2015 Phillip Island World Supersport Race Results: Clouds Save Tyres

Eighteen uninterrupted laps under light cloud cover offering excellent conditions for racing.

Kenan Sofuoglu led Jules Cluzel and Film Wilairot, but fell to third place by the end of the lap as Cluzel and Wilairot traded places back and forth. Lorenzo Zanetti fought his way past Gino Rea and Kyle Smith who looked determined to have a most-sideways-riding competition that Smith would win.

On the fifth lap, Zanetti took second place off Wilairot, giving us an MV Agusta 1-2, followed by Wilairot then losing third place to Smith, having despatched Sofuoglu and Rea en passant. One lap later, Sofuoglu was in the wrong place entering turn four and ran off the track, across the runoff, across the gravel, across the access road and onto the grass. He rejoined the race in nineteenth place and set about clawing back points, the podium no longer being an option.

Jules Cluzel and Lorenzo Zanetti took off at the front, leaving the only chance of battles for the podium being for the third step, a step that Kyle Smith, Gino Rea and Film Wilairot all had a chance at.

On the penultimate lap, Rea passed Smith as Wilairot waited half a second back and the battle went to the last lap. Smith passed Rea into turn ten, but Rea took the place back on turn eleven, making contact as both bikes were hard on their sides with Rea shooting sparks out of his left elbow slider, and Smith had to leave his chance for the finish line.

Jules Cluzel won convincingly with his teammate Lorenzo Zanetti over three seconds behind him. Five seconds further back, Gino Rea won is battle with Kyle Smith by three hundredths of a second. Film Wilairot, a further couple of seconds back took fifth place while Kenan Sofuoglu fought through thirteen riders to claim six points from what could have been a disaster.

Once again, the tyres were not an issue, even with riders like Smith punishing his tyres cruelly.

Results:

Pos No. Rider Bike Gap Best Lap Speed
1 16 J. CLUZEL MV Agusta F3 675   1'33.684 274,1
2 87 L. ZANETTI MV Agusta F3 675 3.494 1'33.588 287,2
3 4 G. REA Honda CBR600RR 8.636 1'34.017 279,1
4 111 K. SMITH Honda CBR600RR 8.668 1'34.249 289,5
5 9 R. WILAIROT Honda CBR600RR 10.613 1'34.037 287,2
6 54 K. SOFUOGLU Kawasaki ZX-6R 18.608 1'33.409 281,3
7 25 A. BALDOLINI MV Agusta F3 675 18.701 1'34.039 284,2
8 44 R. ROLFO Honda CBR600RR 18.741 1'34.515 284,2
9 6 D. SCHMITTER Kawasaki ZX-6R 21.333 1'34.525 280,5
10 99 P. JACOBSEN Kawasaki ZX-6R 26.448 1'34.252 281,3
11 11 C. GAMARINO Kawasaki ZX-6R 26.979 1'34.896 283,5
12 5 M. FACCANI Kawasaki ZX-6R 26.992 1'35.025 288,0
13 41 A. WAGNER Yamaha YZF R6 34.058 1'34.576 275,5
14 68 G. SCOTT Honda CBR600RR 36.066 1'35.408 279,8
15 61 F. MENGHI Yamaha YZF R6 36.624 1'35.138 282,7
16 19 K. WAHR Honda CBR600RR 37.284 1'35.073 281,3
17 20 A. PHILLIS Honda CBR600RR 42.091 1'35.752 280,5
18 74 K. CLARKE Honda CBR600RR 1'07.842 1'37.185 270,0
19 24 M. RAMIREZ Kawasaki ZX-6R 1'07.976 1'37.177 275,5

 

Round Number: 
1
2015
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Comments

where does his name "Film" come from, as his first name is Rathapark (or something like that) ?

I wondered that same thing somewhere last year. Apparently lots of people in Thailand have nicknames that they use instead of their actual names. In spite of that, though, this name Film' never came up in all his GP years, as far as I know.