The TA2 Asian series is now well and truly underway. After the opening first 2 rounds at the Sepang circuit in Malaysia, it was back to Thailand and the International circuit at Buriram for rounds 3 and 4. The races will continue in August at the famous street circuit at Bangsaen, then off to Pattaya and the Bira racing circuit in September with the final rounds taking place at the Chang International Circuit Buriram, 26, 27th Oct.
In between the races, there is always a hive of activity between the teams, drivers and organisers. The deadline is already looming for all teams within the TSS series to order tires and fuel for the Bangsean weekend.
TA2 is a relatively new class in the TSS series but is already drawing a large following and a substantial amount of interest from the other TA2 teams that race around the world. The series was the idea of motor racing driver and enthusiast Craig Corliss originally from New Zealand but living in Pattaya Thailand.
Over the past year and a half, Craig has managed to bring over several overseas drivers, making it a very cosmopolitan field. They are spread all over the world but come together to contest the very competitive class. The field at present represents the following counties: Thailand-New Zealand-Australia-USA-Sweden-Finland-Denmark-Costa Rico-Mexico. Howie racing enterprises a well renowned America company who have been building chassis since 1971 provide the car. A 6.2L V8 with 6 speed sequential, paddle shift, with traction control.
After a very successful first season having a field of 8 regular cars on the starting grid, moving to a season opener at Sepang with 10 cars starting the race, all bodes well for the rise in popularity with amateur drivers who are looking for a very competitive and exciting class to race in. Many regular drivers from the first season have continued into 2019 as well as a host of new drivers. With the change in rules extending the race to one hour now gives each team the chance to field a second driver in each car if they wish.
This year looks to be as competitive as the first. Several teams are already showing a significant improvement, not only with the introduction of new drivers but embracing the change in rules, having the support of mechanics and staff to match. Many new sponsors have come on board giving a welcome boost to some teams.
The driver’s championship is also reflecting how competitive the season is going to be. Craig Corliss is heading the chart with 64 points, Paul Manuell 61 with Don Pastor on 57. A long way to go, but I’m sure the other teams and drivers will be bringing their A-game to the street circuit of Bangsaen for the next two rounds.
Out in front of the teams’ championship after 4 rounds are Tecpro Idemitsu racing, closely followed by AF Racing, with Innovation B-Quik Racing third. The other teams close behind, Pt Maxnitron, Johor Motorsport, Nanami Racing.
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