Tech 9 Step Up To The LMES With Top Thai Trio
Phil Hindley’s Tech 9 team has been a pacesetter in the British GT Cup / GT3 class since its inception, winning the inaugural Cup class in 2003 and running the now defunct DRM racing very close in 2004’s Cup.

The Liverpool based team’s #9 Porsche currently leads the 2005 championship, but Hindley’s ambitions stretch further than class wins in the UK. The team will make its LMES debut at Monza next month, with a GT2 class Porsche 911 RSR.

The driver squad is an unusual, but very welcome, all Thai line-up, the first ever in ACO rules racing.

Charoensukhawatana Nattavude is the most famous motorsport star in Thailand, a multiple champion on both two and four wheels. He currently leads the Asian Porsche Carrera Cup. His protégé Inthraphuvasak Vutthikorn currently lies second in the same series, whilst the last of the trio Sontaya Kunplome, is none other than the Thai Government’s Sports and Tourism Minister!

The Monza outing is set to be the only 2005 LMES outing for this fascinating line-up but Hindley is keen to emphasize that Tech 9 is ready willing and able to accommodate racers at the Silverstone, Nurburgring and Istanbul 1000km races with a top quality GT2 car.

“We’ve had success in long distance racing before of course, winning the class in the inaugural Spa 1000kms, when the British GTs shared the grid with the big FIA Sportscars in 2003. We ran very well out at the Bahrain GT Festival too and that might well have caught the eyes of our Thai customers. The clincher though was almost certainly the link with the ‘TechArt’ programme, where we market Porsche performance parts in the UK for one of the biggest global brands.”

With Kenny Chen’s GruppeM team preparing the Noble Group-backed Team Hong Kong Porsche for a season’s opening effort in Monza too, the Italian LMES round is developing a refreshingly novel Asian theme.


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