The summer break has come and gone and now the sun begins to set on the 2017 TCR International season as only three events remain. Chang International, a 12-turn, 2.82 mile circuit just outside of Buriram, Thailand is on tap for two, fourteen lap races. Jean-Karl Vernay leads the championship standings by a mere 2 points over Attila Tassi (153-151), but the driver in 4th, two-time defending champion Stefano Comini (144), still has a great shot at bringing the title home. Roberto Colciago, who currently sits third in the standings, is taking a big hit against his title hopes as he’ll miss the weekend due to injuries suffered during the last round at Oschersleben.
SEAT Leon’s have traditionally dominated in Buriram winning all four TCR International races held at the Thai circuit since 2015, and those cars and drivers will look to keep that streak alive this weekend. Daniel Lloyd and his Craft-Bamboo Lukoil SEAT will have a slightly tougher go at it as he faces a 20 kg ballast increase to bring his machine up to 1,295kg. The other two drivers facing success ballast are Gianni Morbidelli (+30kg) after sweeping the weekend at Oschersleben in his WestCoast Racing VW Golf, and Mat’o Homola (+10kg) for his DG Sport Opel Astra.
All the TCR International regulars will be on the grid, but six additional entrants will also attend as TCR Thailand joins the show for rounds 7 and 8 of their championship. Local racer Munkong Sathienthirakul, who finished 9th in Buriram in 2015, joins the DG Sport lineup in an Open Astra.
The green flag flies on Race 1 on Sunday September 3rd at 14:25 local time (GMT+7) with Race 2 following at 16:00.