Last Sunday at Sepang Circuit B-Quik Racing wrapped up its second consecutive international championship title in just a week as our drivers, Henk Kiks and Daniel Bilski, carved up the wins between them to end the Asia Classic Car Challenge (ACCC) season on a really emphatic note with overall championship victory and honours in Class R and Class O respectively.
All that came just seven days after Daniel has sealed the Audi R8 Cup Amateur Cup title, at Shanghai Circuit the weekend before. That’s three titles in two international series and all in our first year taking part in major competitions outside Thailand.
It couldn’t have got much better in ACCC season closer either as B-Quik Racing swept to all three wins from a hectic programme, which comprised of a ‘triple header’ race format. That gave us a total lockout of wins for the year, 10 races and 10 wins split almost down the middle between Henk in the #26 Porsche 944 and Daniel in the #59 Porsche 911 RSR.
And those winning results at the checkered flag were further backed up by 10 pole positions from the 10 races. A superb clean sweep against bumper grids made up of some the best classic racing drivers and cars in action in Asia.
The final weekend of the ACCC season, which was the fourth round of 2015, saw a very similar format to the penultimate encounter, which took place at the end of August, with a ‘triple-header’ of races. That brought the season’s total of races up to ten. It would mean that constant speed, regular consistency, tactical awareness and machinery reliability would be the key to winning.
There was added prestige too as ACCC, which is a highlight of the new Malaysian Championship Series (MCS), was supporting the second round of Asia Le Mans Series 2015, which was at Sepang for a 3-hour race. As usual the MCS format included the Malaysia Touring Car Championship, Caterham Championship, Classic Mini Challenge Asia and Asia Cup Series.
That crowded timetable meant the first ACCC race took place late last Saturday afternoon with the other two races being held on Sunday and so the pressure was really on with titles up still for grabs. In qualifying though the B-Quik drivers were unstoppable and comfortably locked out the front row for Race 1.
As the shadows lengthened ahead of the start of Race 1 the traditional Sepang rain made its appearance and the race started on a wet track behind the Safety Car. When green flag racing got underway Henk and Daniel pulled clear of the pack and the action would eventually be decided when the Australia retired the ‘Pink Panther’ with fuel pressure problems.
First blood had thus gone to Henk but in Sunday’s final two races the pendulum quickly swung the other way as the black and yellow Porsche 944 suffered a double DNF, an alternator issue stopping the car in the first race of the day followed by terminal gear linkage problems in the second, and that left the way clear for Daniel to speed to victory in both races and give B-Quik victory in all of the weekend’s three races.
Those wins gave Henk and Daniel the championship crowns in Class R and Class O respectively. Job well done.
Meanwhile Frank was back in the #90 E30 having been forced to miss the last round due to business commitments. He’s getting to grips with Sepang Circuit now and his pace was electrifying. Running up against much more powerful cars in Class C, such as lightweight Westfield Seven, it’s always a difficult proposition for Frank to reach the class podium but he did it twice – and in real style.
In Saturday’s wet race he was forced to pit due to the windscreen misting up and he went back out, dug deep, reeled off the fastest times in the class, battled his way back up the order and crossed the line in a superb P3 in class, nabbing the final step of the podium. In fact his best lap, in 2:51.603, wasn’t just the best of Class C but the third quickest of the whole race, bettered only by the top class cars of Henk and Daniel.
It meant that when the wet and difficult conditions arrive, especially demanding as this is a high-speed circuit, and when driver skills really show to the fore, that the fastest three laps in the race were set by B-Quik drivers.
In Sunday morning’s Race 2 Frank did it the hard way again after a spin at Turn 1 on the opening lap. The Dutchman fought his way back up the field again and once more claimed P3 in Class C to make it two consecutive visits to the podium. The final race was a lot less promising though as a stuck throttle saw the E90 retiring but all in all it was an impressive end to the season for Frank who goes into the close season in top form.
With the 2015 Asian classic racing season now concluded the cars will return to our race shop in Bangkok next month to be overhauled and prepared for next year’s action.