The Toyota Corolla Altis became the first Thai production car to participate in and complete the formidable ADAC Zurich 24-Hour race at Nurburgring in Germany late last month.
The Thai contingent made up of Suttipong Smitchart, Natthavude Charoensukawattana, Nattapol Horthongkham and Sak Nana participated in the Super Production 3 category and finished the gruelling 99-lap, 2,574km race in 7th place in its class and 109th place overall among a total of 241 cars.
“I am excited and proud after my first experience in a world-class event like the Nurburgring 24-hour race,” Suttipong, who is also the team manager, said. “We finished better than we had expected and this success stems from close collaboration between team members. All four drivers had to think and plan together, particularly the amount of laps that would suit each driver. Indeed, this is a difficult race on one of the world’s most difficult tracks.”
The Nurburgring is 26 kilometres long and is made up of 73 corners along with large altitude drops and other challenging road undulations, making it one of the most difficult motorsport tracks in the world.