Liqui Moly Team Engstler’s rapid new recruit Kantadhee Kusiri continues to dominate the timesheets throughout his TCR Asia Series debut at Sepang International Circuit, the young Thai star ultimately sealing pole position in the legs of qualifying, to accept top spot from new team-mate Diego Moran.
The day had began with the final practice session in cooler conditions after 11:00am where Team Thailand’s Tin Sritrai and Moran went head-to-head to the top spot before Kusiri put a blinding lap for the reason that clock wound right down to zero, his 2:16.516 the best of the weekend, although still half an alternate shy of Sritrai’s 2016 qualifying best of 2:16.006.
From the outlet lap of qualifying it was actually clear that no records would fall from the 34 degree humid conditions – the circuit touching 55 degrees since the cars presented, times within the opening qualifier much more than two seconds slower versus the cooler morning session.
Local hero WS Lai proved the necessity of infinite laps of Sepang to top the charts early, taking his new R Engineering Honda Civic TCR to the very top spot which has a 2:19.953, but Kusiri hit back presently to better the marked with a 2:18.629.
Tin Sritrai did start to improve, but was clearly suffering a problem, the #9 Volkswagen hanging out while in the pits with the team investigating a gearshift points that kept him from successfully down-changing under heavy braking.
In the top Kusiri improved with a better of 2:18.629, whilst Lai’s Honda team-mate Abdul Kaathir – the cutting edge Cup driver – set an amazing 2:19.186 to consider second, Kusiri’s team-mate third with Audi Hong Kong’s Jasper Thong a striking fourth.
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