The laid back Nitto 3K event rounds 5 and 6 are being held at the local Bira circuit this weekend. Qualifying and races on Saturday and races on the Sunday. In addition to the usual categories, these meeting host the Retro (pre 1985) series and the top car is the B-Quik Porsche 944 Turbo of Henk Kiks, closely followed by the EBC Brakes BMW E30 of Gavin Charlesworth and the BMW E36 of Urs Schonenberger. Our Securitas Escort Mk 1 will be mixing it in the midfield, and in fact there is racing all the way down the order.
The best place to watch the races is the outside of the hairpin at the end of the straight, where you can watch the cars coming into the corner under brakes and then up the hill, and then coming back down through the sweeper behind you. To get there, come in the ‘back gate’ entrance (200 meters before the main entrance) off highway 36 heading towards Pattaya.
The Retro cars hard at it.
You then go through the tunnel under the track and turn immediately right and park where you can near the big trees. If you come on the Sunday, look for the red AA Insurance hospitality tent. Come and say Hello. Some cold drinks will be available and a sausage sizzle put on by our friends at the Sausage King. Our races for the Securitas Escort will be around 11 a.m. and again around 3 p.m., though they never seem to get the timetable right.