The weekend saw the Asia Road Racing Championship (ARRC) get together with the Australian Superbike Championship (ASBK) for four days of action at Australia’s newest international circuit, The Bend Motorsport Park, near Adelaide. Thai riders, Peerapong Boonlert, Muklada Sarapuech and Tatchakorn Buasri, collected five trophies between them.
Tension was palpable at Chang International Circuit on day two of the Asia Road Racing Championship’s sixth and final round. Nowhere was there more anticipation than in the premier Supersport 600 class, where championship leader, Anthony West, sidelined by a provisional doping ban, began the day with a 34 point advantage over 2017 champion, Azlan Shah Kamaruzaman. That meant that the Malaysian needed two second places to overhaul the champion.
The Kingdom of Thailand put itself in a sporting spotlight over the weekend, drawing more than 220,000 paying spectators and close to 800m TV viewers worldwide to a hitherto little-known rural town, 400km from Bangkok. It was a huge success that can be put down to inspired management of successful circuit, government and corporate partnerships and a policy of local community inclusion that is characteristic of the growing economic and social success of Buriram in recent years.