Close Call for YACO Racing at the Red Bull Ring
17. Juni 2021 Zurück zur Artikelübersicht »

 

Kirchberg/Upper Austria: Great excitement for YACO Racing’s home race last weekend (June 11–13) at the Red Bull Ring. The Austrian team was eager to deliver strong results at the German GT Championship in front of its home crowd and with fans at the circuit for the first time since last year.

Well prepared, the team headed to the 4,318-meter-long circuit in Styria for Thursday’s test and set-up runs. Deputy team principal Peter Reicher reported: “After our season opener in Oschersleben, we took our R8 to Audi’s Neckarsulm facility. We had experienced unusual behavior by the car and wanted to have every millimeter checked by the manufacturer. Once the car arrived back at our workshop in Plauen, we assembled the R8 and travelled to the Red Bull Ring with several sets of dampers in our luggage. We were clear that this would be a testing weekend under racing conditions.”

The weekend projection was more or less proven right. 22nd place in the first qualifying session on Saturday and a race retirement due to a puncture did not make the analysis easier. Sunday’s action went a little more to the liking of YACO principal Uwe Geipel and his team. Still somewhat set back by 25th place during qualifying, the team delivered a strong race performance. “We gave it our all. What a bummer that we were beaten by just three hundredths of a second in a three-way battle with the other two Audi teams Car Collection and WRT. That said, we crossed the finish line in 16th position, just barely missing out on some important championship points,” Simon Reicher illustrates the race thriller.

Peter Reicher describes what the team learned from this test race weekend in Spielberg: “We believe we took a big step in the right direction on Sunday. We may have found the shock absorber set-up that works best for our R8. Between now and the next race in Zandvoort in four weeks, we plan to complete more tests to validate this weekend’s experience.”

The third round of the German GT Championship run by the ADAC GT Masters will be held July 9–11 in Zandvoort, Netherlands. YACO Racing hopes to match, if not surpass its fantastic memories from Zandvoort.

 

profil

Der 23-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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