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The long summer break for the Audi’s pan-Asian ‘R8 Cup’ comes to an end this weekend as the popular one make series gets back on track at Sepang Circuit – and that means it’s time to return to championship chasing action for Daniel Bilski and B-Quik Racing.
The Australian driver has performed superbly this year in the series’ hotly competitive Amateur Cup (AM Cup) and after three rounds so far he’s in second place in the standings and snapping at the heels of the championship leader.
Daniel in fact has 98 points going into Sepang with the points’ leader Ashraff Dewall just ahead on 106 points, while a very handy gap has opened up to the driver behind, Alex Au, who is on 74 points. With three rounds and six races remaining it very much looks like the title is shaping into a showdown between Daniel and Ashraff.
The first two of those six championship-counting races will take place this coming Saturday (5 Sep) and Sunday (6 Sep) and it will mark a swift return to Sepang for Daniel as just last weekend he was in race action on the F1 circuit, on that occasion driving a Porsche 911 RSR for B-Quik Racing in the Asia Classic Car Challenge. Then the Australian took an impressive double win and he will be hoping for more of the same this weekend.
This is the first year B-Quik Racing has competed in the Audi R8 Cup one make series, which is made up of six rounds for 2015. The first three rounds took place in China (Zhuhai), Korea (Yeongam) and Taiwan (Penbay) while this weekend’s action sees the field of more than twenty cars move onto Malaysia.
Only two more rounds of the Audi R8 Cup will remain to be contested when the dust settles on Sepang this coming Sunday evening, they will be at Japan’s Fuji Speedway (10-11 Oct) and China’s Shanghai International Circuit (30 Oct-1 Nov), and that means Daniel simply cannot afford to drop any points in Malaysia, he needs to maximise his scores in both races of the ‘double header’ as the hard fought championship begins to move into the closing stages.
Daniel Bilski (#59 Audi R8 LMS Cup):
“After a great triple-race weekend in Taiwan, I can’t wait to get to Sepang International Circuit. I’ve raced at Sepang since 2006 in various categories, so it’s a track I know very well. Unfortunately, most of my competitors also know the circuit very well, so it should be neutral in terms of track-knowledge advantages, unlike Taiwan.
“It’s a circuit that demands technical perfection, and one that seems to suit the Audi well with its combination of high and low speed corners, heavy braking sections and technical flowing sections. It’s a real power circuit, so correct use of the push-to-pass will be critical.
“Having driven with B-Quik Racing in their Audi in last year’s [MMER] Sepang 12 Hours, I know how well the car can lap the circuit, so our strategy from the start will be ‘maximum attack’.
“Our performance in the series to-date shows we are committed to taking the top step in each race and I will be doing everything possible to replicate the winning result from the last race in Taiwan.
“With six races left in the season and only a small gap to the leader of the AM Class championship, B-Quik Racing will be working relentlessly towards eliminating that gap. We want to be heading to Japan with more wins to our name, so it’s going to be a very committed, hard fought weekend in Sepang. And I can’t wait for it to start.”
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