What promised to be a challenging race weekend for the Reiter GT3 & GT4 teams, as they both visited circuits which were not best suited to their cars, turned out to be a successful race weekend for both in the end.
Starting with the GT4 Central European Cup, Reiter Engineering entered 3 KTM X-bow GT4s into the second round of the championship at KTM’S home circuit RedBull Ring(AT). The three Pro-Am pairings consisted of #23 David Klar/Laura Kraihamer, #25 Benjamin Mazatis/Ilmari Korpivaara & #26 Marylin Niederhauser/Nikolaj Rogivue. Despite heading into the race weekend knowing that the Redbull Ring event would be one of the most challenging races for the drivers on this year’s calendar, the goal was clear. With the #26 KTM X-Bow GT4 leading the Pro-Am championship and the #25 KTM X-Bow GT4 following in third position after the first event in Most(CZ), collecting championship points would be crucial for both teams.
Although race one ended under red flag conditions, the #24 True Racing-Reiter car of Laura Kraihamer & David Klar finished an impressive P2 in the Pro-Am category followed closely by the #25 Reiter-Holinger europe X-bow GT4 of Ilmari Korpivaara and Benjamin Mazatis in P3. Just missing the podium was the #26 K Racing-Reiter KTM who collected valuable championship points by finishing P4 in class.
Whilst in race two the drivers put on another tough fight for their positions in class, this time it was Ilmari Korpivaara and Benjamin Mazatis claiming the second step on the podium with Kraihamer & Klar following in P3. Once again Marylin Niederhauser and Nikolaj Rogivue just came short of the podium by finishing 4th in class. Never the less the weekend’s goal was achieved with Marylin NIederhause still leading the Pro-Am championship with 74 points. Benjamin & Ilmari stepped up to second in the championship with 63 points & David Klar moved up into 4th place in the championship with 55 points.
Over in a rather unusually sunny Silverstone (UK) the Reiter Young Stars and their Reiter Gallardo R-EX faced similar challenges in knowing that the UK based circuit was not as well-suited to their Lamborghini as the previous event in Monza (IT) where the team who entered as the “underdogs” showed outstanding potential after Patric Niederhauser set the outright fastest Qualifying lap off all entered cars and drivers.
Although having gathered valuable experience both in the car and in the highly ranked field of seasoned veterans, Siljehaug, Marioneck & Niederhauser knew that this time around the challenge would be tougher and so they too set their goals on gaining points for the Silver Cup championship title.
And that is exactly what they did! Qualifying 26th of 50 teams and 5th in the Silver Cup, the Young stars found themselves in a tricky mid-field pack and needed to climb forward in order to earn those silver cup points! Three hard fought hours later the Reiter Young Stars Team and their Reiter Gallardo R-EX had stayed out of trouble and moved forward to not only claim second place on the Silver Cup Podium but also moving up to 3rd place in the silver cup championship standings just 8 points away from the current leaders.
Patric Niederhauser added: “It was not an easy weekend for us but we knew coming here that we would struggle more than we did in Monza. However the team worked hard to improve the set-up during the practices. During the race we did lack the outright pace but we stuck to our strategy, didn’t make any mistakes and with a little luck on our side we finished 2nd in the Silver Cup. It was a great result for us, the championship is looking promising and now I can’t wait for Paul Ricard!”