Confidence is high for Kevin Gleason as he continues his push to become the 2015 TCR International Series Champion in the penultimate round of the season at Thailand’s state-of-the-art Chang International Circuit (24-25 October).
The Chang International Circuit is located on the Southern outskirts of Buriram, 400km East of Bangkok, and the ultra-modern 4.5km-long racetrack boasts a fascinating and technically challenging 12-corner configuration, penned by German architect Hermann Tilke.
Opened in 2014, the circuit is a complete unknown for Gleason and his TCR International Series opponents and this unfamiliarity will only intensify the championship battle with two rounds to run in Thailand and Macau.
Five drivers still have a shot at becoming the first ever TCR International Series Champion and Gleason lies fifth, some 63 points adrift of championship leader, Stefano Comini, with 110 still available in the remaining four races.
The 28-year old American’s confidence is high following his victory in full view of Formula 1 teams and drivers on the floodlit streets of Singapore and it means he also holds some momentum going into the final two rounds of 2015.
Gleason will carry 20kg of success ballast into the weekend, but there’s an air of cautious optimism about him after completing a marathon journey that encompassed a 21-hour flight from New York to Bangkok and a six-hour drive from the Thai capital to the Chang International Circuit.
“I definitely feel I have momentum on my side from winning in Singapore,” said Gleason. “Everything I’ve learnt over the years has helped me get comfortable with this style of racing and, with that and my recent race win, my confidence is up going into the Thai leg of the TCR International Series.
“I have walked the Chang International Circuit and I like what I see. There’s a nice mix of long straightaways and big braking zones, fast turns and a few technical corners too, so it should make for good racing. It’s going to take a lot of luck for me to win the title, but I’ll do my best to try and achieve pole position and win every race, just like every other race weekend.”