Euroformula Open champion Sandy Stuvik has been unveiled as Status Grand Prix’s final signing for the 2015 GP3 season.
The Thai racer, who tested with GP2 and Formula Renault 3.5 teams over the post-season, is yet to take part in an official GP3 session.
Stuvik, 19, made his single-seater debut in 2010 in Asian Formula Renault, where he finished all twelve races on the podium to clinch the title.
After two quiet seasons in FR2.0 in Europe, he joined European F3 Open (which has since been renamed as ‘Euroformula Open’). He led most of the season, but lost out on the title to Ed Jones in the final round.
When a planned switch to GP2 in 2014 didn’t pan out, he returned to EF Open, dominating the season with 11 wins on his way to the championship.
“I’m elated to be racing in the GP3 Series this season with Status GP,” Stuvik said. “It’s clear that this is a team that?s going above and beyond to ensure that absolutely every tiny detail is perfect. After their strong season last year in the series I hope I can learn as much as possible about the car and bring myself up to a competitive speed.
?Learning how to maximize the Pirelli tyre will surely be a priority and I look forward to working with the engineers during the tests to get a better understanding of this.
?I hope I can make my country proud and play our National Anthem over a few of the circuits on the calendar this year.”
At Status, Stuvik joins a fellow F3/EF Open champion Alex Fontana, who won the series in 2011, and FR2.0 frontrunner Seb Morris.
“We have known Sandy, his family and his supporters for a number of years and I am extremely pleased that he has put his faith in our experienced team for his rookie GP3 campaign,” said team boss Teddy Yip. ?Sandy is entering a highly competitive F1 feeder series and it will be a big step. He is no stranger to hard work and we will provide him with all the support and guidance he needs to reach his targets this season.?
2015 GP3 Series line-up so far
|Carlin||Antonio Fuoco, Mitch Gilbert|
|ART Grand Prix||Alfonso Celis, Marvin Kirchhofer|
|Status Grand Prix||Alex Fontana, Seb Morris, Sandy Stuvik|
|Koiranen GP||Matt Parry, Jimmy Eriksson, Adderly Fong|
|Arden International||Alex Bosak, Kevin Ceccon|
|Jenzer Motorsport||Matheo Tuscher, Ralph Boschung|
|Campos Racing||Alex Palou, Zaid Ashkanani|
|Trident||Luca Ghiotto, Artur Janosz|