Kantadhee Kusiri dominates TCR Asia qualifying in Korea

Kantadhee Kusiri dominates TCR Asia qualifying in Korea

Kantadhee Kusiri
Photo: TCR Asia

Reigning TCR Asia Series champion Kantadhee Kusiri dominated qualifying on his return in South Korea, beating Luca Engstler to pole by over 1.5 seconds at the Korea International Circuit.

Kusiri is returning to TCR Asia as a guest entry this weekend, in a SEAT León run by Douglas Khoo’s Viper Niza Racing outfit.

The Thai driver was utterly dominant in the rain at Yeongam, going almost three seconds clear in first qualifying before cementing his form with pole in Q2, completely clear of title challenger Engstler.

Engstler’s team-mate Diego Moran was originally third, a further second back, ahead of points leader Mitchell Cheah, who was fourth fastest behind his two team-mates. However Moran later had both of his Q2 lap times disallowed for exceeding track limits, dropping the Ecuadorian racer to 11th.

Chariya Nuya, a TCR Thailand regular, is competing as a guest entry ineligible for points this weekend, with the event not counting towards TCR Thailand. He was fourth quickest but over six seconds adrift in the leading Honda.

Hyundai driver Charlie Kang was the best of the TCR Korea contingent, which features six cars for its inaugural weekend, in fifth.

Elegant Racing’s Kelvin Wong was sixth, ahead of the second-best TCR Korea driver of Andrew Kim in seventh.

The second Elegant Racing SEAT of Alex Liu Lic Ka and Maximum Motorsport title contender Lo Sze Ho were eighth and ninth, with TCR Korea’s Kang DongWoo in tenth, giving the Hyundai driver the reverse-grid pole position for race two on Sunday after Moran had his times removed.

Q2 results

POS NO DRIVER NAT ENTRANT CAR LAPS TIME GAP
1 1 Kantadhee KUSIRI Viper Niza Racing SEAT León TCR 3 2:42.539 0.000
2 8 Luca ENGSTLER Liqui Moly Team Engstler Volkswagen Golf GTi TCR 4 2:44.061 1.522
3 29 Mitchell CHEAH Min Jie Liqui Moly Team Engstler Volkswagen Golf GTi TCR 3 2:47.904 5.365
4 15 Chariya NUYA Billionaire Boy Racing (BBR) Honda Civic TCR 2017 3 2:48.863 6.324
5 87 Charlie KANG Byung Hui Indigo Racing Hyundai i30 N TCR 3 2:49.179 6.640
6 33 Kelvin WONG Kiang Kuan Elegant Racing Team SEAT León TCR SEQ V2 3 2:49.184 6.645
7 20 Andrew KIM E-Rain Motorsport Hyundai i30 N TCR 4 2:49.378 6.839
8 3 Alex LIU Lic Ka Elegant Racing Team SEAT León TCR SEQ V2 3 2:51.281 8.742
9 28 LO Sze Ho Maximum Racing Honda Civic TCR 2016 2 2:53.091 10.552
10 103 KANG DongWoo KMSA Motorsport Hyundai i30 N TCR 3 2:53.263 10.724
11 32 Diego MORAN Liqui Moly Team Engstler Volkswagen Golf GTi TCR 3 Disallowed N/A
12 97 CHO Hoon Hyun Indigo Racing Hyundai i30 N TCR 2 No time N/A

Q1 results

POS NO DRIVER NAT ENTRANT CAR LAPS TIME GAP
1 1 Kantadhee KUSIRI Viper Niza Racing SEAT León TCR 4 2:42.125 0.000
2 8 Luca ENGSTLER Liqui Moly Team Engstler Volkswagen Golf GTi TCR 4 2:45.008 2.883
3 29 Mitchell CHEAH Min Jie Liqui Moly Team Engstler Volkswagen Golf GTi TCR 4 2:45.445 3.320
4 28 LO Sze Ho Maximum Racing Honda Civic TCR 2016 5 2:46.301 4.176
5 32 Diego MORAN Liqui Moly Team Engstler Volkswagen Golf GTi TCR 5 2:46.390 4.265
6 15 Chariya NUYA Billionaire Boy Racing (BBR) Honda Civic TCR 2017 5 2:46.437 4.312
7 33 Kelvin WONG Kiang Kuan Elegant Racing Team SEAT León TCR SEQ V2 6 2:47.242 5.117
8 3 Alex LIU Lic Ka Elegant Racing Team SEAT León TCR SEQ V2 6 2:47.843 5.718
9 87 Charlie KANG Byung Hui Indigo Racing Hyundai i30 N TCR 2 2:48.086 5.961
10 97 CHO Hoon Hyun Indigo Racing Hyundai i30 N TCR 3 2:50.274 8.149
11 20 Andrew KIM E-Rain Motorsport Hyundai i30 N TCR 5 2:50.156 8.031
12 103 KANG DongWoo KMSA Motorsport Hyundai i30 N TCR 6 2:50.677 8.552
13 101 KIM Byoung Hyun DreamRacer Racing Team Honda Civic Type R FK7 TCR 4 2:51.972 9.847
14 66 Nattachak HANJITKASEM TBN MK ihear Racing Team Honda Civic TCR 2017 6 2:52.749 10.624
15 65 Douglas KHOO Kok Hui Viper Niza Racing SEAT León TCR SEQ V3 6 2:53.150 11.025
16 16 LEE Do Hyeon E-Rain Motorsport Hyundai i30 N TCR 6 2:54.226 12.101
17 5 Clement TONG Yat Him Maximum Racing Honda Civic TCR 2017 0 No time N/A
18 11 Alex HUI Ka Tai Teamwork BrandNew Racing Volkswagen Golf GTi TCR 0 No time N/A