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Sandy Krakau Stovic on the podium at the Bangsen Grand Prix


Teammates Akash Nandy of Malaysia and Sandy Kraokaew Stuvik proudly hold their trophies in second place after a grueling weekend of racing at the Bangsaen Grand Prix.

After an amazing week of racing, the Bangsaen Grand Prix culminated in a superb race for hundreds of thousands of spectators during the 5-day event. Sandy Krakow Stovic scored second, losing the win by inches on the goal line.


Wednesday morning saw the first official training session at the famous Bangsaen Street Circuit after a hiatus of nearly 3 years due to COVID-19. Eager to test himself again at the FIA ​​Class 3 street circuit, Sandy set the fastest time on the course.

Thursday morning he hosted his second official practice session and once again it was Sandy who topped the schedules, showing that the B-Quik Absolute Racing team prepared an Audi R8 GT3 Evo II that felt completely at home on the off-street circuit.

Qualifiers 1 and 2 for the event will take place on Friday afternoon, and the 25th duo of Sandy and fellow new-of-season Akash Nandi of Malaysia were on hand to show what they can do. Akash started Q1, and secured an exciting Pole, ensuring #25 had the best grid slot for the start of Race 1.

Sandy then jumped in the second quarter and again topped the charts, proving he’s the king of Bangsen. “Very happy with my times and Akash’s times in the session, we have a great group here with the Audi R8 Evo II and of course that too thanks to B-Quik Absolute Racing for providing a perfect race car as usual. We did our job today, so we can be happy.” Sandy explains after the session.

The first race was held on Saturday afternoon, with Akash taking control of the wheel at the start. After an imperfect start, the Malaysian driver found himself fourth, but managed to work his way up to second before the stop window, handing the wheel to Sandy to finish the race. With a few positions lost in the pits due to the duo’s long addition time being a Silver-Silver driver pair, Sandy came out of the pits in fourth and began climbing again in the standings.

Sandy #25 Audi R8 GT3 Evo II started in 4th position after a penalty but used this to his advantage and was able to finish second after the first turn.

A safety car was deployed after an accident that crashed on the field and played into Sandy’s hand. He managed to grab some positions, and the only car in front of him was the leader. An intense and exciting final lap saw Sandy go into the last corner and have a better exit towards the finish line to finish the picture, but Sandy wouldn’t have enough strength to complete the move. “I’m satisfied with it, I think it was the most we could do today and I really gave everything I had but the truth is we are weak on the straights, but we win in the corners. This is a race at times but I think it was good entertainment for all the spectators.” Sandy says.

The last race was held over the weekend on Sunday afternoon and Sandy was 25th in an Audi R8 GT3 Evo II at the start. Sandy will start fourth after a penalty kick from the hosts after qualifying. However, the Thai driver used this to his advantage and managed to get into second place after the first corner. From there Sandy’s mission was steady, but he couldn’t catch the lead car that was miraculously a second faster than the day before. During the stopping window, Sandy handed the car over to Akash who continued the duo’s efforts for second place.

After a flawless ride from the Malaysian driver holding second place and closing the gap between the leader, the #25 B-Quik Absolute Racing Audi suffered a right-hand column failure, ending the race for them just 6 minutes before the clock. “It hurts when this happens, we could have had another 18 strong points today but it wasn’t meant to be. We did our best, and we can be proud of it. It was great to be back racing the streets of Bangsaen, and back with Team B. Kwik Absolute Racing. The year is not over, and now our focus is on the next race at Buriram!” Sandy says after an amazing event.

B-Quik Absolute Racing drivers and supporting leaders pose for a group photo at Bangsaen Street.

Sandy Kraokaew Stuvik is supported by The Pizza Company, B-Quik, Audi Sport Asia, Tourism Authority of Thailand, Jet8 Aviation, Thai Airways, Puma Thailand, Dacon Trading, Thaiwings Travel Agency, Sports Authority of Thailand, The Royal Automobile Association of Thailand.

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