Stuvik Puts RP Motorsport on top in Portimao Free Practice


2013 Series runner-up Sandy Stuvik was fastest during free practice ahead of this weekends EuroFormula Open event in Portimao. The Thai driver set a best lap time of 1:43.926s in the opening session of the three ahead of the first qualifying of the weekend on Saturday morning.

Stuvik in his RP Motorsport machine was one of only three drivers to break through the 1:44s barrier during the day, along with Team West-Tec F3’s Israeli racer Yarin Stern and Emilio de Villota Motorsport’s Japanese driver Yu Kanamaru. Stuvik and Stern set their best laps in the opening session, with Kanamaru breaking into the 1:43s during the second session.

German driver Nicolas Pohler was next best for Team West-Tec F3, setting a lap of 1:44.060s in the opening session, while his Thai team-mate Tanart Sathienthirakul was only 0.005s back with his best time in the second session.

Sixth fastest overall was Russian Konstantin Tereschenko for Campos Racing with a 1:44.156, just ahead of Korean Che-One Lim for Emilio de Villota Motorsport. Sean Walkinshaw was eighth for Campos, while Polish driver Artur Janosz for RP Motorsport and Wei Fung Thong for Team West-Tec F3 completed the top ten fastest drivers of the day.

Nurburgring race one winner Alex Palou had relatively quiet sessions for Campos Racing, ending fifteenth fastest overall on the day but his best lap time was less than seven tenths of a second slower than the pace setter Stuvik, who sat out the final session.

Portimao Free Practice 1 Times (Top 10)

POS DRIVER NAT TEAM TIME
1 Sandy Stuvik THA RP Motorsport 1:43.926
2 Yarin Stern ISR Team West-Tec F3 1:43.978
3 Yu Kanamaru JAP Emilio de Villota Motorsport 1:44.045
4 Nicolas Pohler GER Team West-Tec F3 1:44.060
5 Konstantin Tereschenko RUS Campos Racing 1:44.156
6 Tanart Sathienthirakul THA Team West-Tec F3 1:44.160
7 Che-One Lim KOR Emilio de Villota Motorsport 1:44.273
8 Wei Fung Thong HKG Team West-Tec F3 1:44.347
9 Artur Janosz POL RP Motorsport 1:44.354
10 John Simonyan RUS RP Motorsport 1:44.424

Portimao Free Practice 2 Times (Top 10)

POS DRIVER NAT TEAM TIME
1 Yu Kanamaru JAP Emilio de Villota Motorsport 1:43.938
2 Tanart Sathienthirakul THA Team West-Tec F3 1:44.065
3 Sandy Stuvik THA RP Motorsport 1:44.187
4 Sean Walkinshaw GBR Campos Racing 1:44.204
5 Artur Janosz POL RP Motorsport 1:44.260
6 Che-One Lim KOR Emilio de Villota Motorsport 1:44.484
7 Yarin Stern ISR Team West-Tec F3 1:44.559
8 Nicolas Pohler GER Team West-Tec F3 1:44.600
9 John Simonyan RUS RP Motorsport 1:44.641
10 Alex Palou ESP Campos Racing 1:44.696

Portimao Free Practice 3 Times (Top 10)

POS DRIVER NAT TEAM TIME
1 Yu Kanamaru JAP Emilio de Villota Motorsport 1:44.040
2 Che-One Lim KOR Emilio de Villota Motorsport 1:44.201
3 Tanart Sathienthirakul THA Team West-Tec F3 1:44.343
4 Andreas Saravia GTM RP Motorsport 1:44.507
5 Yarin Stern ISR Team West-Tec F3 1:44.563
6 Alex Palou ESP Campos Racing 1:44.682
7 Sean Walkinshaw GBR Campos Racing 1:44.692
8 John Simonyan RUS RP Motorsport 1:44.772
9 Gerardo Nieto MEX DAV Racing 1:44.830
10 Cameron Twynham GBR Team West-Tec F3 1:44.945