Home and home-race are not exactly the same thing
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He is already waiting in the starting blocks: Simon Reicher, the 17-year-old from Kirchberg, Austria, eagerly awaits his next race. It will be his second event in his debut season participating in the ADAC TCR Germany. And, it will take place in his homeland Austria, which is one of two races abroad in the German championship. The Red Bull Ring in Spielberg hosts the ADAC series June 9-11, 2017. “Home and home-race are not the same thing, but I am very excited about the upcoming weekend at Red Bull Ring. There’s a great atmosphere and it’s highly motivating to drive in front of the local crowd”, explains the sympathetic driver and adds with a smile: “Actually, my home race was two weeks ago at Zandvoort in the Netherlands. That is where my team principal Dillon Koster and his certainty.nl team are based, and where I have completed a lot of training as well as several races. During my guest-appearance in the TCR Benelux, I took home a smashing third place from Zandvoort!”

Nonetheless, Spielberg is of course Simon’s true homeland. “I’m looking forward to the flair of the Red Bull Ring”, shines the seventh grade student. In the midst of Austria’s breathtaking alpine landscape, lies the 4,326 meter long Red Bull Ring with impressive inclines and a track layout that guarantees action-packed racing. Reicher will make a strong effort to build on his recent success. “With over 40 competitors on the track, a good qualifying will be absolutely crucial. I hope to manage a good set-up and be able to fully focus on some clean laps when the right moment comes. Additionally, it’s important that the peak performance of the tires, the time when the tires’ temperatures enable optimal traction, occurs at that exact moment, as well. That’s the key to a great a qualifying”, he summarizes some pre-requisites for a good position on the starting grid. Reicher adds: “A top-15 qualifying placement is a good starting point for the races.” Once racing begins, the adrenalin will be pumping hard, as will the revs of Reicher’s Audi RS3 LMS Ultra. “Even though I feel very comfortable at the Red Bull Ring, it’s something you don’t take notice of during the races – it’s just you, the car, the track, and the team”, Simon Reicher comments.

At the end of our interview, the young Austrian revealed several more reasons explaining his excitement for the race weekend: “My grandparents live right around the corner from the circuit and will come by for a visit. Furthermore, the fans, guests, and most others involved will speak my language, so it will be cool to be hearing and speaking Austrian German. And who knows? Hopefully the races will bring some positive surprises, too!” The event will be broadcast live Saturday and Sunday on Sport 1 TV as well as the ADAC Motorsport Live-Stream.



Der 24-jährige Simon Reicher ist im Motorsport kein Unbekannter. Seine Karriere begann im Alter von 8 Jahren. Klassisch – auf der Kartbahn. „Ich bin froh im Kartsport, der klassischen Schule des Motorsports, aufgewachsen zu sein.“ Und das mit Erfolg. 2014 gewann das österreichische Motorsport Talent die 43. Trofeo delle Industrie im italienischen Lonato.

Nach seiner aktiven Zeit im Kartsport wechselte der Österreicher 2016 in den Automobil Rennsport. Dort gab er 2016 und 2017 sein Debüt mit dem niederländischen Certainty Racing Team in dem Renault Clio Cup Central Europe und in der TCR Germany. 2018 präsentierte sich er mit dem renommierten YACO Racing Team im Cockpit eines Audi RS 3 LMS bei den ADAC TCR Germany.

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