After two hard very fought drives at Shanghai International Circuit when the pressure was really on, Daniel Bilski has superbly wrapped up the 2015 Audi R8 Cup Amateur Cup (AM) championship title for B-Quik Racing. Our first full season in international competition and we are the champions, it simply couldn’t get any better than that.
Well it actually does get even better. Bagging the Audi R8 Cup AM Cup title represented a very rare overseas championship win for a Thai racing team. B-Quik Racing competes in the colours of B-Quik Co. Ltd., the nationwide automotive aftermarket servicing chain, and all the engineers with the team are carefully handpicked from the company’s highly skilled technicians.
What a season too, there was simply no easy way to win this major trophy! Not only did Daniel have to fight against top Asian drivers right from the moment the season kicked off at Zhuhai International Circuit back in March but there was no let up in the intensity of the AM Cup’s top of the classification battle as the series then visited Korea, Taiwan, Malaysia and Japan before returning to China for the closing round.
We also are the first independent team to taken part in the popular pan-Asia ‘R8 Cup’. That means our Thai mechanics prepared the #59 Audi R8 LMS Cup ready for the Australian to do battle over the season’s six rounds and thirteen races for the prestigious title.
Coming into the final two races of the year in Shanghai last weekend, Daniel had a slender lead in the AM championship standings and that ratcheted the pressure right up as a DNF for whatever reason could have seen the title swing straight out of our reach. It meant that the Australian had to drive a very conservative and safe pair of races, never an easy task in this most explosive of ‘one make’ series. It also meant the B-Quik mechanics had to prepare a car that was both bullet proof and fast enough to bag double figures helpings of points.
The season finale was just as action packed as the previous five rounds but Daniel and the team kept cool heads, navigated their way calmly through the races and when the checkered flag fell on the final race it was job superbly done by everyone.
Extra icing on the cake came with a trip to the podium in Race 2 although with everyone’s eyes more focused on the points on offer for P3 the shiny race trophy was – on this occasion at least – of much less significance.
Daniel collected his championship winners award during a gala evening held after the race but now our attention turns immediately to the final round of Thailand Super Series, the season-headlining 9th Bangsaen Thailand Speed Festival which is rapidly approaching. B-Quik Racing promises to spring a surprise at this year’s edition and more details will be announced shortly.
Daniel Bilski (#59 Audi R8 LMS Cup): “It’s a huge relief to be the first independent team in the Cup and to win the Amateur Cup with B-Quik Racing. I’m very proud at the moment. It’s been a fantastic year. Today wasn’t the fastest race I’ve done, but it was all about playing smart and taking points. It’s a fantastic feeling to be here; my fellow competitors have pushed me all year and have driven well.”