What better way to end the 2022 season than to finish on the podium. And for Vincent Floirendo, the season finale of the Thailand Super Series (TSS) was made extra special when he managed to out-do his previous best of finishing 3rd. He, with co-driver ex-DTM and GT1 driver Markus Winkelhock, went on to a much-deserved 2nd place at the Buriram International Circuit, making it his new best result to-date.
The weekend got off to a relatively slow start when Vincent qualified in P15 in QTT1. Markus then improved their outlook by placing the #55 ENsport Audi R8 LMS Evo II on the front row of the grid in QTT2, giving a real fighting chance for Sunday.
But doubts regarding their lowly starting position in Race 1 was quickly put to rest when Vincent gained several positions just on the opening lap. His heroic drive would place them in P9, which the Filipino driver maintained until the driver change. With the pit stop bunching up the pack, Markus then started to reel in the others cars and picked them off one after another during his stint. Remarkably, their teamwork resulted in a 5th place finish and a spot on the podium, finishing just 33.623 secs behind the race winner.
Race 2 the following day was even more action packed for the duo as they were right in the thick of the championship battle. Their #55 ENsport Audi would start from pole position after the would-be pole sitter dropped out from the weekend the previous day. Markus held onto the lead throughout his stint and even opened up a 4.434 sec advantage by the time he handed the car over to Vincent. Despite all the chaos in the pit lane, they only lost a spot when they rejoined the track. While the Filipino couldn’t quite match the pace of the leading #27 B-Quik Absolute Racing Audi R8, we did well to maintain position and defend against a hard charging Lexus RCF GT3 behind him who was desperately trying to find a way to get past.
The 2nd place finish marked Vincent’s third podium of the season to cap off the year 4th overall in the Pro-Am Championship.
Vincent Floirendo: “Finally the last race of the year. It has been very challenging from the start of season in June, but happy to end it on a high note with a strong 2nd place at Buriram. A big thank you to BQuick Absolute Racing and my teammate Marcus Winkelhock whom I learned from a lot. Now working on my plans for 2023 and return to the series with the same team. But before that, I’m considering an entry into the Sepang 12 Hours in March to get more seat time and further improve my drive. It’s going to be a big challenge to race against fast Bronze drivers, so I have to up my game and be more competitive next year.”