Thailand’s rising motorsport star Sandy Stuvik was forced to concede the 2013 European F3 Open title to rival Ed Jones of the U.A.E. last week after the formula’s organizing committee ruled that Jones had not contravened any laws that warranted him being disqualified from the season ending race in Barcelona last November.
After winning the final race at the Circuit de Catalunya to claim the title, Jones admitted to having competed in the Formula Renault 2.0 Eurocup just 2 weeks before the F3 season finale at the same circuit. This was a clear breach of the rules, however the European Formula 3 Open committee has decided that no further action needs to be taken. Had Jones’ final race results been nullified, the F3 Open crown would have gone to runner-up Sandy Stuvik.
Thailand’s Sandy Stuvik (left) is the official vice champion for the 2013 European F3 Open season.
The young Thai racer was left disappointed after the governing body made their official announcement but he remains in a determined mood.
“I feel it is an unjust ruling, however I have to accept the final decision from the F3 committee stating that I am the vice champion instead of the champion,” said Stuvik. “Anyway, from this situation, I have to say thank you to all the Thai motorsports fans who gave me their great encouragement at all times throughout last season. We are now discussing plans about which series to compete in this year and I will keep you updated once we have made a decision. I will keep fighting and trying my best for Thailand and hope I will continue to get the support from the Thai people.”