Stuvik gets top 10 in home race

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Thai driver Sandy Stuvik steers his Porsche 911 GT3 R at the Chang International Circuit in Buriram, Sunday, May 13.
Thai driver Sandy Stuvik steers his Porsche 911 GT3 R at the Chang International Circuit in Buriram, Sunday, May 13.

The second round of the Blancpain GT Series Asia took place at the Chang International Circuit in Buriram last weekend, with Pattaya based racer Sandy Stuvik piloting his Porsche 911 GT3 R alongside Australian Shae Davies in the Craft Bamboo Racing Team.

The Buriram event once again attracted a lot of attention from teams and spectators, with 30 cars competing.

Saturday morning consisted of two hectic qualifying sessions of fifteen minutes each, which saw Stuvik driving in Q1.  The Thai driver drove as hard as he could, but could only achieve 14th place overall.  Davies took the wheel in Q2 and he too placed the car in 14th position for Race 2.

Stuvik took the start for Race 1 and after a decent start the Thai driver moved up the order, benefiting from some crashes between cars ahead.  Davies took over and drove brilliantly to remain in contention for points, but sadly had to concede to the much faster Audi cars behind.  The Thai-Australian duo finished the race just outside the points in 11th place.

Davies lined up on the grid for Sunday’s race in 14th place and after a good start he managed to maintain his position against the fast group of cars around him.  The Australian handed over to Stuvik at the start of the pitstop window and the Thai driver then began picking off positions and made his way up the order.  After a hard fought race the #911 Porsche crossed the line in 8th position and the duo collected 4 points.

Stuvik said, “I’m happy we were able to score points today but I was hoping to get on the podium in front of the Thai fans.  This was the best we could’ve done and I’m glad with the progress we’ve made within the team.  Moreover, I would like to thank the thousands of Thai fans that came to cheer, it was a pleasure to see and take pictures with many of you. I hope to see you all at a racing circuit soon!”

The next race will be held at the legendary Suzuka Circuit in Japan on the 30th June-1st July, 2018.