Oschersleben: Reiter Engineering race report

LAMBORGHINI STEPS ONTO POINTS TABLE Peter Kox led the Reiter Engineering-run Lamborghini Murcielago R-GT to its first competitive FIA GT finish in 2005 today at Oschersleben, near Magdeburg in Germany. The Dutchman, together with his German ...

LAMBORGHINI STEPS ONTO POINTS TABLE

Peter Kox led the Reiter Engineering-run Lamborghini Murcielago R-GT to its first competitive FIA GT finish in 2005 today at Oschersleben, near Magdeburg in Germany. The Dutchman, together with his German driving partner, Norman Simon, brought the car home in 8th place - finishing closely behind a Ferrari 550, one of which (from the same stable) holds the 2003 and 2004 FIA GT Championship titles.

On the tight and twisty track, the configuration of which makes overtaking extremely difficult, the Michelin runners today struggled to match the Pirelli-shod cars which claimed the first six places. That, together with a spin on lap two by Norman Simon, and a puncture later in the race, effectively put the Lamborghini out of contention for a higher placing today.

The small Reiter Engineering team, in only its 4th FIA GT outing this year, never stopped fighting though. Peter Kox attacked hard in the last quarter of the race taking back one of the two laps lost earlier due to a puncture, and the Lamborghini was one of the fastest cars on the track during that time. In the last ten laps of the race he caught and passed two Maseratis and two Ferraris.

A tired Peter Kox said after the race: "It was a shame about the start because not only did that ruin the tyres, but it dropped us right back. I think I had two good stints though and I'm happy to finish and score a point. It's hard work doing a double stint at this track because there is no chance to rest at any point, it's very physically demanding the whole time."

Team Principal Hans Reiter commented: "I'm happy with our performance towards the end of the race, when we were one of the fastest cars on the track, and it's impressive that Peter set his fastest lap of the race on lap 104 on tyres which were well into the second part of a double stint. I think to finish 8th, with the little dramas we had, is more than I could have expected."

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Series Blancpain Sprint
Drivers Norman Simon , Peter Kox
Teams Reiter Engineering