Australian Daniel Bilski is in his debut season of the Audi R8 LMS Cup and one of several passionate enthusiasts competing in the Amateur Cup. Bilski and his team, B-Quik Racing, made history by becoming the first private Cup team in the championship. This month we catch up with the Hong Kong-based banker on racing in the Audi R8 LMS Cup.
How did you get started racing?
I started racing late. I was in my 30s and it’s grown from there. The sport [is] a continuous journey of pushing your boundaries and seeing how good you can be. It’s a personal challenge I relish and a massive addiction which I love. I’ve met amazing people through my racing. That in itself has been a huge highlight.
Why did you decide to join the Audi R8 LMS Cup this season?
After watching the Cup from the first season, and how it continues to evolve, I wanted to participate in it. The cars, the drivers, the people who run it, it all adds up to a fantastic racing series. There is a huge level of competition, rivalry even, but at the same time it’s a wonderful camaraderie and shared experience with many, many wonderful people, at some of the best racing facilities in the world. I was very lucky to get support from some wonderful people to help me participate in the full season. And for that I will be eternally grateful.
While racing isn’t your full-time job, you’re very involved in the sport. How do you strike a balance between racing and work?
It’s tough. But like anything, it’s about dedication, organisation, passion, with a healthy dose of crazy thrown in. On top of a rather serious job, this year I am competing in three racing series, plus I run the Asia Classic Car Challenge as well. See … Crazy!
You’ve been having a great season so far. What’s been a highlight for you?
The season is really going well. I was confident we’d put on a good showing and I am loving the challenge. But I have to say the highlight for me has been becoming the first independent team to join the Cup, and do it with B-Quik Racing. I’m very proud to be racing the Audi R8 LMS Cup, and super-proud to be doing it in B-Quik colours.