Double Points Finish for Sandy Kraokaew Stuvik in Austria!

The second round of the GP3 Series took place at the Red Bull Ring in Austria on the 1st-3rd of July, as usual as a support event for the Formula One. With a successful race here last year, gaining 7th place, Thai racing driver Sandy Kraokaew Stuvik was confident he could once again gain some useful points in the championship. The Red Bull Ring circuit has been fitting to Sandy’s driving style and he was excited to get the weekend underway.

Sandy qualified in 12th position, a less than ideal place to begin the weekend, but thankfully the Red Bull Ring circuit lends itself well to overtaking, so there would be chances to gain a few positions come the first race. “It wasn’t our best qualifying performance unfortunately, we definitely had the potential to be in the top 8 but in such a short track it’s very easy to find traffic on your fast laps. I’m optimistic for the race as I know the car is fast and overtaking is possible here.”

In Race 1 Sandy had a good start and managed to pick up a few positions right away, and as the race settled the young Thai was in 9th position. A few laps before the end of the race however, the ever-growing clouds above the circuit started to drop rain on the tricky Turn 2 hairpin, and Sandy unfortunately lost a position trying to negotiate the wet corner on slick tires. Sandy finished the race in 10th position, and gained 1 point in the championship. “An exciting race, with many things to think about in terms of track conditions as it was starting to rain towards the end, I’m satisfied to finish in the top 10, but I know we can do better.”

Race 2 took place on a wet Sunday morning, and the race started behind safety car due to the wet conditions. The entire GP3 field would proceed to follow the safety car for 10 laps before race control deemed the circuit safe enough to be raced on. As the race begun, Sandy’s main focus was to stay on track, as the challenging conditions saw many incidents and mistakes throughout the field. After a strenuous but short GP3 race, Sandy managed to finish in 8th position, collecting another championship point. “Definitely one of the strangest races I’ve done, with most of it being behind the safety car, in total I think we raced about 3 or 4 laps uninterrupted. The conditions were very taxing and there was no visibility, so you couldn’t even see the car in front of you. I’m glad we could finish the race and collect another point. Now I’m looking forward to Silverstone where I will improve from my performance last year. Together with Trident we have some interesting set-ups to try in order to close in on the cars in the front.”

The next race for Sandy will be next week from the 8th-10th of July at the home of British motorsport: Silverstone. Sandy is sponsored by Singha Corporation, The Pizza Company, Dacon Inspection Services, The Tourism Authority of Thailand, and The Royal Automobile Association of Thailand.


Date Venue Remark*
13-15 May Barcelona, Spain Round 1
1-3 July Red Bull Ring, Austria Round 2
8-10 July Silverstone, UK Round 3
22-24July Hungaroring, Hungary Round 4
29-31 July Hockenheim, Germany Round 5
26-28 Aug Spa-Francorchamps,Belgium Round 6
2-4 Sept Monza, Italy Round 7
30 Sept -2 Oct Sepang, Malaysia Round 8
25-27 Nov Yas Marina, UAE Round 9

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