KTM X-BOW BATTLE STARTS ITS FOURTH SEASON
ONE CLASS, 40 TEAMS, MICHELIN SLICKS & RYAN SHARP!
Winter is over and so is the waiting. The KTM X-BOW BATTLE starts its fourth season this weekend with many new features and a field of starters like seldom before. More than 40 have signed up to race at the Red Bull Ring and event organizer Georg Silbermayr is counting on 35-40 actual participants who will battle for the first points of the season on Friday and Saturday (April 19-20, 2013). That is just as noteworthy as the many changes to the competition that were decided upon during the winter break.
Georg Silbermayr: “I didn’t count on having so many starters for the first races after the winter break. We’ve altered the regulations quite radically: Now there’s only one class and that means everyone has around 370 hp at their disposal. This naturally means that many of our participants have had to invest in the technology of their cars. And thanks to a partnership with Michelin, we’ll be racing this season for the first time with slicks and this is going to make the KTM X-BOW BATTLE even more professional and faster. For this reason this makes me even happier that our teams and drivers have taken this step and that at the Red Bull Ring we’ll even be welcoming some new drivers!”
However for all those who do not want to get straight into the “BATTLE” action“, Silbermayr says there is another area of interest. “Those who own the series model X-BOW can enter into the “KTM X-BOW CHALLENGE“, which we will be staging every race weekend together with our friends from the Porsche Alpenpokal. This is regularity driving on the racing circuit whereby new drivers can get a taste of the racing circuits.”
The field of starters at the Red Bull Ring is a colorful mix of experienced KTM X-BOW BATTLE drivers and interesting newcomers. To name just a few: Jim Gebhardt, champion of the very first season is again fighting for the title; Laura Kraihamer is a strong contender among the women drivers. “Major Adolf Kottan” (ex-rally ace Raphael Sperrer) will occasionally change places with “Mr. Plus City” Ernst Kirchmayr. Young riders are well represented, among others, by Philipp Hirschi (Switzerland) or Lukas Martin (Vorarlberg). The contingent from Germany, (e.g. Carsten Seifert, Pierre Ludigkeit, Uwe Schmidt, Winnie Assmann and many more) has grown as much as those from the Czech Republic (around team leader Pavel Heinik) or Poland (Artur Chwist & Co.). The Austrian contingent includes, among others, the teams “Roomvibes” (Peter Resch, Gerhard Trenker) or “True Racing” and leading the field are Klaus Angerhofer, KTM Board Member Hubert Trunkenpolz and – at least at the Red Bull Ring – KTM Chief Designer Gerald Kiska.
The “Team Classification”, always made up of two drivers is new this season – and this regardless of what team they start for or what nation they belong to. “This means we will have very unusual groups", promises the mischievous initiator Georg Silbermayr. He also has two KTM 125 DUKE road bikes to present to the team competition winners at the end of the season.
There will be a KTM 390 DUKE for the overall winner of the individual competition, who again receives an official National Motorsport Authority accolade and with it, the title of “Austrian National Champion”. No particular favorites emerged from the very successful test drives in Barcelona (in Formula 1 style with more than 40 starters), however Georg Silbermayr gives us the wink along with a couple of his own tips. “Naturally everything is open because when we race we don’t have any team strategy in the “BATTLE”, just as there aren’t any No. 1 drivers like in our ‘companion series’, the Formula 1. But there are rumors that there’s a new team leader in the “True Racing” Team: Hubert Trunkenpolz with 1:55.404 was faster in Barcelona than Klausi Angerhofer and with this, the second fastest behind factory driver Reini Kofler! Naturally he was faster than all the others – it’s going to be very exciting!”
There’s definitely not going to be any shortage of starters in the KTM X-BOW BATTLE and for the opener at the Red Bull Ring a particularly fast driver will take his place in the VIP car and later offer his expert opinion about the “BATTLE”. Ryan Sharp, for many years a factory driver in the GT1 World Championships (previously, among others, with Karl Wendlinger in Austria’s Jetalliance-Team), takes his place for the first time in the 370 hp KTM X-BOW RR: “I’ve followed this race series up to now on the internet and I’ve seen the videos. It looks terrific when 40 of these spectacular open racing cars go into the first corner. And there’s certainly going to be some action with 370 hp and just 800 kg, especially in combination with slick tires. I have a lot of work with my own business so its been a long time since I raced myself. But because of this I’m excited and I’m really looking forward to taking part!”
The KTM X-BOW BATTLE 2013 Calendar:
April 19-20, 2013: Red Bull Ring, Austria
June 1-2, 2013: Red Bull Ring, Austria (Support Series German Touring Car Championship)
June 7-8, 2013: Pannoniaring, Hungary
June 21-22, 2013: Eurospeedway Lausitzring, Germany
July 27-28, 2013: Slovakiaring, Slovakia
September 20-21, 2013: Slovakiaring, Slovakia
October 11-12, 2013: Masaryk-Ring Brno, Czech Republic