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  • Thailand Super Series Saturday Report

    Jaras Jaengkamolkulchai opening up his lead after 1 lap.   Track activities got underway with qualifying for the Thailand Super Compact/Thailand Super Production classes followed by round 1 of the Thailand Super Pickup cars conducting the first race of the day. Thailand Super Pickup Round 1 Jaras Jaengkamolkulchai put his Toyota Revo pickup (#29) on...

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    Jaras Jaengkamolkulchai opening up his lead after 1 lap.

     

    Track activities got underway with qualifying for the Thailand Super Compact/Thailand Super Production classes followed by round 1 of the Thailand Super Pickup cars conducting the first race of the day.

    Thailand Super Pickup Round 1
    Jaras Jaengkamolkulchai put his Toyota Revo pickup (#29) on pole position with a time of 2:03.378 during  Fridays qualifying.  When the pickups came out for the race there were only a handful of the cars on the starting grid, all of the others started from the pit lane.  By the time they had come around to finish the 1st lap Jaras had already pulled out a sizable lead and that is how it stayed until the checkered flag on completion of the 12 laps.  Following him home in 2nd and 3rd were Chinnawut Laochinchart (#23) and Chamlerporn Phoonlookin (#13), both driving Isuzu D-Max pickups.  Round 2 of this race starts at 09:00 on Sunday.

    Thailand Supercar GTC/Cayman GT4 Trophy Thailand/Thailand Touring car Round 3. The difference in the classes can be seen with two distinct groups of cars after the first lap!

    Thailand Supercar GT3/GTM Round 3
     
    On pole position from Friday the B-Quik Racing Team Audi R8 Ultra #2 led the field from the rolling start but was beaten to the first corner by car #34, the Singha Motorsport Team Thailand Ferrari 488 GT3. As they came round to finish the first lap though the Audi (#2) was back in the lead.  One of the fastest cars during qualifying the Vattana PSC Motorsport Lamborghini starting from 5th on the grid had an early off after moving into 3rd at the start of lap 2 and dropped down the field.  With around 20 minutes of the 1 hour race remaining car #57, yes that Lamborghini Huracan, slid off the track (again) at turn 3 which ended his race.  It also brought out the safety car for several laps while the damaged car was removed.  This obviously brought the remaining cars close together and more excitement.  The Vattana PSC Motorsport Lamborghini was in third place and chasing down the B-Quik Racing Team Audi R8 Ultra in the closing stages.  With only a couple of laps remaining in the allotted 1 hour the Lamborghini was into 2nd where it finished.  The result then in 1st place #34, the Singha Motorsport Team Thailand Ferrari 488 GT3, in 2nd the Vattana PSC Motorsport Lamborghini #28 followed in 3rd place by the B-Quik Racing Team Audi R8 Ultra #2.  Round 4 starts Sunday at 12:30, lets see if the car #57  Lamborghini Huracan can be rebuilt again and they can keep it on the Track.
    TA2 Thailand Round 3
     
    From a rolling start car #29, Ford Mustang, led from pole position to the first corner, they did not get further round when the yellow flags were out followed very shortly with the safety car on the track.  A 2 car incident at the first corner saw the field reduced to 7 cars.  After several laps behind the safety car and nearly 15 minutes into the 1 hour race they were under way again.  Car £29 pulled out a lead from the second car #88 who also pulled out a lead from the rest of the remaining cars.  After the pit stops it was business as usual for these two cars.  Behind them though a close race was being fought between car #63 and #35 for 5th and 6th place.  In he closing stages they changed position a couple of times.  Car #35 sliding all over the track and eventually losing out due to a puncture.  The eventual podium places were as follows:
    1st – #29, Ford Mustang driven by Robothom and Manuel, Tecpro Idemitsu Racing
    2nd – #88, Chevrolet Camaro driven by Corliss and Pastor, Tecpro Idemitsu Racing
    3rd – #55, Ford Mustang driven by Freeman and Tirachaimongkol, Innovation B-Quik Racing

    The cars coming round to finish the first lap already under the yellow caution flags

    For results of the other races and the more information regarding all the practice sessions, qualifying and race results go to http://getraceresults.com.
    Activities resume again on Sunday at 9.00am  Come along and see the action in another 6 races and look out for tomorrows report here on the Buriram Times.
    Report by Roy Mcintosh

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    9 June 09 2019
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  • Bangkok King Power Runner Tipped For The Epsom Derby Today

      Bangkok in red, white and blue armbands Bangkok best bet to seal poignant first Derby win for King Power This horse is owned by King Power Racing, which was set up by former Leicester City chairman Vichai Srivaddhanaprabha before his death in a helicopter crash last year. The Andrew Balding-trained runner has won both...

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    Bangkok in red, white and blue armbands

    Bangkok best bet to seal poignant first Derby win for King Power

    This horse is owned by King Power Racing, which was set up by former Leicester City chairman Vichai Srivaddhanaprabha before his death in a helicopter crash last year. The Andrew Balding-trained runner has won both his starts this season and beat Telecaster, who is now a shorter price for Derby success than Bangkok, at Doncaster in March.

    It is usually the Grand National that produces a good story but a victory for Bangkok on Saturday looks as written in the stars as it is the form book and can provide the race with one of its most poignant winners in recent times.

    But on what little evidence there is to go on with a colt early in his Classic season, Bangkok is best fresh and goes to Epsom not having run for a month since he won the Sandown trial. On Saturday he can give Andrew Balding, King Power and Silvestre de Sousa an emotional first Derby.

    Race Time: Saturday 4.30 BST (10.30 Thai Time)

    Credit: Daily Telegraph

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    1 June 01 2019
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  • Buriram Chang International Circuit Coming Up This Weekend

      Asia Road Racing Championship, SS600 class pre race Chang International Circuit May 31 – June 2, 2019 The Super Sports 600 looks a little different this year with many of the leading protagonists from last year moving up to the newly created ABS1000 class which has meant that nearly half of the field for...

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    SS 600 Honda’s From 2018 Chang International ARRC

     

    Asia Road Racing Championship, SS600 class pre race

    Chang International Circuit May 31 – June 2, 2019

    The Super Sports 600 looks a little different this year with many of the leading protagonists from last year moving up to the newly created ABS1000 class which has meant that nearly half of the field for SS600 are new to this class.  A maximum age limit of 25 years has also been introduced which will help younger riders develop in this class..  A total of 18 riders contested the first two rounds but only ten of them contested both the Sepang and Bend races.  In those rounds one rider has dominated by taking wins in all 4 races!  Peerapong Boonlert, from Thailand, moved up from the 250cc class this season and has not disappointed his Yamaha Thailand Racing Team.  In race 1 at Sepang he started from 2nd spot but soon after the start took the lead and stayed there for the remainder of the 10 lap race.  Race 2 proved to be the same, after a not so good start he took the lead early and led all the way to the flag.  Maximum points in the bag after round 1.

    With his two main rivals thus far, Kasma Daniel Kasmayuddin and Adam Norrodin, being away for round 2 the Thai rider dominated again with two superb wins.  The only thing missing from his races so far is a pole position, perhaps home soil at the Chang International Circuit will be his first.

    Other riders to look out for in Buriram will be Andi Farid Izdihar  and the aforementioned Kasma Daniel Kasmayuddin and Adam Norrodin.

     

    Roy McIntosh is a freelance writer and photographer based in Buriram.

     

     

     

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    30 May 30 2019
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  • DNA Could Solve ‘Lady Of The Hills’ Mystery

      A Thai couple are praying that their missing daughter is not “the lady of the hills”, as the British press dubbed an unidentified woman whose body was found in Yorkshire Dales national Park 14 years ago.   “I hope she is still alive somewhere,” Joomsiri Srikanya, 72, said from her home in Udon Thani’s...

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    A Thai couple are praying that their missing daughter is not “the lady of the hills”, as the British press dubbed an unidentified woman whose body was found in Yorkshire Dales national Park 14 years ago.

     

    “I hope she is still alive somewhere,” Joomsiri Srikanya, 72, said from her home in Udon Thani’s Phen district yesterday.

    Officials will today collect DNA samples from her and her husband to compare with those collected from the deceased woman. If there’s a match, it will confirm that Joomsiri’s long-lost daughter Lamduan died during her time in Britain.

    Lamduan, who married an Englishman, has not contacted her family since 2004. On her last visit home, her husband urged her parents to sell their land in Udon Thani.

    “My son-in-law wanted us to sell up, but my husband refused,” Joomsiri said.

    In a phone call about a month later, Lamduan complained to her mother that her husband was refusing to give her any money.

    “That was the last time I heard from her,” Joomsiri said.

    According to BBC Thai, hikers found the woman’s body in a river in the Yorkshire Dales in 2004. Police first suspected death from natural causes, but later evidence suggested she might have been murdered.

    The case remained cold until a recent dental and bone examination suggested the woman might be Southeast Asian. Yorkshire police set up a Facebook page called “Can you identify this woman?” that specifically sought tips from users in Southeast Asia.

    They also posted a photo of the gold ring the woman was wearing, which jewellery expects suggested might have originated in Yaowarat, Bangkok’s Chinese district.

    Following the BBC Thai report, a relative of Joomsiri sent her a copy of the sketch of the deceased woman.

    “It resembled my daughter Lamduan in some ways, like the cheekbones and chin, but the forehead looked different,” Joomsiri said.

    Joomsiri sought the help of a community of Thai women living in Britain, and the group helped arrange the DNA collection.

    A Thai forensics team will spend 20 days examining the samples before forwarding them to Yorkshire police.

    Monrudee, Lamduan’s younger sister, said she often saw her sister in dreams and once asked her why she hadn’t come home again to visit.

    “She told me, ‘I want to go but I can’t.’”

    (Source: – The Nation)

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    28 January 28 2019
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  • Corruption In Thailand Likened To A Disease: And It Needs To Be Cured!

    The National Anti-Corruption Commission has likened corruption in Thailand to a disease.     And it has suggested that the cure is to take action each and every time the “symptoms” are spotted.   They have produced a cartoon poster to advise people what to do.   The symptom of the problem (corruption) is caused...

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    The National Anti-Corruption Commission has likened corruption in Thailand to a disease.

     

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    And it has suggested that the cure is to take action each and every time the “symptoms” are spotted.

     

    They have produced a cartoon poster to advise people what to do.

     

    The symptom of the problem (corruption) is caused by covering your ears, eyes and mouth.

     

    The result of so doing it economic problems for the country and personal ruin.

     

    The treatment is simple: Speak up each and every time corruption rears its head.

     

    The cartoon character in the third box was a member of the public with what appeared to be a policeman.

     

    Daily News said that corruption and Thailand had gone hand in hand since for ever.

     

    While it may not be a part of daily life for everyone it was a big problem especially when people did nothing about it.

     

    Thais have been criticized both from within and outside the country for tolerating and even taking an active part in facilitating corruption.

     

    The message was that this has to stop in order for corruption to cease.

     

    (Source: – Daily News)

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    28 January 28 2019
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  • Big Joke Arrests Corrupt Thai Immigration Officers Issuing Fake Stamps To Foreigners

    Big Joke arrests corrupt Thai immigration officers issuing fake stamps to foreigners.   Immigration chief Lt Gen Surachate Hakparn has started arresting his own men for being involved in corruption and bribe-taking. The chief – known as Big Joke –  said there are more arrests to follow. Yesterday he started tidying up a gang of immigration...

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    Big Joke arrests corrupt Thai immigration officers issuing fake stamps to foreigners.

     

    Immigration chief Lt Gen Surachate Hakparn has started arresting his own men for being involved in corruption and bribe-taking.

    The chief – known as Big Joke –  said there are more arrests to follow. Yesterday he started tidying up a gang of immigration officers at Don Muang immigration who were working with a gang to issue fake entry and exit stamps to foreigners.

    Three policemen have now been charged.

    They are two senior sergeant majors – Withayakorn Sarajan, 39 and Theparit Yorsaeng, 47 and a police corporal, Supachai Simasing, 31. The arrest of the three cops on warrants came after a group of five foreigners were caught on January 9th with illegal entry and exit stamps.

    Also arrested on warrants yesterday were Victor Adeola, 34 from Nigeria and Wichet Thaweekayujan, 39 and Somsak Bin Hareem, 44.

    Adeola found clients for the bent cops while Wichet and Somsak posted the illegally stamped passports.

    Lt Gen Surachate told the media that as the inquiry widens there will be more arrests.

    The police have been charged with dereliction of duty and accepting or encouraging others to accept bribes. Sen Sgt Maj Withayakorn also faces another charge that was not specified in the TNA report.

    (Source: – TNA)

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    26 January 26 2019
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  • Thai Cave Rescuers Announced As Australians Of The Year 2019

    Craig Challen and Richard Harris have been awarded as the 2019 Australian of the Year for their contribution the Thailand cave rescue mission. Australians of the year They were part of the international contingent of skilled divers that brought expertise to the team that were able to figure out a way to safely extract the...

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    Craig Challen and Richard Harris have been awarded as the 2019 Australian of the Year for their contribution the Thailand cave rescue mission.

    Thai cave rescuers announced as the Australians of the Year 2019 | The Thaiger

    Australians of the year

    They were part of the international contingent of skilled divers that brought expertise to the team that were able to figure out a way to safely extract the 13 members of the Mu Pa football team in July 2018.

    Suzanne Packer, Danzal Baker and parents Kate and Tick Everett were also acknowledged for their contributions to Australia, taking out the awards in the Senior Australian, Young Australian and Local Hero categories, respectively.

    After a team of 13 soccer players became trapped in the flooded network of tunnels, Challen and Harris were asked to take part in a life-threatening rescue operation. The pair worked to save the boys’ lives, and upon a successful extraction both men were awarded with the Star of Courage.

    (Source: The Taiger)

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    26 January 26 2019
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  • Important News From Vientiane Royal Thai Embassy.
    25 January 25 2019
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  • Elections Are Finally Here – On March 24

      The Election Commission (EC) yesterday finally announced that the long-awaited election will be held on March 24, but did not indicate if the official results will be declared before May 9, raising doubts of legal compliance with the timeframe set by the Constitution.   Hours after the Royal Decree on the general election was...

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    The Election Commission (EC) yesterday finally announced that the long-awaited election will be held on March 24, but did not indicate if the official results will be declared before May 9, raising doubts of legal compliance with the timeframe set by the Constitution.

     

    Election date announced

    Hours after the Royal Decree on the general election was published in the Royal Gazette yesterday, chief Election Commissioner Ittiporn Boonpracong called a meeting to decide on the polling date, even though by law the EC has five days to make the decision.

    The election date has been a much-discussed topic since the junta-backed government handed the “hot potato” to the EC. Now, it is the EC’s responsibility to ensure the polls do not overlap with the coronation of the monarch, which will be held from May 4 to 6, and the many ceremonies before and after the event. However, most commissioners decided on March 24 as the date, as they had taken into account other poll-related activities, Ittiporn said.

    “This is the most appropriate date because it allows us to carry out all the activities in time,” Ittiporn said. “These activities include the MP application, voting from abroad, as well as the electoral campaign.”

    The commission considered other date options, including March 10 that had been floated earlier, but concluded that it would leave them with too little time for pre-election procedures, he said.

    Allowing 52 days for parties to carry out their electoral campaigns was one factor that they had taken into consideration. They finally decided on March 24 as the best option, Ittiporn said.

    Debate continued, however, over whether the election results should be finalised by May 9 – the final day of the 150-day timeframe set by the Constitution after the MP election law comes into effect.

    Ittiporn declined to confirm whether the commission could be able to complete the whole process and avoid the risk of unconstitutional polling, which could lead to an annulment of the election.

    At the moment, the EC would focus on pre-election activities, Ittiporn said. The agency would discuss these issues later, including whether to submit the matter for an opinion from the Constitutional Court, he added. After the Royal Decree yesterday, the Prime Minister’s Office issued a statement asking people to help keep peace and order throughout the election process as well as the coronation ceremony and avoid any conflict that would lead to a political crisis as in the past.

    The government, which took power after the 2014 coup, also encouraged voters to exercise their rights. Junta leader and Prime Minister Prayut Chan-o-cha yesterday tweeted in his personal account: “The Royal Decree is already published. I ask that everyone respect and go toward the #election2019 with peace, for peace in the country.”

    Deputy Prime Minister Wissanu Krea-ngam yesterday said that though the Royal Decree had already been issued, the government maintained its full authority.

    Unlike previous charters that allowed only an acting government to run the country before the election, this Constitution allowed the current government full authority until the next government takes office, Wissanu said. But the government will exercise its power in an appropriate manner, he said.

    Wissanu, who is in charge of the government’s legal affairs, also said that the electoral campaign could be kicked off now that the Royal Decree had already taken effect.

    He warned parties and politicians to be cautious about their budget as well as the campaign. They would be watched closely by the EC, he added.

    Four ministers stay on

    In a related development, the four ministers who had joined the pro-junta Phalang Pracharat remained in office even though the Royal Decree had been issued.

    PM’s Office Minister Kobsak Pootrakool, who is one of the four members of the party, said yesterday that they had already discussed the matter. But he refused to say when they would give up their posts, which has exposed them to criticism as they could abuse their power to gain advantage over others contesting the elections.

    Meanwhile, anti-election groups turned up yesterday outside the EC’s office and voiced their opposition to the announcement of the polling date. They said the election should be delayed until the coronation ceremony was over.

    However, the Association of Thai Securities Companies chairperson Pattera Dilokrungthirapop said that the announcement is a clear signal and would have a positive impact on Thailand’s capital markets and lure more foreign investment. It will also boost the confidence of local investors.

    (Source: – The Nation)

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    24 January 24 2019
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  • Laotian Arrested In Nong Khai With 9,700 Meth Pills

    A Lao man was arrested in Nong Khai on Monday night in possession of 9,719 methamphetamine pills, police said on Tuesday.     Sidprasert Sisaswad, 25, was apprehended at a road checkpoint on the Mittraparp road in Nong Khai’s Mueang district at 10.30pm.   Police at the checkpoint noticed that he appeared nervous inside a...

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    A Lao man was arrested in Nong Khai on Monday night in possession of 9,719 methamphetamine pills, police said on Tuesday.

     

    Meth pills found

     

    Sidprasert Sisaswad, 25, was apprehended at a road checkpoint on the Mittraparp road in Nong Khai’s Mueang district at 10.30pm.

     

    Police at the checkpoint noticed that he appeared nervous inside a passenger van, with a bag on the floor between his legs.

     

    Police checked the bag and found the drugs.

     

    The man said he had been hired by another Laotian to take the bag from the car park of Ban Paeng Hospital in Nakhon Phanom for delivery to a person in Udon Thani, but he had alighted from the Nakhon Phanom-Udon Thani van by mistake when it arrived at Nong Khai Bus Terminal.

     

    As a result, he had bought a ticket to board a Nong Khai-Udon Thani van, but was arrested at the checkpoint before he could complete his journey.

     

    (Source: – The Nation)

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    23 January 23 2019
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