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PHUKET: Since the last update by the Phuket Gazette on the progress of Ben and Sam Grimes in their rookie karting race year, the boys have made good progress in the second half of the season.

Clearly their mid-season driver coaching and testing sessions, together with improved fitness levels paid off, and showed just how important investing time and effort outside of race weekends is.

Ben and Sam raced in four events in the last quarter – the final 2 rounds of the Thai Championship, the final round of the Malaysia AMC Championship and finally the annual Krabi Kart Championship

Ben qualified 3rd, 0.5 seconds off pole in Round 5 of the Thai Championship and was reasonably competitive throughout the weekend. He stepped it up significantly in the final round at Saraburi International Circuit with a stunning pole position time of 1 minute 2.004 seconds on the last lap of the qualifying session, out-qualifying several drivers with years of experience in Thailand and around Asia Pacific

In Heat 1, Ben finished 3rd after lots of trouble on the first lap – he dropped to 8th, but fought back to eventually finish 3rd. Unfortunately, Ben then developed carburetor problems in Heat 2, which worsened throughout the day.

Despite being a full four seconds a lap slower in the Final, Ben persevered and doggedly finished the race, a long way last. However, the determination to finish remarkably paid dividends, and after scrutineering, he was promoted to 4th place as a result of karts not finishing, two karts being under-weight and one being disqualified for an engine infraction.

This proved to be vital for Ben, as the points he collected by finishing fourth elevated him to an overall 3rd place podium finish in the overall KF3/Junior Thai Championship.

A fantastic first season effort when you also add in the three podium finishes and a pole position.

Sam’s improvement in speed in the second half of the season was dramatically emphasized in the last two rounds of the Thai Championship, where he qualified on the front row in both Rounds 5 and 6, narrowly missing out on pole position on both occasions to Jakkarin, the stand out Cadet driver of the year, who comfortably won this year’s overall Championship after finishing runner up in last year’s World Mini Rok Championship in Italy.

Sam’s lack of race craft hindered him during both races.

Starting on the outside of the track proved to be his downfall and on both occasions, he got pushed wide and dropped down the order. In R5, Sam was back up to 4th and challenging for a podium finish, when he was hit from behind and spun off the track and in the R6 final, he managed to battle his way back and finish.

The final round of the Asia Max Challenge at Sepang in Malaysia was great experience for both boys as they raced in larger fields against some of the best young drivers in Asia. Racing conditions were tricky, as the track switched between wet, damp and dry conditions.

Sam qualified well in 5th but was plagued with both set up and mechanical problems all weekend.

Ben qualified 23rd after a difficult qualifying session, where he was only able to get in a couple of laps in changing track conditions; Ben had battled his way up to 18th in a very crowded mid field when he was hit by another kart, which forced him to retire with a bent axle.

The boys travelled to Krabi for their final race of the year, with Ben deciding to compete against the adults in the very competitive Krabi Kart Senior Open Championship and Sam stepping up to race in a Junior 125cc KF3 kart for the first time, in the Phuket Open.

Ben was disappointed in qualifying 7th out of 10, due primarily to different tyre pressures in his front tyres, but had a good first race and made up three places to finish 4th in Heat 1. Heat 2 was called off due to terrible weather and he finally finished 4th (on slick tyres) in a very damp Final.

Sam took to racing the larger, faster kart like a duck to water and dominated the weekend, qualifying on pole and then winning Heat 1, Heat 2 and the final, where he raced for the first time in very wet conditions. He only lost the lead once briefly in the Final, but retook it the following lap and never looked back.

Reflecting back on 2012, both boys are extremely pleased with the experience they have garnered and with what they have been able to achieve in their rookie season. At the start of the year, no-one was really expecting any pole positions or wins; the aim was to gain experience, see gradual improvement in technique and results and to generally become more competitive against drivers who have been racing for several years.

2013 will be a busier year with more racing planned. In addition to competing in the Thai Championship again next year, both boys will also compete in the Malaysia AMC Series as well as a couple of Asia Pacific Invitational races. There will be a significant investment in new chassis’ and engines and a tie up with a new team in Malaysia next year and the expectations for 2013 are much higher.

Ben and Sam – as part of a school approved project – have both been busy preparing a business and sponsorship plan to support their racing objectives for 2013 and are actively looking at developing an attractive package and proposition for potential sponsors.

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Tourism officials slash Songkran travel expectations by half

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The TAT, ever the optimists regarding anything tourism related, even domestic tourism, predict that the Bangkok clusters that have emerged in the week before the Songkran break could reduce traffic and spending by up to half.

Today the CCSA is reporting 789 new infections and one additional death. 522 were local infections, mostly walk-ins to Bangkok hospitals, 259 were discovered through track and tracing. The remaining 8 were found in quarantine from overseas arrivals. In Phuket, another 17 cases have been reported today, taking the island’s week total to 43.

Tourism officials slash Songkran travel expectations by half | News by ThaigerGRAPH: Worldometer figures for Thailand, up to April 9

A 68 year old man from Nakhon Pathom province died on April 4 but wasn’t reported until today. The CCSA report that he died from Covid and “complications”. 33 other former patients have recovered and been discharged.

Last week the TAT estimated 3.2 million domestic trips would circulate 12 billion baht for the Thai economy. But the Tourism Authority has now slashed their estimates by half after hotels, airlines and bus companies reported mass cancellations in the last few days. Other provinces are reporting less than 20% cancellations. Although this weekend will see a lot of travel, Songkran doesn’t formally start until next Tuesday and the TAT expect there could be additional fallout as travellers decide to have a staycation for Songkran instead heading home.

Bangkok Post reports that 70% of travellers to Prachuap Khiri Khan and Hua Hin have already cancelled hotel bookings. Similar cancellations have been reported in Pattaya, Phuket and Chiang Mai. Many other provinces, particularly in the north east and north, are also enforcing quarantine on arrivals or additional paperwork to try and protect their provinces from any of the Bangkok clusters.

8 north eastern provinces rare now requiring 10 or 14 day quarantine periods for anyone arriving from areas where new clusters have been reported. Chiang Mai provincial officials say that tourists from Samut Prakan, Nakhon Pathom, Bangkok, Pathum Thani and Nonthaburi – basically Bangkok and surrounding provinces – must complete a 14 day mandatory quarantine or conduct a test for Covid when they arrive.

The reality is that the travel and quarantine changes are outstripping the ability to communicate them all. Anyone crossing into other provinces in the next few day, especially if you’re travelling from Bangkok and surrounding provincial ‘red zones’ can expect some additional paperwork or a Covid test. Or even quarantine.

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Phuket student protests and is flunked as “not loyal to the nation”

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FILE PHOTO: Student protests led to one student not graduating due to being “not loyal to the nation, institution of the monarchy”

After participating in protests for student’s rights, a Phuket student was barred from graduating 9th grade, moving from middle school to high school, charged with being “not loyal to the nation, institution of the monarchy”. The student had advocated against mandatory uniforms and for student’s liberties. He told reporters that the school started paying attention to his actions last year when he participated in rallies in solidarity with students across Thailand. The school’s student affairs office received a copy of posts he made on social media encouraging others to join the cause. The school ordered a stop to his political actions, but he and his friends disregarded warnings and violated school rules when they handed out white ribbons to classmates. They received a warning from the student affairs office.

Student protests have increased after pro-democracy demonstrations surged in July last year, empowering many Thai people to speak out against injustices, including students’ rights and liberties. People from schools across the nation have been banding together in solidarity to bring their issues to public light.

On graduation day, all the students were promoted into high school, except for the one student protestor, says the Bad Student protest group. The theme of the day focused on dedication to the monarchy, country and religion, and specifically how students should be obedient. The student said he has received support from friends, but his parents remain neutral and his teachers have been completely silent on the matter. He is frustrated that he was punished for his right to express himself. He plans on testing with incoming students to re-enrol in the same school, and if he is not accepted because of the disloyalty charge, he will pursue legal ramifications, suing the school for blocking his right to an education over the student’s protests.

The student believes he needs to speak out to prevent school administrators from imposing on more students’ rights. He advocates for diversity in schools and ending prejudices, with increased liberties and freedoms for students.

“Schools must teach children to be able to think by themselves, not force children to think like them. Schools should create opportunities for students to express their ideas more freely.”

SOURCE: Prachatai

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16 more Covid infections reported today in Phuket

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Phuket is reporting 16 more infections today. It follows visits from Bangkok and last weekend’s Kolour Beachside parties that have resulted in a number of new Covid infections. The number of new infections has reached 26. But deputy governor Vikrom Jakthee says the province has been successful in containing the new outbreak “due to its quick response measures which now include shuttering bars and nightlife venues.

One of the confirmed cases is a male teacher from Headstart International School in Kathu who, after attending the parties on the weekend, was back teaching students on Monday and Tuesday. The school has sent a letter to all parents advising them of the situation and organising testing for anyone who may have come in contact with the teacher.

The closure order in Phuket comes just as the island province was expecting to get an influx of visitors for Songkran, the Thai New Year. Many bar and club owners were expecting some increased traffic during the holiday week. Phuket officials say they will explain to bar and club owners why they decided to close the venues during the critical week for business.

Vikrom previously cited the start of the island’s Covid vaccine roll-out of Covid starting to head towards a herd immunity in time for the province’s proposed July reopening to international tourists. But he admitted that the sudden appearance of the coronavirus on the island again will force officials to reevaluate the schedule for reopening. He also said that almost all cases were in younger age groups of people in their 20s and 30s.

“Today, the number of infected people reported in Phuket has reached 26, many are from entertainment venues. This figure is relatively high. It jumped from 10 to 26 cases. We will invite operators of entertainment places in for discussions.”

Partygoers who went to any of the Kolour Beachside parties in Phuket last weekend are being asked to visit a local hospital for a Covid test. The parties hosted more than 3,000 people, drawing concern after a musician tested positive for Covid-19, having attended all 3 parties. The Phuket Provincial Government and Phuket Provincial Public Health Office released a statement yesterday advising all partygoers to get tested.

“Those who attended the Kolour parties from April 2 to 3 at Shelter Phuket Dance & Night Club in Patong, Cafe Del Mar Phuket in Kamala and Illuzion nightclub on Bangla Road in Patong are asked to get tested.”

SOURCE: Bangkok Post

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