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Tin Sritrai wins red-flag-interrupted race two in Bangsaen

Team Thailand’s Tin Sritrai won a red-flag interrupted second TCR Asia Series race on the streets of Bangsaen in Thailand, after race leaders Jasper Thong and Lai Wee Sing controversially crashed out of the race.

It was Audi Hong Kong’s Jasper Thong, who started from second on the reverse grid, who initially took the lead of the race, passing TCR Thailand racer Nattanid Leewattanavaragul on the opening lap of the race.

Championship leader Lai then caught up to the Audi driver later on in the lap and the duo battled for the lead, with the chasing Honda appearing to have the pace over his rival in front.

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The race saw an initial 15-minute safety car period after just three laps of racing when Elegant Racing Team’s Eric Kwong, Viper Niza Racing’s Douglas Khoo and BBR driver Chariay Nuya made contact at Turn 21.

Nuya ended up in the barriers backwards, whilst Khoo had heavy front-end damage to his SEAT. The safety car was called as all three cars needed to be recovered.

When the race resumed with Thong leading Lai, it was the Malaysian driver looking to make the pass on his Hong Kong competitor. There were just two further laps of racing before contact between the duo at Turn 18 sent both drivers into the barriers and out of the race.

Lai had made contact with the back of Thong’s Audi in the braking zone for the corner, knocking Thong out of a potential second TCR Asia win.

That left Sritrai in the lead of the race for the second time this weekend. Sritrai had two laps previous passed Liqui Moly Team Engstler’s Diego Moran, before then almost immediately catching and passing Leewattanavaragul for what was then the final podium place.

The Thai driver then inherited the win when the lead two collided, although the results remain provisional as the incident, and indeed the result and roll-back, are finalised.

Moran was classified in second, with Leewattanavaragul completing the podium and taking the TCR Thailand win.

Alex Liu was classified in fourth, ahead of RMI Racing’s Pasarit Promsombat, who had been the best of the TCR Thailand entries in Saturday’s race one.

Shaun Thong finished in sixth, despite getting off to another poor start in his Audi, ahead of the second Liqui Moly Team Engstler car of Kantadhee Kusiri. The Thai driver had earlier had to serve a drive-through penalty at the start of the race after being deemed to be at fault in Saturday’s race one pile-up.

Abdul Kaathir and Nattachak Hanjitkasem completed the top ten.

The results, which have provisionally been declared with half points, see Lai lead the standings with 113 points, 4.5 points ahead of Sritrai (108.5), whilst Moran is in third on 99 points.

The next round of TCR Asia takes place at the Shanghai International Circuit on the 26 and 27 August.

Video: TCR Asia Series Round 8

Provisional race result

1 9 Tin SRITRAI Team Thailand Honda Civic TCR 11 28:28.111 1:44.830 9
2 32 Diego MORAN Liqui Moly Team Engstler Volkswagen Golf GTi TCR 11 1.507 1:46.249 6
3 96 Nattanid LEEWATTANAVARAGUL RMI Racing Team SEAT León TCR 11 3.166 1:47.968 1
4 99 Alex LIU Lic Ka Elegant Racing Team SEAT León TCR DSG 11 4.111 1:48.323 4
5 14 Pasarit PROMSOMBAT RMI Racing Team By Sunoco SEAT León TCR 11 4.906 1:47.788 11
6 3 Shaun THONG Wei Fung Audi Hong Kong Audi RS3 LMS TCR 11 5.407 1:47.056 8
7 2 Kantadhee KUSIRI Liqui Moly Team Engstler Volkswagen Golf GTi TCR 11 6.214 1:47.807 10
8 23 Abdul KAATHIR Mohamed Mustaffa R Engineering Honda Civic TCR 11 6.834 1:47.274 3
9 66 Nattachak HANJITKASEM TBN MK Ihere Racing Team Honda Civic TCR 11 7.965 1:50.833 12
R 5 Jasper THONG Wei Heen Audi Hong Kong Audi RS3 LMS TCR 9 DNF 1:46.754 2
R 39 LAI Wee Sing R Engineering Honda Civic TCR 9 DNF 1:46.754 7
R 65 Douglas KHOO Kok Hui Viper Niza Racing SEAT León TCR 2 DNF 1:52.756 13
R 15 Chariya NUYA Billionaire Boy Racing (BBR) Honda Civic TCR 2 DNF 1:52.184 16
R 98 Eric KWONG Elegant Racing Team SEAT León TCR DSG 2 DNF 1:52.763 14
R 38 Rattanin LEENUTAPHONG Yontrakit Racing Team SEAT León TCR 2 DNF 1:51.182 15
NS 89 Kittipol Pramoj Na AYUDHYA Singha Motorsport Team Thailand SEAT León TCR DNS N/A 5
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