Round 9 of the GP3 Series took place at the modern Yas Marina circuit, famous for its unique architectural design incorporating a luxury hotel situated on the actual circuit. Sandy as usual races for Singha Corporation, The Pizza Company, Dacon Inspection Services, the Tourism Authority of Thailand, the Royal Automobile Association of Thailand, and the Sports Authority of Thailand.
Qualifying: Sandy – 20th 1.56.936 / Esteban Ocon – 1st1.55.491
The GP3 qualifying session got underway in a much hotter Yas Marina circuit. The GP3 Series had opted for a medium compound tire, meaning that there would be little tire degradation this weekend. “Qualifying was not how we expected it to go. I couldn't get any heat into the front tires to make them work properly. By the time the front tires finally came up to temperature the rear tires were too worn to set a good lap. We have to investigate why this happened as we were looking good on the first set.”
Race 1: Sandy - 17th / Kirchhofer - 1st
The first race of the weekend for the GP3 Series took place midday on the Saturday. The drivers would battle for 18 laps on the iconic Yas Marina circuit. “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.”
Race 2: Sandy – 16th / Palou - 1st
The second and final race of the weekend took place once again at midday, meaning the changes made to the car from yesterdays race should have a direct effect on the cars performance in this 14 lap race. “The race was quite processional for me, I got a decent start but couldn't really make up any ground. There was some battling going on but I felt I didn't really have the pace to be able to fight for a top ten position unfortunately. The cars 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.”
It has been one of the toughest seasons for Sandy Stuvik, but he is now looking forward to the challenge of 2016, we must wait and see what next year brings and Sandy will surely be fighting hard to bring the Thai flag back to the top step of the podium!
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