mazda brands. Pole goes to the #4 Izusu of Kajornsak Na Songkla in 1:35.401, he is seven-tenths clear of Jaras Jangkamolkulchai (#29 Chevrolet) while next up, and the fastest of the "Class B" runners, Naruechit Kietmaneesri (#33 Isuzu), is more than two seconds back (1:37.602). The story of the Pick Up Truck race is an early lead for the pole-sitting #4 Isuzu of Kajornsak. From the front row the #29 Chevrolet of Jaras drops back but he soon fights his way back into contention and by mid race he is past Kajornsack and into a clear lead.
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Super-Overloaded Pickup Truck in Thailand
Just a sample of what you can expect to see on the roads of Thailand; utter lunacy. This is certianly a big part of why there are so many terrible accidents on the roads of Thailand. This was shot less than an hour outside of Bangkok.
UPDATE: On Nov 23rd, 2011 the TV show "Mythbusters" actually used part of this video in one of their min-myth segments. I'm very grateful to that overloaded truck, now!!
Pattaya Pro Racing Series, Rd 5, Bira Circuit, Chonburi - Pro Pick-Up views from the paddock
The pick-up runners seemed to be mostly ones I had seen in action on the equivalent bill of the Super Car series this year and the same plumes of black diesel smoke enveloped the track whenever these hulking machines ventured out of the pitlane. The pick-ups ranks, split over three classes, were made up of workhorses from the Chevrolet, Toyota, Ford, Isuzu and Mitsubishi stables. The light was starting to fade now as the 13 pick-ups swiftly assembled on the grid for a scheduled 5 oclock green flag. These beasts again provided plenty of attention, especially with some of the chosen lines that appeared to defy racing convention not to mention the laws of physics, with the top-three competitors locked in a battle for supremacy during the opening laps. The battle raged right over the 12 laps to the chequered flag with honours eventually going by just 0.313 of a second to the gloriously-named Worrapoj Boonchouylhoue in the #14 Izuzu and he crossed the finish line in a cloud of diesel smoke after 15 minutes and 48.091 seconds of tooth-and-nail fought racing. He also posted the fastest lap in 1 minute 17.44 seconds, an average speed of 111.564 km/h, and collected the Class A/B honours. Pitoon Thamasirikul (#27 Mitsubishi) claimed second place, while the last podium position went to Jaras Jangkamolkunchai (#5 Chevrolet) who faded off the lead battle by the flag, but was still less than two-and-a-half seconds off the runner-up spot. As these runners wreathed the rolling Pattaya countryside in thick black smoke as if it was in the clammy grip of a grim industrial plant, it was hard to tell how dusky it is getting. Twenty seconds off the winner and fifth overall, arrived the Class C winner: Maram Sukkato (#51 Mitsubishi). Eventually eleven pick-ups many sporting contact damage took the flag, ten of them are un-lapped.
Smokin' Gun Diesel Drag Race Truck, huge burnout! June 2009 Calgary
Huge burnout and a pretty decent 1/4 mile pass for a full size former highway transport truck.
Smokin' Gun is Twin turbo, Supercharged, and InterCharged Detroit Diesel 8V92 1968 Kenworth drag truck. Just in case that isn't enough power, there's also a 1200 hp shot of Nitrous Oxide to give it that extra kick. It makes 3100 hp to move 9500 lbs down the 1/4 mile in less than 12.5 seconds, and through the traps at over 120 mph! This pass is a 12.91 103.35 MPH pass at Race City... not bad!
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