The third round of the Thailand Super Series 2019 was held at the stunning Bangsaen Grand Prix in Chonburi province of Thailand from the 28th of August to the 1st of September 2019.
The beautiful seaside circuit hosted GT3 practice sessions of Wednesday and Thursday, culminating in a qualifying on Thursday afternoon. This was the first time for local racer Sandy Stuvik to be driving at Bangsaen in the GT3 category, having previously only run with the smaller categories in endurance. The Thai driver had a lot to learn, but Stuvik got up to speed quickly and qualified in 3rd position for Race 1, after rain hit on his warm-up lap.
Stuvik’s teammate Martin Rump of Estonia did a phenomenal job to qualify on Pole Position for Race 2, in a wet qualifying session.
Race 1 started on Saturday afternoon and Stuvik took the start from 3rd place, and managed to maintain his position into the first two corners. From there he began to hunt down the two cars in front of him. Stuvik made a move for 2nd place against the Lamborghini and got past smoothly. Shortly after, he was on the heels of the leading Ferrari and made a successful move going into T2, claiming the lead. From there on the Thai driver extended his lead until the pit-stop window where he handed the Audi R8 GT3 Evo over to his partner Rump.
The Estonian rejoined the race in 3rd position, quickly got up to speed and within a few laps was able to make a fantastic move on the Ferrari for 2nd place. A few laps later he had caught up to the leading Lamborghini and took the lead in phenomenal fashion. From there he took the B-Quik Audi to the victory on the streets of Bangsaen.
Race 2 started on Sunday afternoon and Rump took the start from pole position. Unfortunately, the Audi could not compete off the line with some of the torque of the Ferraris, and the Estonian slotted in to 2nd position, maintaining a close distance to the leading Ferrari. Rump kept the pressure on until the pit-stop window where he handed over to Stuvik who rejoined the race down the order.
The Thai driver climbed up and was eventually challenging for 4th position, with the top 3 in sight. Unfortunately, as Stuvik made the move for 4th position he was taken out by one of his competitors, causing the Thai driver to spin, and lose a lot of time. From there he kept his head down and tried to focus on getting points, securing the fastest lap of the race on the penultimate lap, and is currently the lap record holder for Bangsaen Street Circuit.