Vattana Motorsport drivers dominated the fourth race meeting of TCR Thailand at Chonburi’s Bira International Circuit.
Jack Lemvard’s SEAT León and Narasak Ittiritpong’s Honda Civic finished 1-2 in both races, while Carlo van Dam (Singha Motorsport Team Thailand - SEAT León) finished twice in third position and lost the leadership of the championship standings to Lemvard.
They are split by only three points, with a potential 50 still at stake in the final race meeting that will take place on 22-23 October at Bangsaen.
Race#1 - The Vattana Motorsport duo of Lemvard (on pole) and Ittiritpong started from the front row and fought for the lead, while van Dam tried to pass them both without success.
The leading trio pulled away and for the whole 22-lap race they were involved in a close and thrilling battle, covered by no more than 1.2 seconds.
During the final six laps, Ittiritpong and van Dam attempted several overtaking manoeuvres at almost every corner, but Lemvard managed to hold them out, crossing the line first, only three tenths ahead of Ittiritpong and an eighth of a second clear of van Dam.
Newcomer Chariya Nuya finished in fourth position and won the AM class in a Honda Civic run by the Billionaire Boy Racing.
Race#2 - Rattanin Leenutaphong (Yontrakit Racing Team SEAT León) and Nuya shared the front row for the reverse grid second race; however during the opening lap van Dam, Ittiritpong and Lemvard managed to jump ahead of the field. Lemvard also managed to overtake Ittiritpong for second.
Just like the first race - the leading trio pulled away, while Nuya, Leenutaphong and Nattachak Hanjitkasen (TBN MK Ihere Racing Honda Civic) were in a close fight for fourth position and the leadership of the AM class. Eventually Nuya was given a drive-through for a jump start and dropped back, handing Leenutaphong the class victory.
With six laps to go, van Dam slowed due to a technical issue and dropped behind the Vattana Motorsport duo leaving him third at the finish. In the final laps Ittiritpong tried to steal the victory from Lemvard, but the latter was able to keep him at bay, crossing the line to win by the narrowest of margins.