Achim Mörtl and the Duo Lenny Marioneck/Gottfried Pilz each pick up third place!
Team Boss’ Hans Reiter’s troupe of REITER YOUNG STARS were out in force for what was almost a home game appearance at the ADAC GT MASTERS at Austria’s Red Bull Ring with two teams picking up podium thirds. The young drivers once again delivered a very impressive result starting in the GT4 European Series, just as they had done in round one of the competition in Misano.
A total of eight REITER YOUNG STARS teams were already consistent and fast in qualifying. In fact, Mads Siljehaug (RYS Team InternetX) and Achim Mörtl (RYS Team Schönramer/Racecom) should have been on pole position for both races. ‘Should have’ because the Race Commission put a line through the result. Siljehaug was punished because of a penalty in free practice and ended up in sixth position, and Achim Mörtl was denied his pole-winning time because he drove his fastest lap while overlooking a yellow flag. Mörtl, therefore, started third in the first race and Arne Hoffmeister (RYS Team Pankl) was on pole as the best of the KTM X-BOW GT4 drivers in the second race.
Although there was some light rain during the second qualifying, the first race on Saturday was run in perfect summer weather. But the race was then held up by a long safety car period even before the end of the opening lap after an incident before the Remus corner. The KTM drivers, unaffected by the delay, went on to deliver an exciting race that resulted in third place for the RYS Team Schönramer/Racecom. As a result, Achim Mörtl, former Austrian National Rally Champion succeeded in picking up his first podium in an international circuit race. The top ten results for four other REITER YOUNG STARS were a testament to the quality of the competing KTM X-BOW GT4 teams. Gottfried Pilz (AUT)/Lenny Marioneck (GER) for the RYS Team KISKA finished fourth. Laura Kraihamer (AUT), the fastest woman driver and Swiss driver Cedric Freiburghaus (RYS Team True Racing) were fifth. Mads Siljehaug (NOR)/Jamie Vandenbalck (BEL) were eighth and the German pair Arne Hoffmeister/Benjamin Mazatis were tenth. Unfortunately, it was all over too soon in the first race for Austrian duo Eike Angermayr/Reinhard Kofler (RYS Team KTM), who eventually had to retire with a broken catalytic converter after a strong outing on the circuit. RYS Team Holinger, with drivers Emil Westman (FIN) und Samuel Sladecka (SVK), also had to retire after an accident.
RYS Team KISKA’s driver duo Gottfried Pilz and Lenny Marioneck then had reason to celebrate on Sunday when they also picked up a podium third in the second race. Both drivers fought hard from ninth on the grid to take the team's second podium (after their win in Misano). They did, however, have a slight advantage as a result of a drive-through penalty for RYS Team KTM with Eike Angermayr and Reinhard Kofler. The duo was sanctioned for speeding in the pit lane on their way to a great second overall to ‘only’ finish in sixth place, but they were still ranked as the second best REITER YOUNG STARS team overall. Emil Westman/Samuel Sladecka brought the RYS Team Holinger KTM X-BOW GT4 home in seventh place to be the third best Reiter team.
The separate “REITER YOUNG STARS” classification, adding parameter like best average lap times, pit stop times and so on, saw Lenny Marioneck, Arne Hoffmeister and Mads Siljehaug as the three best drivers in race one, whilst there was Samuel Sladecka in front of Emil Westman and Arne Hoffmeister in the second outing.