barcelona 24h ktm
barcelona 24h ktm


- Great final result thanks to the sensational performance of all drivers
- Hubert Trunkenpolz, Sehdi Sarmini, Gerald Kiska and Artur Chwist take P13
- Reini Kofler, Laura Kraihamer, Naomi Schiff, Eike Angermayr & Klaus Angerhofer at P9
- The #116 True Racing car fights for the SPX-class win right to the end

Great racing by True Racing and Reiter Engineering: Both KTM X-BOW GT4 cars were on
the start of the traditional 24-Hour Race of Barcelona with entirely standard engines – and
from the first moment delivered absolutely sensational, and above all problem-free

In keeping with the flawless technology, all nine drivers drove without any
errors, and not even a single spin out spoiled what turned out to be a faultless weekend.
The practice on Thursday was followed on Friday morning by qualifying and the subsequent
night training, but these sessions already indicated that it might be a very good weekend for
the True Racing Team, Reiter Engineering, and KTM. Both KTM X-BOW GT4s ran like
clockwork, the times were very promising and resulted in the grid positions 17 and 26.

And while it rained on Thursday and Friday, the weather stayed dry for the entire 24-hour race
distance – which was almost a shame, because the two KTM cars would have been even
faster in wet conditions. By contrast, the drivers were likelier happier to have a dry race
because when it was all over, the strain of the race against the clock was written on their

The semi-pro team with Reinhard Kofler, Laura Kraihamer, Naomi Schiff, Eike Angermayr
and Klaus Angerhofer was fast right from the beginning, so was the gentlemen’s lineup
made up of Hubert Trunkenpolz, Gerald Kiska, Sehdi Sarmini and Artur Chwist. And so it
transpired that after just a few hours, both of the KTM X-BOW GT4s were placed in the top
15. What followed was an impressive charge through the field, by which there were virtually
no problems. A few hours before the finish it was already clear that the car with the #116
might be in the overall top ten, and the second car would not be far behind, and even place
in the top 15.

There was much celebration when the cars crossed the finish line on Sunday at 12:00 noon
to achieve a fantastic 9th and 13th place in the overall standings, and second and third place
in the SPX Class. Kofler/Kraihamer/Schiff/Angermayr/Angerhofer even finished just behind
the strongest car in the entire field, the Lamborghini Huracan Super Trofeo! For KTM and
Reiter Engineering this represented a great promise for the future regarding long-distance
racing and the suitability of the KTM X-BOW for this kind of competition.

Quotes from the 24-Hour Race of Barcelona:

Reiter Engineering team boss Hans Reiter: “This was one of the hottest long distance
races of my career, and I’ve been doing them since 1990. We could hardly believe it when
we realized about six hours into the race that it was no coincidence that we were close to
the Lamborghini Huracan Super Trofeo, and that we could actually be competitive with it.
We tried every trick, and every tactical possibility to overtake the Leipert Motorsport Huracan
in the remaining 18 hours. We were almost there so many times, but those boys were always
able to react – it was fantastic. Congratulations to Leipert, they deserved to win.
Congratulations to all my boys and all our drivers, who delivered a faultless race, even
though I really piled on the pressure this time.”

KTM CSO Hubert Trunkenpolz: “What a weekend, a huge compliment to Reiter
Engineering for the perfect preparation of the cars, and also to my driver colleagues, who
were absolutely faultless, and very fast throughout the race. This was long distance racing
at its best, and we almost beat the most powerful car in the field, unbelievable. This also
gives us even more motivation for the next races, which for sure with follow soon.”

KTM factory driver Reinhard Kofler: “Super start, super race, many stints, and many overtaking maneuvers. The long night stints were particularly awesome because we made such
great progress. I’m extremely satisfied with my performance, and with what was by far the
fastest lap in the KTM X-BOW GT4. A huge thanks to the whole team, and to my team
colleagues, this time we managed to achieve everything we set out to do, and it was certainly
the highlight of the season so far!”

KTM Chief Designer Gerald Kiska: “We had less performance, but we were faster. That
sounds strange, but it was the key to our success. For me, this result means that all good
things come in threes. After the Red Bull Ring and Navarra, I’m finally on the podium of a
long distance race. It can go on just like this, and I’m sure I’ll start again in the KTM X-BOW
GT4 in a 12- or 24-hour race in the foreseeable future.”

KTM factory driver Laura Kraihamer: “That was my second 24-hour race after the one at
Nürburgring, and it was no less exciting, even though the challenges are naturally quite
different to what you face on a normal track. But it’s almost the same for your nerves and
condition. I’m very satisfied with my stints, but above all, I’m very happy with what the team
achieved. It was great that we were able to demonstrate the performance of the KTM XBOW GT4 in such an impressive way. Thanks go to Hans Reiter, and to all the mechanics,
engineers and helpers that took part.

Klaus Angerhofer: “It was fantastic to be with this team and this car in Barcelona, and to
finish on the podium. Above all, I want to highlight what Reini Kofler and Eike Angermayr
achieved. They managed to create the basis for our success during the night. But it’s also
important to underline the special team performance, the boys and girls all fought tirelessly
to achieve this podium place. It’s almost unbelievable that we managed to fight for victory in
the SPX class right to the end, and against the most powerful car in the field. It won’t be long
before we’re on the top of the podium.”

Eike Angermayr: “That was my first 24-hour race, and it was an exceptional experience.
You can't really compare this atmosphere with anything – how the team grows together
when all five drivers have the same goal. That was a really great experience. Respect that
the cars got through the 24 hours without any problems, they drove perfectly, were prepared
in the best possible way, and they kept the pace over the whole two-hour stint. I want to do
this again, and as soon as possible!”

Reiter Engineering driver Naomi Schiff: “In a few words – that was so cool!” But seriously,
it was an unbelievable race. It was a perfect team effort, and because of that, we were able
to show what our KTM X-BOW GT4 can do. It’s not just a car for sprint racing, but also over
the long distance. We didn’t have a single problem, and that, along with the good
performance of the drivers, was the key to our success in Barcelona!“

Sehdi Sarmini: “Quite simply, get in the car and hit the gas, just like in any race. No, but
seriously: The cars were perfectly prepared and set up, and considering this, it was not so
difficult for us drivers – only extremely exhausting. You have to have experienced it yourself,
a race like that is unbelievably intense and very, very tiring. The nights are long but also
fantastic. It’s a completely different kind of motor racing. But when you’ve done it once, you’ll
want to do it again and again, I’m sure about that now. At this point a compliment to the
entire team of mechanics and the Reiter Engineering engineers. Everything worked from the
first moment.”

Artur Chwist: "My first 24-hour race was an unbelievable experience. It was a great honor
for me to have the opportunity to take part in such a race. It's something completely different
to a ‘normal' race because you have the responsibility for your fellow drivers and the entire
team. I hope Hubert wants me back in the team soon, that was certainly not my last longdistance race.”


Partners of Reiter Engineering

  • KTM
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  • True Racing
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  • Brauerei Schoenram
  • Holinger Europe

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