Buriram, June 9, 2019 – B-Quik Racing Team’s Henk Kiks and Daniel Bilksi celebrated their second overall Thailand Super Series victory so far this season in round four, with a dominant win at Buriram’s Chang International Circuit in the 2019 Audi R8 LMS GT3. After a sensational third place finish in Saturday’s round three for Sandy Stuvik and team and series newcomer Martin Rump, a technical issue saw the Audi R8 LMS Ultra retire at the driver changeover in round four while running fourth. Nevertheless, it was a strong weekend for the B-Quik Racing team, with Kiks and Bilski strengthening their overall championship lead, and the team continuing its domination of the team classification.
“Our congratulations to B-Quik Racing on another strong Thailand Super Series weekend,” said Martin Kuehl, Director of Audi Sport customer racing Asia. “An overall victory and two Am wins for the 2019 Audi R8 LMS GT3, plus a podium finish for the Ultra amongst a highly-competitive, multi-marque field is an impressive result. We look forward to carrying this momentum onto the next event.”
It was a dramatic weekend which saw new pairing Stuvik and Audi Sport Asia driver Rump take a superb third place podium finish in round three, only to have their aspirations thwarted by a technical hitch which cut short their second race at the half way point. For Kiks and Bilski, meanwhile, a class win in round three was followed by their second outright victory of the season so far in round four, after a flawless second stint by Bilski saw the pair cross the line more than 22 seconds clear of their closest challenger.
As the lights went out on the rolling start, both the B-Quik Audis lost ground as the field tore away, but Sandy Stuvik recovered quickly, snatching back the pole advantage and pulling away. Behind him, it wasn’t long before Bilski reinstated the 2019 Audi R8 LMS GT3 to its P4 grid position, second of the Am runners.
Just before the pit window opened at the mid-way point, Bilski moved up to third in the order to ensure B-Quik led the Am class when the handed over to Kiks. Stuvik, meanwhile, handed the race-leading Ultra over to Rump at the compulsory pit stop – and the team’s prolonged 150 seconds due to their Silver/Silver status.
Emerging from the pits, both Audis were off like bullets. Kiks joined the race in fifth overall, third of the Am runners, but was up to second overall and leading the Am runners by the time the pit window closed. Right behind him was Rump, who had ploughed up through the field after taking the wheel from Stuvik.
It was a B-Quik 1-2 as the safety car was called out after an incident, but with two back markers between them and the race leader, it was always going to be a challenge to fight for the lead at the restart. When the field was released with just 10 minutes left on the clock, Rump dived past team mate Kiks and up to second, while the latter dropped down to fourth, but still leading the Am class.
Despite an heroic effort, Rump was unable to make headway to the race leader and suddenly came under fire from behind. Defending well from the furious onslaught, the Estonian was finally overhauled less than three minutes from the flag. Nevertheless, it was a podium finish for Rump on his debut with the team, his first time in the Audi R8 LMS Ultra, and his debut alongside Stuvik. Kiks and Bilski may have missed out on an overall podium, but took the Am class victory.
Rump lined up P3 for the start of round four, with Kiks right behind him on the fourth row. As the lights went out, both fought to hold their own but each lost positions as the field stormed away. In what was an eventful opening 10 minutes, Rump was first to recover, reclaiming third and immediately attempting to put air between himself and his pursuer. An early race spin dropped Kiks down to 15th in the order, but he immediately began his fight back.
The first of two safety car periods saw the field closed up as a stranded car was recovered. With 44 minutes remaining on the clock, the single file restart saw Rump challenge for second, before once again facing a furious challenge from his rival behind. Kiks, meanwhile, was on the move, climbing up the order to eighth and snatching the Am lead.
All eyes were on the B-Quik Racing Team Audi pair, with Kiks on a flyer and a steadfast and wheel-perfect drive from Rump keeping his rival at bay until an error saw him drop out of podium contention, just before the second safety car intervention.
With the field released just seconds before the pit window opened, Rump and Kiks headed for the driver changeover. Kiks handed over the Audi R8 LMS GT3 to Bilski, but for Stuvik and Rump, it was game over when a technical hitch left the Ultra stranded.
Bilski, meanwhile, hit the track like a thunderbolt, storming into the lead and pounding out a series of flawless, wheel-perfect laps to cross the line 22.438 seconds clear of his closest challenger to take the overall and Am class victories, sealing B-Quik Racing Team’s place as one of the region’s most professional and competitive outfits.
The 2019 Thailand Super Series continues with rounds five and six at the Bangsaen Street Circuit, Chon Buri province, Thailand from August 28 to September 1.