Melbourne’s M-Motorsport have enjoyed an extensive relationship with Germany’s Reiter Engineering, the masterminds behind the impressive Lamborghini Gallardo GT3 as well as popular KTM X-Bow GT4, but whilst traditionally a dealer for that successful GT models, their co-operation has extended to Reiter’s hunt for the heavens of tomorrow through their Young Stars [RYS] program.
The 2016 Reiter Young Stars program saw 16 aspiring young drivers compete in eight identical KTM X-Bow GT4s across five major European events including DTM as well as the Blancpain GT Championship included in the European GT4 Series.
Last year’s program saw drivers chosen by Reiter Engineering through an intensive selection process, before a pre-season test day to acclimatize all of them with the impressive turbo two-litre powered X-Bow GT4. A lottery then determined driver pairings, with teams judged not on overall results, but consistency, speed, media plus a array of other aspects to find the leading men and women drivers at seasons end to undergo to some fully-paid drive in a very Reiter-prepared GT3 while in the 2017 Blancpain Sprint Series.
The project also saw commercial partners and university engineering and marketing students agree in every team to develop the chance not simply for that drivers, speculate a total operation, all beneath watchful eye of Reiter Engineering staff including their experienced driver coach, Tomas Enge.
Season 2016 saw young Australian talent Caitlin Wood emerge when the leading female driver, whilst young Finnish driver Marko Helistekangas was the leading male competitor, the 2 main not slated drive an automobile together within a Reiter prepared and run Gallardo R-EX inside 2017 Blancpain Sprint Series which begins to the first weekend in April.
For 2017 and beyond, Reiter Engineering – through M-Motorsport for all of aussie – are selling aspiring young Australian drivers the opportunity indulge in future RYS programs, but to ‘sweeten’ the offer, Reiter will likely commit funds for just about any successful Australian applicant to compete while in the Bathurst 12-Hour behind the wheel of the Reiter Engineering/M-Motorsport prepared KTM GT4.
For 2017 the driving force pairing process can change slightly, although the two best drivers overall will be awarded a drive inside Blancpain Sprint Series in 2018.
“We have a great association with Reiter Engineering, having delivered a number of Gallardo’s within the Australian market over the recent past,” M-Motorsport’s Justin McMillan confirmed.
“This year we added the KTM X-Bow GT4 to your stable, debuting it within the 12-Hour with support from Interlloy and Wilson Storage, and were comfortably leading the class until one more 90-minutes before a teething issue stopped progress. Ultimately the heat saw electrics burned out, that’s too difficult to fix while using the time left during the race, although the car finished without having a mark as clearly the best GT4 car around the mountain.
“Since then we’ve enjoyed a variety of test days when using the car and impressed lots of drivers with GT3 experience, a number of whom are curious about running the motor car this coming year [the KTM is eligible for the Australian GT Trophy class]. We have now two GT4s in the nation, and are expecting to order more this season, and now we have the option for younger drivers to become the main team, but further for that, they can use that chance to gain valuable extra miles if they’re a part of the Young Stars program.”