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P6 finish for Thong in Thailand marks his best Super GT weekend so far

2019 Super GT

Chang International Circuit, Thailand 29 - 30 June, 2019

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Heading into the only foreign race weekend of Super GT at Thailand, Buriram. Thong seek to continue his points finishing strike since Round.2 from Fuji Speedway.

On Saturday Shaun qualified 2nd during Q1 session and marks his best performance this season so far. Thong’s teammate Lee then qualified 10th for Sunday’s main race which also marks the #33 EVA Racing / X Works Nismo GT-R’s best starting position so far.

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Marchy Lee took the start on Sunday and made his way up to 8th at one point before tire degredation hits hard on the X Works Nismo GT-R. Thong took over the car in Position 11 and rejoined the field at 14th place with 36 laps to go.

With the benefit of a safety car after the pitstop, Thong showed top pace during the stint and worked his way up to 6th place with just 2 seconds behind 4th and 5th place during the checkered flag. Thong said “It was definitely one of by best stints so far, the car performed so well and the key point to this was the tire management since the out-lap. I knew from past experience that Buriram is a fairly high grained circuit so looking after the tires will really benefit the pace at the closing stage which once again was proven today.”

With a strong 6th place finish in Thailand, Thong is now standing 12th in the drivers championship with 9 points in total. The next event will see Super GT heading back to Fuji Speedway once again for the 500 Miles endurance race from 3rd - 4th of August.