The last round of the AKOC 2009 Championship, merged with the penultimate round of the Thai National Championship, delivered intense racing in all categories. With one exception, the 125 Jr Open class, all AKOC titles were to be decided in Saraburi.
We have a lot of pictures to illustrate the results. Enjoy the ride!
Uploaded: Cadet, Mini Rok/Super Cadet and Yamaha classes
To be continued in a second article (Junior and Senior)
An all Thai class where the 5 cadets stayed together most of the time, with constant changes in race leadership
|Time Trials||Jakarin 501 1.05.379||Dhummatorn 585 1.05.649||Siraphop 567 1.05.655||Wittawat 527 1.05.774||Trin 555 1.06.134|
|Heat 1||Dhummatorn||Wittawat||Siraphop||Trin||Plash Naree|
|Heat 2||Jakarin||Wittawat||Dhummatorn||Trin||Plash Naree|
|Pre Final||Siraphop||Jakarin + 0.133||Wittawat||Trin||Dhummatorn|
|Final||Dhummatorn||Jakarin +0.310||Wittawat||Trin||Plash Naree|
In heat 1 retirement for Khun Jakarin and for Khun Siraphop in heat 2. This enables the only Baby Roker, Khun Plash Naree, to make it to 5th position.
Khun Dhummatorn emerged on pole after the qualifying heats and leads the early stages of the pre final. He will gradually drop to 5th position
From 3rd position Khun Siraphop has made it to the top of the pre final after a few laps. Khun Jakarin (501) will fight till the end but will finish 2nd.
The final's formation lap
Jakarin leads followed by Siraphop and Trin
but by mid-race Dhummatorn has climbed back to 3rd position
Khun Jakarin gives a hard time to the new leader Khun Dhummatorn. Khun Siraphop, always in the top trio, had to retire on lap 8.
3rd and 4th behind Khun Jakarin are Khun Wittawat and Khun Trin
The winner is Khun Dhummatorn.
Waiting for the cups.
MINI ROK/SUPER CADET
Unusual for Khun Sasakorn, he is only 5th in the time trials. But when one checks the times, one sees that only 3 tenths separate the fastest, Khun Veravich, and 6th placed Christian Gaddi with 1.03.220. The five guys and the little lady Miss Tachapan were almost on an equal footing from the start. And this will last until the final. With the exception of heat 3 the gap between 1st and second-placed in the races was always less than 3 tenths!
Khun Veravich the fastest in time trials but his competitors are not far behind
|Time Trials||Veravich 1.02.907||Sato 1.03.060||Tachapan 1.03.070||Sanhanat 1.03.082||Sasakorn 1.03.132|
|Heat 1||Gaddi||Sasakorn +0.080||Tachapan||Sanhanat||Veravich|
|Heat 2||Sasakorn||Tachapan +0.285||Sanhanat||Sato||Gaddi|
|Heat 3||Sasakorn||Gaddi +2.461||Sato||Veravich||Andi Tangguh|
|Pre Final||Sasakorn||Sanhanat +0.111||Gaddi||Sato||Tachapan|
Heat 1: Judging from the pictures we took there were no less than 7 successive leaders in that 5 lap race! Sato was the first leader, then Gaddi, then Sato, then Sasakorn, then Sato, then Sasakorn until the last lap... but on the finish line it was Gaddi with a 0.08 sec. lead over Sasakorn!
One lap and a half to go. Marino has just lost the lead to Sasakorn in the previous curve. His brain has switched off, he will lose another position to Gaddi in the next curve and 2 more positions in the following curve. He will finish 6th.
Miss Tachapan and Khun Veravich fighting for 3rd position. Can't be closer.
Miss Tachapan a temporary leader in heat 2
Half a lap to go in heat 2. The fight goes on between Sasakorn, Tachapan and Sanhanat. Sato is still 6th, he will finish 4th.
Heat 3: Sasakorn has taken the lead, the battle goes on for second position, Gaddi takes the advantage. Soon after Sanhanat and Tachapan will collide, finishing respectively 10th and 12th.
Very good effort by Perdana Putra Minang for 4th position... until a last lap incident relegated him to 11th position.
After the qualifying heats Khun Sasakorn is on pole for the pre final, sharing the front row with Christian Gaddi. 2nd row: Sato and Veravich. 3rd row: Tachapan and Sanhanat. All six drivers are ultra competitive, the final races will be exciting.
Behind the top sextuor Antonio Escalante (above) and Andi Tangguh Farid (below) share the 4th row.
Gaddi takes the lead of the pre final
The leaders of the pre final: Gaddi then Sasakorn then Gaddi then Sasakorn but...
...in the last lap evrything is still possible. Sasakorn will prevail followed by Sanhanat (+0.1 sec.), Gaddi, Sato, Tachapan...
...followed by Veravich, Perdana and Maximilian. Christian now leads the championship with a 3 points lead over Marino.
En route for the final!
The first leader is... Gaddi, followed by Sasakorn and Tachapan, Sanhanat and Sato who are constantly changing positions
Maximilian Fewtrell has managed a 6th position in the early stages, he will finish 8th behind Perdana Putra Minang (8th on that pic behind Veravich)
Sasakorn has taken the lead...
...and Sato has climbed to second
Gaddi has gone wide, Tachapan takes 3rd position
Drama in the previous curve, the leader Sasakorn has lost two positions to Sato and Tachapan...
...who takes the lead in the next corner
Tachapan and Sasakorn are in the lead, the battle for 3rd rages on. Gaddi finds himself between Sato to his left and Veravich inside. Rear tyres touch and Gaddi is sent high up in the air for a 180 degrees figure. Luckily he lands on 4 wheels but will not be able to re-start. He has lost the championship.
One lap later Christian is still trying to re-join the race, in the background Sasakorn is again in the lead
Tachapan tries but Sasakorn is not easy to overtake!
She did it though...
Last lap: Sasakorn is back to the front but Tachapan is not far behind...
...and prevails on the finish line. A fantastic victory by the tiny lady, all the more extraordinary since she was also racing in the Yamaha class. Try to race two classes in the AKOC format when it is 35 degrees in the shade! And win both of them as she did!
Marino Sato finishes a not too distant third and wins the AKOC Mini Rok Championship
I won. Twice! And according to well-informed sources I will be racing the AKOC Championship next season.
The AKOC podium: Perdana, Marino, Sasakorn, Sasint, Maximilian
AKOC Championship podium: Gaddi, Sato, Sasakorn
|Time Trials||Praewphan 1.00.513||Tachapan 1.01.251||Khan 1.01.590||Wachirapong 1.01.613||Toby 1.02.049|
|Heat 1||Praewphan||Tachapan +3.084||Khan||Toby||Estefano|
|Heat 2||Toby||Tachapan +0.219||Khan||Estefano||Wachirapong|
|Heat 3||Praewphan||Khan +5.914||Toby||Estefano||Wachirapong|
Another Thai lady, Miss Praewphan, should have won the Yamaha class. She got pole in time trials, won heat 1 and 3 (she passed heat 2) and won the pre final.
but after one lap into the final... she had to retire.
Start of heat 1: Praewphan, Khan, Toby and Tachapan, who will climb to 2nd-placed
Tachapan leads most of heat 2 but Toby finally prevails
Praewphan first and Khan second in heat 3
Toby and Khan shared the pre final front row and were in the lead for a short while. Check the well orchestrated lady ballet at the end of the straight. Praewphan takes first from Toby and Tachapan third from Khan!
Pre final: 1st Praewphan, 2nd Tachapan, 3rd Toby and 4th ...Estefano Rivera
Toby and Khan in the lead of the final but it will be Tachapan 1st, Toby 2nd and 3rd... Wachirapong
The AKOC podium: Estefano and Khun Patiphat
The National 5 podium: Khan, Toby, Tachapan, Wachirapong and Apimol
To be continued in a second article (Junior and Senior)
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