Bangsaen, September 1, 2019 – B-Quik Racing Team’s pair of Audi R8 LMS GT3s were unbeatable at Thailand Super Series’ showpiece event, the Bangsaen Grand Prix. It was first the turn of the team’s silver-silver ranked duo of Martin Rump and Sandy Stuvik to record a thrilling round five win, then for the team’s all-bronze ranked entry of Henk Kiks and Daniel Bilski to repeat the feat in round six at the picturesque beachside street circuit.
The win for Kiks and Bilski is the pair’s third of the season and catapults them back into overall lead in the series’ headline category, Super Car GT3, with just one double-header remaining this season.
The overall pace of the Audi R8 LMS GT3 was underlined further in round six when Stuvik set a new lap record (1:32.859) at the Bangsaen street circuit in his hunt for podium places.
“B-Quik Racing did a superb job all weekend. Their double Audi R8 LMS GT3 line-up is well balanced and everyone on the team puts their heart and soul into each race,” said Martin Kuehl, Director of Audi Sport customer racing Asia. “They have given themselves a great chance to be in the fight for silverware at the season finale.”
Meanwhile over 2,500 kilometres to the north, Audi customers were also enjoying a success-filled weekend at an Asian race track. In round three of the China Endurance Championship T.K.R’s Chen Bohan, Xie Peihan, Jing Zefeng and Su Yanming took a GTC class victory in their Audi R8 LMS Cup car. In the TCR class the Audi RS 3 LMS was rampant with a top four lock out in Shanghai, China. Team NewFaster took all three podium positions, with the driver team of Sun Junlong, Liang Zhiwei and Zou Baolong taking victory after 280 minutes of racing.
Thailand Super Series round five
Sandy Stuvik lined up for Saturday’s round five in third place, knowing he and teammate Martin Rump had a lot to do to secure victory. As one of the few FIA-ranked silver-silver pairings in the 20-car field, their midrace compulsory driver change pit stop would be significantly longer than most of their competitors. Their car would be stationary for 22 seconds longer than the Pro/Am competitors and a whopping 52 seconds more than the full Am entries.
That meant a good start followed by wheel-perfect stints from both drivers were a must. The young duo delivered emphatically.
Stuvik got away well and by lap four had moved into second place and was right on the tail of the leading car. Two laps later he moved up the inside at turn two to take the lead and set about pulling the gap needed to give the squad a chance for the win. The gap was up to 6.7 seconds by the time he came in for the midrace driver change, handing the reins to Audi Sport Asia driver Rump.
Rump emerged from the pits back in third position due to the extra time served and was immediately on the power. He first reeled in and then passed the second-placed competitor and then set his sights on the race leader over five seconds further down the road.
In two laps that gap was nothing, and Rump made his move, sweeping into a race lead from which he did not look back.
For Kiks and Bilski in the sister car, their race was to end in disappointment after a puncture while in sixth place took the car into contact with the wall.
Thailand Super Series round six
Rump had claimed round six pole on the last lap of a dramatic qualifying session. Kiks lined up in seventh on the grid, with the fortunes of the #26 entry about to be turned around from the previous day’s heartbreak.
Both of the Audi R8 LMS GT3s lost a position almost immediately after the lights had gone green. Kiks then came under fire for his eighth place and defended well, slamming the door shut time and again.
On lap nine the B-Quik Racing boss finally surrendered the position to be running ninth, with Rump staying in touch with the race leader, comfortably P2.
Then with 20 minutes of the one-hour race gone, the race was turned on its head with the introduction of the safety car.
With the gaps closed, Kiks and Bilski were back in the mix, with the former diving straight into the pit lane for the driver change as the race restarted.
When the pit window closed, Bilski was in race lead, with Stuvik having taken over from Rump running seventh. Bilski managed the lead with aplomb, keeping his challenger at arms’ length for the entirety of his stint to claim another memorable win.
Stuvik was also a man on a mission, but his charge was thwarted by a big hit from a competitor as he moved into fourth place. He got the car going again to eventually cross the line fifth and secure yet more valuable points for the Thai team.
The Thailand Super Series season closes out with rounds seven and eight at the Chang International Circuit in Buriram on October 26-27.