Thomas Raldorf and the #29 Porsche 997 followed up their sensational weekend In Bang Saen with another two commanding victories in the hot and humid Buriram, Thailand.
The weekend began with topping the tables in P1 and from then on never looked back, topping the further practice sessions by a considerable margin. During the final practice session, Thomas advised his pit team to make an adjustment to the wheels to try and squeeze out a few more tenths in preparation for qualifying.
Thomas’s decision proved a masterstroke as he recorded a new personal best of 1.44.607 around the 4.5km circuit. It is currently wet season here in Thailand and the rain played its part with qualifying being cancelled resulting in the grids being formed by the fastest and second fastest times in Free Practice putting Thomas firmly in Pole Position for Races 1 & 2.
As the lights went out Thomas made his trademark perfect start leaving the other cars to fight other the minor places, within a few laps a sizable lead had grown due to the ensuing battle behind for 2nd, 3rd and 4th place. This allowed Thomas to pull even further ahead and strolling to the chequered flag with a gap of eight seconds to the chasing pack. Title rival Khun Manat finished 2nd while UNIXX – TR Motorsport Team Mate Khun Pete finished a very respectable 3rd in the Porsche Cayman.
The race started much the same as the previous day, with Thomas pulling away early on while the others fought amongst themselves for position. Thomas lit up the track and the timing screens with four blistering laps at qualifying pace to increase his lead. The lead was controlled to the end, however, a threat did come in the shape of the Rotary Mazda driven by young James Runacres who was catching the 997 but eventually run out of laps and finished four seconds behind the 997. Team mate Khun Pete had a seesaw battle with Khun Manat in the Toyota all throughout the race eventually finishing 4th and helping strengthen the grip on the Team Championship Trophy.
The team are now well placed in both championships, the double win from Thomas now sees him lead the driver’s championship for the first time this year with a gap of 11 points to Khun Manat. While in the team championship the lead is a very healthy 45 points to Team Toyota. The final races of the season are just 4 weeks away and will be held once again at the Chang International Circuit Buriram on the weekend of 23 / 24 September. For more information visit www.tr-motorsport.com