B-Quik Racing continued its utter domination of the Asia Classic Car Challenge (ACCC) 2015 as the popular South East Asian series for ‘retro’ racecars returned to Sepang Circuit for an action packed triple-header. With the championship entering the closing stages of the year and triple points being on offer it would be vital for Henk Kiks and Daniel Bilski to keep in full control.
In the end they did just that. The pair kicked off by ruthlessly locking out the front row during the qualifying session and no one else could get anywhere Henk’s #26 Porsche 944 or Daniel’s #59 Porsche 911 RSR in all three races as the B-Quik pair simply stormed off into the distance.
In the end two wins went the way of Daniel while Henk bagged the other, the Dutchman suffering two DNFs from a pacey but tough weekend. Those results continue B-Quik Racing’s clean sweep of ACCC wins this year, seven victories from seven races, and impressive performance from two very evenly matched drivers.
The signs looked good as B-Quik Racing continued its season long domination of ACCC qualifying with Daniel claiming pole position after posting a best lap in 2:25.121 on his third of nine laps during the session while Henk’s quickest, a 2:26.838 set on his fourth of nine laps, was just 1.7 seconds back and comfortably put him on the front row alongside his teammate.
That gave the team three front row lockouts from the three qualifying sessions so this year –and the latest lockout was emphatic too, the next car was just over 4 seconds back from the 944. Those blistering lap times also gave Daniel and Henk pole position in Class O and Class R respectively.
When the lights turned green, the colours emphasised in the fading light of the 1755 start time for Race 1’s end of the programme slot, it was a fast drag race down to Turn 1 for the two B-Quik cars from the front row. Henk won that sprint, the yellow and black Porsche nipping ahead of Daniel as the field bunched back up and surged round the right-hander for the first time.
For the first half of the race there was an enthralling battle as Daniel pressurised Henk for P1 with the two drivers very quickly breaking away from the chasing pack. At the halfway point the swap was made as Daniel outbraked Henk into Turn 1 but he didn’t have the lead for long as the Dutchman retook the position at Turn 4 and then held off a big move by the Australian at Turn 9.
As the race moved into the closing stages Daniel pulled a move on Henk, who was starting to lose grip by now from the hard working tyres, he went right round the outside at Turn 15 and set himself up for a side-by-side drag down the main straight to successfully tuck into the lead at Turn 1.
Before he could make a move to reclaim the top spot Henk lost power and pulled up at Turn 8, one of six retirements from the race, leaving Daniel to back off and simply cruise to the finish. In fact his advantage at the front at the end of the 10-lap race was a minute.
Sunday’ second and final day of ACCC action would see two the remaining two races scheduled for the morning as the triple-header played out to a nail biting conclusion.
Henk would start on the backfoot as, thanks to his DNF in Race 1, he would start from the back of the grid. With Daniel on pole it looked like the Australian would be able to pull out a cushion while the Dutchman was clawing his way through traffic, and that ‘traffic’ wouldn’t be so easy to dismiss with a Westfield, Lola, Datsun 260Z and a brace of other Porsches amongst other cars in between the two B-Quik drivers on the grid.
That would have been the scenario – except Henk didn’t read the script! A sensational start by the Dutchman saw the 944 slice its way through the pack and into P2 by the time the pack braked for Turn 4, the sharp uphill right hander.
Within four laps Henk had closed up onto the back of the ‘Pink Panther’ #59 Porsche and yet another tussle would play out over the remaining part of the race. Daniel, driving defensively, covered the racing line as Henk tried everything to get past, all to no avail. A backmarker would cost Henk more than a second as he got blocked but the 944 was soon locked onto the 911 as more traffic turned the tables.
However it wasn’t over and arguably the most sensational finish at Sepang this year started at Turn 14 as Henk took a run at Daniel, it continued as the pair blasted down the back straight, round Turn 15 and onto the main straight in a no holds barred dash for the checkered flag.
The two thundered down the straight and Henk got his nose in front – just – the gap as the flag waved after 10 dogged laps of racing between the pair was a sensational 0.116 seconds, less than half a car length, with victory going to the Dutchman. It simply doesn’t get any closer than that in motor racing and the spectators were on their feet as these titans slugged it out for glory.
After honours went to Daniel in Race 1 the pendulum had firmly swung the other way and with two races down and one more still to go it was one apiece for the B-Quik boys.
The inter B-Quik battle at the front which had dominated the first two races and enthralled the spectators sadly failed to materialise during the third and final race of the weekend as Henk’s throttle cable snapped on the formation lap and that left the 944 marooned on the side of the track, instead of starting from pole position, as the action unfolded.
The closing race, held in a hot and hazy 32-degrees Celsius, was really a formality for Daniel as he streaked clear at the green lights and that was was the last anyone saw of him for the next 10 laps. His win made it two out of three for the Australian from the weekend and three out of three for B-Quik Racing. Job well done, not just by the drivers, but the supporting crew in the pits.
ACCC now takes a break of just over two months before returning to Sepang Circuit, on 6-8 November, for its final round of the bumper 2015 season.
Source. B-Quik Racing/Photo. Udo Krauss