One race to go and Daniel Bilski is still leading the Championship after a good points haul today for winning the GT4 Asia Cup Round 7 race at Autopolis International Circuit.
It was a fantastic start to the race where pole starter, Mark Williamson maintained his lead whilst the drivers behind him fought for positions.
Right off the bat, Simon Waters was being pushed by Daniel Bilski and Adrian Henry D’Silva following right behind.
Nigel Farmer, Gerard Yap, Hu Cheng Wei and Matthew Perry were close behind the leading pack caught in their own battle. By the end of lap 1, Perry had already made his way to the middle of the pack and was fast catching up to D’Silva, in the next few turns he caught up and made a move on the inside of the first hairpin to claim fourth.
All drivers were having problems with the grip levels on the very cold track. Gerard Yap was having problems with his grip, and twice went off the track but rejoined the race both times.
Then as the pit-stop window opened, Bilski was the first to dive in and go for his stop. As all drivers finished the pit-stops, with Williamson being the last to hand over the car to his teammate Ryan Marsden, Perry was given a drive through penalty for crossing the demarcation line.
Bilski benefitted greatly from Concord Dynaten Motorsports slightly slower stop, giving him the lead which he kept all the way to the chequered flag. Marsden kept Perry behind him despite the huge pressure being given and D’Silva crossed the line in fourth.
Perry was disqualified from the race for ignoring the drive through penalty given to him, pushing D’Silva up the ranks to claim third place ahead of Nigel Farmer, Simon Waters and Gerard Yap.
“It was a great way to start the day. I had a good start this time which ws a nice change. I managed to stay with the Concord cars in the first left sweeper and I saw Simon had a bit of understeer and went wide. I took that and got second behind Mark. I tried to stay with him but I had some tyre trouble this morning and I don’t think that they had enough heat, I was struggling with handling” said Bilski during the Post Race Press Conference.
“Barry and Idris did a fantastic job to fix the car for Team Road & Track after the problems we had yesterday. It worked well this morning and now one more round to go and its all still very open” he ended.
The dynamic partnership of Williamson and Marsden once again climbed on the podium in second. Williamson who took the first stint said of the start “The race started okay, I got away from pole really well. I finally got a little bit of a lead which was really nice.
“By about lap two I was having problems with my tyres, we had a lot of understeer, we had oversteer, which then affected the brakes so we struggled. I couldn’t do anything, not the laptimes I wanted to do. I just tried to keep it in the best possible shape to give to Ryan so that it won’t be undriveable”.
Marsden then took over driving duties midway through the race “The car was struggling a little bit but I think the tyre wear really altered the grip that we suffered, especially driving the last sector, sector 3. The main thing was just to not make any mistakes, be gentle with the power and obviously keep positions. That was the job” he concluded.
For Malaysian driver D’Silva, he was happy to be able to collect some additional points from the race “Because we started very early in the morning, I normally take a while to warm up” he said with a laugh. “I thought it was great, I wouldn’t say overjoyed but it feels good to collect back some points. It was a tough race, the track was really cold this morning and it took me a long time to warm up.
“In the end, I was just cruising and the tyres were still cold”.
The final race of GT4 Asia Cup will be held as a combined race with the GT3 Asia at 12.40pm (local time) at the Autopolis International Circuit on Sunday, 17 October 2010.