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Kana heading for the top

Honda Racing Fest hits the mark with northern motorsport fans

Kana heading for the top

The Prem Tennis Academy and Team Elite player, Kana Vasupongchai, recently represented Northern Thailand as the #1 player and captain of the Sports Authority of Thailand’s sectional junior tennis team in their annual sports competition held this year in Pichit. Every province of Thailand selects teams to compete in this Olympic style competition. Kana won both the singles and doubles competitions to help the team win the overall team event and will now go to Bangkok to compete in the final round.

Kana Vasupongchai poses in front of a poster of her tennis hero Rafael Nadal.

Kana has also won the end of the year Toyota Masters event held in Bangkok recently. As a 14 year old she competed in the 18 under division winning a total of 5 matches on her way to winning the championships and a two week trip to a tennis academy in Spain.


Honda Racing Fest hits the mark with northern motorsport fans

Chumporn Saengmanee, Chiang Mai’s Deputy Governor, and the Managing Director of Honda Automobile Thailand, preside over the opening ceremony.

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The fifth and final round of the Honda Racing Fest 2009 took place between December 19 and 20 at Chiang Mai 700 Year Stadium and was a great treat to all motorsport enthusiasts in the north, as well as being the final chance for the drivers to make their bids for the end of season awards.

A touch of glamour can always be found at the starting grid.
The event was held on a 2.2 km temporary race track circuit at the Chiang Mai stadium, just 200m shorter than the Bira International Circuit in Pattaya. The drivers raced in an anti-clockwise direction on the asphalt and concrete road surface while negotiating the track’s 12 difficult corners. Racing on this circuit required a complete set of driving skills.
Pasrit Promsombat won this year’s Honda Jazz One Make Race Championship with the overall highest points tally of 77 from all 5 rounds, despite finishing only 3rd and 7th in the last two races in Chiang Mai – losing to Teerat Nittayasut, the hottest new racer, who took first place in both races.
In the Honda Civic One Make Race category, it was a close contest between Narasak Iittiritpong, the leader in the Class A, and Apatorn Kannasut, with just one point separating the two at the finish; Narasak ending the season on 77 points to Apatorn’s 76.

Two Honda Civic One Make Class drivers go head to head on the tight circuit at Chiang Mai’s 700 Year Stadium.
Jack Lemward won the first race in the Honda Civic Class, defeating Suttilak Booncharoen, who led the table in the B Class, and Narasak Iittiritpong, the winner of Class A who came trailing in 4th place. Iittiritpong beat Lemward in the second race and subsequently clinched the 2009 Civic One Make Race Class A Championship. Suttilak Booncharoen meanwhile led from the start of the 5 championship rounds to win the 2009 Civic One Make Race Class B title.
Karan Suppapong took 2009 Honda Pro Cup Championship title after his closest rival Piti Pirompakdee had an accident during the first race in Chiang Mai and had to quit. Suppapong was able to hang on to top place in the points table despite finishing down the order in both races last weekend; Tony Percy and Patsakorn Yaemkatehom were the winners in the two final round races.
The winners in all the race categories in Chiang Mai received trophies graciously donated by HRH Princess Soamsawalee.
The 2 day event proved to be another smash hit with the racing fans here in the northern capital, following on from the inaugural event last year which was held at the Royal Flora Ratchapruek.