Round 5 of the GP3 Series took place at the world famous Spa-Francorchamps circuit. Home to many of the most infamous corners on the Formula 1 calendar, Sandy was ready for the challenge of the flowing high speed corners that feature at the historic circuit. Sandy, as usual races for Singha Corporation, The Pizza Company, Dacon Inspection Services, the Tourism Authority of Thailand, the Royal Automobile Association of Thailand, and the Sports Authority of Thailand.
Qualifying : Sandy – P23, 2.07.106
Luca Ghiotto – P1, 2.04.943
Sandy struggled in the qualification with getting to grips with the Medium compound Pirelli tire and it was clear that he couldn’t fully use the combination to his advantage. “It was one of my worst qualifyings ever, so I’ll work hard to improve for the race.” Said the Thai driver.
Race 1: Sandy – DNF
Emil Bernstorff – P1/ Esteban Ocon –P2 / Marvin Kirchhofer -P3
In a chaotic race littered with Virtual Safety Car (VSC) periods, the fans at Spa-Francorchamps witnessed an unforgettable GP3 race. Sandy raced his way up from 23rd to 10th, before being speared out of contention by another driver who lost control of his car, ending both his and Sandy’s race. “It’s such a disappointment that yet again through no fault of my own I’m taken out of a race I was doing so well in. My tires were in much better condition than those in front of me and I’m sure I could’ve caught them, and maybe had the chance for a reverse grid pole. But, what’s done is done and it’s important that I showed we have the capability of running inside the top ten.” Explains Sandy.
Race 2: Sandy – P17
Luca Ghiotto – P1/ Esteban Ocon –P2 / Alfonso Celis JR
The second and final race of the weekend did not go as planned for the Thai driver, after suffering with damage he was limited to what he was able to achieve. “I didn’t have the best of starts, and there wasn’t much racing as most of the race was under safety car so there was no chance of any tire degradation from any of the drivers. At the second safety car restart another car cut in front of me, damaging my front right suspension. After this, the race was more or less finished for me as I lost a lot of front grip and braking efficiency.” Says Sandy.
With the weekend over, it is one that Sandy will have to learn from as the next race at Monza is likely to be eventful as well. The next race will take place at the legendary Monza circuit in Italy on the 4-6 September. Sandy has a victorious history at Monza, so he’ll be looking to score some more points to pull himself higher in the championship standings.
2015 GP3 Series Calendar
|8-10 May||Barcelona, Spain||Round 1|
|19-21 Jun||Red Bull Ring, Austria||Round 2|
|3-5 July||Silverstone, UK||Round 3|
|24-26 July||Hungaroring, Hungary||Round 4|
|21-23 Aug||Spa-Francorchamps,Belgium||Round 5|
|4-6 Sep||Monza, Italy||Round 6|
|9-11 Oct||Sochi, Russia||Round 7|
|19-21 Nov||Sakhir, Bahrain||Round 8|
|27-29 Nov||Yas Marina, UAE||Round 9|
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