Track Time founder John Sinnaeve, our host on Saturday (27th February), was clearly the man in charge at TT#5 at the Kaeng Krachan Circuit.
The Royal Coast Review ventured out to this sensational venue for motor racing next to the Kaeng Krachan National Park an hour’s drive north of Hua Hin to join John with Richard and Andy from Surf 102.5 FM trackside to experience all the action.
‘In charge’ meant a hands-on approach by John to ensure that his mantra of ‘safety in the priority’ was being maintained by the bevy of track marshals and other support staff at the ready. He also needed to be on the microphone to manage the next group of motorcyclists were set to go on schedule but not neglecting to offer his hospitality and attention to VIP guests.
John explained that around 80,000 kilometres has now been travelled around the circuit after the first five rounds of the Track Time sessions with around 200 participants taking part. For motorcycle enthusiasts that means completing laps of this three kilometres track at speed to test their skills and the capability of big bikes of all shapes and sizes.
Sam Sherriff was one of about 50 riders wearing vests coloured vests, either green (novice), yellow (intermediate) or red (specialists) to show their level of competence. Sam was riding a BMW test bike and also wearing a huge smile as he completed a 20 minute session of 10 laps. He proclaimed that he had just found the mechanical love of his life with owning a BMW superbike now topping his bucket list.
Motorcycling enthusiasts like Sam are the focus of Track Time’s offer to experience riding on a fantastic road racing circuit with a ‘safety at speed’ approach. This is an opportunity to practice fast laps on a closed track with no unexpected potholes, only one way traffic and no U turns. That’s an experience that is hard to find anywhere in Thailand, and perhaps worldwide.
Apart from honing their skills to be better equipped to manage the risks of riding on public roads, riders say the result is they become more confident and adopt a calmer approach when riding on the road; saving their ‘need for speed’ for the next Track Time day.
Apart from completing fast laps then socialising with like-minded enthusiasts, motorcyclists learn about bike handling and improve their defensive riding abilities to at least partly mitigate the omnipresent dangers of Thailand’s public roads.
Another basic lesson was learned by one unfortunate participant who needed to be rescued after he managed to run out of fuel half way around the track!
Thankfully on this day the trackside ambulance remained unused while some attractive young ladies dressed in pink tried to convince the riders that they were really nurses. They had stethoscopes at the ready to check that heartbeats on the starter’s grid weren’t racing too much.
This is was also a great family day out with free spectator entrance to be either track side with food and drinks on sale or at the VIP lounge with a second level panoramic deck overlooking the full race track.
Our thanks to John for a brilliant day out amongst the most enthusiast and best prepared big bike riders in the region. TT#6 is planned for mid-April and John says a two-day event may be coming soon. Stay tuned to the Royal Coast Review for all the news as a media partner of Track Time Thailand.
To read more about Track Time at Kaeng Krachan Circuit see https://royalcoastreview.com/2021/02/satisfying-the-need-for-speed-with-safety-track-time-at-the-kaeng-krachan-circuit/ .