Circuit length: 4574m.
Number of curves: 17
LAST LAP THRILLER IN WET RACE AT SPA
Mads Siljehaug and Freddie Hunt take second place in first wet race for the team at spa after a passing by a competitor on the last lap.
Right before the race start the weather conditions have changed drastically and the race has been declared a wet race starting behind the safety car.
After his pole in qualifying earlier on the day, Freddie Hunt lead the field as first into the race. After 15min behind the safety car the race went green and Freddie took of in front and made the most of his pole position. He pulled away from the rest of the field as he had a clear track in front of him with no spray.
However, the safety car returned after just five minutes of green flag racing for further 22 minutes before the race could be resumed again.
After some more laps, Freddie Hunt came into the pits to hand over the Ligier to Mads Siljehaug. Mads could rejoin the track with an 18 second lead, which he extended out to 30 seconds.
The big gap in front of his competitors was not for long as the safety car had to return again. Mads made a good restart tough and was able to gain back 6 seconds in front of David Droux, on second place.
With 5 minutes of the race remaining Droux has been able to close the gap and challenging Mads at every turn. Siljehaug defended his position and Droux was forced to keep trying to find a way past the white Ligier. Siljeahug defended his position until the very last moment until a minor mistake a few corners from home cost Mads the lead. Siljehaug tried to regain the advantage at the last corner but it wasn’t to be and after leading for the entire race, Mads and Freddie had to settle for second.
BACK TO BACK POLE FOR FREDDIE HUNT IN MICHELIN LE MANS CUP
Freddie Hunt took his second pole position of the 2022 Michelin Le Mans Cup after a thrilling session in damp conditions at Spa-Francorchamps. The British driver posted a 2m14.883 lap in the no76 Reiter Engineering Ligier, which was just 0.027s ahead of the no11 WTM Racing Ligier of Germany’s Torsten Kratz.
The LMP3 session was red flagged after just three minutes when the no4 Nielsen Racing Ligier of John Melsom stopped on track and had to be lifted away before the session could resume.
Freddie Hunt posted the first time but then lost out to the no43 Racing Spirit of Leman Ligier of Jacques Wolff and then Torsten Kratz went even quicker.Hunt responded on the next lap, going 2nd and then into provisional pole. However, Kratz wasn’t done, and he posted a 2m14.910 with two minutes left on the clock.
Freddie Hunt then posted a 2m14.883 to go back into pole position, with Torsten Kratz unable to beat that time as the chequered flag was shown to end the session.
To follow the race live watch it on youtube:
UNCOMPROMISING SUPER SPORTSCAR: KTM PRESENTS NEW KTM X-BOW GT-XR
The KTM X-BOW GT-XR is probably the closest you can get to a purebred race car in a road-legal vehicle. The super sportscar is the ideal lightweight and high-performance car for true individualists who want to experience untamed dynamics, radical design and pure enthusiasm in their everyday lives as well.
The basis for the KTM GT-XR, which is manufactured in Graz, Austria, is the KTM X-BOW GT2. The strengths of the race car are clear to see, with victories and title wins on international racetracks. All of the ideas, concepts and innovations for the KTM X-BOW GT-XR first had to be proven in a motorsport environment. Built on this successful foundation, every technical detail of the KTM X-BOW GT-XR has been developed to deliver absolute performance.
A super sportscar like no other
The result is a lightweight and aerodynamically efficient machine. Components tried and tested on the race track, such as the jet fighter canopy, the ultra-light carbon monocoque, the powerful five-cylinder engine and the removable steering wheel with integrated LED display are not available in this combination in any other road-legal super sportscar.
At the heart of the machine is the legendary turbocharged 2.5-litre, five-cylinder engine manufactured by Audi AG. It is more compact, lighter, more efficient and at the same time more powerful than comparable engines. With enormous amounts of torque available at low revs and its characteristic tone, the engine is a perfect match with the KTM X-BOW GT-XR’s radical philosophy. The electronically controlled seven-speed direct-shift gearbox (DSG) and a mechanical motorsport differential guarantees ultra-rapid shifting without dropping torque and limitless performance delivery to both rear wheels equally.
In the development of the KTM X-BOW GT-XR, the focus was on the essentials – without sacrificing unique features. Thanks to its puristic lightweight construction philosophy and the extensive use of carbon-fibre composite material, for example with the carbon monocoque, the super sportscar weighs only 1,130 kilograms (kerb weight), making every detail of this super sportscar is READY TO RACE.
Highest safety standards from motorsport
The exceptionally strong carbon monocoque is also a guarantee for the extraordinary safety standard of the KTM X-BOW GT-XR as well as the lightweight, extremely resistant roof construction – the jet fighter canopy. It consists of a carbon frame with a windscreen and separate glass doors that can also be opened to the left- and right-hand side. It can withstand roughly six times its own weight and can be opened and closed with ease using the remote control on the car key. The immense power of the super sportscar is braked by its lightweight monoblock fixed calliper brake system made from aluminium. Another safety feature is the carbon bucket seat, made entirely of carbon fibre composite material. It is extremely lightweight, offers strong support and provides reliable feedback to the driver in any situation. Thanks to the highly resilient four-point safety harness driver and passenger remain rooted to their seats even in extreme situations.
Perfection moulded into form
Even at first glance there is no doubt: the KTM X-BOW GT-XR is one of the most uncompromising super sportscars for the street. Its exciting design from KISKA combines outstanding performance with purist and provocative aesthetics. According to the motto "less is more", every unnecessary element has been avoided. Instead, the focus is on an unmistakable design language that relies on clear lines, sharp edges and smooth surfaces – wrapped in a silky-looking carbon outer skin. From the cutting vehicle front to the low-slung, wide chassis with its streamlined jet fighter canopy to the open rear, every component on the KTM X-BOW GT-XR radiates pure dynamism.
Aerodynamically efficient down to the smallest detail
The aerodynamics are also clearly derived from the race car, the highly successful KTM X-BOW GT2. Every detail has been designed for maximum aerodynamic efficiency. From the wedge-like body shape and the sleek and streamlined front surface of the car to the aerodynamically optimised wheel suspension, a floor section designed to maximise ground effect and the rear diffusor and streamlined wing, every effort has gone into to achieving the maximum amount of downforce at the lowest possible air resistance.
The new AirCurtain system is a world-first in a road-legal car and has been developed to create an aerodynamic ground effect that helps the car stick to the road. Vortices generated by the front spoiler and routed around the floor create a seal of air underneath the car and enhance the aerodynamic effect even further. The car’s low centre of gravity, coupled with the kind of aerodynamics and agile handling usually only seen on the race track, make the KTM X-BOW GT-XR a super sportscar that genuinely is READY TO RACE.
Comfort features for everyday use
Despite its outstanding driving performance, clever comfort features make the KTM X-BOW GT-XR fit for everyday use. Thanks to its low weight, economical engine and large fuel capacity, it is possible to go on long tours with distances up to 1,000 kilometres. Meanwhile, luggage can be stowed safely in the 160-litre boot. The individually designed, custom-fitted luggage items, developed in cooperation with the traditional brand Meindl, are available as an option.
The electrically assisted progressive power steering allows the driver to effortlessly drive the KTM X-BOW GT-XR over winding streets. At the same time, views can be enjoyed from the air-conditioned interior, while the camera rear-view mirror system – comprising a digital rear view mirror wide-angle parking camera and integrated LED interior light – provides the perfect all-round view. The digital rear view mirror can display the video from the rear view mirror camera system as well as the feed from the wide-angle parking camera, which is positioned lower down.
The smartphone as control centre also finds its appropriate place in the KTM X-BOW GT-XR. The centre console features a Quadlock® bracket that holds the device firmly in place, keeps it within reach and provides inductive charging. Two additional USB-C connections are also available for charging purposes. The smartphone can be connected to the vehicle and the sound system via Bluetooth pairing.
Strikingly high quality standards to redefine driving pleasure
Outstanding precision and build quality are the product of perfectly designed and coordinated production systems and processes. That's why the KTM X-BOW GT-XR is manufactured at the Graz plant – one of the most high-tech small-series automotive factories in the world – with its sophisticated vehicle logistics. Around 100 KTM X-BOW units are produced in the variants R, RR, GT4, GT, GTX and GT2 – and now also GT-XR – by a small team of specialists in accordance with outstanding standards of precision. Due to the limited edition, only a few KTM X-BOW GT-XR are still available in the 2023 model year. The most spectacular super sportscar on the market may be at the cutting edge of development, but it continues to be assembled by hand. Each and every KTM X-BOW is made with the greatest of care and a wealth of expertise, in accordance with the strictest quality standards.
The new KTM X-BOW GT-XR can be ordered now and starts at €284,900 (plus country-specific taxes and import duties). By means of European small series approval, the vehicle is available and approved for street-legal use throughout Europe.
First Victory in Prototype Cup Germany for Reiter Engineering
In the first of the two races of the Prototype Cup Germany at Nürburgring Mads Siljehaug and Freddie Hunt took their first win of the season and the first ever win for the team with a LMP3 car.
Stepping in on short notice Mads and Freddie saw it as a perfect opportunity to get in more driving time before their next Le Mans Cup Race in Spa.
The two drivers adapted quickly to the track and set their first mark in free partice, leading the field.
While qualifying did not go quite as expected, Mads Siljehaug was confident to make up the positions from P4 again.
At the start Mads tried to stay out of trouble in the tight first corner and was able to hold his position. After the field had settled down he started to close the gap to his competitors in front and gained one position before the pit stop. Handing over to his teammate in third, Freddie Hunt came back out on track leading the race. Due to the different pit stop times for driver pairings with Silver/Silver and Bronze/Silver drivers, Freddie came out on P1 after the pit stop with a comfortable gap to the rest of the field. He managed the gap calmly and took the win home for the team.
The win marks the first ever with a LMP3 car for Reiter Engineering since starting the prototype activites at the beginning of the year. Now they are looking forward to race 2 tomorrow at 14:55 pm local time at the Nürburgring.
"Finally the result we’ve all been working for! I am so happy and proud, especially to win on our team’s home soil. Mads drove fantastically, his consistency was impeccable. A throughly enjoyable day and I can’t wait for tomorrow!"
“Finally we got it. Couldn’t be more proud off all team members in Reiter Engineering. This tasted good and all the work we have done finally payed off. Huge thank you to Reiter Engineering and our partners for making this happen. Let’s go full in for tomorrow!”
To follow tomorrows race live watch it on youtube: https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCJphUjXkXmWDHTHydbo0CQg
REITER ENGINEERING CONFIRMS HUNT AND SILJEHAUG LINEUP AT NÜRBURGRING
This weekend will see a special appearance of Reiter Engineering's LeMans Cup duo Freddie Hunt and Mads Siljehaug in the Prototype Cup Germany at the Nürburgring.
Reiter Engineering’s works driver and 2019 ADAC GT4 Germany champion Mads Siljehaug is piloting the team’s Ligier JS P320 together with Freddie Hunt, son of world famous Formula 1 driver James Hunt, and one of the fastest Bronze drivers of the LeMans Cup this season.
Together they already showed remarkable races this season, with a highlight podium at Road to LeMans, and are set to continue their strong performance at the Nürburgring.
Press conference after quali at Monza
Watch the interview with
Freddie Hunt at Monza
Road to Le Mans Podium for Reiter Engineering
Team Reiter Engineering takes a step on the most famous podium in motorsports in their just fourth race ever in the Le Mans Cup.
This weekend marked the season highlight with the Road to Le Mans taking place as support event of the famous 24h of Le Mans event. In the first race of the weekend the team already showed a promising performance and finished in 5th position after starting 15th on the grid. In the second race on Saturday Freddie Hunt started from P5 on the grid. Already in the first lap he was hunting down his competitors and made his way to a great 2nd place. During the pit stop window the team found the perfect timing and managed to send Mads Siljehaug out on P1. While a safety car quickly decreased the comfortable gap the team had to the rest of the field, Mads showed a great performance and brought the car home on the podium, marking the first podium for the team in the LMP3 category.
Team Manager Sabrina Reiter:
We are absolutely thrilled that we managed to grab a podium at Road to LeMans. Getting a podium in our first season in the Le Mans Cup is an absolut dream and a great reward for the crew. The whole team worked tiredlessly to learn about the car and improve it over the last months and it paid off. After we already showed a great performance yesterday, we really put in the extra effort to improve the setup further and managed to give the guys the perfect car for today. In the end Freddie and Mads got all out of the car and showed an incredible drive.
I am delighted with the result of the weekend . With such a new team I think we are making great progress, it really feels like we are moving in the right direction now. Bring on Monza!
Finally we managed to put together all the hard work and get a well deserved result for team and drivers. It’s been a long and hard process adapting and understanding the car for me and the team, so to finally get it all together feels extremely good. Huge thank you to Reiter Engineering and Freddie Hunt for this podium position in this strong and competitive field and especially on Le Mans
Freddie Hunt signs 5- year contract with Reiter Engineering for Michelin Le Mans Cup
Freddie Hunt, son of the legendary 1976 F1 World Champion, James Hunt, has signed a five year contract to drive with Reiter Engineering.
After several years out of the sport the British driver, Freddie Hunt, has set an ambitious but not impossible goal of winning the 24 hours of Le Mans on the 50th anniversary of his father's F1 world title in 2026, dubbing it 'The Hunt for Le Mans'.
After a successful 20 years in GT racing the German based team, Reiter Engineering, have decided to branch into prototype racing. This came at the perfect timing for they had just met Freddie and heard about his ambitious plans to win Le Mans. Together they quickly formulated a plan. Their first step towards this goal is a season in the Michelin Le Mans Cup where they have entered a Ligier JS P320 car, a Le Mans Prototype (LMP3). A likely next step would be the European Le Mans Series, before going into the World Endurance Championship and finally competing in the 24h of Le Mans as part of the championship.
The Michelin Le Mans Cup is nevertheless not an easy task on the road ahead. With top professionals coming from around the world to compete, the European championship, which comprises 6 one-hour-fifty minute races and has two classes in it, LMP3 and GT3, has already shown to be highly competitive. A 42 car grid, the competing teams, made up of two drivers, one professional and one amateur, who switch half way through the race, are the perfect bar for the team.
Team principal Hans Reiter said:
Having signed a contract for the next five years means a lot of security for our future plannings. Additional to LMP3, I hope we will be able to give Freddie the opportunity to also race our KTM GTX and GT2 cars, in the near future. I am convinced he would love it. Now, we have to do everything, to see Freddie and his teammate Mads Siljehaug on a Le Mans Cup podium this year.
"I am absolutely delighted to be given this opportunity with such a good team. After many years of dreaming about Le Mans with inadequate resources to act I can now finally have a good go at it. I just hope my age hasn't degraded my speed too much! I am a bit rusty after so many years with very little time on the track but I am confident with hard work and such a team behind me I can be competitive.“
Podium and DNF for Janits and Angermayr in Spa-Francorchamps
In the first turbulent race of the Prototype Cup Germany with a Saftey Car phase the Austrian duo finished in third position. The second race on Sunday came to an early end due to an accident.
Florian Janits started in the first race on Saturday after an excellent performance in qualifying from P1 on the grid. At the start he was able to hold his ground against his opponents and stay in front. After two laps he had already gained a lead, which he unfortunately lost again due to a safety car phase.
The driver from Burgenland was able to keep his tyres at the right temperature during the laps behind the safety car and immediately pulled away again at the restart half an hour before the end of the race. By lap eight he already had a lead of over four seconds. On lap 10, he drove into the pits for the Drivers Change and swapped cockpits with his teammate Eike Angermayr. Due to the regulations, teams with a silver/silver driver combination, as well as Team Reiter Engineering, have a 10 seconds longer standing time at the pit stop than teams with a silver/bronze driver combination. For this reason, the team dropped back to 3rd place after the Pit Stop. Angermayr was able to fend off the attacks from Axel Jeffreys in a strong fight and Team Reiter Engineering finished the race in P3.
Florian Janits on his first race in the new Prototype Series in Germany:
"Unfortunately, there was a safety car phase very early on and I only had a few laps left to push. But I am satisfied with my performance. It's the first time for me in an LMP3 car here at Spa and generally only my third day in the car. P3 for the team is a good start, but we want more."
"As it was my first race weekend this year and in LMP3, I had to learn quickly! The jump from GT to LMP3 was a big one, but I was very happy with the progress I made over the test day. In the first race things heated up straight away and I had to defend 3rd place over several laps and was very happy with the podium!"
In the second race on Sunday, Eike started strong from P7 to P4. Unfortunately, he made a small mistake and the car spun and ended up in the gravel, which meant an early end of the race for the Team. Nevertheless, the team is looking positively at the upcoming races, as they were able to further improve the performance of the car.
Reiter Engineering enters Prototype Cup Germany with Ligier LMP3 car and drivers Janits and Angermayr
The familiar Reiter drivers Eike Angermayr and Florian Janits will be in action again for the team in the 2022 season. They accompany a new era in the team's history, the entry into the Le Mans prototype class.
The Prototype Cup Germany is the exclusive series for Le Mans prototypes in Germany. Reiter Engineering starts into their first prototype racing season with a Ligier JS P320 in the Prototype Cup Germany with the Austrian driver duo Florian Janits and Eike Angermayr. Four race weekends at attractive racetracks in Belgium and Germany are planned for 2022. All races will be broadcast in full length via livestream on https://www.prototypecup.com/de/races/spa-francorchamps-2022.
Reiter sees the future of automobile racing not only in GT racing but also in endurance racing and is therefore continuing to focus its activities with the ADAC's new LMP3 series in order to achieve the goal "Road to Le Mans". Reiter already has a long and successful history in GT racing. Originally the team started with the GT1 of Lamborghini, then expanded the activities further with the GT3 Gallardo, with which a total of over 250 victories and 700 podium finishes were achieved, until they made the next step with KTM GT4, GTX and GT2. Now the team is focusing on the new series to gain more experience in the LMP3 field and thereby also expands their Endurance Race program. The additional knowledge gained in the Prototype Cup should take the team one step further towards the 24 Hours of Le Mans.
Florian Janits is looking forward to competing in the series:
“I am happy to be part of the new Prototype Cup Germany this year. The future will move towards endurance racing and therefore this platform offers a very good entry opportunity into this field. The calendar and the supporting programme offer sponsors and spectators a very attractive platform. I have been familiar with team Reiter Engineering for more than 2 years now and I am convinced that we will continue to develop over the season and do a good job.”
Janits will join forces with fellow Austrian driver Eike Angermayr, a familiar face in the Reiter Engineering team. Angermayer has won with the KTM X-BOW GT4 the ADAC GT4 Germany championship title in 2019 together with his former teammate Mads Siljehaug. In the 2021 season, he competed in a total of 4 race of the Creventic 24H Series, of which he achieved impressive three class wins and one second place.
"I am overjoyed to take the next step in my career together with Reiter Engineering and to compete in the Prototype Cup Germany! Of course, the transition from GT to prototype will not be easy, but I am motivated like never before and looking forward to this new challenge."
Dates Prototype Cup Germany 2022, Subject to changes
22. – 24. April 2022 Spa-Francorchamps (B), 24h Series
15. – 17. July 2022 Nürburgring, ADAC Truck-Grand-Prix
19. – 21. August 2022 DEKRA Lausitzring, Family & Friends Festival
21. – 23. October 2022 Hockenheimring, ADAC GT Masters
Solid 11th position and best rookie result at the first race of the Le Mans Cup at Paul Ricard
Team Reiter Engineering finished the first race of the Le Mans Cup at Paul Ricard in 11th position, after a promising 6th place in Qualifying.
The start of the Le Mans Cup season is the beginning of a new era for Reiter Engineering. It was the first race with a LMP3 car and also for the drivers it was a new challenge. Both could not gain any experience with the car in advance, because they missed the only possible test due to a Corona illness (as well as 75% of the whole Reiter team). In qualifying, however, the team was able to convince and finished 6th. For driver Freddie Hunt it was the first time at Paul Ricard and in a LMP3 car. Nevertheless, Hunt was able to deliver a very good start and moved up to 4th position in the first few corners. In the first two laps, however, he already had to avoid a crash with two opponents and therefore fell back several places again. It was a hardfought race, and the driver duo Mads Siljehaug and Freddie Hunt could finish it on a good 11th position, which is the best result of a rookie team in the Le Mans Cup. The first weekend at Paul Ricard gave the team new insights about the car, which will need to be built upon in the following races to deliver an even better performance. Both the drivers and Reiter Engineering are confident for the season in the Le Mans Cup.
Sabrina Reiter: "We are very happy with our driver selection. With Freddie Hunt and Mads Siljehaug we have two top athletes in the cockpit. Now it is up to us to improve our knowledge of the Ligier LMP3 and to make further progress. Paul Ricard has made it clear that there is still room for improvement."
Reiter Engineering heading for Michelin Le Mans Cup in 2022 with Hunt/Siljehaug
For the 2022 season Reiter Engineering is continuing the team’s wide range of activities over the past years by adding a full LMP3 program to the portfolio. Together with Freddie Hunt and Mads Siljehaug the team is ready to tackle a new challenge with a brand new Ligier JS P320 in one of the most competitive LMP3 championships, the Michelin Le Mans Cup.
After many years of close cooperation with the KTM brand, from participating in numerous championships with the KTM X-Bow GT4 and GT2 to being involved in the manufacture’s development efforts, the team is eager to also gain more experience in the LMP3 category.
Keeping its primary focus on the KTM brand, once again supporting the manufacture throughout various programs and championships as well as development work, the team is set on a new long-term goal: the 24h of Le Mans in 2024. Gaining first experience in the LMP3 category therefore seems the right step towards it.
While the team will see its inaugural season in the LMP3 category, the drivers are not completely unknown to the championship. Freddie Hunt has already competed in the championship in 2021 and is ready to finally set his marks in motorsports, following the footsteps of his legendary father James Hunt. Despite some earlier attempts in racing, Freddie decided to have some time away from the track in the past, focusing on his passion for the outdoors and polo. But now he is back on and eager to take his chance for a great racing career, aiming to compete in the 24h of Le Mans.
Together with co-driver Mads Siljehaug, Reiter works driver since 2017 and champion of the ADAC GT4 Germany in 2019, the team is all set to start into the new season. With Mads being part of the Reiter family for years now, he is just the right person to bring Freddie and the team one step closer to Le Mans.
“Racing with Mads and Freddie will be fun. Both are of great and unique characters, inside and outside the cockpit. Mads, we know since many years and we have the highest expectations of him for 2022. Freddie is new to the team, our first meeting was last weekend during our “Company-Skiing-Day”, where he really impressed the team as a very wild Guy. After knowing each other for some hours we shook hands and now we are doing a Le Mans Cup season together, I love it, it’s going to be great.”
"I am delighted to be driving for Reiter Engineering this season in the Michelin Le Mans Cup. It's been a few years since I've had the opportunity to compete in a full season so I am really excited. Obviously, we will be going for the championship title and I believe we have a strong team but we will find out how strong we are at the first race."
“Absolutely thrilled for me and my family team Reiter Engineering for making a step together into the LMP3 and LeMans Cup community. I personally enter the series and season with huge respect and humbleness for learning, working hard with the team and hunting for points and podiums – as always!”
Together they are ready to leave a mark on the 2022 season of the Michelin Le Mans Cup.