Buriram, November 1, 2020 –B-Quik Absolute Racing’s Audi Sport Asia driver Sandy Stuvik and Daniel Bilski rounded off a hotly contested Thailand Super Series opening weekend double-header with second overall in the headline Supercar GT3 race. In the team’s sister Audi R8 LMS GT3, Henk Kiks and GT3 newcomer Philip Massoud proved a recipe for success at the Chang International Circuit in Buriram with two Am runner-up finishes as the team got its GT3, Am and team title defences off to a strong start.
“Across two tough races and with two new driver pairings, the B-Quik Absolute Racing squads can be satisfied with the points on the board and their trophy haul,” said Alexander Blackie, Manager of Audi Sport customer racing Asia. “With such a compact season, all eyes now turn to the season finale later this month and Sandy, Daniel, Henk and Phillip will be right in the mix for their respective titles.”
Meanwhile at the Jiangsu Wantrack International Circuit in Nanjing, two Audi RS 3 LMS took to the track for the TCR China quadruple header, with Felipe Souza of T.A. Motorsport and 326 Racing’s Wu Yifan honing their skills ahead of the season finale at the Macau Grand Prix.
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It was a fast and furious start to the season opener when the field was released for the first hour-long race of 2020, with Daniel Bilski starting from P4 and Philip Massoud making his GT3 competition debut in the B-Quik Absolute Racing sister Audi R8 LMS from P6.
But misfortune struck for Bilski when his Audi R8 LMS GT3 was shunted in the melee of the opening few corners, tipping him into a spin. An expertly-handled recovery saw him rejoin the field and begin a powerful comeback, but he had dropped down the order to 13th giving him everything to do.
Massoud, meanwhile had made up a place and was running in fifth, before a spin after challenging for position dropped him down to 14th. Like teammate Bilski though, he was back on the power fast and quickly climbing up the order.
As the mandatory driver change window opened, two well-timed pit stops saw Sandy Stuvik hit the track like a rocket after taking the wheel from Bilski, and Massoud handing over to Henk Kiks to the final run to the flag.
With 26 laps down, Stuvik and Kiks were running fifth and sixth in the order, but had a mountain to climb to recover from the early race mishaps. As the minutes ticked down, they gave it their all but time was against them to make up any further places.
With the forecast rain happily failing to materialize, it was another scorcher of a race start, with Stuvik taking the first stint from P3, and Kiks in the second B-Quik Absolute Racing Audi R8 LMS GT3 starting from P6.
The pair stayed clear of trouble in the opening stint, with Stuvik handing the car to Bilski in fourth, and Massoud taking over from Kiks in seventh at the driver changeover. While the team executed precision pit stops, their rivals could not say the same and a series of stop-and-go penalties saw Bilski leading the race with 25 minutes remaining.
Am driver Bilski fought hard to maintain the lead, but was eventually overhauled by a professional rival. Bilski kept further rivals at bay to power to an eye-catching second place overall.
Massoud, meanwhile, crossed the line 6th overall after making up a place just minutes from the flag to take his and Kiks’ second Am runner-up finish of the weekend.