B-Quik Racing is ready for the challenge of the new season in Thailand Super Series. The team has ambitious objectives for 2015 and will run two cars in the Super Car Class 2-GTM for Henk J. Kiks (#26 Audi R8 LMS Cup) and Daniel Bilski (#27 Porsche 997 GT3 Cup).
Thailand Super Series, the premier domestic motorsport championship, enters its third season this year and certainly the most hotly competitive category on the bumper programme will be Super Car Class 2-GTM with close to two dozen cars expected to fight it out over four rounds and nine races.
The season starts with two consecutive rounds at Chang International Circuit in Buriram, in May and July respectively, before a visit to the historic home of Thai motorsport, Bira International Circuit in September, and then winding to a conclusion on the iconic Bangsaen Street Circuit two months later.
Super Car Class 2-GTM is really the place to be this year and the category will see a mouthwatering array of top drivers behind the wheel of cutting-edge racing machines from brands including Porsche, Ferrari, Audi, Lamborghini, Toyota and Holden.
B-Quik Racing will enter its Audi R8 LMS Cup and Porsche 997 GT3 Cup in this category and will be looking to make a very strong impact in the fight for the Drivers’ and Teams’ championships.
Team Leader Henk will be back for a second season in the Audi R8 LMS Cup and will be hoping to capitalise on the pace that the car demonstrated during last year’s TSS round in Buriram when Henk was able to lead the races and post fastest laps, although issues eventually kept him off the podium. “The team is now really getting into the swing of things for the upcoming season. We have run two races so far this year, in the Audi Cup in Zhuhai with an R8 and in Asia Classic Car in Sepang with the 944 and E30, but now the focus has shifted to TSS and the first two races in Buriram. It’s a slightly hectic period as after Sepang the whole crew flew to Thailand to start preparing the R8 and the 997 for Buriram. B-Quik Racing is going seriously into the season, with two cars on the grid for the full year in Class 2 and the target is simple, to win the Drivers’ and Teams’ championships.” Those performances provide a robust platform for the Dutchman to build on at the season opener next weekend and the team will be hoping that the data they acquired last year with the car will get them out of the blocks fast.
Meanwhile, the #27 Porsche 997 GT3 Cup will be in the hands of Daniel for the full season this year. The Australian driver has plenty of experience racing the ‘997’ internationally so he needs no introduction to this car but he will be new to CIC and will have to learn the circuit from scratch.
Daniel first joined B-Quik Racing for the Merdeka Sepang 12 Hours last summer. As part of the three strong driving lineup (which included Henk) the team successfully battled back from numerous technical issues to finish in P2 and firmly on the podium during what was B-Quik Racing’s first ever international race as well as first ever endurance race. “I’ve been reading the various series press releases and clearly there is going to be some very serious competition in Class 2. I’m flying in a little early for the first race with a hope of getting to know the Buriram circuit a little before official practice. I’m watching footage from previous races at Buriram to better understand the circuit. It looks like a fast flowing circuit with some pretty tricky corners thrown in. I like the look of it and I am sure we’re going to be some very tight racing. I’m also sure we are going to have a tough fight on our hands with the newer and faster cars, but I hope to bridge the gap once my familiarity with the circuit grows. Darryl O’Young showed the car is still very competitive when he drove it last year, so the benchmark has been set. I’ve not raced in Thailand before, and, as it’s B-Quik’s home series, I’m very excited to be a part of the team in TSS.”
Although the ‘997 generation’ racecar is ageing fast and considered to be past its best in the highly competitive Super Car Class 2-GTM category, this car, in the hands of Darryl O’Young, however bagged a double win during the most recent TSS round (in Bangsaen last December) and cannot be counted out of the podium places. The car is certainly sorted and reliable so Daniel will be looking to quickly learn CIC and support the team by bringing home valuable points.
Round 1 (Race 1 & 2) of Thailand Super Series 2015 takes place at Chang International Circuit, Buriram on 9-10 May.