MEET OUR CLASS OF 2019 AND FIND OUT WHAT THEY’RE ALL UP TO:
- Mads Siljehaug and Phil Hill form the GT4 Eu #24 team in striking Valvoline colours
- Naomi Schiff Qualifies as F3 W Series official driver
- Reinhard Kofler shares the GT4 Eu #16 KTM X-Bow cockpit with Patric Niederhauser
- Eike Angermayr and Mads Siljehaug team up for ADAC GT4 Germany
- Tomas Enge heads to Sepang for Thailand Super Series with Vattana
- Laura Kraihamer reunites with Kofler for new venture in ADAC GT4 Germany
- Prince Tassilo Von Bayern takes on the X-Bow Battle Rookies Challenge.
The suspense of a long winter break is coming to an end, as action gets underway in Monza this week for the first round of the 2019 GT4 European Series. Along with an exciting programme for Reiter and its drivers this season, Reiter & KTM Sportcar welcome new partner Valvoline onboard for the upcoming season! Team boss Hans Reiter adds: "We have an exceptional and international driver line up this year! Between Rwanda, Austria, Swizerland, Germany, Czech Republic and Norway, princes to former Formula One drivers, the GT4 series’ to Xbow battle & W Series, an age range of 17 to 42 we have it all and are ready for a year full of action!
#24 True Racing – Valvoline:
Mads Siljehaug (23) returns to the GT4 European Series, this time as a Reiter Engineering factory driver. The Norwegian brings valuable experience to the young pairing, in having competed with the KTM X-bow GT4 in the European Series in 2016 where he was Vice Champion & in 2017 where he won the Reiter Young Stars Championship. Joining Siljehaug, a new member of the Reiter Engineering team, Phil Hill (17) makes his debut into GT racing. The speedy German was Vice Champion in the 2018 Formula Renault NEC and although he is young, Hill has shown promising talent during testing. The duo will undoubtably be a force to reckon with and are eager to get under way!
Siljehaug: “Its great to be back in the championship where I first started my international career. The series has grown impressively over the years and im looking forward to take on the strong competition together with my co-driver Phil, he has really impressed me during testing, so I feel it will be a good year! We’re ready and hope to make Reiter Engineering, Valvoline & KTM proud!”
Hill: “I’m really looking forward to the upcoming season! It’s a new step in my career, entering the world of GT racing but after the first tests i already had a really a good feeling with the team and my co-driver Mads. Im sure that we will be a strong combination with the KTM.”
#99 – Naomi Schiff – W Series
Reiter Engineering Driver & Team manager Naomi Schiff (24) has qualified for the innaugeral season of the ground breaking W Series! The selection process which took place over the last months, saw a number of women from across the world fighting for 1 of 18 available seats in the W series F3 Tatuus cars. Schiff, who won the 2018 KTM X-bow Battle GT4 championship, has secured herself one of the 18 seats and will compete in her first full season in formula cars this year.
Schiff: “ The opportunity which W Series is offering us women is undoubtably amazing! Its going to be a tough year competing for the top spot against the most talented women in motorsport, but im grabbing this chance with both hands and plan to make the most of it. This year with the help of Reiter Engineering, Leplan GT, Valvoline & BRM Germany, I will be flying the German flag high, and hopefully bringing home some silverware!
#16 True Racing:
KTM factory driver Reinhard Kofler (34) heads into his third GT4 European Series championship with True Racing and Reiter Engineering. This season the Austrian driver strives to continue collecting podiums and has his eye on the championship title! Helping him to reach that goal will be Patric Niederhauser (27). The Swiss driver, much like Kofler, has proven his speed time and time again and will be a valuable addition to the team. Niederhauser first drove the KTM last season when he joined Reiter Engineering for the GT4 Central European Series. His results were impressive with back to back pole positions and podiums. The team is well prepared and ready to take on the challenge ahead!
Kofler: "It's going to be an extremely exciting year, the competition is strong, but we are very well prepared, and we're looking forward to the challenges."
Niederhauser: “ Im very excited to be joining True Racing with Reini for my first full season in GT4. Having already seen what Reini and the KTM are capable of we’re going for gold! After my succesful races with Reiter Engineering in the KTM last year, my goal is to continue that successful streak. The 40 car line up is looking very strong but we’re ready to give them a hard time.”
#24 Felbermayr – Reiter
Felbermayr & Reiter Engineering join forces again! This time bringing together young talents Eike Angermayr (20) and Mads Siljehaug (23) into the new ADAC GT4 Germany. Both Angermayr and Siljehaug are no strangers to the KTM X-bow GT4 nor the Reiter Engineering team. The two youngsters who formerly competed against one another will now put their experience together and join forces to form the #24 Felbermayr-Reiter team!
Angermayr: „I’m extremely happy to have Mads as my teammate this year! He is very fast and im sure that we can push each other this year to achieve great results! Its also an honour to be driving for such a fantastic partner like Felbermyr who has a long history in Motorsport.“
Tomas Enge & Vattana Motorsport
Tomas Enge who also heads the customer sport department at Reiter Engineeing returns to the popular Thailand Super series for the 6th consecutive year with long term Reiter Engineering customer team Vattana Motorsport! The Czech driver has already taken the TSS title in the past and hopes to continue bringing the team memorable moments!
Enge: “Very much looking forward to supporting Vattana in the Thailand Super Series once again, the team has become like an extended family to me and we have shared manygreat results, so this year will surely be another great one!“
#23 True Racing
Another familiar duo who are eagerly awaiting the start of the new season are Laura Kraihamer and Reini Kofler, the two Austrian True Racing factory drivers have paired in GT4 Europe in the past and will now bring their knowledge over to the new ADAC GT4 Germany championship!
Kraihamer: “Some of the circuits in Germany we know well, others not – neither Reini or I have driven much on the Sachsenring or in Oschersleben for example. But we have a good test program, that helps a lot. The cars are well-prepared, and all the whole team is very motivated. We are looking forward to it.“
Prince Tassilo Von Bayern
Tassilo Von Bayern (24) takes on the KTM Rookies Challenge. The young prince is no stranger to Reiter Engineering and has already spent several sessions over the years testing our cars.
With bigger goals in mind Tassilo has chosen the rookies challenge as his path towards earning his International license and learning real race craft with Siljehaug as his driver coach! With a P4 qualifying at the first race the season ahead looks bright!