Kantadhee Kusiri claims dominant Bangsaen pole

Kantadhee Kusiri claims dominant Bangsaen pole

Kantadhee Kusiri
Photo: TCR Asia

Liqui Moly Team Engstler’s Kantadhee Kusiri claimed pole position for the TCR Asia Series on the streets of Bangsaen, beating Team Thailand’s Tin Sritrai by over half a second.

The result marks Kusiri’s third pole position of the season, after the Thai racer also took pole position in Malaysia and Zhuhai earlier in the year.

The Volkswagen driver ended up a dominant seven tenths ahead of fellow Thai Sritrai, who was unable to compete on the Thai street circuit for pole.

Kusiri moves to within five points of championship leader Lai Wee Sing with the result, as the R Engineering driver could only manage fourth for the first race.

The leading Audi driver was that of Audi Hong Kong’s Shaun Thong, who put his RS3 in third, hot on the heels of claiming his first TCR Asia podium in the previous race in Zhuhai.

Ecuador’s Diego Moran, who was second in the championship standings heading into the meeting, was fifth, ahead of the leading TCR Thailand entrant of Kittipol Pramoj Na Ayudhya in sixth.

After qualifying, Chariya Huya, who was originally fourth fastest, was excluded from the result.

Race one takes place on Saturday 1 July.

Q2 results

POS NO DRIVER NAT ENTRANT CAR LAPS TIME GAP
1 2 Kantadhee KUSIRI Liqui Moly Team Engstler Volkswagen Golf GTi TCR 5 1:42.124 0.000
2 9 Tin SRITRAI Team Thailand Honda Civic TCR 4 1:42.870 0.746
3 3 Shaun THONG Wei Fung Audi Hong Kong Audi RS3 LMS TCR 6 1:44.477 2.353
4 39 LAI Wee Sing R Engineering Honda Civic TCR 5 1:45.141 3.017
5 32 Diego MORAN Liqui Moly Team Engstler Volkswagen Golf GTi TCR 4 1:45.836 3.712
6 89 Kittipol Pramoj Na AYUDHYA Singha Motorsport Team Thailand SEAT León TCR 6 1:46.761 4.637
7 99 Alex LIU Lic Ka Elegant Racing Team SEAT León TCR DSG 5 1:46.875 4.751
8 23 Abdul KAATHIR Mohamed Mustaffa R Engineering Honda Civic TCR 6 1:47.512 5.388
9 5 Jasper THONG Wei Heen Audi Hong Kong Audi RS3 LMS TCR 5 1:47.706 5.582
10 96 Nattanid LEEWATTANAVARAGUL RMI Racing Team SEAT León TCR 4 1:49.096 6.972
11 14 Pasarit PROMSOMBAT RMI Racing Team By Sunoco SEAT León TCR 4 1:54.343 12.219
EX 15 Chariya NUYA Billionaire Boy Racing (BBR) Honda Civic TCR 5 1:44.632 2.508

Q1 results

POS NO DRIVER NAT ENTRANT CAR LAPS TIME GAP
1 2 Kantadhee KUSIRI Liqui Moly Team Engstler Volkswagen Golf GTi TCR 4 1:43.308 0.000
2 9 Tin SRITRAI Team Thailand Honda Civic TCR 6 1:44.236 0.928
3 3 Shaun THONG Wei Fung Audi Hong Kong Audi RS3 LMS TCR 7 1:44.817 1.509
4 14 Pasarit PROMSOMBAT RMI Racing Team By Sunoco SEAT León TCR 7 1:45.470 2.162
5 39 LAI Wee Sing R Engineering Honda Civic TCR 5 1:45.995 2.687
6 89 Kittipol Pramoj Na AYUDHYA Singha Motorsport Team Thailand SEAT León TCR 7 1:46.588 3.280
7 15 Chariya NUYA Billionaire Boy Racing (BBR) Honda Civic TCR 7 1:46.840 3.532
8 32 Diego MORAN Liqui Moly Team Engstler Volkswagen Golf GTi TCR 8 1:47.223 3.915
9 99 Alex LIU Lic Ka Elegant Racing Team SEAT León TCR DSG 10 1:48.215 4.907
10 23 Abdul KAATHIR Mohamed Mustaffa R Engineering Honda Civic TCR 6 1:48.256 4.948
11 5 Jasper THONG Wei Heen Audi Hong Kong Audi RS3 LMS TCR 10 1:48.935 5.627
12 96 Nattanid LEEWATTANAVARAGUL RMI Racing Team SEAT León TCR 8 1:49.173 5.865
13 66 Nattachak HANJITKASEM TBN MK Ihere Racing Team Honda Civic TCR 7 1:49.250 5.942
14 65 Douglas KHOO Kok Hui Viper Niza Racing SEAT León TCR 11 1:50.048 6.740
15 98 Eric KWONG Elegant Racing Team SEAT León TCR DSG 10 1:50.067 6.759
16 38 Rattanin LEENUTAPHONG Yontrakit Racing Team SEAT León TCR 8 1:50.264 6.956