The second round of the Thailand Super Series took place on the 7-9th of June at the Chang International Circuit in Buriram, Thailand.
Sandy Kraokaew Stuvik teams up with Estonian Audi factory driver Martin Rump in the Audi R8 GT3 Ultra by B-Quik Racing. The duo quickly got up to speed and were up challenging for the top spots of the timesheets in the Friday practices.
Qualifying took place on Friday, which saw the Thai driver take Pole Position for Race 1 which would take place on Saturday. Sandy’s teammate Martin Rump drove in the following qualifying session where he secured 3rd place.
On Saturday the red lights went out to signal the start of Race 1, Sandy had a subpar start and dropped back to 3rd position. The Thai driver stayed in the slipstream and made his move into T5 of that lap to regain the lead after a tussle between the Ferrari and Lamborghini. Sandy extended his lead and handed the car over to Martin Rump for the second half of the race. After a lengthy pit-stop due to the pair’s Silver-Silver classification, the Estonian driver exited the pits and was 2nd after the pit window closed. A safety-car intervention in the second half of the race meant the powerful Lamborghini was right behind Rump, and managed to overtake him in the second last lap. Martin brought the #2 Audi R8 GT3 Ultra back home in 3rd place.
In Race 2 on Sunday, Martin Rump took the start from 3rd place, and had a captivating battle with the Ferrari until the pit window opened. The Estonian driver handed the car over to Sandy but when the Thai driver tried to start the engine, nothing happened. After a post-race investigation by B-Quik Racing, it was concluded that the starter motor had overheated and ceased operation. That’s racing sometimes and the Thai driver is looking forward to represent his sponsors and B-Quik Racing in the famous Bangsaen Street Circuit.
“We’ve had some ups and downs but the issue with the starter motor was just one of those things that can happen. We take it as a team but we’re all very motivated for Bangsaen where we will be racing with the new Audi R8 GT3 EVO. Thank you to all my sponsors and B-Quik Racing.”
The next race (round 3) will take place at Bangsaen Street Circuit, Chonburi during 28 Aug-1 September 2019.
Sandy Stuvik is honored to be supported by The Pizza Company, the Tourism Authority of Thailand, Puma Thailand, Thai Airways, Thaiwings Travel Agency, Dacon Trading, the Sports Authority of Thailand, and the Royal Automobile Association of Thailand.