A solid and productive – if slightly mixed – weekend for B-Quik Racing Co. Ltd. TM (“B-Quik Racing”) in the North East as Thailand Super Series visited Buriram’s Chang International Circuit for its second round of the year.
In Super Car GTM our drivers enjoyed an excellent weekend with both crews on the podium in both races. Alif Hamdan was back in the #72 Porsche 997 GT3 Cup for a second event having made his debut with the team in Sepang and despite technical issues during Race 1 he took a trip to the podium after finishing P4. The Malaysian drove the 1-hour solo, turning in a double stint.
Will Bamber, who has joined us this year as a ‘driver coach’, graduated to a race seat for Buriram and he shared our new #11 Porsche 991 GT3 Cup with Jeffrey Chiang, the Taiwanese racer also making his race debut with us. They got off to a great start in the first race and locked down the final step of the podium after finishing in P5.
While our two GTM cars cannot compete with some of the much more highly tuned cars for the win in this hotly fought category we can certainly fight for the podium steps – and in Race 2 it got even better with a superb P2 and P3. And it was a dramatic ‘formation finish’ too as Will was chasing Alif hard for P2 through the final lap when into the very last corner Alif’s gearbox stuck in fourth gear. Somehow, he kept the young New Zealander at bay as he kicked the clutch to the line and they were split by just 0.147 seconds as they went past the chequered flag.
Gripping stuff and that made it four podiums in two days in GTM and gave us the prestigious Teams’ trophy in Race 2, while we were pleased that Will and Jeffery racked up two trips to the podium from two races on their debut in the new #11 Porsche which is being run in close cooperation with Earl Bamber Motorsport.
In Super Car GTM Plus Henk J. Kiks and Peter Kox in the #26 Porsche 997 GT3-R, as well as Daniel Bilski and Rahel Frey in the #27 Audi R8 Ultra GT3, had a tough time with few rewards coming their way after a lot of hard work over a weekend when the weather stayed dry and the threat of rain vanished in the Buriram heat.
There were plenty of positives to take away though, not least that the team got to grips with the new #26 Porsche and started to sort out inherited technical issues, so the races were in fact something of an extended test under the glare of the spotlights. Peter of course brings huge strengths to the team and gives everyone a big lift when he’s with us and this time was no different.
The car ended the weekend with two DNFs but in Race 2 before contact with another car Henk was really starting to extract a decent race pace out of it and we know exactly what we have to do before the next round.
In the #27 Audi we were delighted to welcome Audi Sport’s Rahel. Smooth, calm, professional and a real team player she slotted straight in and combined with Daniel perfectly. They picked up pace steadily but in both races were the innocent parties in contact with other cars that swept away any chance of a podium finish.
However, in Race 1 Rahel showed exactly what she’s made of after mounting an impressive comeback drive having been tagged by a rival on Lap 1 while in Race 2 Daniel performed a similar feat after taking a whack early on. Unfortunately, the car had to be retired during the pitstops in the second race with an electrical fault that was a knock on from that incident.
We’re disappointed that Rahel – who made a bit of history as the first ever lady driver in Super Car – didn’t get the chance to really show just what she can do in the cockpit, but we thank her for her huge contribution all week and we really hope she will join us again in the future as it really feels like we have unfinished business there.
In Super Car GTC Ian Geekie put in a great drive behind the wheel of the #18 Porsche 997 GT3 Cup to finish P5 in the first race but the experienced Australian suffered a late blow as a technical issue with the car prevented him from making the grid for Race 2.
Narin Naeosathon enjoyed his second weekend in the Camaro TA2 and he wrapped up another big ride on the ‘learning curve’ with a P6 and P7 in the TA2 Thailand races while two of the finalists from our recent “Young Driver Selection Programme 2018”, Adisak Tangphuncharoen and Pongtanu Kamsai, kick started their motorsport careers with their first ever races in Super Eco behind the wheel of our Honda Brios.
The team headed home last Sunday evening with a lot to digest from the weekend and many positives to take away as we now turn our attention to the “Jewel in the Crown” of Thai motorsport, the 12th Bangsaen Grand Prix, which comes up in just six weeks’ time.
Source. B-Quik Racing