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Toyota races back to Phuket



PHUKET: The Toyota Motor Sport Series is set to return to Phuket with organizers hoping to repeat the resounding success of last year’s edition.

This year’s program was announced last week at a press conference held at the Royal Phuket City Hotel.

Presiding over the conference were Phuket V/Gov Sommai Prijasilpa and Vice Director of Toyota Motor Thailand Company Nikorn Prasertsom, who lauded preparations.

The Toyota Motor Sport Seies 2012 will feature a total of 50 cars to race in three categories: Yaris One Make Race Class C, Vios One Make Race Lady Cup and Vios One Make Race Class C.

Among the racers will be four university students from different parts of Thailand who were selected by the Toyota Racing School Team after passing a number of rigorous tests, devised by some of Thailand’s Championship winning drivers, in both driving theory and practice.

In addition to racing, spectators will be treated to an array of performances and activities at the event, which also coincides with and thus celebrates Toyota Thailand’s 50th anniversary.

Among these include the Champion Performance Show, which will give Toyota’s best driving instructors the chance to show off their skills.

The Toyota 86 Drift Show will feature famous drift driver KiKi Sak Nana in a rear wheel drive sports edition, Toyota 86.

Thailand’s Super Car Champion 2011 Nattawut Charoensukwattana will perform a Toyota Team Thailand Victory Show.

The Legend Show will feature energizing performances from popular Thai superstars, including Pete Thongjure, Um Ummarin and Kratae Supaksorn.

Students from Phuket will take part in a cheering team contest with more than 70,000 baht in prizes up for grabs. Thai superstar Bank (of the band Clash) will play a free concert in Sapan Hin on Sunday at 6pm to bring the event to a close.

Racing commences at Sapan Hin July 21-22 from 7am to 5pm.

Qualifiers are on Saturday with the finals to be held on Sunday.

— Atchaa Khamlo


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