Disastrous weekend for Stuvik at Silverstone

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Round 3 of the GP3 Series on 3-5 July took place at the Silverstone circuit in the countryside just 2 hours north of London.  Thai driver Sandy Stuvik was keen to improve upon his results from the previous round in Austria, and was aiming for a top 10 finish. 

Stuvik had a disappointing first qualifying session however and finished in 19th place, 1.5 seconds behind pole position driver Marvin Kirchhofer.  Second and third grid spots were filled by Emil Bernstorff and Alex Palou respectively.

Sandy Stuvik drives during Round 3 of the GP3 Series at Silverstone, England.Sandy Stuvik drives during Round 3 of the GP3 Series at Silverstone, England.

“We made a lot of changes to the car after free practice as the car was pretty difficult to drive and we went into qualification on the back foot,” said a rueful Stuvik.

Race 1 of the weekend on Saturday afternoon saw the Thai finishing in 22nd place after a dismal drive and a failing fuel pump in the last laps of the race.  First place went to Marvin Kirchhofer, followed by Emil Bernstorff and Matt Parry in second and third positions.

Things didn’t improve much for Stuvik on Sunday morning for Race 2 as the Thai driver finished in 20th place.  First place was taken by Kevin Ceccon, with Esteban Ocon and Ralph Boschung filling out the podium.

“This weekend has really gone from bad to worse,” said Sandy afterwards.  “Now we’ll have to learn from it and make sure to be in the top ten at the next race.  We know we can be competitive, but it hasn’t worked out this weekend.”

The next race for the Thai driver will take place at the Hungaroring circuit for the Hungarian Grand Prix on the 24-26 of July.