2nd - 8th October 2017 Jameson's Diary No.
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by the Landlord Kim Fletcher. Last
Updated 12th October 2017
Unixx – TR-Motorsport Secure a Double Championship in Dramatic Style Thailand Super Series Rounds 7 & 8 – Chang International Circuit - Buriram
“The winner ain't the one with the fastest car, it's the one who refuses to lose.”
– Dale Earnhardt The final battle for the 2017 Drivers Title took place at the Chang International Circuit in Buriram, with a lead of just 11 points from Khun Manat of the Toyota Team there was still a lot of work to be done to secure the title and a tense few days were ahead of them. Due to the ease of the previous wins, 30 kg of BOP (Balance of Performance) had been added to the Porsche 997 this meant in total there was an extra 80 kg of weight to race with. With this in mind, the Team called on the services of their longtime long-distance Race Engineer Peter Jaeger A.K.A. Master Yoda. Peter was flown in from Denmark in time for the first practice sessions of the week to try and negate the disadvantages of driving a heavier car, his insight over the following days proved invaluable…
Practice Sessions The 30 kg BOP did not have to be added until the official practice session, this gave Peter precious time to calculate the best setup and weight distribution throughout the car. Peter decided the best course of action was to add 10 kg of BOP weight immediately to help Thomas get a feel for the car and provide essential data back to the team that would give a vital insight into how the car would perform with its full weight allocation. Thomas set about the 4.5 km circuit and although the handling was nothing he had felt before he still managed to clock a 1.44:07 putting him in P2. For the following session, further alignment and settings were tweaked to try to find a few extra tenths as the Toyota of Khun Manat was 0.7 seconds faster than Thomas. By the end of the third practice session, Peter's insight had edged the team closer to within 0.4 of the Championship rival with Thomas posting a very impressive time of 1.44:035. As Fridays official practice session arrived so did the extra weight with the final 20 kg being added to the car, a couple of setup changes were made and the team were hopeful of a competitive time. Thomas didn't disappoint putting the car again in P2 on the timing sheets with a 1.44:192.
Qualifying It was vital that the team got a good position on the grid as even with an 11 point lead the Toyota with less weight was going to be extremely fast and hard to catch on a dry track. Thomas and Peter squeezed everything out of the Porsche 997 to record a time of 1:44.080 although this was an exceptional lap considering how much extra weight was in the car the team were still behind the Toyota of Khun Manat by a massive 0.8 seconds. Race 1 would be a tense affair with the Rotary Mazda RX7 of James Runacres hot on the heels in 3 rd and looking for his first victory of the season.
Race 1 A light drizzle was a welcome sight on the first Race Day as any further rain around the lights out time would level out the playing field giving Thomas a chance to challenge for the top step of the podium, however, by late afternoon the rain had subsided and the sun shone brightly as the lights went out in Race 1. At the first corner, Thomas nearly edged out Khun Manat but had to leave room for the young Toyota driver by taking a wider line to maintain speed. Over the next 2 laps, James Runacres in the Rotary Mazda RX7 closed in and eventually overtook Thomas who valiantly fought back making a dive down the inside at turn five, unfortunately, both cars touched and were sent into separate spins with Thomas getting the car back on the track first albeit in 7th place. After that, the Danish Dynamo put down the hammer and made his way back up to a very commendable 3rd place. Khun Manat crossed the line with a healthy lead to TR-Motorsport teammate Khun Pete in the JWD Porsche Cayman. The win for Khun Manat left him just 3 points behind Thomas for the Championship. The mood in the team became very tense as thoughts switched to Sunday's race and what if anything could be done to bring home the title in their debut season.
The results from Race 1 had ensured that GTC Supercar Team Championship was secured with a massive point's difference over second place, a fantastic achievement in their debut season.
Now it was time to finish the game……
Race 2 After securing the Team Championship in Saturdays Race 1, the pressure was most definitely on to follow up with the drivers' championship on Sunday. With Thomas only managing 3 rd place in Race 1 and the Toyota of Khun Manat taking 1 st the lead was reduced to just 3 points going into the final race of the season.
One hour before the race the heavens opened over the Chang International Circuit producing a deluge of water onto the track for the earlier TCR race, although the rain stopped the track was still wet for the start of Race 2. Wet weather tires were selected and a few tweaks to the setup were made.
As the lights when Green Thomas immediately started to challenge Khun Manat as they raced to the first corner but once again Thomas had to go wide to leave room and maintain momentum on the main straight. Thomas went in too deep at turn 3 forcing him wide on the exit and leaving him now in 4 th , however, a massive charge down to turn 5 put him back in contention.
A safety car was called out before the end of the first lap, which caused confusion for the cars chasing Khun Manat. He seemed to have a problem and slowed down so the chasing trio of Khun Pete, James and Thomas jumped at the chance and dived down the inside into turn 12. Thomas was however quickly informed by Chief Mechanic Sven Thummel to let the Toyota of Khun Manat back past him so not to incur a penalty, Thomas obliged and sat patiently behind them waiting for the safety car to come in. After 4 laps behind the safety car, the lights went green and Thomas once again started pressuring the Toyota of Khun Manat, overtaking him comfortably on the main straight. The conditions were perfect for the Rain Master Raldorf and within a couple of laps, he had overtaken the Rotary Mazda RX7 of James Runacres to take 2 nd place in the race. As the laps counted down Thomas began to reel in the leader who happened to be Teammate Khun Pete in the Porsche Cayman. With four laps to go young James was challenging Khun Manat when all of a sudden the right rear tyre of the Toyota exploded destroying that area of the car and the resulting debris hitting and destroying the windscreen of the Mazda, fortunately, no driver was injured however both cars retired shortly after.
Thomas was unaware what had happened behind him and continued to push on overtaking the Cayman of Teammate Khun Pete on the Pit Straight, much to the delight of the team watching from the Pit Wall and the sponsors and fans in the stands. The final laps soon counted down with Thomas crossing the line and taking the 20 points and the Drivers title and also taking the fastest lap with a time of 1.52:343 a massive 1.2 seconds quicker than anyone else. A sensational drive in tricky conditions by the Danish Dynamo in what was such a dramatic and perfect ending that only motorsport can produce.
Scenes of jubilation quickly followed throughout the paddock as the team, sponsors and fans raced to the pit entrance to congratulate the new champion, who was soon treated to a champagne shower! For everyone associated with the team this season has been one hell of a ride from the initial heartbreak of the fuel pressure issues at the start of the season to the dominant double wins in Bang Saen & Buriram and then when all seemed against them for the final race Thomas delivered one of the best drives of his career to bring home the spoils.
Unixx TR-Motorsport would like to thank Khun Manat and Toyota for the challenges they brought this year and look forward to another close battle in 2018. The Final Drivers' Standings were Thomas 137 Points, Khun Manat 114 Points.
The Team would like to thank all their gracious sponsors for whom without none of this could be possible and big thank you to all the fans who have travelled and supported the team throughout and shared their photos and experiences on social media.
A special mention goes to Henk Kiks and his B-Quik Racing Team who have been magnificent in supporting TR-Motorsport throughout the season, their approach and professionalism are unequalled within the racing fraternity. Thoughts will soon turn to 2018 and what lies ahead as the team defend their title.
For more information on TR-Motorsport visit www.tr-motorsport.com , you can also find TR-Motorsport on Facebook, Instagram, YouTube, Twitter and Line App just search TR-Motorsport Thailand.
Photos courtesy of the Thailand Super Series
What did we learn from the Japanese Grand Prix?
Well, we learned that Lewis Hamilton did not win the World Driver's Championship - Ferrari gave it to Mercedes. For two Grands Prix in a row, Ferrari had mechanical problems with the cars on the grid with mechanics working feverishly, but they were unable to get Vettel's car to run properly.
Here we have the most expensive race cars in the world and Ferrari had Vettel's car just sitting in the pits for hours, to go out and discover a problem. The official reply from the Italians was that it was a spark plug problem. And if you believe that, remember to leave a glass of milk and some cookies out for Santa on Xmas Eve.
So the race that was expected to be a virtual shoot-out for the WDC with Lewis Hamilton (Mercedes) on pole and Sebastian Vettel (Ferrari) alongside did not eventuate. The eagerly awaited wheel to wheel “mano e mano” gladiatorial contest did not eventuate with Vettel's Ferrari withdrawing on lap 4, but the race ended up being between Hamilton and everyone's favorite cloggy Max Verstappen (Red Bull), not that Max was ever close enough to indulge in some youthful wheel banging. Second was as good as he was going to get.
Daniel Ricciardo (Red Bull) is turning into a ‘safe hands' driver, while the world wants him to show the aggression that he is capable of, joined his 20 year old team mate on the podium.
The (very much) second string Mercedes driver, Valtteri Bottas, started fifth and finished fourth (Vettel DNF elevating him on the track). I hope Bottas has signed the new contract for 2018 because he is only showing second driver results. Do not look for Valtteri in 2019.
The other Finn, Kimi Raikkonen (Ferrari), a driver who can turn it on, but falls asleep too often, came fifth, but ruing the fact that Ferrari has once again settled into the doldrums. “We have made a lot of improvements over the last few years as a team, but now, for whatever reason, we suddenly seem to have technical issues coming out from nothing. It's kind of weird, our cars are running perfectly and suddenly on Sunday there is a problem that nobody expects.” Don't worry Kimi, it's only a spark plug. My B-Quik garage can fix it, no waiting.
The FIndia twins Ocon and Perez behaved themselves to come in sixth and seventh ahead of the Haas drivers Magnussen and then Grosjean, top man in the complaints department.
Massa (Williams) continued to confound, so small he needs a booster seat from the restaurant and in the points (just) again in 10 th .
Jolyon Palmer (Renault second string) bade the team goodbye. You will never hear or see of him again.
Looking at the retirements, Hulkenberg (Renno –said while holding nose to get the correct French accent) had the DRS wing stuck open. The mechanics were ready with a bigger hammer but it was too little, too late.
And Sainz, going to Renault, left a bag of carbon fiber as a farewell present for his engineers at Toro Rosso.
The next GP is the American October 22. Telecast at 2 a.m. in Thailand.
1 L Hamilton Mercedes
2 M Verstappen Red Bull
3 D Ricciardo Red Bull
4 V Bottas Mercedes
5 K Raikkonen Ferrari
6 E Ocon Force India
7 S Perez Force India
8 K Magnussen Haas
9 R Grosjean Haas
10 F Massa Williams
11 F Alonso McLaren
12 J Palmer Renault
13 P Gasly Toro Rosso
14 S Vandoorne McLaren
15 P Wehrlein Sauber
L Stroll Williams
N Hulkenberg Renault
M Ericsson Sauber
S Vettel Ferrari
C Sainz Toro Rosso
RECOMMENDED MOVIE OF THE WEEK
Blade Runner 2049.
Blade Runner 2049 is the sequel to Blade Runner. Blade Runner 2049 was released in 2017, the original was released in 1982. The dating of the two movies sets them 35 years apart. But for the sake of the movie the action takes place 30 years apart! The Main two actors from the original movie Ryan Gosling as K and Harrison Ford who plays Rick Deckard reprise their roles only obviously 30 years later... Confused yet. No? Well you should be.
The story actually hangs together very well, but you one hundred percent have to see the first one and be able to cast your mind back thirty years to recollect it. Or quickly re-watch the original before going to catch the new movie.
The acting is superb all the way through, the direction by Dennis Villeneuve is superb and the scenery and photography are stunning. You just have to keep your wits about you to keep up with the story line. Actors come and go playing their parts and then disappear as if they have never been there and Girl Friends leap in and out leaving you never quite sure if they are human or robotic ( Not that it really seems to matter.) Harrison Ford does not make his entry into the movie until about two thirds of the way through, but does make the necessary Superstar entrance. Hampton Fancher also wrote both movies so he must at least know what is going on. Although the film still does not have a complete ending. It does have an ending, but so much has been going on that you wonder whether there is still more to come. Who is still alive, who is dead and who could make a dramatic recovery.
I must repeat that you really need to hang on for the ride as it does get rather complicated. It is also One Hundred and Sixty Three minutes long, so if you are going to a Thai Cinema please make sure to take a warm jumper or blanket.
THE MOVIE AND MUSIC REVIEWS
The Foreigner is a film adaptation of Stephen Leather's fourth book released in 1994. Now called the Foreigner. The Movie S tars Jackie Chan as the actor in the title role a humble 61 year old man with a secret past. He is Ex Asian Seal Forces. Opposite him is Pierce Brosnan as Liam Hennessey a British politician with a dubious past. The film has been directed by Martin Campbell.
The plot involves two central stories one involving Jackie Chan's role as a father who loses his daughter in an unprovoked terrorist attack in London, who seeks justice and when none is forth coming from the British Government takes matters into his own hands. The other is Pierce Brosnan's role as an outwardly upright British politician who's past is rapidly catching him up.
The two plots intertwine often erupting into violent scenes as the plot gets more and more involved. Eventually erupting into an explosive climax. An enthralling plot, sticking pretty closely to Stephen Leathers original story line. The moral of the story being ‘Never push a good man too far.'
I have never seen Jackie Chan play such a dramatic role with none of his usual comedy or super hero fighting techniques. The role suits him well. Pierce Brosnan is as far away from his role as James Bond as is possible.
The film grossed between 10-14 Million in it's first week of release and is a sure fire winner. The pace, intrigue and action never let up.
Lets hope this is not the last of Stephen Leather's magnificent novels to be turned into an action packed thriller.
Steve Hillage – Rainbow Dome Musick.
Steve Hillage has had a very diverse career dabbling in Music from Hard Rock, (Early Bands including Khan), Progressive Rock (Mike Oldfield), Ambient (This album), Art Rock (Kevin Ayers), Punk Rock (Sham 69), Pop (Sting), The Canterbury Scene (Caravan and Egg), Dance (Solo) and the simply bizarre (Gong).
A masterful musician especially on the Guitar.
In 1979 Steve Hillage released this album Rainbow Dome Musick in collaboration with his long time partner Miquette Giraudy. When this album was released on Vinyl you got one piece of music on each side each running at just over twenty minutes. It is quite the most soothing music that this Dog has ever listened to and is often a part of the early morning ritual of getting out of the basket.
Do not be put off by the Ambient tag on this album. It's very pleasant music.
The first piece opens with water running over rocks in a stream as the guitar gently breaks in with added lilting Keyboards. This opening music is really Miquettee's contribution to the album with her lovely use of Sequencers overlapping loops as the music drifts into your brain. Bring with it a feeling of calmness, even meditation. Hillage's guitar work is sympathetic and subtle while the Piano lines rise in fifths through the music. There are no drums or vocals played on this entire album. Keeping the feeling of calm all the way through.
The second piece of music is Steve Hillage's piece. Four Ever Rainbow opens up with the sound of a bell drawing your attention to the new music and has a lot more guitar, and Synthesizers tripping across the music with flowing textures and tone coloring. Expounding calmness at every ripple of music, giving the listener the feeling of being in an Oasis of peace. The music has a lot more interplay between the instruments, but never gets cluttered. The music leaves you feeling relaxed and rested.
The music was originally written for the Festival of Mind, Body and Spirit in London in 1977 and the music alone takes you back to that period of time. A more peaceful time. Although the Festival is still held biannually in London and similar festivals are held all over the World.
Steve Hillage was forever changing his musical out goings, but this is one I wish he had returned to again. He made similar sequences of music in some of his Solo albums but never a whole album, or with such effect.
A lot of Steve Hillage's music has gone on to be far more influential than people ever imagined at the time. Although this album did make it into the charts at the time. Number 48 in the British hit Parade. Steve Hillage never became what you would call a star. Well respected and known in many different genres. As with the music on this album he remained quiet and would often allow himself to drift away on a musical cloud.
The British Newspaper The Guardian put it in the Top One Thousand albums of all time. Quite who compiled this list I am not sure. But to give it such a high standing he must have been a very earnest fan too.
Garden of Paradise.
Four Ever Rainbow.
Miquette Giraudy - Double Sequencer, Fender Rhodes, ARP Omni, and Tibetan Bells.
Steve Hillage - Electric and Acoustic Guitars, Glissando Guitar, Fender Rhodes, ARP Synthesizer and Moog Synthesizer.
Photo's are of Steve Hillage today and Steve Hillage in 1979
Written By Mott The Dog and Hells Bells.
Mott The Dog can often be found in deep Meditation at Jameson's Pub, Nova Park, Soi AR, North Pattaya.
The Rolling Stones - Blue and Lonesome.
Blue and Lonesome is the first Rolling Stones Studio Record to be released in ten years. What a fantastic disc it is too. Recorded in three days at Mark Knopfler's British Grove Studios with Don Was at the Controls with the Glimmer Twins (Jagger and Richards.) December 2015 and released December 2016. Why the wait I have no idea. Christmas Sales? The template was go into the studio with the band and record straight down the middle a collection of Blues greats with no overdubs. So it was in this short time that Mick Jagger, Keith Richards, Charlie Watts, and Ronnie Wood. The Official Stones. Went into the studio with regular partners for recording and touring Darryl Jones on Bass since 1993, Chuck Leavell on Keyboards since 1982 (Now surely there is a case here to put these two up for Full Time Membership?) and Matt Clifford on Keyboards (The new boy!) It is also the first Stones album (Their twenty third studio album. Thirty albums if you include albums released in the United States of America) with all Cover songs, even the first album in 1964 had the first Jagger/Richards recording on it plus two songs credited to Nanker Phelnge which was the pseudonym used by the whole band.
But far from going for the obvious Blues Standards they have delved deeply into the well for gems from Jimmy Reed, Willie Dixon, Eddie Taylor, Two from Howlin' Wolf, Magic Sam, Two from Little Walter, Otis Hicks, Memphis Slim, Buddy Johnson and other collaborators.
Charlie Watts thrashes away on drums as if he is enjoying himself for the first time in years, Darryl Jones completes the Rhythm section, whilst the keyboards compliment the guitars beautifully with some polished piano solo's put in for good measure. Keith Richards and Ronnie Woods combine as you know they should, neither of them would technically come in the top ten of Rock ‘n' Roll Guitarists, but together they are a mighty force. Pulling one master stroke after another Eric Clapton happened to be in the studio when the Stones were in town and he lends electrifying solo's to two songs. Now here is a Guitarist that would come in anybody's top ten of all time Rock ‘n' Roll guitarists. The Completely revamped I Can't Quit You Baby, think Led Zeppelin then think again. The simple blues of Miles Grayson's Everybody Knows About My Good Thing brought to life but a slinky Clapton solo. But the star of the show is Mick Jagger who at whatever age you want to put him has lost none of his nuance and sauce. For the first time since 1986's Dirty Work Jagger has not insisted on playing some guitar parts, leaving it this time to the Guitar Slingers in the Band to do their work whilst he concentrates on blowing his harp and wrapping himself up in the lyrics. It's the perfect Mick Jagger show album.
The Rolling Stones are now back in the studio recording original material for a new album. But I for one am mighty glad that they took those three days in the Studio to record these wonderful songs. The Rolling Stones have always had their roots in the Blues and this is a fine homecoming.
The Stones on this album are
Mick Jagger – Harmonica and Vocals.
Keith Richards – Guitar.
Ronnie Wood – Guitar.
Darryly Jones – Bass.
Chuck Leavell – Keyboards.
Matt Clifford – Keyboards.
Eric Clapton – Guitar.
Just Your Fool.
Commit A Crime.
Blue and Lonesome.
All Of Your Love.
I Gotta Go.
Everybody Knows About My Good Thing.
Ride ‘Em On Down.
Hate To See You Go.
Hoo Doo Blues.
Just Like I Treat You.
I Can't Quit You Baby.
Talk to your local ex-pat and you hear nothing positive about this year's ‘low season'. However, as the old saying goes “If life hands you lemons, then make lemonade.” And the man making lemonade is Kim Fletcher, the most experienced publican in Pattaya. As anyone from the catering industry will tell you, “If Kim can't get it to work, then nobody can!”
I spent a couple of hours with Kim, going through his new menu, and when new menus are brought out, this usually means price increases. This time this is where the customer is the big winner – the prices have gone down. Yes, by a good margin as well.
The theatre big screen.
Let's get you there. Jameson's is actually not on the ‘beaten track', but even for newbies is very easy to find. Coming from Second Road (Sai 2), turn right into Soi 4 (on your right at the Bangkok Bank) and follow the road up and round to the right and it is there, next to Nova Park. Another way to get there is to come from North Pattaya Road, turning into the soi at the traffic lights leading to Big C. Follow that soi all the way down to the T-junction at the end and turn left and Nova Park and Jameson's are on your left. There are other back alleys that will get you there too, but the directions above are for newcomers to Pattaya.
The new menu is photographic, something I encourage restaurateurs to do. Not everyone speaks English (or even Irish).
The pub is very much in the Irish/English mold. There is a long bar down one side, made out of half a forest and two separate areas, one with a huge TV screen (there are others dotted around the pub as well) then another “library” section with big comfy Chesterfield chairs. Outside is a people watching bar plus umbrellas for the smokers.
The new menu is an enlarged menu one, as all the old favorites have been retained, and extra items added, as well as more vegetarian dishes (indicated by a “V” in front of the name).
Page 1 and Jameson's opens at 9 a.m. for breakfasts ranging from B. 95 through to B. 199 (an all day item).
That leads you through to Salads (B. 125-215) including interesting items as egg and potato as well as the usual Greek salad.
The sandwich bar has all the usual plus another five new ones like chicken and avocado (B. 205) and some vegetarian ones. Dips as well including Greek and Tzatziki.
“Mains” remain as huge as always, with Fajitas B. 375 and Burgers with the lot (no charge for the extras) at B. 295.
Steaks are B. 395-495 and are a very popular item too.
The burger that beat me!
Sundays are the Roasts (12 noon to 11 p.m. for B. 340-400) and during the week there are daily specials such as fish and chips and pork chops.
Children's menu has suitable items all for B. 135 and that includes a soft drink and a scoop of ice cream.
We ordered Buffalo Wings and a “KFC” (Kim's Fried Chicken) which came with so much on the side that Junior Taster number 2 traded some chips for a wing. No complaints from either.
For me it was a Burger with the lot – cheddar cheese, fried onions, back bacon and an egg. Great eating but I struggled towards the end with the enormous portion size!
Jameson's Irish Pub is known for the excellence of the food, and for the size of the servings. The new lower price structure has not altered that, making dining out at Jameson's a very inexpensive venue with even the drinks at a reduced prices. It is a family eating place with a Kids menu. We have always given Jameson's five stars, but now it looks as if we have to give it six stars! Highly recommended.