Round 9 of the GP3 Series took place last weekend, November 28-29, at the modern Yas Marina circuit in Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates.
Having qualified in 20th position for Race 1 on Saturday, Thailand’s Sandy Stuvik was looking to make progress through the field during the 18 lap race but found himself caught in a dog-fight at the wrong end of the grid and had to ultimately settle for 17th place at the checkered flag.
“There was very little tire degradation due to the compound selected by Pirelli which is a shame because saving tires for the end has been a strong point for me this season. I had a good start but after a few laps I had to battle with a lot of understeer caused by our set-up. For tomorrow we’ve made some big changes and hopefully we can keep a decent pace,” said the Thai racer.
Thailand’s Sandy Stuvik negotiates a corner at the Yas Marina circuit in Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates, Sunday, November 29.
The second and final race of the weekend on Sunday failed to bring the improvements that Stuvik was hoping for and he crossed the line in 16th place.
“The race was quite processional for me, I got a decent start but couldn’t really make up any ground. The car’s performance was better but there are still some key issues that we have not been able to address this season. Nevertheless, I’ve learnt a lot about many things this season and will take it with me as experience for the future,” he commented afterwards.
It has been one of the toughest seasons for Sandy Stuvik, but he is now looking forward to the challenge of 2016 and he will be fighting hard to bring the Thai flag back to the top step of the podium.