Sandy Stuvik, the 16 year old Thai racer sponsored by The Pizza Company, Dacon Inspection Services, Singha Corporation, RAAT and SAT showed little respect for the established European drivers as he stormed up the grid of the sun drenched Belgian Circuit. Having qualified 22nd in the morning, after being blocked on his fast lap and seeing his subsequent hot lap being red flag, the Thai driver knew he could be quite a bit faster than the cars around him. The massive grid of 45 Formula Renault cars got off to a good start, and the Asian Champion quickly started picking off cars in front of him. Over the action packed race he moved up 9 positions, to finish the race in 13th place. Both the Thai driver and his team were very satisfied with the progress he had made, in this the toughest junior Formula grid in the world.
The 4th race was won by Russian driver Danil Kvyat, with British driver Will Stevens in second and Spaniard Carlos Sainz Jr in third. The race saw the Safety Car out on the first lap, due to two cars at the back end of the grid colliding.
The next race in the 2011 EuroCup series will be at Nurburgring in Germany on June 18th to 19th and the Thai driver will enter into a tough fitness program to prepare himself even better for the next round. The 16 year old Rayong boy is firmly set to breaking into the EuroCup points fight by the middle of the season.
The Formula Renault EuroCup has been raced since 1991. It is organized under the “World Series by Renault” program and races on Formula One tracks across Europe. The 2011 season will start at Motorland in Spain and move on to Spa Francorchamps, then Nürburgring, Hugaroring, Silverstone, Paul Ricard, before ending back in Spain at Catalunya Circuit in October. The championship winner will secure a budget of Euro 500 000 to continue Formula Renault V6. Racing drivers who has passed Formula Renault Eurocup and is now in Formula One now are amongst other Pedro de la Rosa, Filipe Massa and Kamui Kobayashi.
Sandy’s Formula Renault Eurocup 2011 Racing Schedule:
Rounds 1 & 2: 16-17 April Motorland, Spain
Rounds 3 & 4 30 April – 1 May Spa-Francorchamps, Belgium
Rounds 5 & 6 18-19 June Nürburgring, Germany
Rounds 7 & 8 2-3 July Hugaroring, Hungary
Rounds 9 & 10 20-21 August Silverstone, UK
Rounds 11 & 12 17-18 September Paul Ricard, France
Rounds 13 & 14 8-9 October Catalunya, Spain