The traditional racing team from Upper Bavaria competes with a Ligier in the Prototype Cup Germany in 2022. The first race victory was at the Nürburgring. In 2023, the programme is to be expanded further.
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For more than 20 years, Reiter Engineering has been one of the most well-known addresses in international GT sport. Numerous victories and championships have been won around the globe since then. But team boss Hans Reiter is not one to rest on his laurels. So last winter he looked for a new challenge for his experienced team and expanded into the up-and-coming prototype segment. Reiter Engineering will compete in the Prototype Cup Germany in 2022 with a Ligier JS P320 and was able to convince in the new series right from the start. At the first race weekend in Spa-Francorchamps, a pole position and a podium result were achieved straight away. Things went even better at the Nürburgring when the pilot duo Mads Siljehaug (26/NOR) and Freddie Hunt (35/GBR) won Saturday's race and underlined this triumph again with third place in Sunday's race. "Of course we are very satisfied with the results," team boss Hans Reiter looks back on the first races in the Prototype Cup Germany. "2022 is a learning year for us in LMP3 racing - and the form curve is rising steeply."
Reiter Engineering, based in Kirchanschöring, was founded in 2000. Initially, they went full throttle on the race track with various Lamborghini models. Between 2006 and 2010, Murciélago cars brought to racing maturity by Reiter were already on the grid at the 24h Le Mans. In 2006, Reiter also developed the GT3 version of the Lamborghini Gallardo. And with resounding success: the Italian vehicle 'made in Upper Bavaria' made Christopher Haase the first champion of the ADAC GT Masters in 2007. In 2010, Albert von Thurn und Taxis/Peter Kox repeated this triumph. In 2007, 2008 and 2011, Reiter also won the team championship in the ADAC GT Masters. "My wife always says that the ADAC GT Masters is our favourite series. Of all the championships we have competed in over the years, we have always felt most comfortable there," explains the team boss. "Should we as Reiter Engineering have a suitable GT3 car available again at some point, the ADAC GT Masters would be the first series we race in."
However, Reiter has also been able to really cheer in another ADAC series. In 2019, Eike Angermayr and Mads Siljehaug drove to the drivers' title in the ADAC GT4 Germany in the KTM X-Bow GT4. The parallels to the ADAC GT Masters are immediately apparent: Angermayr/Siljehaug were also premiere champions of the ADAC series. In addition, the racing version of the KTM X-Bow was also developed by Reiter.
After the specialists from Kirchanschöring also launched a successful GT2 version of the KTM, the step into LMP racing now followed for 2022. "We will, of course, remain loyal to KTM over the next few years," Reiter makes unequivocally clear. "As a racing team, however, we want to get to Le Mans again. And on this path, LMP3 racing is the first step."
Thus, Reiter Engineering purchased a Ligier JS P320 in winter, which will be used in the Michelin Le Mans Cup in addition to the Prototype Cup Germany. "For us as a team, it is ideal that there are no date overlaps between these two series," Reiter is pleased about the coordinated calendars. "Economically, this makes great sense, for example in terms of depreciation of the race car or also in terms of the workload of the team members." Incidentally, the LMP3 programme is a family affair at Reiter Engineering. Sabrina Reiter, one of the boss's daughters, acts as team manager. She leads a young and committed team.
At the last race weekend of the Prototype Cup Germany at the Lausitzring, however, other teams were at the top of the podium. Reiter Engineering had to skip the event of necessity. After an engine failure during a test, the ordered replacement unit did not arrive at the team headquarters in time. However, the team will compete again in the season finale from 21 to 23 October at the Hockenheimring. One of the two drivers has already been confirmed for the appearance at the Motodrom in Baden. "This year's entries in the Prototype Cup Germany are all designed with 2023 in mind. We definitely want to remain loyal to the series. Our plan is to expand the programme to two Ligiers next year," Reiter gives an insight. "The Prototype Cup Germany is a really good racing series and motorsport in the ADAC environment has simply always been fun for us as well."