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Oschersleben: Reiter Engineering qualifying report
Racing series FIA-GT
Date 2005-08-27

2005 FIA GT CHAMPIONSHIP - ROUND 7, OSCHERSLEBEN, GERMANY
REITER READY TO RACE

"We didn't manage to get the best from our tyres this morning." This was how Reiter Engineering team chief, Hans Reiter, succinctly summed up his team's qualifying performance at Oschersleben, Germany, today.

After a disappointing morning session, when the Lamborghini Murcielago R-GT finished in 11th position, the team recovered well to set the 4th fastest time of the second session. Peter Kox gave a strong performance in the afternoon, despite having only done 15 laps around the track previously, to set a fastest time of 1m 24:595.

However, in spite of the improvement, the track temperatures during the afternoon were hotter and the majority of lap times from the competitors were slower than those set in the faster, morning session. There was therefore no movement in the overall positions.

Hans Reiter continued: "We are still learning, but we are improving with every session which is encouraging. We didn't manage to get the tyre temperatures high enough this morning and this affected our performance. I'm not so worried about the race tomorrow as we know, from our practice sessions, that the car works as well with tyres which are used as with new and we will be able to double stint them. It was disappointing today though as we really expected to be able to start a few rows further forward than we are."

Kox's time was an improvement of two tenths of a second over his German team mate, Norman Simon, running on the morning's used tyres. This tyre durability has given both drivers encouragement for tomorrow's 3 hour race. It is expected to be a difficult event for all competitors, due to the tight confines of the track and the extreme difficulty in overtaking, and pit stops and strategy will be key to a good result.

-www.reiter-engineering.com




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["We did a long run this afternoon which gave us some good feedback about how the car and the Michelin tyres are working together and I'm confident that our race pace will make us very competitive. To be honest, I think we will be better in the race than in qualifying as we found our lap times improved as the tyres got older. We still have some work to do in this area, but it is all going in a positive direction."

Reiter Engineering, based in Kirchanschöring, near the German/Austrian border, has been working tirelessly to develop the 6-litre V12 engined Lamborghini Murcielago into a proven endurance sports car. A car has recently been sold to Bernard Müller who, with Michael Trunk, is planning to enter it for the 2006 24 Hours of Le Mans]
 

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Lamborghini Gets their 1st Points

Despite making just its fourth FIA GT appearance of the season, the Reiter Engineering Lamborghini Murcielago R-GT secured its first points finish after Peter Kox and Norman Simon picked up an eighth place finish at Oschersleben.

On the tight and twisty track, the Michelin runners struggled to match the Pirelli-shod cars which claimed the first six places, and that, coupled with a spin on lap two for Simon and a puncture later in the race, effectively put the Lamborghini out of contention for a higher placed finish.

Despite the problems, 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.

"It was a shame about the start because not only did that ruin the tyres, but it dropped us right back," the Dutchman said. "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 was pleased with the result, admitting a top eight finish was more than he could have hoped for.

"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," he said. "I think to finish eighth, with the little dramas we had, is more than I could have expected."




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