UNFORTUNATE END TO A CLOSE BATTLE & MID-FIELD EXCITEMENT

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Round 5: As the sun started to set over Sepang at 6pm today there was one final race to be fought and that was round 5 of the Asia Classic Car Challenge.

Red lights out and it was another drag race to turn one for rivals Daniel Bilski and Henk Kiks, with Henk’s Porsche 944 taking the honours and leading for the first 4 laps with a hungry Bilski constantly nipping at him from behind, less than 0.400s.

The mid-field was giving the crowd some entertainment with Malcolm Chang, Douglas Khoo, Sahrizal, Che Me, Peter Cardosa and Yannick Lawrence exchanging places for most of the race.

2015-08-29_17.58.40_5Kelvin Davies stormed past Erwin Boon to take third and build a comfortable gap as the Peugeot 504 of Matthew Graham suddenly slowed down and pulled off the circuit at turn 3.

Halfway through the race and Bilski was foxing Kiks at every opportunity, and finally out-braking Henk at turn one to take the lead.

But Bilski’s time at the front didn’t last as Kiks took back first position at turn four and held Daniel off at turn nine, whilst Kelvin Davies pitted with problems, retiring from the race and giving Erwin Boon third spot.

More foxing and place changes between Chang, Cardosa and Khoo in the final stages of the race would see Chang finish in fifth, Cardosa dropping back 7 seconds in 6th and Khoo settling for seventh.

In the closing stages of the race, finding more grip on the outside of turn 15 Bilski made his car stick and passed Henk all the way round, setting himself for a straight drag down pit straight taking the lead.

On lap eight Henk all of a sudden lost power and limped around turn 8, retiring his Porsche 944 at turn nine. This allowed Daniel Bilski to cruise to an overall win, more than one minute in front of Erwin Boon who claimed second spot 11 seconds ahead of Hans de Back in the Westfield Seven.

There were six retirements today but everyone is confident they will start race 2 tomorrow which starts at 9am on Sunday.

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