Simon Reicher testing around the clock
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A few weeks ago, Simon Reicher announced that he would not be competing in the 2020 ADAC GT Masters for various reasons. At the same time, the Austrian declared the upcoming months as an intensive time for testing with his team YACO Racing. These efforts were launched in the Motorsport Arena Oschersleben close to Magdeburg. Next up was the Grand Prix circuit of the Nürburgring. “Despite knowing and having driven most Grand Prix tracks a couple times, some of them are rather new territory for me in the GT-3 Audi. A newly introduced tire in the ADAC GT Masters this season hasn’t made things easier. It’s the same tire for all teams and drivers, but works in a very narrow operating window”, says the civil engineering student.

The Czech Grand Prix course in Most was the next candidate for testing last Monday. Most held no special surprises for Reicher and his team. On the contrary, the Kirchberg-native described the tire situation as “super”. A slightly different experience two days later at the Sachsenring. “It’s my first time here at the Sachsenring in a GT-3 car and I must admit this circuit is anything but easy to drive. Many turns with poor overall visibility. You’re practically driving blind and fight a lot. The new tire behaved completely different here than in Most. We reached a good race pace but are still missing that last bit to match a qualifying pace. We need to improve our understanding of the tires here at the Sachsenring as we do not have any references to stick to”, comments the talented driver. His countryman and team colleague Norbert Siedler summed up the test results as follows: “Things are going in the right direction. We’re very strong with used tires, but are still missing a few tenths per lap on a new set. We still have a bit of work to do on the car. All in all, we are doing very well and working with Simon is a lot of fun. He is hungry to learn, absorbs all information, and can implement it very well.“

Next up in three weeks is a famous circuit on the coast of the Netherlands. Time to get to know the newly rebuilt circuit and brand-new asphalt of Zandvoort, located among the dunes of the North Sea Coast. The young Austrian, who already made guest appearances in Zandvoort competing in the Clio Cup and TCR Germany, does not view these experiences as a direct advantage. “We are very lucky to have my team partner Norbert Siedler on board again. He has already driven the new track and is very experienced. I lack this experience, therefore basically starting from scratch. Collaborating with Norbert is great, so I’m not worried at all. It will work out, I’m sure”, Simon Reicher shares confidently.

 

profil

Der Rennfahrervirus hat ihn seit 2008 fest im Griff: Simon Reicher startete seine Asphaltkarriere als Achtjähriger im Kart und wechselte schnell vom lockeren Kurvenfahren auf dem Parkplatz zum schnellerem Tempo auf der Rennstrecke. Heute fährt er als einer der jüngsten GT-3 Tourenwagenpilot in verschiedenen nationalen und internationalen Rennserien.

„Einfach auf’s Gas steigen, das ist total mein Ding!“ schwärmt der neunzehnjährige Kirchberger von seiner Leidenschaft. „Die Geschwindigkeit, die coolen Autos, der Geruch der Rennstrecke nach Gummireifen, Benzin und Abgasen, dazu der Sound – das macht mir Gänsehaut!“ Mit seinem Vater Peter Reicher suchte Simon nach erfolgreichen Jahren im Kart eine passende Alternative zum Formelsport, die er im GT3- Rennsport für sich gefunden hat. Hier lernte er sein heutiges Team YACO Racing kennen, das große Stücke auf den Abiturienten und Mechatroniker hält.

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Chassis
Audi R8 LMS EVO
Aluminium
ADAC GT Masters
Gewicht 1.235 kg

Engine
Audi – V10 Zylinder – 5200 ccm
Maximum Geschwindigkeit: 585 PS
Maximum Drehmoment: 550 Nm

Getriebe
Antrieb: Heckantrieb
Schaltung: 6 Gänge, sequenziell, Wippenschaltung

 

 

Performance
Beschleunigung: 0-100 km/h in 3.2 Sekunden
Höchstgeschwindigkeit: 305 km/h

About
Die zweite Baureihe des Audi R8 LMS startet seit 2016 im ADAC GT Masters und erhielt für 2019 einen Evo-Kit, mit dem unter anderem die Aerodynamik und die Kühlung optimiert wurden. Der R8 ist in dieser Saison mit 13 Exemplaren erneut das meistvertretene Fahrzeug im Starterfeld.