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Sandy StuvikA dramatic weekend in Barcelona for the European Formula 3 Open Championship decider, saw Sandy Kraokaew Stuvik struggling with car problems during the Friday practice, missing out the first free practice session due to an oil pressure problem.

Then in the Saturday morning qualifying session, Stuvik was fighting a huge over steer in the car and could only manage a season worst P8 starting position for the race. Without enough time to change the ride height of the car, he would have to work around the over steer problem for the race.

The race started late in the afternoon at Barcelona Circuit and Stuvik went from P7 on the grid back to 8th on the first lap, before he again starting clawing his way up the field. In the end he took the checkered flag in fifth position, with his championship rival Jones, winning the taking over the championship lead.

In the meantime it emerged that Jones had raced at the Barcelona Circuit only 2 weeks ago, in direct contradiction with F3 rules, which prohibits testing on championship circuits. A protest was subsequently filed and accepted for hearing by the organizer committee at a later date.

For Sundays race Stuvik’s car set up was modified for a lower rear ride height before qualifying and finally the young Thai driver again had a car he could race with and managed P2 position in the qualification, just one tenth behind Jones in P1.

For the final race of the season the Thai driver had an unusual slow getaway from the grid and dropped to 5th position, before quickly getting past the drivers in front and up to 3rd position. Jones was out in the lead, but pushed his tires hard in the opening part of the race, too hard as it would soon emerge and with graining tires he started dropping backwards, first getting overtaken by Alex Cougnaud and soon after by Stuvik. By the end of the race the Thai driver was in second place and Jones had dropped to 5th place. Frenchman Alex Cougnaud, also from RP Motorsport, won the race.

The summary of the season is that the Thai racer Sandy Kraokaew Stuvik has the most points, 267 vs Jones 256 points, but the championship will be decided on only 14 of the 16 races and since the Thai driver has finished every single race in 5th place or higher, he has to drop valuable points. On the net points list Jones leads with 256 vs Stuvik 247 points. The championship therefore remains undecided until after the protest hearing against Jones, by the Formula 3 tribunal, in the end of November.

Sandy Kraokaew Stuvik races for Thailand and is sponsored by The Pizza Company, Singha Corporation, Dacon Inspection Services, the Royal Automobile Association of Thailand and Sports Authority of Thailand.

Sandy StuvikThe European Formula 3 Open is on eve of its 2013 title decider, taking place in Barcelona next 9-10 November. There are two racers left who can take the title this season, Thailand’s Sandy Stuvik and UAE’s Ed Jones. For Thailand´s driver, after his three wins this season – his last triumph at Monza being an epic race, Barcelona could mean a new milestone for his racing career.

“Having raced at Barcelona track before, I know the circuit quite well and I can say it is one of the best circuits on the calendar and it will be great to drive there with a Formula 3 car. The championship battle is very close now, and I need strong finishes at Barcelona to walk away as the champion. I know Jones will be a challenge as he has always been this season but I am confident that we can make it an exciting finale”, Stuvik explains, pointing out that “I’m still training very hard at Shape Driver in Italy as I have been doing the whole year, and it has made a huge difference not just physically, but mentally. I feel strong and fully ready for the final push, and I will do whatever it takes to be the champion”.

At the moment Stuvik sits first with 239 points, with Jones second and 219 points. Sandy Kraokaew Stuvik races for Thailand and is sponsored by The Pizza Company, Singha Corporation, Dacon Inspection Services, the Royal Automobile Association of Thailand and Sports Authority of Thailand. Please cheer Sandy for another podium and flying of the Thai flag in the coming final round at Catalunya Circuit on 9-10 November 2013 via live web streaming www.live.f3open.net

Sandy StuvikThe European Formula 3 Open championship leader Sandy Kraokaew Stuvik from Thailand has confirmed that he has signed a contract with the Italian Rapax Team to test a GP2 formula car in Abu Dhabi, on 5th and 6th of November, following the Emirati Formula 1 round at the Yas Marina Circuit. The GP2 test will be held together with the yearly Formula 1 Young Driver test.

The GP2 series Dallara formula car produces 612 HP from a 4 liter V8 engine and is only marginally slower than a Formula 1 car. Consequently the GP2 series is considered one of the main learning series for drivers going to Formula 1. The Thai driver tested last week in Dallara’s simulator in Parma, Italy and was put through numerous aerodynamic scenarios and settings to familiarize himself with the car. Both the team and Stuvik were very encouraged by the initial tests.

Although, the GP2 series car will be a big step up from his current Formula 3 machine, Stuvik himself feels ready graduating after almost 10 years of karting and 4 years of progressing up the ranks of formula cars in Europe. The GP2 cars are capable of reaching over 330 km/h and only Formula 1 and Indy cars go faster, however, Stuvik is not faced by the raw power or speed of the car, but believes his biggest challenge will be in mastering the enormous braking capability, similar to that of Formula 1.

Stuvik himself said; ”I have been training hard together with several established GP2 drivers this whole year to ensure that I will be physically and mentally fit to handle the car and to take it to its maximum potential. We learnt tremendously much this year from RP Motorsport, about racing to the maximum and this is something we want to build further on as we move towards Formula 1. I am very happy to test with the Italian team Rapax in Abu Dhabi and since I train in Italy now, it is very easy to work with them. I am also very grateful to my sponsors The Pizza Company, Singha and Dacon who believe in me and have given me this opportunity.”

Stuvik is currently working with a number of Thai global corporations, such as The Pizza Company and Singha and Dacon Inspection Services to achieve funding for a 2 year program aimed towards competing in a Formula 1 feeder series, with the clear aim at ultimately racing in Formula 1. The GP2 series is one such series, racing alongside Formula 1, providing worldwide TV coverage for the sponsors.

Sandy StuvikThe 3rd round of the European Formula 3 Open Championship in Germany started off with delays due to heavy fog and rain during the Friday morning free practice sessions, however the Thai driver Sandy Kraokaew Stuvik stayed as one of the fastest drivers throughout the day. In the mornings of June 1th 2013, qualifying was delayed further because of dense fog and turned out to be a thriller, as the Thai driver kept catching up to slower cars and could not find the space to get in a clean and fast lap. With 31 Formula 3 cars on track, the German Nürburgring was quite congested. Only at the last timed lap could the Thai driver find the space he needed and managed to secure a P2 starting position with a time of 1:54:836, a mere 0:4 second off the pole time set by UAE’s Ed Jones.

Shortly later the first of the weekends two races saw the young Thai driver with a very fast start and he immediately shot up in the lead of the race, but with too cold tires he out breaker himself into Nürburgrings downhill right first corner and instead lost 2 positions. Stuvik fought back immediately and within one lap he could overtake the car in front and was again back up to second position. In the meantime Jones had managed to pull out a lead and the Thai driver focused on maintaining his position and collecting another 18 valuable points towards his championship title.

On Sunday 2nd June, 2013. The Nürburgring circuit woke to the first day without rain and fog for the weekends 2nd race of the 2013 European Formula 3 Open championship, with Thailand’s driver Sandy Kraokaew Stuvik getting a lot of attention following on from his first podium finish Saturday. The Thai driver would not disappoint his fans and kept setting fastest times during the early morning qualifying session. Only 4 degrees Celsius at the German circuit meant that keeping temperature and consequently grip in the tires, was the biggest challenge. On the penultimate qualifying lap Stuvik again set a purple, fastest lap, but pushing even harder for the last lap, he did not find enough grip in his front tires for late breaking and lost time going wide in turn one, consequently he did not post a fast time on the last lap. The result was that he fell down to a P3 starting position.

In the race the Thai driver had an average start, not as fast as yesterday where he managed to shoot up in the lead, so coming through the first turn he maintained his P3 position. The race would soon turn into a train formation where the cars has spaced themselves out and there were little overtaking attempts. A massive crash on lap 3 saw 2 cars going out and the appearance of the Safety Car before the race again got under way. In the end Sandy Kraokaew Stuvik claimed the 3rd place and his second podium for the weekend.

Stuvik entered the German round of the Formula 3 championship with a 28 point lead and leaves the event with 105 points and a 32 point lead. The next race will be in Spain at the famous Jerez circuit where the Thai driver tested earlier this year and is expected to run well. Stuvik himself commented after the Nürburgring even; “I am glad I could extend my championship lead at Nürburgring this weekend and look forward to doing the same in Jerez in another 2 weeks. The team did a great job with the car under difficult and changing weather conditions. This was a race weekend of mixed emotions, after the tragic loss of Pietro Stragliati in an unfortunate accident on Friday and it was difficult to let the emotions out, therefore we did not spray champagne as usual on the podium as a sign of respect and condolence to Pietro’s family.”

Sandy Kraokaew Stuvik races for Thailand and is sponsored by The Pizza Company, Singha Corporation, Dacon Inspection Services, the Royal Automobile Association of Thailand and Sports Authority of Thailand. Live web streaming at http://www.live.f3open.net/.

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