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Sandy Stuvik wins and retakes championship points lead

19.07.2014

Although Alex Palou (Campos Racing) managed to set the pole position time in wet conditions, the driver of RP Motorsport claimed his fifth race win of the year and now leads the standings as his teammate Janosz finished 5th


Sandy Stuvik has charged to Silverstone win on Saturday and now the Thai pilot retakes the lead in the drivers´ championship. Today´s qualifying session took place in rainy conditions and Stuvik and Alex Palou (Campos Racing) engaged in an epic battle finally won by the Spaniard. The driver born in Barcelona was able to claim pole position by a narrow margin. At the same time Artur Janosz (RP Motorsport) could not improve 8th on the starting grid.

A track still damp held the race at 2PM, but everyone on the starting grid chose to start on slick tyres. Stuvik knew how important was to overtake Palou as soon as possible, and that´s what he did. At the start the driver taking the vice-championship in 2013 managed to pass Palou, and almost Yarin Stern (Team West-Tec) did it as well. After the first lap Stuvik was leading the field, ahead of Palou, Stern, Yu Kanamaru (Emilio de Villota Motorsport) and Konstantin Tereschenko (Campos Racing), the last two drivers fighting very hard for the position.  

With Stuvik going faster and faster as the race goes by, improving his fastest lap record lap by lap, the RP Motorsport driver pulled away from Palou, and Stern also struggling to keep in the slipstream of the Spanish young-ace. Meanwhile, behind, Janosz was overtaking some rivals and avoiding race incidents such as a crash involving Henrique Baptista (DAV Racing) and Nici Pohler (Team West-Tec).

At halfway point, Stuvik already had a good gap and, after 15 laps, took the checkered flag first, with Palou second and Stern third. Kanamaru was slightly faster than Stern but finally the Japanese driver could not reach the podium. Janosz finally brought home a fifth place and, despite now lies third in the drivers´ championship behind Stuvik and Palou – tied on points with Alex-, his chances continue alive. Tereschenko was 6th – to be remembered his battle with Janosz and John Simonyan- ahead of his teammate Sean Walkinshaw. Wei Fung Thong (Team West-Tec) finished 8th, and Che-One Lim (Emilio de Villota Motorsport) and Tanart Sathienthirakul (Team West-Tec) rounded off the top-ten.