Stuvik retakes F3 lead after double victory in Spain

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Aspiring Thai racer Sandy Stuvik won both of the races at the third round of the EuroFormula Open Championship at Jerez Circuit in Spain last weekend.  The young Thai driver clinched pole position for the first race, in front of Polish championship leader and teammate Artur Janosz, and during the race Stuvik would prove to be untouchable as he gradually pulled away from the pursuing Formula 3 cars.  In the end he took the checkered flag well ahead of Janosz in second and Israel’s Yarin Stern in third.

Sunday morning qualifying for the second race saw Janosz secure pole position after he put in a blistering lap.  Spain’s Alex Palou took second place and Stuvik had to settle for P3.

Thailand’s Sandy Stuvik (center) is flanked on the podium by teammate Artur Janosz (left) and Yarin Stern (right).Thailand’s Sandy Stuvik (center) is flanked on the podium by teammate Artur Janosz (left) and Yarin Stern (right).

As the race started Janosz cut across the front of Palou in a move that would later earn him a drive through penalty.  Stuvik in turn overtook the Spanish driver through turn 3 and 4 and after Janosz had served his drive through, the Thai driver would find himself with a solid lead.  Stuvik controlled his pace to finish over 6 seconds clear of second placed Alex Palou.  Again it was Israel’s Yarin Stern who secured the third place on the podium.

Stuvik commented after the race: “This was a tough race and weekend and I am excited to now take the lead of the championship back again.  I have to thank Team RP Motorsport for giving me such a fantastic Formula 3 car and for being able to build the car so well around my driving style.  I do realize that my competitors are coming ever closer and I will take my training to the next level to do my best to stay ahead as we go to Hungary in two week time.”

Stuvik steers his RP Motorsport F3 car to victory at the Jerez Circuit in Spain, Sunday, June 22.Stuvik steers his RP Motorsport F3 car to victory at the Jerez Circuit in Spain, Sunday, June 22.

The results leave Sandy Stuvik firmly in the lead of the championship with 124 points, to Janosz’ 93 points and Palou with 87 points as the series now moves to the Hungaroring Circuit in Hungary for the 4th round on 4-6 July.