The sixth round of the Blancpain GT Series Asia took place at the brand new Zhejiang Circuit, which lies just outside the city of Shaoxing, in the Zhejiang province. Thai racing driver Sandy Stuvik would have a new german teammate yet again this season in Christopher Dreyspring. Dreyspring has contested the European Super Trofeo Pro/Am Championship with VSR this season.
As the format was slightly changed for this final weekend of Blancpain GT Series Asia, Friday would consist of 2 practice sessions and the Qualifying sessions. The Thai driver used the practice sessions well to get used to the all new tight and twisty circuit.
Come Qualifying 1 and Dreypsring took a surprising Pole Position for the team, meaning they would start Saturday’s race from first position on the grid. Sandy managed to go faster still, but in the tougher Qualifying 2 session, this meant the squad would start from 10th position on Sunday’s race.
Race 1 on Saturday took place in wet conditions. The rookie Dreyspring got off to a great start and could defend his position in the early stages. As the others began to catch him again, the Lamborghini Huracan GT3 never seemed to develop the pace of the cars around it. Dreyspring handed the car over to Sandy in 3rd place.
However, a problem with the locking mechanism on the door meant that the team lost 12 seconds in the pits, dropping them down to 7th as Sandy exited the pit lane. The Thai struggled to find grip in the wet conditions which he was famously quick in. At the end of the race, he managed to salvage 1 point for 10th position.
During the post-race investigation conducted by the team to find the reason for this lack of pace, they discovered a crucial piece of information which could give them an edge in Sunday’s wet-forecasted race.
Come Sunday Race 2, the team had implemented the changes to the set-up, and the results were clear. The Thai driver started the race from 10th position and steadily kept the Lamborghini Huracan GT3 in the hunt for a Top-5 position. Visibility was very limited due to the spray being given off by the cars in front, which made the race very dangerous. Sandy continued fighting and handed the car over to Dreyspring for the final stint. The young German driver drove very well and brought the car home in 5th position.
This would mark the end of Sandy Stuvik’s first year in GT racing, with some great performances and a wealth of knowledge acquired, the Thai driver is more confident to hunt for Championships in the GT class for the 2018 season.
Sandy Stuvik is honored to be supported by The Pizza Company, Singha Corporation, Thai Airways, Thaiwings Travel Agency, Dacon Inspection Services, the Tourism Authority of Thailand, the Sports Authority of Thailand, and the Royal Automobile Association of Thailand.
2017 Blancpain Asia Series Calendar
|8-9 April||Sepang, Malaysia||Round 1|
|20-21 May||Chang, Thailand||Round 2|
|24-25 June||Suzuka, Japan||Round 3|
|19-20 Aug||Fuji, Japan||Round 4|
|23-24 Sept||Shanghai, China||Round 5|
|21-22 Oct||Zhejiang, China||Round 6|