Paul Ricard Six-Hour race with K-PAX Racing.

June 1, 2023

Sandy returns to action this weekend (June 3) when he tackles the latest round of the Fanatec GT World Challenge Europe, the six-hour race at Paul Ricard in southern France.

Partnering fellow Lamborghini factory drivers, Italian Marco Mapelli and Frenchman Franck Perera in the No 6 Huracan GT3 Evo2 prepared by the California-based K-PAX Racing team, Sandy is aiming to build on his dazzling debut in the all-Pro car last time out at Monza.

“Everything went brilliantly for me at Monza, apart from the result,” Sandy, the 2020 British GT champ, explained. “I was really pleased with my qualifying and race pace, and we were on course for an overall podium finish before the car suffered a rare technical problem at the final driver change. Of course that was disappointing, but everyone in the team was buoyed by the impressive pace we had with what was a brand new car in its first race of the season. “We started eighth on the 55-car grid, and I was the fastest car on-track towards the end of my stint. So we head to Paul Ricard hugely encouraged and positive that we can fight at the front of the field again for an overall podium, and ideally the win.”

And while Sandy and his K-Pax team have completed successful test days at the track, Saturday’s six-hour endurance race will mark the Scot’s first race return to the French circuit since he finished second in the Pro-Am class in 2020.

“It will be fantastic to be back racing at Paul Ricard,” the 23-year-old from Forfar, personally-backed by Huntly-based Black Bull Scotch Whisky, stated. “I love the six-hour race because it starts in daylight and finishes in the darkness. It’s also a tough event for everyone concerned, plus it’s a 57-car grid, the biggest at Paul Ricard since 2017.”

“The Lamborghini is perfectly suited to the fast, sweeping nature of the 3.5-mile circuit, and I know the whole team, plus Franck, Marco and I are determined to score the podium we were cruelly denied in Monza. “Plus we have another big target. Paul Ricard is one of the few GT Europe tracks a Lamborghini hasn’t delivered an outright win. This weekend would be a good time to change that.”