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A new driving performance era at KTM kicked off over 18 months ago. Since September 2022, the KTM X-BOW GT-XR1 has been making a mark and delivering ultimate performance on the road. With over 150 models already sold, and 2024 stock already sold out, the super sportscar from KTM is ready to take on new roads.

ANB Automobiles LLC is the company behind the new expansion. The Dubai-based KTM importer and KTM Sportcar GmbH agreed on a long-term partnership on 11 April comprising the delivery of 30 KTM X-BOW GT-XR cars, general import rights for the United Arab Emirates, Bahrain, Qatar and Oman and exclusive territorial protection for these countries for the next three years.

1 Fuel consumption combined (WLTP): 9.1 l/100 km, CO₂ emissions combined (WLTP): 214 g/km, emissions classification: EURO 6D


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The first round of the Fanatec GT2 European Series Powered by Pirelli ended with KTM X-BOW GT2 cars taking a one-two finish and scoring further podiums. KTM teams RTR Projects and MZR prevailed ahead of strong competition from the likes of Maserati, Mercedes-AMG, Porsche and Audi at Circuit Paul Ricard, and the weekend was rounded out by successful performances from other customer teams.


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KTM customer team razoon – more than racing will once again be competing in the Middle East Trophy this winter and – just like last year – the team will be campaigning a KTM X-BOW GTX. The series calendar encompasses three challenging endurance races in Kuwait, Dubai and Abu Dhabi.


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With pole position, a podium and – to top it all off – a race victory, the maiden appearance of the KTM X-BOW GT2 in the United States could not have gone much better. Kevin Woods and Chicago Performance performed excellently as the car made its U.S. debut on the hallowed asphalt of the Indianapolis Motor Speedway, of all places.


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The season finale of the Fanatec GT2 European Series was a real nail-biter, but at the chequered flag there was plenty for KTM to celebrate. Works driver Reinhard Kofler and Martin Koch putting in a flawless lights-to-flag victory in their KTM X-BOW GT2, while Stefan Rosina and Gilles Vannelet recovered excellently to complete the one-two finish in Le Castellet.


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Dani Pedrosa marked his KTM X-BOW GT2 debut with an impressive performance in the Fanatec GT2 European Series. Despite the difficult conditions, the Spaniard left some of his more experienced competitors behind him to finish seventh in the Pro-Am classification together with KTM Executive Board member Hubert Trunkenpolz.


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On 6 September 2022, KTM Sportcar GmbH unveiled the KTM X-BOW GT- XR, one of the most uncompromising road-legal super sportscars ever seen, to the general public. The unique concept behind the new car can be summed up in just a few words: born on the racetrack, raised for the street.

The home of the KTM X-BOW: Where racing pedigree meets perfect service

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Are you interested in a super sportscar like the KTM X-BOW GT-XR1 and keen to see the car up close and personal? Then it’s high time you made your way to Thalheim near Wels in Upper Austria. Here you will find the KTM X-BOW Racing Center, where customers can dive into a world of speed, driving experience and the highest standard of quality. The showrooms in Thalheim and at the factory in Graz were


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The latest round of the Fanatec GT2 European Series in Portimão was no easy task for True Racing by Reiter Engineering. Despite a strong showing and error-free performance, it still proved to be a challenging weekend for the team. Nevertheless, the KTM X-BOW GT2 drivers were still able to provide some highlights.


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On a par with the more powerful GT3 competition: at the Nürburgring, KTM customer team CCS Racing demonstrated the potential of the KTM X-BOW GTX in an impressive way. In adverse conditions, the team not only secured second place in qualifying but also temporarily led the field.


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The KTM X-BOW GT2’s winning streak continues, with both True Racing by Reiter Engineering and RTR Projects standing on the top step of the podium at the Fanatec GT2 European Series round in Dijon, France. Reinhard Kofler and Martin Koch were particularly happy with the weekend’s performance. Koch put together a fantastic recovery drive to top the Pro-Am class on his series debut.


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There couldn’t have been a better backdrop for the first win of the season for True Racing by Reiter Engineering than the Red Bull Ring in Styria. At KTM’s home track, the team was able to record victories in both classes at the Fanatec GT2 European Series with the KTM X-BOW GT2.


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With two race wins and a full points haul, RTR Projects made a perfect start to the Fanatec GT2 European Series in Monza. Driver Jan Krabec and the rest of the Czech customer team demonstrated the impressive potential of the KTM X-BOW GT2, while True Racing by Reiter Engineering also secured top finishes in Italy.


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On 31 January 2023 the wait was finally over: Production of the new KTM X-BOW GT-XR began at the KTM factory in Graz. The first vehicle rolled off the production line on 14 February in the presence of Stefan Pierer, CEO of PIERER Mobility AG, and Hubert Trunkenpolz, Member of the Executive Board of KTM AG.


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The 2022 motorsport year is coming to an end and with it the extensive engagements with the KTM X-BOW on race tracks around the globe. Once again, the different models of the racing car have established themselves in customer sport. The highlights of the season include successes in sprint as well as endurance racing - including on the legendary Nürburgring-Nordschleife.

“This season once again demonstrated how many different opportunities there are to race the KTM X-BOW,” said Hubert Trunkenpolz, member of the KTM Executive Board. “Over the years, the KTM X-BOW GT4 and the KTM X-BOW GTX have served as the perfect platform for teams looking to offer their customers affordable motorsport. The same applies to the placement in the GT2 segment. Our commitment is paying off and we can successfully expand the KTM portfolio."


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There are some cars that feature unique door concepts. And then there’s the KTM X-BOW GT-XR1. A super sportscar that has more in common with a jet fighter than with a conventional road vehicle, something that becomes clear as soon as you get behind the wheel. The fastest KTM on four wheels does not have any conventional doors. Instead, it features a kind of pilot’s cockpit, the electromechanical jet fighter canopy. It’s certainly a spectacular look for any KTM X-BOW GT-XR owner, but the automatically opening and closing canopy also offers a number of useful benefits in everyday use. What’s more, it’s also a core element of arguably the safest cockpit of any road-going vehicle.   Fuel consumption combined (WLTP): 9.1 l/100 km, CO₂ emissions combined (WLTP): 214 g/km, emissions classification: EURO 6D


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Kuwait, Dubai and Abu Dhabi: in the GT racing world, all eyes turn to the Arab peninsular for the winter. razoon – more than racing is one of the teams competing in the Middle East Trophy, which is part of the 24H Series. Dominik Olbert’s team have a strong driver line-up in its KTM X-BOW GTX, which it will be entering in the three endurance races. The first round is the 12 Hours of Kuwait on 2 December.

“We’re really looking forward to this challenge,” says Dominik Olbert. The team principal and his crew have been very busy preparing for the series and are not leaving anything to chance. “Machinery, organisation and logistics – everything has to work perfectly. We can’t wait to get going in a few days’ time with the first of three races. We are particularly proud of the driver line-ups we have put together.”

The razoon squad have local star Haytham Qarajouli on board for the first race. The 18-year-old from Kuwait, recently crowned Ligier European Champion, is one of the country’s brightest hopes in motorsport and is keen to show what he can do at his home race. “I am extremely proud to be racing at my home circuit here in Kuwait, at the first Creventic endurance event and to be able to share the experience with my family and friends all here to support the team,” says Haytham Qarajouli. At the 24H Series’ debut at the state-of-the-art Kuwait Motor Town facility, Qarajouli will be expertly supported by his experienced teammates, including Dominik Olbert and Daniel Drexel, behind the wheel of the KTM X-BOW GTX. Salzburg-born Drexel has been a firm fixture at razoon – more than racing and has raced multiple KTM models in Europe in 2022.

Drexel is also the man with 24H Series experience. The Austrian made his debut in a 24-hour race in Dubai at the beginning of the year. When he travels to Dubai for the second time, from 13 to 15 January 2023, he will be racing with four teammates from Austria: Leo Pichler, Bob Bau, Ernst Kirchmayr and Kris Rosenberger. “That was always my idea,” explains Olbert. “Competing in Dubai with an Austrian car, an Austrian team and five Austrian drivers – a dream!”

The final round of the Middle East Trophy, which is being held for the first time, is a six-hour race at the spectacular Yas Marina Circuit. In Abu Dhabi, teams and drivers will have one final chance to fight for points and trophies. “We know that a lot can happen in three endurance races,” says Olbert. “Everything is in place and we have a great team for this project. Our thanks go to KTM and our sponsors Milwaukee and Brebeck Composite for their support and helping us make this happen.”
The races at a glance:
1 to 2 December 12H Kuwait
13 to 15 January 24H Dubai
20 to 21 January 6H Abu Dhabi All races can be followed live: 24H Series - YouTube  


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Stefan Rosina and Filip Sladecka fought for the overall win in the Fanatec GT2 European Series right until the very end. Ultimately, the duo from True Racing by Reiter Engineering only missed out on title glory by the finest of margins. Gilles Vannelet, making his debut in the KTM X-BOW GT2 fielded by Reiter Engineering, was the surprise of the weekend at Le Castellet in France with victory in the AM class.

Four wins and a total of 189 points in the championship – an impressive season result to say the least. “We have achieved a great deal this year,” said Filip Sladecka. “Our overall package was always competitive, and the team gave us a perfect car. We came into the season finale a little bit behind, so we knew we had to take a few risks.”

The two Slovaks gave it absolutely everything in their title battle against Nicolas Saelens and Stienes Longin. After a setback in the opening stages of race one, Sladecka and Rosina put together a fantastic recovery drive to finish on the podium in third. The pair then put everything on the line in race two, before a collision just before the chequered flag dashed their hopes. “We would have loved to have won, but second in the championship is still a result we can be proud of,” said Rosina.


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Rick Bouthoorn has successfully qualified for the GTC Race talent scouting programme, with a chance at winning a lucrative move to GT3 racing. The opportunity has come after the Dutchman’s impressive performances behind the wheel of a KTM X-BOW GT4. Both Bouthoorn and his teammate Daniel Drexel from razoon – more than racing showed that the KTM X-BOW is the perfect car for young drivers just starting out in the sport. The CCS Racing team, who race the GTX version of the car, also made a splash with some solid results.

Just in time for the season finale, the weather gods gave the GTC Race series the chance to really put drivers to the test. With low temperatures and torrential rain, the challenge was to find the right balance between pace and keeping things on the straight and narrow. The driver who rose to the challenge best was razoon junior Rick Bouthoorn. The 18-year-old Dutch driver finished Saturday’s sprint race in the points to secure one of four coveted spots in the GT3 talent scouting. In 2021, Bouthoorn just missed out on qualification.

“I had a clear objective this season: to qualify for the series organiser’s GT3 scouting programme,” said Bouthoorn. “Finishing the season first in the junior classification and second place overall in GT4 is a fantastic feeling.” The best driver out of the four candidates will walk away with two free years of GT3 racing in the GTC Race series.

Besides Bouthoorn’s performances throughout the season, the outstanding work by the razoon – more than racing team has also been one of the main reasons for the young Dutchman’s qualification for the scouting (11/12 October). Dominik Olbert and his team gave Bouthoorn and his teammate Daniel Drexel the tools to regularly finish in the top spots.


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The KTM X-BOW GT2 SPX has made a successful return to the famous Nordschleife around four months after the Nürburgring 24 Hours. True Racing by Reiter Engineering entered the car in the Nürburgring Endurance Series and finished a creditable tenth overall. Georg Griesemann, Yves Volte and Felix von der Laden were the best-placed entry for customer team Teichmann Racing in the KTM X-BOW GTX.

Focusing on testing and developing cars while racing at the Nürburgring-Nordschleife is certainly nothing new for KTM. The Nürburgring Endurance Series has played host to tests in racing conditions for the KTM X-BOW GT2 SPX on multiple occasions in 2022. “Every kilometre counts,” says Reinhard Kofler. “We found a number of areas where we have to improve, particularly after the 24-hour race.”

KTM’s test and development driver competed in the seventh round of the championship together with the Norwegian driver Mads Siljehaug, with both underscoring the enormous potential of the car entered by True Racing by Reiter Engineering. A top 10 finish for Kofler in qualifying and a strong opening to the race by Siljehaug despite the difficult conditions were just two examples of what the car is capable of.

Neither Kofler nor Siljehaug doubt that a top 5 finish was possible. “We performed extremely well both in dry and in wet conditions, which shows how strong the car really is,” Siljehaug said. Repair work and two stop-and-go penalties during the race ended up costing the pair several minutes on their competitors. At the end of the four-hour race, Kofler and Siljehaug crossed the line in tenth position in the 132-car field.


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The fifth race weekend of the Fanatec GT2 European Series in Valencia presented plenty of challenges for True Racing by Reiter Engineering. But thanks to strong performances from all driver pairings, there was lots to celebrate too. The second race of the weekend saw Stefan Rosina and Filip Sladecka take home an overall victory, and there were two further podiums in the AM classification as well.

Rosina and Sladecka celebrated their fourth victory of the season, wrapping up the win in the closing stages of the race. “We pushed hard during the final laps,” said Sladecka after the race. “Stefan put in a great first stint and set things up perfectly. I was able to pick up where he left off and close the gap to the leaders.”

For the pair of Slovakian drivers, race two was all about damage-limitation after a contact-related drive-through penalty dashed any hopes of a top finish in race one. Stefan Rosina, who travelled to Valencia as the championship-leader, was forced to surrender first place in the Pro-Am title battle as a result of the weekend’s travails. After five of six race weekends, Rosina trails the championship-leader by just five points, with teammate Sladecka in third position.


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There is hardly another venue that has had so much influence on the development of the KTM X-BOW GT-XR than the Nürburgring-Nordschleife. The experience acquired at the legendary race track directly find their way into the concept of the KTM road and race cars. And the latest super sportscar of the Austrian manufacturer is no exception. During the 12-hour race, motorsport fans got the opportunity to take a close look at the car for the first time.

Not at the limit, but with a broad smile on his face, Felix von der Laden drove the KTM X-BOW GT-XR at the Nürburgring. “That was a unique experience for me,” the YouTube star said after his demonstration lap, just a few minutes prior to the race start. “The car is brand new, and I am one of the very first people being allowed to drive it. And at the Nordschleife and in front of so many fans, no less. I was slightly nervous, and I didn’t want to damage anything, of course.”   For several years already, von der Laden has been part of the line-up of KTM customer team Teichmann Racing that has specialised on running X-BOW models at what is arguably the world’s toughest race track. In the process, the professional and amateur drivers are competing for success with both the GT4 and GTX version. In 2022, True Racing by Reiter Engineering also ran the KTM X-BOW GT2 (SPX) for the first time as well.

And therefore, it doesn’t come as a surprise that numerous components from the various competition versions can be found on the new KTM X-BOW GT-XR as well. The numerous fans on-site were able to see that for themselves as well. After all, next to the demonstration run, there was also a display area where the super sportscar could be admired.

Having been involved in the project as a product manager from the very beginning, Lukas Barth was particularly impressed by the echo: “From the earliest stages, the Nürburgring has been playing an elementary role in the development process. Therefore, the presentation in a motorsport environment was even more important for us. The feedback from the teams, the drivers and particularly the fans proved that we were right all along.”

Next to the show for the fans, there was plenty of on-track competition, too: Teichmann Racing fielded two KTM X-BOW GTX and a KTM X-BOW GT4.

Uncompromising super sportscar: KTM presents new KTM X-BOW GT-XR

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The KTM X-BOW GT-XR is probably the closest you can get to a purebred race car in a road-legal vehicle. The super sportscar is the ideal lightweight and high-performance car for true individualists who want to experience untamed dynamics, radical design and pure enthusiasm in their everyday lives as well. The basis for the KTM GT-XR, which is manufactured in Graz, Austria, is the KTM X-BOW GT2. The strengths of the race car are clear to see, with victories and title wins on international racetracks. All of the ideas, concepts and innovations for the KTM X-BOW GT-XR first had to be proven in a motorsport environment. Built on this successful foundation, every technical detail of the KTM X-BOW GT-XR has been developed to deliver absolute performance.


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Low-slung, broad-shouldered and aggressive: the KTM X-BOW GT-XR is a statement of intent in automotive form. Its design, masterminded by the KISKA agency, is as unique as it is breathtaking. The jet-inspired looks are not the only special feature of the soon-to-be-launched KTM super sportscar. For most people, sportscars and super sportscars are more than simply a means of getting from A to B. They stand for unbridled freedom, the thrill of the road and the joy of driving – and stunning design too, of course. “The car has to give you an impression of adventure, both when you look at it and when you’re behind the wheel,” says Wojtek Bachleda, senior designer at design and brand agency KISKA. Bachleda and his team worked together closely with KTM to come up with the pure design of the KTM GT-XR. The design process was a challenge that the 42-year-old rose to immediately. “What makes the KTM X-BOW GT-XR so fascinating to me is the underlying philosophy,” he continues. “It’s a racing car first, on the basis of which a road-going version has been developed and not the other way round. This isn’t a car to head into town now and again, it’s something that was born on the racetrack and likes to be driven accordingly. It’s just an incredible machine where performance supersedes everything else. This approach was a key part of the design.” The design team had almost complete freedom to implement this philosophy, with the sole focus on performance and efficiency. “We started with a blank sheet of paper and took our inspiration from the F35 Lighting fighter jet, among other things,” Bachleda explains. “The sharp edges and dynamic form falls almost perfectly in line with KTM’s design language. The panoramic view from the cockpit with all of the unusual details were fascinating to us.” But how to go about adapting the design of a fighter jet to fit a super sports car that is fit for the road? “Right from the start it was in the back of our mind that our design had to work for both a racing car and a road car. The KTM X-BOW GT-XR shares many qualities with the racing car – the carbon monocoque, for instance, is identical. The outer shell is different, as it requires more design elements to create an exciting overall appearance.” These elements are reflected in the sharp, triangular shapes. “The KTM’s design is very angular and is reflected throughout the machine, for instance in the side profile too,” says Bachleda. “There is one main line from the front to the rear and a second line emanating from the middle of the car and moving towards the rear. That gives the whole car a very dynamic look. The “jet fighter canopy” only adds to this overall impression. It is a single-piece element and has a really clever opening mechanism, another reflection of the jet’s design.” Bachleda’s team kept things simple and dynamic at the rear, too. The rear end is open to transport heat out of the engine and to prevent any turbulent air at the back of the car. The result is a spectacular rear profile. When asked what kind of effect the super sportscar has on him, the eyes of the designer who hails from Zakopane, Poland, light up: “The finish is stunning. The car looks like it was cast out of a single piece of material. Everything has this metallic but at the same time soft carbon-fibre appearance. The same materials have been used in the road car, creating an extremely attractive and minimalistic appearance. Alongside the inspiration and challenges, it was also our aim to make the car look like a GT car at the front and an LMP car from the rear. I think we did a fantastic job.”

Upward trend for RTR Projects in ADAC GT4 Germany

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Following the challenging race weekend for RTR Projects at Zandvoort in the Netherlands, the Czech KTM customer team found back to its old form in the seventh and eighth race of the ADAC GT4 Germany season. In the second race on Sunday, Josef Knopp and Matěj Pavlíček crossed the finish line in 16th place overall and collected seven points in the Junior classification. On the previous day, the two 18 and 20 year-old junior drivers saw their car ground to a halt with a technical failure halfway through the race. “Today, I was able to overtake multiple cars, a great feeling. On the final lap, I had to let a Mercedes pass again. That cost us a better result. Nevertheless, I am super happy,” Matěj Pavlíček commented. “The race boosted my self-confidence.” Josef Knopp also did well at Nürburgring from the very beginning. In qualifying in the morning, he was just six tenths of a second slower with the KTM X-BOW GT4 than the front runners. “At this track, the KTM really is great to drive, particularly in the short loop. There, you notice the low weight,” the youngster praised his car. Reinhard Kofler, who supported as a driver coach at Nürburgring, was also very happy with the performance of the two junior drivers. “With their lap times, Josef and Matěj were quite close to each other. Taking into account the limited track time in the past two race weekends, that was quite good,” the KTM test and development driver said. “Especially in terms of data analysis, we have made a considerable step forward at Nürburgring. The guys have great potential as this weekend has shown once again,” Kofler commented. The young talents from the Czech Republic can prove what they have learned at the twisty and undulating Sachsenring from 23 to 25 September during the penultimate ADAC GT4 Germany round. For its season finale, the championship, part of the ADAC GT Masters package, will be heading to Hockenheim from 21 to 23 October. The clear goal for RTR Projects: substantial results and valuable points for the Junior classification.

“A super sportscar like no other.”

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“Ready to Race” isn’t simply a slogan at KTM, it’s the very DNA of the Austrian manufacturer. It defines the approach to new projects and the motivation behind them. It’s the vision for developing, testing and producing cars to win races around the world. Where second place is no option. All of these qualities apply just as much to the latest KTM Sportcar GmbH project, the KTM X-BOW GT-XR. We caught up with Hubert Trunkenpolz, Managing Director of KTM Sportcar GmbH and KTM AG Executive Board member, to find out more. KTM launched its first four-wheeled vehicle, the X-BOW, in 2008. The X-BOW quickly became one of the leading lightweight sportscars on the market. At the time KTM was mostly known as a motorcycle manufacturer, so this marked a major milestone for the whole company. What were the biggest challenges with the X-BOW back then? Right from day one we wanted to produce a car that reflected KTM values such as uncompromising lightweight construction, pure performance and outstanding design. We had to find a number of special technical solutions, such as the extraordinary carbon monocoque. We also had to build an entirely new production facility. Those were major challenges, but we were certainly up to the task. Ultimately we established a new KTM manufacturing facility in Graz, with the most high-tech small-series production in Europe. When the idea became a reality and the first X-BOW emerged out of the plant, petrolheads from around the world were blown away. There’s no question that it was all worth it. A lot has happened since then and new X-BOW models and evolutions have been released. How happy are you with the development of the X-BOW range? I don’t think it’s an exaggeration to say that we are very proud to see how everything has developed. Since we began production, we have delivered more than 1,400 X-BOWs to people who want to enjoy pure driving pleasure. We have become one of the world’s most successful small-series sportscar manufacturer. In addition, with the X-BOW BATTLE, we have created one of the most successful amateur racing series in Europe, which has also helped us to continue developing the X-BOW. We have recorded countless victories in many categories of racing. The KTM X-BOW GTX and GT2 were the next major step for us. They laid the groundwork for our dream of building the most uncompromising super sportscar for the road. KTM has now announced a new X-BOW called the KTM X-BOW GT-XR. What does the XR stand for? XR stands for Extreme Racer. The X-BOW GT-XR is by far the most extreme road-going car ever produced by KTM. Our main focus was on overall performance. We wanted to design a car that is capable of setting fastest lap times at any time at a track day. Achieving this aim is all about combining low weight with high performance and sophisticated aerodynamics. That’s why every aspect of development centred on the power to weight ratio. How did motorsport help in the development process? Motorsport is the best test bench for pure performance and endurance. Any deficiency costs time and any error can mean retirement. Perfection is the only way to win, which is why motorsport came first for us, followed by the development of the road-going car. We crystallised the strengths of the car and were able to identify and eliminate any vulnerabilities. What can fans expect from the new car? We are currently conducting our endurance testing in which I have already been able to drive some kilometres. I don’t want to say too much, but fans will be seeing something extraordinary and extreme. The impressive agility combined with raw power and a throaty engine sound give me goosebumps! That’s exactly the feeling we want to create with all our products. There are also a number of technical solutions that we have developed to get the racing car on the road. Racing fans will definitely recognise quite a bit of motorsport technology. We have also made sure that the car is suitable as a daily driver, for instance that you can drive long distances without taking a break and can take some luggage with you. What we are creating here will surprise quite a few people. And then there’s the aggressive and spectacular design. This car is definitely an eyecatcher, and to us simply “a car like no other”. Who is the target group for the new X-BOW GT-XR? It’s definitely not a car for everyone. People who drive an X-BOW GT-XR are a different breed and have individual lifestyles. If you are sitting here in the cockpit then you love the thrill of driving and like to push the boundaries of what you can achieve. You definitely know what you want and don’t do things by halves.  When will the new KTM X-BOW GT-XR be officially unveiled and where can you get one? We can’t wait to lift the lid on the new car and are doing everything in our power to unveil the GT-XR in September. We have some digital renderings of the new model for those who can’t wait until then. The computer graphics are a very good likeness of the finished article. The car is available for pre-order now. Those who would like to get their hands on one should contact their KTM X-BOW dealer, as only a very small number will be produced each year. Find your nearest dealer here: https://www.ktm.com/en-int/find-a-dealer.html 

A strong weekend at Spa: True Racing by Reiter Engineering scores a pair of commanding wins

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The fourth weekend of the GT2 European Series was held at Spa-Francorchamps on 23 and 24 July, giving True Racing by Reiter Engineering a double reason to celebrate. At the occasion of the SRO Speed Week, the team, running a total of three KTM X-BOW GT2 at the Ardennes roller-coaster track, scored two victories. On Saturday already, Filip Sladecka and Stefan Rosina with the #15 KTM X-BOW GT2 clearly showed their intention of playing a decisive role during the race weekend. Sladecka secured pole position for the first of the two races with a margin of almost 2.5 seconds. In the race, the duo proved to be equally dominant and controlled proceedings throughout. Eventually, Rosina crossed the finish line almost 17 seconds clear of the opposition and secured the first lights-to-flag win of the season in the process.  Teammate Rosina equally laid the foundation for the second success in qualifying. Having started the race from third on the grid, the Slovakian charged into the lead in the first corner and remained in the front-running group until the driver change. After the mandatory pit stop that, in line with the regulations, was ten seconds longer following the victory in the first race, Sladecka found himself in fifth place. Lap after lap, the KTM driver worked his way up until overtaking the leader on the final lap to bring home the second victory of the weekend. “For me, it was a perfect weekend. We are very proud. After all, it is the first time this season that a car wins both races during a weekend. This is a huge success for the entire team,” Sladecka said afterwards. “It may have looked easy, but we worked really hard to find the perfect set-up and to make optimal use of the tyres.” For the two KTM duos in the Am class, meanwhile, the weekend at Circuit de Spa-Francorchamps had some difficulties in store. As a result, Sehdi Sarmini and Kris Rosenberger were classified sixth in class with the #16 KTM X-BOW GT2 in the first race. In the second race of the weekend, they worked their way up to fourth. They were followed home by Klaus Angerhofer and Hubert Trunkenpolz who finished fifth and sixth in the category. After four race weekends, there is now a summer break of around two months coming up in the GT2 European Series. The action continues at Valencia in Spain on 17 and 18 September.

Three class victories at GTC Race at the Lausitzring

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The GTC Race series kicked back off again at the Lausitzring after a three-month break. The two KTM customer teams, CCS Racing and razoon – more than racing, were once again present at the race weekend held in Brandenburg. Uwe Schmidt and Michael Grassl were fighting for victory in their KTM X-BOW GTX (CCS), while Rick Bouthoorn and Daniel Drexel were competing in a KTM X-BOW GT4 (razoon).

The first class victory of the weekend was secured by Schmidt and Grassl in the GT60 race, which lasted 60 minutes. “Everything worked just the way it should have!” said Uwe Schmidt after the race. “We finished seventh overall and won our class. We were particularly happy to finish ahead of a GT3 car, too.”

Schmidt believes that the team’s performance in qualifying laid the foundations for the class win. “Qualifying was in changeable conditions, which benefited the lightweight GTX greatly. ABS and traction control helped provide enough grip, which was particularly important considering that the Lausitzring is such a low-grip track. It was a huge help to be starting in the midfield on the grid.”

CCS Racing also put in an impressive performance in the two sprint races, which drivers compete in individually. Both Uwe Schmidt and teammate Michael Grassl managed to finish their respective races first in class. The team spent the races fighting wheel to wheel with the higher-performance GT3 cars.

In the GT4 category, the razoon – more than racing team headed up by Dominik Olbert were also in the hunt for valuable points. Fourth place for Rick Bouthoorn and tenth for Daniel Drexel means that the team are now fourth in the teams’ classification. Bouthoorn himself is second in the Junior classification.

The 2022 GTC Race calendar takes in a total of five race weekends featuring both professional and amateur drivers. The remaining stops on the calendar are the Nürburgring, Assen and Hockenheim.

Podium results for the KTM X-BOW GT2 in the heat at Misano

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The hunt for podium results continues: during the third Fanatec GT2 European Series race weekend, the True Racing by Reiter Engineering team managed to finish on the podium in both classes. While Stefan Rosina and Filip Sladecka shone in the Pro-Am class, Klaus Angerhofer and Hubert Trunkenpolz convinced in the Am category.

In the first of the two races, Rosina and Sladecka ended up in second position of their category. In the process, the Slovakian driver pairing only lost out on victory in the final lap of the race. Until just before the end, Rosina was in the lead in the KTM X-BOW GT2 with starting number 15. However, after a late restart, the competition caught up and Rosina was overtaken by Brabham driver Anders Fjordbach.

It was even more exciting in race two that ended with a thriller and another podium finish for Stefan Rosina and Filip Sladecka. A look at the final results shows how thrilling it was: the four best-placed teams were separated by only one second. “Like this, one can accept not to be the winner for once. In the final laps, I was able to close up to the leaders, but unfortunately, I couldn’t find a way past. The race was fun like this as well and I assume it was a thrilling show we put on for the fans,” Sladecka said after crossing the finish line in third place. Klaus Angerhofer and Hubert Trunkenpolz rounded out the team’s success. The two drivers of the #17 KTM X-BOW having finished fourth in the first race, they ended up third in the Am class in race two. With a total of 83 points, the two are also in third place of the drivers’ standings. “We wanted to finish on the podium and we have reached that goal,” a delighted Angerhofer said. “When it continues like this, we can remain in the top three of the championship.”

The next Fanatec GT2 European Series race weekend already takes place from 22 till 24 July at the “Ardennes roller coaster” Spa-Francorchamps.

Teichmann Racing confident after NLS participation

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The “45th RCM DMV Grenzlandrennen” on 25 June was the next round of the Nürburgring Endurance Series. For KTM customer team Teichmann Racing, it was also the perfect chance to find back on the road to success. After considerable setbacks during the 24-hour race some weeks earlier, the team from Adenau brought two KTM X-BOW GTX to the finish.

“For us, this race first and foremost was an important test for our cars,” team manager Michael Teichmann said after the four-hour race. “After the damages in the 24-hour race, we had to rebuild the cars. During the test laps on Friday, the feedback from the drivers already was positive throughout.”

And the impression from the drivers proved to be right: with fast lap times, the crews of the two KTM X-BOW GTXs qualified right behind the more powerful GT3 machines. Thanks to a faultless opening stage and a strong pace, the crews with starting numbers 920 and 927 managed to work their way up into the top 10. Alongside Stephan Brodmerkel and Constantin Schöll, the line-up of the #927 entry also included KTM works driver Reinhard Kofler. “I completed a double stint around the halfway point of the race. The car handled really well, and an intelligent strategy enabled us to stay in the top 10. However, we incurred trouble in the second half of the race, losing a lot of time as a result and therefore dropped back quite far,” the 37-year-old explained. “Nevertheless, I am really happy. The car has a good speed, and one really has to give the Teichmann team huge credit for having rebuilt the cars in a perfect way again.”

Equally promising, but eventually lacking the necessary bit of luck was the line-up of the sister car. As a result, hopes for a top result for Felix von der Laden, Yves Volte, Georg Griesemann and Maik Rönnefarth were blown due to a puncture. “We had a good start and worked our way up into the top 10. Unfortunately, the puncture cost us a lot of time that we couldn’t make up in the time that was left. Too bad as the result of today’s race doesn’t reflect our veritable performance,” Yves Volte commented.

Nevertheless, Michael Teichmann’s verdict is positive: “In qualifying, we managed to end up right behind the GT3 class and the speed in the race was very good, too. That is what we will build on in the next races because we know that we have a good package that enables us to be in contention for positions at the front.”

The next Nürburgring Endurance Series round takes place on 9 July with a duration of six hours.

KTM X-BOW: A successful part of the ESET Cup

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The ESET Cup is a high-quality amateur motorsport championship offering exciting racing and a motorsport platform for multiple KTM customer teams, plenty of which was on show at the first two rounds of the season. The focus of KTM’s commitment to the series is the KTM X-BOW, with a variety of different models being raced.

“We can be very happy with how the season has gone so far,” said Martin Koch from Motorsport Zentrum Ried (MZR). “We have learned quite a few things already and are developing positively.” The Swiss driver races a KTM X-BOW GTX for the team based in Upper Austria and recently impressed at the Red Bull Ring with class victory in the sprint race and an excellent recovery drive in the endurance race.

Koch is also team manager at MZR, in addition to his driving duties. “We have an extensive programme,” he says. “We also run another KTM X-BOW GT4 EVO for Ralf Ott and a KTM X-BOW RR for Max Grip. The broad range of different models ensures that we can adapt our programmes to each of our drivers. We made some modifications to the RR to make for an even better experience on the race track.” RTR Projects is another team that competes in the ESET Cup, which is organised together with the Touring Car Masters (TCM). The Czech team picked up three victories in class at the season-opener at the Hungaroring with the GT4 version of the KTM X-BOW. For junior drivers Josef Knopp and Matěj Pavlíček, the event served as a dress rehearsal for ADAC GT4 Germany.

Leo Pichler was another young talent active in the series. Piloting his KTM X-BOW GTX, the 20-year-old was responsible for the highlight of the season so far for his team, razoon – more than racing. In a wheel-to-wheel battle for the lead, Pichler was able to gain the upper hand and take the chequered flag for an impressive victory. Uwe Schmidt (CCS) recorded another win at the Red Bull Ring with class victory in the endurance race.

The teams and drivers have plenty more action to look forward to in 2022, including events in Poznań (Poland), Grobnik (Croatia), the Slovakia Ring (Slovakia) and Brno (Czech Republic).

KTM X-BOW GT-XR: The new name of the super sportscar from KTM 

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KTM X-BOW GT-XR. It’s a name that fits perfectly with a racing car – with one key difference: the latest super sportscar from KTM is a road-going machine. The name of the “GT car for the road” is sure to give KTM fans and enthusiasts an idea of what they can expect from the new model. “This is a special moment for our company and, above all, for the entire team that has driven forward development over the past few months and years,” says Hubert Trunkenpolz, member of the KTM AG Executive Board. “We have put our heart and soul into this project, which makes it all the more pleasing to see the car be given a name. Through KTM X-BOW GT-XR, we wanted to express the car’s close links to racing, which was one of the top priorities during the development process.” It's clear to see that the newly developed KTM X-BOW GT-XR has its roots in motorsport. The KTM X-BOW GT2, which made a successful on-track debut in 2021 with numerous race wins and the title in the GT2 European Series, forms the technical basis for the new car. Features were added to the base model to make the KTM X-BOW GT-XR road-legal. KTM’s motto “Ready to Race” is reflected in every facet of the machine: from lightweight technology to ensure the best possible balance in every situation to the fully carbon chassis that raises the bar in terms of safety. The road car also benefits from aerodynamics that have been tried and tested on the circuit, along with a number of other high-performance components. The unique shape of the new model is based on KTM’s racing machinery and is the perfect combination of performance and puristic design. There are clear links to KTM’s racing cars, including across all design elements and dimensions. The high-quality, hand-produced vehicle is also strictly limited in number.

Huge potential: SPX version of KTM X-BOW GT2 impresses at Nürburgring 24 Hours

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Once again, the Green Hell well and truly lived up to its reputation during the 24-hour race at the Nürburgring-Nordschleife. The 50th running of the endurance racing classic was marked by a myriad of incidents and also pushed the two KTM teams True Racing by Reiter Engineering and Teichmann Racing to their limits. After multiple setbacks in both camps, the race still ended in a positive way with 20th position for Markus Palttala, Reinhard Kofler and the brothers Johannes and Ferdinand Stuck. 

As a result, the quartet achieved the first finish for the SPX version of the KTM X-BOW GT2, which was participating in a 24-hour race for the first time at the Nürburgring. “It was a milestone in the development of the car and, above all, a huge relief for the crew after months of preparation,” said Michael Wölfling, Managing Director of KTM Sportcar GmbH. “We knew that there is no better endurance test than this race. So, we are even prouder that we have brought a car to the finish while being able to prove our pace at the same time.”

In the #116 sister car, Tim Heinemann, Max Hofer, Mads Siljehaug and double-duty Reinhard Kofler underlined the potential offered by the new car. The drivers were in good form throughout the weekend, posting strong results in the qualifying sessions. On top of that, they put in an impressive recovery drive that brought the KTM X-BOW GT2 into the front-running group in the field. However, an extended pit stop for repairs due to technical problems and an accident during the night blew all hopes of a top result.

“On one hand, 20th place is disappointing, but it was still better than what was initially expected,” said Hans Reiter, who was responsible for the car together with his crew. “We were able to up our performance significantly compared to the preparation races – during the first NLS round, we were still around twelve seconds in arrears. Now, we are capable of attacking the front-runners. We have seen that we have a really fast car, but we still have some homework to do for our next outing.”    Teichmann Racing, meanwhile, had to deal with all kinds of setbacks. The customer team, based in Adenau at the Nürburgring, ran a total of four KTM X-BOWs in its home race, three of which retired early from of the race. A fire in the KTM X-BOW GTX put an end to the race for Georg Griesemann, Maik Rönnefarth, Yves Volte and Felix von der Laden, who was behind the wheel when the fire broke out but was able to walk away unscathed.

The race also came to a premature end for the drivers of the #163 KTM X-BOW GT4 (Phil Hill, “Maximilian”, Andreas Tasche and Michael Mönch) and the KTM X-BOW GTX of Michael Amweg, Tim Sandtler, Florian Wolf and Dirk Adorf. The quartet didn’t put a foot wrong throughout the race until the early hours of Sunday, when a sudden burst of rain led to an accident and dashed any hopes of a finish among the class leaders. The four Teichmann drivers held a promising position in the top 30 until the car’s retirement.

For Stephan Brodmerkel, Hendrik Still, Constantin Schöll and Laura Kraihamer, the 2022 Nürburgring 24 Hours was all about damage limitation. In spite of a longer repair break during the night, the quartet with in the #161 car still made it to the finish, coming home in 58th position overall.

“We had a difficult 24 hours and we certainly aren’t happy,” said Michael Teichmann, Team Manager at Teichmann Racing. “When you start the race with four cars with strong driver line-ups with the potential for good finishes, it goes without saying that you hope to finish the race with more than simply one car. It was particularly tough to take for the guys who put so much effort into the preparations. We had a lot of bad luck. Things can only get better next time, when we want to be able to compete for the top 20 again.”

KTM crowns GT2 home round at Spielberg with victory and further podium results

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It couldn’t have been any better for True Racing by Reiter Engineering: in the Fanatec GT2 European Series round at the Red Bull Ring, the team scored the first season victory with the KTM X-BOW GT2. In qualifying, the eventual winners Stefan Rosina and Filip Sladecka already gave an indication of their potential with fastest lap times. Further podium results in the Pro-am and the Am classification of the series completed the success. Meanwhile, in ADAC GT4 Germany, also racing in Styria, the two KTM customer teams RTR Projects and razoon – more than racing delivered a strong performance. “What a weekend! Two pole positions and then a lights-to-flag win on top, just crazy! Keeping the opposition at bay all the time wasn’t that easy at all, but we succeeded,” Stefan Rosina delighted after the race on Saturday. For the Slovakian, it was already his second win in the international GT series. In 2021, he had secured the maiden win for the KTM X-BOW GT2 at Spa-Francorchamps in Belgium. While the Rosina/Sladecka duo missed out on another podium result in the second race on Sunday, Reinhard Kofler and Horst Felbermayr Jr again made it onto the podium of the Pro-Am class. “That was a super experience for me, the car was extremely great to drive,” Felbermayr said about his first weekend of racing in the GT2 field. “I am particularly happy with our progress. After third place on Saturday, we were able to improve further and came second. Unfortunately, I had understeer at the end and was unable to maintain the lead that Reini had established.” There was also reason to celebrate in the Am classification thanks to Klaus Angerhofer and Hubert Trunkenpolz. Both on Saturday and on Sunday, the two drove a faultless race and finished in third and second place respectively. “Podium results in both races, victory yesterday and two clean, extremely thrilling races: from a KTM perspective, we can go home with our heads held high. It was a great home race for the brand in front of an impressive crowd,” Trunkenpolz summed up. The 25,000 fans on site got their money’s worth, not in the least thanks to the action in ADAC GT4 Germany in which customer teams with the KTM X-BOW GT4 EVO were on the grid as well in RTR Projects and razoon – more than racing. “We came here with realistic expectations. Both Daniel Drexel and Horst Felix Felbermayr drove their first-ever races in GT4 Germany here at Red Bull Ring, so one has to remain realistic. The field has never been any stronger than this year,” said team principal Dominik Olbert, whose Razoon team is based close to the track. The surprise on Sunday evening was all the bigger as Drexel and Felbermayr finished the race in twelfth place overall, classified fourth in the Junior ranking. In spite of numerous collisions in the field, the two drivers kept their cool and made it to the finish without any damage as a result. The RTR Projects team was also strong: “We have seen considerable progress for our young drivers. The intense work is paying off,” team principal Eva Beníšková pointed out. Matěj Pavlíček and Josef Knopp underlined the upward trend as they finished in a sensational eighth place overall in the second race. However, a post-race time penalty saw the two drop back to 13th. As a result, the young drivers from the Czech Republic ended up behind their fellow KTM drivers from razoon – more than racing in fifth place of the Junior ranking.

24h Nürburgring: pre-race quotes

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With the 24-hour race at the Nürburgring, one of the highlights of the 2022 motorsport season is on the schedule. In True Racing by Reiter Engineering and Teichmann Racing, two competitive teams are participating in the endurance racing classic in the Eifel. The race start is on Saturday, 28 May, at 16:00 CEST. The action is broadcast by NITRO while there is also an official stream on the organiser’s website.

Max Hofer (#116): “I am really happy to be there as well. After all, it is the maiden 24-hour race at the Nürburgring-Nordschleife with the SPX version of the KTM X-BOW GT2. Being part of this development programme is a privilege for every one of us. Moreover, it is the first time that fans are allowed to be on site again, the atmosphere can’t be compared to any other race. This year, we have a car that can keep up with the speed of the GT3 cars and I am looking forward to the occasional duel on track. However, 24 hours at the Nürburgring also mean that it is a long and a tough race. We have to do our job well and shouldn’t have any technical issues. I am curious to find out how that will work out and I can hardly wait for the action to start.”

Markus Palttala (#117): “I have many great memories related to the 24-hour race at the Nürburgring-Nordschleife. I raced there for the first time in 2004. Back then, I was test driver for a tyre manufacturer and we raced with tyres for normal road use. Hard to believe, but with the changeable Eifel weather, we had such a huge advantage because of it that I was even faster than the overall leader temporarily in the rain. After an interruption of the race due to snow in 2016, my team at the time decided to put me in the car for the restart as they thought a Finn would be able to cope with the weather conditions in the best way. And they were to be proven right! In spite of lack of visibility, I moved up from sixth to first place on the first lap. This year, I am already in for the twelfth time, the first time for KTM. I am really looking forward to creating new wonderful memories.” Reinhard Kofler (#116): “The 24-hour race at this prestigious track, especially with the many spectators, simply is the highlight of the year. Especially for me, it is a nice route I am allowed to go together with KTM, one that is making me very proud. Being able to compete for the overall win in this field is a huge honour. Traditionally, it all starts with the presentation of the cars in Adenau and I am massively looking forward to that. Anyone who still knows the time-honoured values of the fans, the images from the paddock and the dense crowd on the starting grid will obviously be very pleased that all of this can happen again in the normal fashion this year. Like Monaco, the Nürburgring has a feeling that is simply impossible to describe. There are hardly any run-off areas, there is no room for error. Anyone who masters the danger and the challenges at this track has already reached a huge goal, no doubt about that. I hope that this is exactly what we will achieve as a team this year.”

Ferdinand Stuck (#117): “For me, this event has a very special significance because I am able to connect my first participation in the endurance race with the final 24-hour race of my father. On top of that, it is just great that even at my young age, I can already say that this is my seventh 24-hour race. The special thing is the atmosphere around the track and the hype surrounding this race, that is just cool. I was already able to score a class win twice and I am happy to get the chance to be there for the team for the third time. This year, I am also particularly delighted about being able to race together with Johannes again.”

Tim Sandtler (#162): “I am really delighted to be able to race the KTM X-BOW GTX in the 24-hour race. Weather permitting, it will be a long race and therefore really tough for all competitors. As a result, the primary goal clearly is to make it to the finish. Teichmann Racing has cars with very strong line-ups of experienced drivers and coming out on top within the team will be difficult enough already. Our longer-term goal is a top 30 result, but to achieve that, everything has to match.” Hans Reiter (team principal True Racing by Reiter Engineering): "For our team, the 24-hour race is undoubtedly the highlight of the season. This season's participation is all about the development of the new car, and we are proud that we have been able to continuously narrow the gap. If you want to develop a fast car, you can't avoid the Nordschleife – that has never changed. To make sure we are well prepared, the whole team works hard. From the Fanatec GT2 European Series at the Red Bull Ring, it's straight on to the Nürburgring for us. Stress with such a tight schedule is of course part of it, albeit positive stress. Despite all that, everyone is highly motivated!"

Simon Kammerhofer (chief mechanic True Racing by Reiter Engineering): "Last year, we already did two 24-hour races with our KTM X-BOW GTX that was new at the time, but one of them only lasted nine hours because of the interruption. As a result, the entire crew is looking forward to the upcoming 24 hours that will hopefully be run in its entirety. On top of that, we also want to be in contention at the front of the field with the SPX version based on our GT2 model, which obviously is a particular motivation for every one of us. We were able to continue the development and collect valuable experience in the two NLS rounds and the qualification race. We are accordingly confident!"

Upon his own request, Christian Menzel will not be participating in the 24-hour race. The stalwart, who was meant to be racing the car with starting number 117, explains: “For timing reasons, I wasn’t able to drive a race with KTM at the Nordschleife so far this year. That was the reason I decided not to participate as that doesn’t match with my professional ambition. I would only have been an asset to the team had I been able to prepare accordingly in the build-up. Of course, I am keeping all my fingers crossed for the crew and I will be on site to root.”

M Motorsport lets KTM X-BOW GT2 make its debut in Bathurst 12H

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One of the world’s most spectacular endurance races will be held from 13 to 15 May: the Bathurst 12-hour race. At the demanding Mount Panorama Circuit in Australia, M Motorsport is running a KTM X-BOW GT2 in the popular endurance racing event for the first time.

Thanks to the entry by M Motorsport and Vantage Racing, the KTM X-BOW GT2 is making its debut in the 12-hour race at the breathtaking track in New South Wales. David Crampton, Trent Harrison and the brothers Glenn and Dale Wood will be sharing driving duties in the car. Crampton and Harrison already know the X-BOW from a participation in the 4-hour race at Sydney.

“Our quartet will be racing for the first time together, but I am certain that we have put together a competitive package,” team principal Justin McMillan says. “The car ran faultlessly at Sydney and the team really made decisions that ultimately gave us third place.”

M Motorsport has a lot of experience with KTM models at Bathurst as well. For instance, the team opted for the KTM X-BOW GT4 in recent years and was able to score many good results. In 2019, team principal Justin McMillan together with Glen Wood, Dean Lillie and Elliott Barbour claimed victory in the GT4 class. “Our goals are firstly to finish the race as it is demanding. I reckon that we can be in contention for victory in our class. That is what we will try to do, and we hope to finish well placed outright,” McMillan says, looking ahead to the event that had its inaugural running in 1991.

In 2022, the event isn’t held at its usual date in February, but in May. “The race date move will greatly assist the X-BOW purely due to ambient heat,” the team principal continues. “The straight-line speed out of the corner will greatly assist the GT2 at Bathurst also.” The organisers maintain a particular element that is popular among the fans: traditionally, the start signal for the race is given before the sun rises, this year at 5:15 on Sunday morning (21:15 on Saturday evening CEST). As a result, teams and drivers have to prove themselves in darkness for one and a half hours and therefore longer than in the past.

This is all the more impressive as Mount Panorama Circuit is known as one of the world’s most demanding tracks: 174 metres of difference in altitude, inclines of up to 16 percent and concrete walls running right along the track are awaiting the drivers in the Blue Mountains. The spectacle will be broadcast live on TV in Australia and New Zealand, international fans can watch the action on the live stream.

True Racing by Reiter Engineering and Teichmann Racing complete acid test prior to the 24-hour race

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The “ADAC 24h Qualifiers” marked the dress rehearsal for the 24-hour race at the Nürburgring for both True Racing by Reiter Engineering and Teichmann Racing. Both KTM teams used the event to collect final experience in racing conditions prior to the season highlight at the end of May.

Among others, one of the goals was to accelerate the development of the SPX version of the KTM X-BOW GT2. “We are still in the phase in which we are sorting out inconsistencies. This weekend, we were able to learn a lot once again,” said Reinhard Kofler, who, together with his teammates Tim Heinemann, Mads Siljehaug and Max Hofer finished in 13th place in the second race. “The result was of secondary importance. However, we know that a top 10 finish would have been within reach. In the closing stages of the race, we lost a few positions and we also had one more pit stop than most of the opponents at the front of the field,” Kofler pointed out.

The race on Sunday also included an involuntary test of the KTM X-BOW’s safety concept. In the turmoil of the opening stages, Johannes Stuck came off the track and hit the barriers. “I was very happy to start the race, and everything went according to plan until the end of the third lap. On the Döttinger Höhe, a situation occurred where I simply had to make a quick decision. The result was a relatively heavy impact into the crash barriers at the Antoniusbuche. I am grateful that the monococque of the KTM protected me from the forces of the impact. For the team, I am very sorry that the race was over so early", Stuck, who shared the #117 car with his brother Ferdinand and Markus Palttala, commented afterwards. The section of the track is among the fastest parts of the Nürburgring-Nordschleife with speeds around 250 km/h. Customer team Teichmann Racing ran one KTM X-BOW GTX and one KTM X-BOW GT4. In the Sunday race, Tim Sandtler, Florian Wolf and Laura Kraihamer managed to consistently make up ground and scored a strong result in 21st place. Tim Sandtler in particular was happy with the result: “I haven’t been in a race car for almost three quarters of a year and nevertheless, I immediately felt at ease,” the 35-year-old said about his first race weekend with the KTM X-BOW GTX. “For us, it was primarily about racking up mileage and get used to each other. However, the conditions to do so weren’t that easy at all as the races had numerous challenges in store.”

Christian Volz, Andreas Tasche and Michael Mönch made considerable progress during the event. The trio in the KTM X-BOW GT4 with starting number 163 having ended up in 61st position in the first race, did even better in the second race. After a faultless performance, the three Teichmann Racing drivers crossed the finish line in 42nd place.

From 25 to 29 May, it will be shown whether the intense preparation by all the teams has paid off. Then, the Nürburgring 24-hour race is on as one of the world’s biggest and most popular motor races.

A family matter: An interview with Ferdinand and Johannes Stuck

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A family matter: An interview with Ferdinand and Johannes Stuck When the 24 Hours Nürburgring Qualifiers take place on 7 and 8 May, Johannes and Ferdinand Stuck will once again be sharing driving duties. The two brothers are a firm fixture in the True Racing by Reiter Engineering set-up and have played a significant role in developing the car. We spoke to the pair of brothers to find out how they came to the KTM family and how their work looks like both on and off the track.

How did you come to the KTM brand?

Ferdinand Stuck: It all started more or less by accident, back in the spring of 2016. We were at the Salzburgring and were asked whether we would like to sit in one of the KTMs. We were really impressed, and one thing soon led to another. We soon arrived at a point where we were absolutely desperate to try out the GT4 model on the Nordschleife.

Johannes Stuck: Since then, we have been racing every year with KTM: in the NLS, the Nürburgring 24 Hours and also other endurance races such as the Barcelona 24 Hours. Recently we helped to develop the KTM X-BOW GT2 SPX version for the Nordschleife.

The SPX version of the KTM X-BOW GT2 was raced for the first time in the spring. What tasks did you have in the development phase?

Ferdinand Stuck: There were various stages to the development process. Reiter Engineering obviously has a great deal of experience, so for me it was about driving the car for those long runs – the dream of any racing driver. You get in the car in the morning and you drive it until it practically falls apart – not literally of course. That helps to check a variety of systems, such as the temperature of the engine or transmission. But we also did low-fuel runs and wore the tyres down as far as they would go to gain some valuable knowledge about the level of grip. In other words, it was a very cool experience from a driver’s perspective but also laborious at times.

You have driven the various versions of the KTM X-BOW. What are the differences?

Johannes Stuck: With the GT2 we have better aerodynamics thanks to the SPX kit, which helps to raise the performance closer to GT3 level. We have achieved similar performance with the KTM X-BOW GTX, and recently made some significant progress with that model too. Nevertheless, it’s important to remember that major manufacturers have been testing and developing their cars on the Nordschleife for decades – the amount of experience they have is huge. That’s why we are so happy to mix things up every now and again!   What are the strengths of the X-BOW around the Nürburgring-Nordschleife? What makes the car so appealing to all ages and categories of drivers?

Johannes Stuck: The overall package is simply unbeatable. There is nothing at this level of performance per kilometre for this price. The KTM X-BOW is perfect for gentlemen drivers in particular, thanks to the multiple driver assist functions such as ABS, traction control and automatic upshifting. That makes driving very easy in one sense but finding those final five or ten seconds of pace is a real challenge for amateur drivers.
Do you have any personal highlights with the KTM?

Ferdinand Stuck: The whole project has just been fun. I think I speak for both of us when I say that it really great that we can both compete in motorsport as brothers, even after so many years in racing. It is also great to have such an established relationship with a manufacturer. That’s certainly not a given in a world of fast-paced deals.   24H Nürburgring Qualifiers: The qualifying weekend for the Nürburgring 24 Hours has a new format in 2022, with two qualifying sessions and two separate races both run over three hours. Besides True Racing by Reiter Engineering, KTM customer team Teichmann Racing will also be competing. True Racing by Reiter Engineering
#116 Reinhard Kofler / Mads Siljehaug / Tim Heinemann / Max Hofer
#117 Ferdinand Stuck / Johannes Stuck / Markus Palttala

Teichmann Racing
#161 Tim Sandtler / Florian Wolf / Laura Kraihamer
#163 Christian Volz / Andreas Tasche / Michael Mönch

First race, first points: solid season opener for RTR Projects in ADAC GT4 Germany

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Following initial guest participations in ADAC GT4 Germany in 2021, KTM customer team RTR Projects embarks on its first full-season campaign this year. In contrast to the previous season, the Czech team with principal Eva Beníšková at the helm is now running the Evo specification of the KTM X-BOW GT4. During the season opener at Oschersleben, the team not only collected experience, but also scored its first points for the junior standings.

“We are still lacking mileage and experience with the new set-up, but we are learning with every stint,” Eva Beníšková summed up after the first race weekend with the new KTM X-BOW GT4 Evo. While Josef Knopp still had to make do with the penultimate starting grid spot in the first-ever GT4 qualifying session of his young driver career, Matěj Pavlíček found valuable time during the second qualifying session and placed the X-BOW in 20th position in the field of 28 cars.   “We are still struggling with the balance of the car, we are having sudden oversteer time and time again. Altogether, however, we have made a significant step forward since yesterday and today, we were already over a second faster than the day before. Sadly, the competition has improved as well, so that we are still quite far down. We have planned to make up at least five positions and bring home a championship point,” said Pavlíček, who was the starting driver in the race on Sunday.

On the previous day, this duty had been allocated to 17-year-old GT4 rookie Josef Knopp, in line with the ADAC GT4 Germany format. Per race weekend, every driver has to complete one qualifying session and one race start. After the mandatory driver change, the team managed to make up a few positions, but concluded the race on Saturday in a rather dissatisfying 22nd place overall. By virtue of better lap times, the duo eventually secured 17th place in the overall classification of the race on Sunday, marked by numerous accidents and safety car interventions.

The considerable competitive spirit of the drivers and the relentless effort by the team were rewarded with the first points in the junior standings. Together, Knopp and Pavlíček scored a total of 13 points and are in eleventh place prior to the next round at the Red Bull Ring (20 to 22 May).

Promising test under racing conditions for True Racing by Reiter Engineering

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True Racing by Reiter Engineering successfully put their new SPX version of the KTM X-BOW GT2 to the test in real racing conditions at the third round of the Nürburgring Endurance Series. The race delivered some vital information and data regarding the development of the car. By qualifying in sixth and showing solid pace during the race, the team led by Hans Reiter underscored the progress that they have made in preparing for the Nürburgring 24 Hours at the end of May. KTM customer team Teichmann Racing celebrated a top-30 finish.

“We have upped our performance substantially but need to keep our feet on the ground,” said Hans Reiter. “The lap times throughout the field were a little slower compared to the last race, which distorts the picture somewhat. Nevertheless, we can still be very happy with our weekend. We unlocked some additional pace and eliminated a couple of minor issues. I was particularly happy with the performance of our drivers. I firmly believe that we have two strong and well-balanced line-ups in our cars.”   The line-ups include Tim Heinemann, who put together a flawless lap in qualifying to place his car sixth on the grid for the “53th Adenauer ADAC Rundstrecken Trophy”. During the race, the 2020 DTM Trophy champion was in fine fettle and managed to rise as high as third on track. “The mechanics and the engineers have done excellent work,” Heinemann said. “The race was part of our development programme first and foremost, but it was still great fun to be at the front of the field.”

While an unlucky situation brought a premature end to the race for Heinemann and his teammates Mads Siljehaug and Reinhard Kofler, the sister car finished the race in 26th. Max Hofer and the two brothers Ferdinand and Johannes Stuck made the top 30 in spite of a lengthy stop for repairs to the car.

The trio in the #927 car also managed to finish in the top 30 overall. Stephan Brodmerkel, Constantin Schöll and Laura Kraihamer came across the line in 29th position in the Teichmann Racing KTM X-BOW GTX and also secured the win in the CUPX class. "A big thank you goes to the crew, who had to work late on Friday night to get everything ready. In the race, everything went well," said Brodmerkel after the award ceremony. Close behind them were Georg Griesemann, Maik Rönnefarth, Yves Volte and Felix von der Laden, who finished second in class.

The next round of the Nürburgring Endurance Series is not until the 25 June. However, fans will not have to wait that long to experience more exciting action at the Green Hell: The Nürburgring 24 Hours takes place on the weekend from 26 to 29 May, with the associated qualifying race three weeks earlier from 6 to 8 May.

Promising GTC Race season opener for KTM customer teams at Oschersleben

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In the process, the duo has its eyes firmly set on one goal: obtaining a place in the GTC Race junior driver pool.
In 2021, Rick Bouthoorn, the youngest of the two razoon drivers, had just missed out on this goal in his maiden season. In the 2022 season, he definitely wants to be among the frontrunners in the GTC Race junior driver pool, comprising a total of 14 drivers. “For me, last year was an interim year in which I had to make the step to GT4 racing, coming from karting. The pace was already very good back then, but here and there, some experience was lacking. This time, it is different. I definitely want to end up in the top 3 of the final standings and leave nothing to chance,” the 17-year-old Dutchman says. To achieve this, top results in the GT sprint races are required.

Initially, however, Rick Bouthoorn and his 21-year-old teammate Daniel Drexel competed in the endurance race. After initial participations in the KTM European Cup and TCM, it was Drexel’s first race in an official GT4 championship in 2022. Together, the two junior drivers started in changeable weather conditions and at a cold track. Rain, hail and single-digit asphalt temperatures: starting driver Drexel had to make his GTC Race debut in the most difficult conditions. Following a downpour just before the start of the race, parts of the track were still wet. Because of the high wind, however, the team still opted to change from rain tyres to slicks just before the 3-minute signal. In the second half of the race, it became apparent how right this decision was. While Drexel still had to let go various GT4 cars that had started with rain tyres on the damp and cold track and dropped back from second to seventh place in the process, Bouthoorn made up one place after another after the driver change. With top-notch lap times and the fastest race lap time of all GT4 drivers, he made it all the way up to third place with his KTM X-BOW GT4. As a result of a time penalty for the leader, the two young drivers even ended up in second place of the GT4 class. “I am incredibly proud of my guys,” team principal Dominik Olbert said. “Keeping the car on track with slicks in these conditions and then making up so many positions requires talent and a clear view.”

For the two young drivers backed by KTM, the real test of their talent followed during the sprint race on Sunday. Bouthoorn was the first to drive on Sunday morning and initially had to let two Mercedes-AMG GT4s pass at the start. In an attempt to reclaim the postions, he briefly lost control of the car following contact in turn 14 and lost valuable positions. With an unbelievable competitive spirit and maximum pace, however, he managed to work his way back up into second place again. In the process, the two overtaking moves on the final lap were particularly spectacular. “It was a mega exciting race with some heart-stopping moments. I am proud and happy to have brought second place home. That has brought me a big step closer to my season goal,” the 17-year-old delighted. 

GTC Race newcomer Drexel started his first sprint race from eighth place. With solid lap times and no incidents to report, the Salzburg-born driver came home in sixth place of the GT4 classification and third in the junior driver pool classification after 30 minutes of racing. “Of course, I hoped for a little bit more, but all in all, I am quite happy with my first race. In the rest of the season, I will consistently work my way further up,” the young Austrian said. “At this track, there definitely was more potential in the car. At Oschersleben, the KTM X-BOW GT4 with its low weight is always right up there at the front. But I am still lacking mileage in the car. I will certainly make up for that until the next race. Then, things will certainly be different.” As a result, the two drivers are now in second place (Bouthoorn) and fifth place (Drexel) of the GT4 junior driver pool standings. The three best-placed GT4 drivers between 16 and 30 years of age can look forward to an invitation for a selection day at the end of the season during which a renowned jury will select the most promising talent. The latter can then look forward to a fully-paid GT3 season in 2023. For CCS Racing, the season opener had highs and lows in store. For the first race of the weekend, labelled GT60, Uwe Schmidt and Michael Grassl got themselves in a strong grid position by qualifying in sixth place. In spite of a good performance in adverse conditions, the duo eventually had to make do with 16th place following a 40-second time penalty. The Sunday was like a roller-coaster ride for the team as well. Due to technical problems, the team was forced to retire early from the first sprint race. In the second race, however, things went much better. From eighth place on the grid, Grassl remained within striking distance to the frontrunners and eventually secured a top ten result by finishing in eighth place. The teams will get their next chance to compete for podium results from 15 to 17 July. Then, the second ADAC Racing Weekend will be held at Lausitzring.

Was für Kundensport mit dem X-BOW spricht: Teichmann Racing & KTM

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Die Vorteile der Zusammenarbeit liegen laut Michael Teichmann auf der Hand: „KTM gibt uns mit dem X-BOW die perfekte Möglichkeit, unsere Fahrer für die Nordschleife aufzubauen und über mehrere Jahre hinweg zu begleiten. Und das bei verhältnismäßig niedrigen Einsatzkosten, was das Paket erst so interessant macht“, so der Teammanager. 

Der unweit vom Nürburgring beheimatete Rennstall setzt bei der Nürburgring Langstrecken-Serie sowie beim 24-Stunden-Rennen auf unterschiedliche Modelle. So kommen sowohl die GT4-Version als auch seit 2021 der KTM X-BOW GTX zum Einsatz. „So können Fahrer einfacher innerhalb des Teams aufsteigen. Während sich der normale GT4 eignet, um die Permit zu erlangen, ebnen später der GT4 EVO und vor allem der GTX den Weg in den professionellen Langstreckensport“, erklärt Teichmann. Den jüngsten Beweis lieferten gleich mehrere Fahrer aus dem Teichmann-Kader. Beim Saisonauftakt der Nürburgring Langstrecken-Serie Ende März bewiesen Georg Griesemann, Maik Rönnefarth, Yves Volte, Stephan Brodmerkel und Felix von der Laden ihr Können am Steuer des KTM X-BOW GTX. „Alle von ihnen haben ihr Werkzeug bei uns im GT4 gelernt. Das war die perfekte Vorbereitung für den Umstieg in den leistungsstärkeren GTX.“ Auf Michael Teichmann sowie seine Crew wartet nun weitere Abstimmungsarbeit, um das gesteckte Ziel zu erreichen: „Wir wollen im Laufe der Saison wieder an die Top-10 rankommen“, sagt er überzeugt. „Dass das mit dem KTM X-BOW GTX möglich ist, haben wir letztes Jahr gesehen. Die weiteren Einsätze werden den Fahrern helfen, sich noch besser an ihr neues Einsatzfahrzeug zu gewöhnen.“ Der nächste Einsatz für das KTM-Kundenteam steht am 23. April an. Aufgrund von Schnee konnte das für den 9. April vorgesehene vierstündige Rennen nicht stattfinden.  

Highs and lows as the Fanatec GT2 European Series kicked off in Imola

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Following a committed display in Imola, True Racing by Reiter Engineering provided an impressive demonstration of the potential of the KTM X-BOW GT2 as the Fanatec GT2 European Series got underway. Although not as successful as the team may have wished – thanks to technical issues and other setbacks in difficult conditions – the three driver duos certainly showed what they are capable of in 2022. Among the highlights of the weekend was the fight displayed by Klaus Angerhofer in the early stages of the first race. The Austrian lost some positions off the line but then set about fighting back with some rapid lap times and a great deal of perseverance. “The conditions were difficult and in some areas the circuit was still wet,” he said. “Compared to the competition we had real trouble getting heat into the tyres. After a few laps they were up to temperature and we were able to attack. The X-BOW was particularly impressive under braking, which really helped me on overtakes.” In the end, the True Racing driver and his teammate Hubert Trunkenpolz, who took over for the second half of the race, managed to finish seventh. But they both knew they were capable of more: “The drivers who were driving on their own had a clear advantage this time,” Angerhofer added. “They didn’t need to get used to the track conditions after their pit stop and could get straight back up to pace. A lot of the race was in the mind.” On Sunday, it was Stefan Rosina who managed to show the most potential in the KTM X-BOW GT2. The Slovakian driver was one of the quickest in the field in the early stages and managed to gain some significant ground. He started in fourth and was immediately challenging for the podium positions, however technical problems put his and teammate Sehdi Sarmini’s charge to an end. Kris Rosenberger and Laura Kraihamer, who were competing in a third car in Imola, managed to finish fifth in the Pro-Am classification. The Fanatec GT2 European Series now looks ahead to its first ever appearance at a new circuit. From 20 to 22 May the series will be visiting the Red Bull Ring, the first time the calendar will make a stop in Austria. Fans will be able to take in all the action at KTM’s home race as part of the ADAC GT Masters.

Strong KTM X-BOW offering in ESET Cup and Touring Car Masters

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ESET Cup and Touring Car Masters are back, with the opening races set to take place at the Hungaroring from 8 to 10 April. The familiar faces of RTR Projects, MZR Racing and razoon – more than racing will be back once again to compete, utilising three separate versions of the KTM X-BOW. All three customer teams will be looking to build on past success in the 2022 season. RTR Projects made the headlines for multiple reasons in 2021. The team debuted with the KTM X-BOW GTX at the Slovakiaring and also secured the title in the GT4 classification with driver Matěj Pavlíček. The goal for 2022 is clear: title defence. Team and drivers will be able to count on the wealth of experience with KTM X-BOW models. The ESET Cup is an important platform for RTR Projects, who hail from the city of Brno in Czech Republic and have also competed in the 24H Series and ADAC GT4 Germany in the past. “We know where the strengths of the KTM cars lie and will be entering one KTM X-BOW GTX and one KTM X-BOW GT4 this season,” explained team manager Eva Beníšková. “Matěj showed on multiple occasions last year that he is capable of winning the title in the GT4 class. For us, the ESET Cup is an important part of our KTM motorsport programme.” KTM is one of the most widely represented manufacturers in the more than 20 car strong field, with further entries from customer teams MZR Racing and razoon – more than racing. The Austrian squad MZR Racing will be taking on the first round of the season with no fewer than four cars, while razoon – more than racing will be bringing a pair of KTM X-BOW RRs to the table. MZR Racing is one of the largest and most successful teams in Touring Car Masters. With two KTM X-BOW GTXs, one GT4 model and a KTM X-BOW RR, the team will be entering four cars in the championship for the first time. Martin Koch will be on double-duty: as team manager and driver. Teams and drivers will be battling for points and podiums at a total of six race weekends in 2022. The season includes sprint races as well as endurance races and will be travelling to multiple countries as part of the 2022 calendar with races at two current F1 circuits, the Hungaroring (8 to 10 April) and the Red Bull Ring (4 and 5 June), and the former MotoGP circuit in Brno (9 to 11 September).


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The KTM X-BOW GT2’s debut at the most challenging circuit in the world provided a huge amount of insight. At the season-opening race of the Nürburgring Endurance Series, True Racing got a first taste of the sportscar’s potential and gathered some important data for the continued development of the machine. Technical problems prevented both True Racing cars from finishing, but the KTM customer racing squad Teichmann Racing managed to finish in the top 30 with its pair of KTM X-BOW GTXs.

“Driving a car like this on such a wonderful circuit is arguably one of the most exciting experiences you can have on the racetrack,” said Mads Siljehaug after his first laps of the Nordschleife in the SPX version of the KTM X-BOW GT2. “I felt comfortable right from the off. The aerodynamics give us a great deal of downforce and make the car pleasant to drive. Of course we still have a lot of work to do, but our impressions and findings from this weekend have been promising.”

The pace was promising too, as Siljehaug and his teammates showed. One of the two KTM X-BOW GT2s was running in the top 10 in the first half of the race, but technical problems put a premature end to the test in real-life racing conditions. Up until retirement, the KTM X-BOW GT2 continued to show the kind of performance it had hinted at last year, at the front of the chasing pack behind the more-powerful GT3 class.   Teichmann Racing rounded off a promising weekend for KTM customer racing, with two top 30 finishes thanks to a pair of rapid driver line-ups. Georg Griesemann, Felix von der Laden, Maik Rönnefarth and Yves Volte finished 25th overall and secured victory in the CUPX category. The sister car, driven by Stephan Brodmerkel, Hendrik Still and Constantin Schöll, finished just behind in 27th.

Team manager Michael Teichmann was in a confident mood after the race: “We are pleased with how everything went,” he said. “For some of our drivers this was their first time switching from GT4 to GTX. The guys found their feet straight away, which is a testament to the quality of the car. Now we will be focusing on gathering more experience and working on our set-ups.”

The next Nürburgring Endurance Series race takes place on 9 April and will provide another important opportunity to prepare for the Nürburgring 24 Hours at the end of May.     

High-performance team to tackle the Nordschleife in 2022

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Strong drivers in a strong car: True Racing has announced its driver line-up for selected rounds of the Nürburgring Endurance Series ahead of the season opener at the weekend. The highlight of the two-car KTM X-BOW GT2 programme will undoubtedly be the Nürburgring 24 Hours in May. For KTM, the Green Hell is an important place both for car development and for the customer racing programme focusing on the KTM X-BOW. The team from Teichmann Racing have a key role to play, too, with three cars planned for the season curtain-raiser. The True Racing quartet of Reinhard Kofler, Mads Siljehaug, Max Hofer and Tim Heinemann is a perfect mix of experience and talent. The foursome will be handling driving duties on the #53 car. Meanwhile, the #52 machine will be piloted by Ferdinand and Johannes Stuck, ably assisted by endurance ace Markus Palttala and, in selected races, by stalwart Christian Menzel. Last week’s testing at the Nürburgring gave the drivers their first chance to prepare for the first round of the season. “Our top priority at this early stage of the season is to get some miles under our belts and gather some experience with the car,” explains Ferdinand Stuck. “We know where the car’s strengths lie on the Nordschleife, but we have a new driver line-up to contend with, which will demand a great deal of set-up work.” The Nürburgring-Nordschleife is arguably the most challenging racetrack in the whole world and has long since acted as a proving ground for new technology. The SPX kit, which enhances the performance of the KTM X-BOW GT2 – including by adding downforce – will be available to customer teams from May. Tim Heinemann, who will be competing in a KTM X-BOW GT2 for the first time, is looking forward to the new season. “I am delighted to be part of such a professional team with a brilliant driver line-up,” said the former DTM Trophy champion. “One of the main benefits of the car is its low tyre wear, which should enable us to stay consistent over long periods of time and offer good driveability.” Teichmann Racing is also part of KTM’s Nordschleife plans. The customer team has been entering KTM machinery in the Nürburgring Endurance Series and at the Nürburgring 24 Hours for many years now. Georg Teichmann is set to continue that tradition in 2022, too, with two KTM X-BOW GTXs and a pair of top-quality driver line-ups. The #920 car will be driven by Georg Griesemann, Maik Rönnefarth and Yves Volte, together with YouTube star Felix von der Laden, who first demonstrated his considerable skills behind the wheel of a KTM X-BOW GTX in 2021. In the #927 machine, Constantin Schöll, Stephan Brodmerkel, and alternately Hendrik Still and Laura Kraihamer, will be taking their place behind the wheel. Many of the drivers will be stepping up from GT4 racing to the higher-performance GTX version. The first race of the year begins on Saturday, 26 March at 12:00 and will be broadcast live on the official website.   Our driver pairings for NLS1: True Racing
KTM X-BOW GT2 #52: F. Stuck, J. Stuck, M. Palttala
KTM X-BOW GT2 #53: R. Kofler, M. Siljehaug, M. Hofer, T. Heinemann Teichmann Racing
KTM X-BOW GT4 #912: L. Drost, A. Simon KTM X-BOW GTX #920: G. Griesemann, F. von der Laden, M. Rönnefarth, Y. Volte
KTM X-BOW GTX #927: S. Brodmerkel, H. Still, C. Schöll

Class victory kicks off the GT Celebration in California

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  • Nicolai Elghanayan and Marco Polo Motorsports take victory in KTM X-BOW GT4 at first round of the season in Sonoma
  • KTM X-BOW RR used as the official safety car in the popular series for ambitious drivers
  • Latest chapter begins in successful partnership between KTM and North American series
  A festival of GT racing for fans and drivers alike: The GT Celebration kicked off its new season at Sonoma Raceway with the first of seven races. The curtain-raiser at the circuit just north of San Francisco was all about the KTM X-BOW – for two good reasons. Nicolai Elghanayan secured a class win in his GT4 model, while the KTM X-BOW RR made its debut in California as the series’ official pace and safety car.   “The GT Celebration is a great platform for us and our cars,” said Michael Wölfling, Managing Director of KTM Sportcar GmbH. “We have closely monitored the series’ development and are delighted to be a part of it. Customer teams have already been successful here, so we take great pride in moving this partnership forward. It was a joy to see the KTM X-BOW RR make its debut as the pace car.”   Rob Morgan is also happy to see the partnership flourish: “It’s an honor to be linked with a global brand such as KTM,” the GT Celebration president said. “We had one driver compete with us last season in the KTM X-BOW which sparked a lot of interest. We then had a meeting with Michael last November and the conversation went from there. We look forward to seeing where this partnership may lead.”   The popularity of the Austrian sportscar in the US is practically all down to one man: Michael Kopper. The entrepreneur and racing driver entered a KTM X-BOW GTX in the series in 2021 and was also present at the first round of the 2022 season together with Team Chicago Performance and Tuning Co.   GT Celebration teams and drivers now have a long season of competition featuring six further race weekends, each comprising two races. Stop on the 2022 calendar include such prestigious tracks as Road Atlanta, Virginia International Raceway and the F1 circuit in Austin.

KTM X-BOW GT2: Road-going version based on victorious racing car planned

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  KTM is set to produce a road-going model of its highly successful KTM X-BOW GT2 racing car, which has recorded multiple race wins and a championship title in the GT2 European Series. The expertise KTM has gathered in the motorsport arena will flow directly into the development of the new car.   The basis for the new road car will be the KTM X-BOW GT2, which celebrated its racing debut in 2021. The KTM X-BOW GT2 is the latest version of the KTM X-BOW series, which is produced in a number of different varieties by KTM Sportcar GmbH. Other models, including the KTM X-BOW GTX and the KTM X-BOW GT4, have established themselves as high-calibre racing machinery in motorsport series around the world.   The road car developers will be working hand in hand with the motorsport team, with engineers and technicians refining the design of the road-going version of the KTM X-BOW GT2 in an extensive research and development process. Development includes performance testing, crashing testing and initial road testing in Europe.   The development process will focus on lightweight construction, which will be achieved through optimised components and carbon fibre reinforced polymer bodywork. In the name of safety, the developers have opted for a carbon monocoque as a tried-and-tested safety cell. A reinforced canopy provides additional protection to passengers.   The KTM X-BOW GT2 is powered by the legendary five-cylinder turbo engine from Audi, which is mounted in the rear and features a seven-speed direct shift transmission. Other features include a limited slip differential and rear-wheel drive.   KTM Sportcar GmbH will provide further details of the KTM X-BOW GT2 and when the car is scheduled for launch at a later date.

New challenge for Razoon Racing: Customer team celebrates Dubai 24 Hours debut with KTM X-BOW GTX

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  • Dominik Olbert’s team to compete in the GTX class with the KTM X-BOW GTX
  • Five-strong, all-Austrian driver crew
  • Dubai 24 Hours marks start of international 24H Series
  Team Razoon Racing is all set to take on a new challenge following a successful maiden season in the ADAC GT4 Germany. Dominik Olbert’s team has previously focused its energies on sprint racing. The best result in the history of the team from Eggersdorf near Graz came at the ADAC GT4 Germany round at the Hockenheimring last year, a tactical masterstroke and outstanding drives by Leo Pichler and Leon Wassertheurer handed the squad overall victory.   But now the ambitious team from Styria will be making their first appearance in endurance racing at the Dubai 24 Hours. It will be the first time that either the team or the drivers have competed in a 24-hour race. “We are delighted to be travelling to the UAE as an Austrian team and with a strong Austrian manufacturer and five Austrian drivers,” says Team Principal Dominik Olbert. “We would like to thank our sponsors, Milwaukee and Brebeck Composite, without whom we simply wouldn’t be here.” Olbert, a former professional alpine skier, has huge respect of the task ahead: “We will be determined and professional in our approach. I trust this fantastic team and our squad of highly motivated drivers. Our aim will be to cross the finish line after 24 hours of hard racing, gather as much experience as possible and represent the red and white of Austria and the black and orange of KTM as best we can.”   Alongside the team principal himself, who competed in the GT4 European Series in a KTM X-BOW GT4 in 2019, four other drivers will also be handling driving duties. The team includes Andreas Höfler, who knows the KTM X-BOW GTX well from his time competing in the TCO Austrian amateur series. Another driver with experience in the TCO series is Daniel Drexel, who will also be driving in Dubai and looking to gain some valuable experience ahead of a busy season of racing in Europe in 2022. The line-up is rounded off by rally driver Kevin Raith, who made his FIA WRC debut in 2021, and Robert Schiftner. For Schiftner, who made his on-track debut as part of the X-BOW Cup Europe in 2020, participation in the Dubai 24 Hours is undoubtedly the highlight of his career so far.   The Dubai 24 Hours marks the curtain-raiser for this year’s 24H Series. The action kicks off on Thursday, 13 January with free practice and night practice, as well as qualifying at 15:30 local time (12:30 CET). Warm-up is on Friday, 14 January at 10:30 (7:30 CET), followed by the green flag for the 24-hour race at 15:00 local time (12:00 CET) with the chequered flag flying at the same time on Saturday, 15 January. The provisional entry list includes over 80 of the best racing machinery out there, divided into a total of ten classes.     One of the main features of the race around the 5.39 km Dubai Autodrome is the extended period of night-time running and the comparatively high temperatures. This, coupled with the large entry list, will pose a significant challenge to the Razoon Racing squad. Fans can follow all the action live on the event’s official website, which features extensive live coverage and live onboard streams.

The KTM review of the year – The success story of the KTM X-BOW in the 2021 motorsport season

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  • KTM customer teams celebrate countless successes worldwide with the KTM X-BOW GTX and the KTM X-BOW GT4 EVO
  • Premier season of the KTM X-BOW GT2 in the GT2 European Series with title victory in the Am class
  • Successful participation in the 24-hour races at the Nürburgring, in Barcelona and Fuji prove to be the highlights in endurance racing
  In 2021, the KTM X-BOW was once again entered in a variety of racing series around the world. The Austrian manufacturer can look back on an exciting season, with many successes – including the season highlight, the 24-hour race at the Nürburgring.   The endurance classic was held for the 49th time on the Nürburgring-Nordschleife. Despite poor weather conditions and a long race suspension, the race was to be a success for KTM. Not only did the KTM X-BOW GTX make a successful debut with 21st and 23rd overall, but the four KTM X-BOW GT4 EVO cars also crossed the finish line after a nerve-wracking 24 hours. "No course is as important for the development of our vehicles as the Nordschleife," said Hubert Trunkenpolz, Member of the Executive Board of KTM AG. "The joy over the successes in the various classes was great. We are pleased to have two competitive models for the world's toughest race track in our range at the same time."   KTM and its customer teams also demonstrated the potential of the two cars away from the legendary event. The KTM X-BOW GTX competed in five races of the Nürburgring Endurance Series following the premiere – and was often the fastest car in the field behind the high-performance SP9 cars. Three twelfth places in the overall classification underlined the competitiveness of the programme. As in the previous year, Teichmann Racing once again entered multiple KTMs in 2021. Both professional and amateur drivers demonstrated their skills at the wheel of the KTM X-BOW GTX and KTM X-BOW GT4 for the team from Adenau.   One of the big winners of the past season was the customer team Sportec Motorsport. The Swiss-based squad took part in the inaugural season of the GT2 European Series with the new KTM X-BOW GT2. Together with Christoph Ulrich, the racing team celebrated six successes in the class, one overall victory and the early title win in the Am Championship. The triple triumph in the final standings was made perfect by Reiter Engineering and True Racing.   There was another milestone to celebrate in the DTM Trophy. Together with True Racing by Reiter Engineering, Reinhard Kofler celebrated the premiere victory in the championship in the KTM X-BOW GT4 EVO at Assen in the Netherlands. To date, a second place in the 2020 season was the best result in the DTM support racing series.   Razoon Racing also celebrated success in the ADAC GT4 Germany with the GT4 model of the KTM X-BOW. In Dominik Olbert's team, the young drivers Leo Pichler and Leon Wassertheurer finished third in the Junior classification. The duo's absolute highlight of the season came at the Hockenheimring. Thanks to a strategic masterstroke, the two managed a brilliant victory at the circuit in Baden-Württemberg. "This win and the top position in the Junior classification are proof that the KTM X-BOW GT4 is ideal for young drivers," said team boss Olbert. Pichler, Wassertheurer as well as Rick Bouthoorn also made this clear in the GTC Race championship, where the young talents showed off with several respectable successes.   The great potential of the KTM models was also underlined by the participants at the 24 Hours of Barcelona. At the 24H Series race, MotoGP™ star Miguel Oliveira celebrated his race debut in True Racing's KTM X-BOW GTX. In the end, it wasn't enough for victory, but the team could still be satisfied with tenth place overall and second place in the GTX class. The Felbermayr-Reiter Engineering team performed even better. An outstanding seventh place overall and win in the GTX class with Eike Angermayr, Horst Felbermayr Jr. and Mads Siljehaug. Before that, the trio shone with a brilliant recovery at the endurance race in Spain. In the previous races in Mugello, Italy, and in Le Castellet, France, they had already taken the class win in the GTX category.   But that's not all: KTM was also successfully represented in various championships in Asia and North America. At the premiere of the KTM X-BOW GTX in the Super Taikyu, for example, KTM took class victory and second place overall in the championship. Another success for KTM Cars Japan followed at the 24-hour race in Fuji with a strong second place overall and victory in the ST1 class. Meanwhile, in Sochi, Russia, Aleksandr Maslennikov rounded off his season in GT4 Russia with first and second places.   In the US, all eyes were on Michael Kopper (Chicago Performance and Tuning Co.), who finished fourth in the GT Celebration championship in his KTM X-BOW GTX. Meanwhile, in GT4 America, Mads Siljehaug and Nicolai Elghanayan (Marco Polo Motorsports) were fighting for success. Among other things, the duo recorded a podium finish at the season opener in Sonoma.   Teams such as Razoon Racing and CCS clearly proved that the racing vehicles from KTM are also suitable for use in amateur sports with their successes in the Histo Cup. Also, RTR Projects won the title in the ESET V4 Cup, while Marek Rybníček celebrated many wins in the Czech hill-climbing season.  

KTM X-BOW track days back in 2022 with four events at the Red Bull Ring

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  • From March to October: four events at the Grand Prix circuit in Styria, open to all brands and manufacturers
  • From amateur to professional: wide range of activities available and lots of track time too
  • From the KTM X-BOW R to the KTM X-BOW GT2: entire product range available for testing at all events
  The new calendar for the KTM X-BOW track days has been released. The 2022 season offers plenty of exciting activities spread across four separate events at the Red Bull Ring in Austria, offering extensive testing opportunities, lots of track time and group-based driving. “We are delighted to have put together such an attractive package for the coming year,” said Birgit Kampl, who is responsible for organising the track days. “The events have become a firm fixture of the motorsport season for KTM Sportcar GmbH. It is important that the events are open to everyone, from amateur to professional.” With the events splitting participants up into different groups, everyone will have the chance to enjoy the track day at their own pace. Exclusive stints are set aside for racing cars and for road cars, as well as endurance stints for more time on track. The chance to test out the KTM product range at one of the world’s most spectacular circuits is undoubtedly the highlight of the 2022 calendar. The road-going KTM X-BOW R will be available to test during the track days, as well as racing machines such as the KTM X-BOW GT4, the KTM X-BOW GTX and the KTM X-BOW GT2. The events are open to all manufacturers to ensure that a diverse range of cars can take part in the track day.   Calendar 31 March 2022 (noise limit: 123 dB) 23 May 2022 (noise limit: 132 dB) 7 September 2022 (noise limit: 132 dB) 24 October 2022 (noise limit: 123 dB)       Contact for booking and enquiries   Birgit Kampl Event Coordinator +43 676 37 90 887 birgit.kampl@ktm.com  

Razoon Racing finishes season on a high with top-three championship finish in ADAC GT4 Germany

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  • Leo Pichler and Leon Wassertheurer secure third in the Junior classification of ADAC GT4 Germany
  • KTM customer team Razoon Racing achieves season goal with the KTM X-BOW GT4
  • Junior drivers look back on an eventful season in a hard-fought championship
  Thanks to a strong performance at the season finale at the Nürburgring, Leo Pichler and Leon Wassertheurer wrapped up third place in the Junior classification of ADAC GT4 Germany, achieving the team’s aim for the season. For the two junior drivers from Razoon Racing, it is the biggest achievement of their young careers. “I am extremely proud of the boys,” said Team Principal Dominik Olbert. “We set ourselves the target of being in and around the top three in the Junior classification by the end of the season. And we achieved that aim. My thanks go to the whole crew, to KTM and our other partners – particularly Thomas Brebeck and Milwaukee.” There was plenty of tension across the race weekend before the party could start. The finale round of the season turned out to be a real strategic gamble, as changeable weather swept across the Nürburgring circuit. “We had a difficult qualifying session and had to start the race from 25th on the grid,” said Leon Wassertheurer. “It wasn’t a great starting point for us to fight for our championship position.” Just like at Hockenheim two weeks ago, where Razoon Racing celebrated a glorious class victory, the team’s strategic prowess really came to the fore at the season finale. Many other cars started the race on rain tyres, whereas Dominik Olbert and his team opted for slicks. It was a courageous decision, that ended up paying off and giving the driving duo precisely what they needed. The two junior drivers fought their way through the field in their KTM X-BOW GT4, making up ten positions on track and finishing tenth in class. The pair finished the season with 195 points, good enough for third in the championship with the same number of points as the second-placed team, who only finished second on account of better race finishes over the course of the season.

Racing season goes into extra time with the X-BOW SPORT AUTO Winter Cup

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While the weather gets harsh at domestic race tracks in fall and winter, the conditions still remain pleasant at facilities in Southern Europe. The famous race tracks in Spain and Portugal also offer highly challenging circuit layouts at Formula 1 and MotoGP™ level. The new X-BOW SPORT AUTO Winter Cup with sports cars from KTM will be held at the Circuit de Catalunya in Barcelona and in Jerez, Estoril and Portimao. The winter season starts on December 11 and 12, 2021 in Portimao near the Algarve coast and ends on March 12 and 13, 2022 in Barcelona. In this new racing series, SPORT AUTO takes on the role of co-promoter together with experienced promoter, Gedlich Racing. The X-BOW SPORT AUTO Winter Cup will take place as part of the "GT Winter Series". Event specialists around the racer Markus Gedlich ensure a professional and appealing environment for first-timers in motor sports as well as ambitious hobby drivers or experienced gentleman drivers. "With the extremely attractive race tracks, the cooperation with Gedlich Racing and the spectacular sports cars from KTM, we have made a great package for the participants of our new X-BOW SPORT AUTO Winter Cup," says Bert Brandenburg, member of the Executive Board and Head of Event and Corporate Publishing of Motor Presse Stuttgart. "All things considered, you can really say that this leaves nothing to be desired in the heart of every racer." After the International German Motorcycle Championship (IDM) and the revival of the German Touring Car Challenge (DTC), the special-interest media house, Motor Presse Stuttgart, is now focusing on another attractive racing series with the new X-BOW SPORT AUTO Winter Cup. The dates: December 11-12, 2021: Portimao January 15-16, 2022: Estoril (both Portugal) February 12-13, 2022: Jerez March 12-13, 2022: Circuit de Catalunya/Barcelona (both Spain) All information and registration at www.sportauto-wintercup.de . "Arrive and Drive Packages" for racing participations and test opportunities as part of the X-BOW SPORT AUTO Winter Cup provided by Teichmann Racing and Razoon Racing. Contact: Dirk Johae
Head of Corporate Communication
Motor Presse in Stuttgart
Tel.: +49 711 182-1657
Mobile: +49 176 11182007

Strategic masterclass gives Razoon Racing victory in ADAC GT4 Germany

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  • Leo Pichler and Leon Wassertheurer combine in KTM X-BOW GT4 for greatest success in KTM customer team Razoon Racing’s history
  • Perfect strategy paves the way to triumph at the Hockenheimring
    • Both young drivers have excellent chances of top finish in the Junior classification
      With 32 cars on track, wheel-to-wheel action up and down the field and two proud race winners who could hardly believe their luck, the ninth round of the ADAC GT4 Germany season will live long in the memory. Leo Pichler and Leon Wassertheurer recorded their first ever overall victory in the KTM X-BOW GT4. Pichler began the first race, which took place on Saturday afternoon, from 15th on the grid. At the time, no one in their right minds would have believed that the pair would end up taking the race win by almost 30 seconds. However, following an uneventful start to the race, Dominik Olbert’s squad were one of the main beneficiaries of a full-course yellow period during the pit window. Razoon Racing were the only team able to pit while the race was neutralised, giving them a huge advantage over the rest of the field. “We had a brilliant strategy that we have been looking to implement all year long. This time it all worked out,” explained Pichler. In the end, Wassertheurer emerged from the pitlane following the driver change with a 30-second advantage.   In the second half of the race, the 19-year-old defended his lead with aplomb, taking the chequered flag without any difficulties. “Unbelievable! I still can’t really believe it!” said Leon Wassertheurer after the race. “I feel like I am in dreamland right now. We had a little luck today and the strategy worked out. I tried to keep my concentration in the car and to give it everything, and it worked! My job was to manage the gap – it wouldn’t have made any sense to risk everything.”   The two young drivers and the Austrian team celebrated their maiden victory in GT4 motorsport – and that in a 32-car field that has never been so strong. “This is the biggest milestone for our team so far,” said a visibly emotional Dominik Olbert after the race. “I am so proud of the boys and the whole crew in the pits – that was awesome! Thanks to everyone who has worked so hard for this result throughout the year.”   Leo Pichler and Leon Wassertheurer followed up their race win on Saturday with eight place in the Junior classification on Sunday, increasing their points total to 166.5. Ahead of the season finale at the Nürburgring (5 to 7 November), the pair are now in second position with every chance of title glory.

GT2 Test Day at Paul Ricard on Sunday 24 OCTOBER

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  • Possibility to the test drive the KTM X-BOW GT2
  • Exclusive test day in beautiful France
  • GT2 European Series is a new championship that features a pair of 50-minute sprint races for either single or two-driver entries
  Curbstone AZUR and KTM are happy to present another GT2 Test Day on  Sunday 24 October . The SRO Motorsports Group, promoter of the  Fanatec GT2 European Series , has reserved dedicated sessions open to GT2 cars only.

As part of these sessions, KTM as well as the other manufacturers will have their GT2 cars available for drivers interested to join the GT2 category in the 2022 season. Four sessions of 35 minutes each and one session of 40 minutes will be available on each car, giving the possibility for drivers to book one or more sessions on one car or different cars. Sessions will be invoiced by Curbstone at 2.100€ for each 35-minute session and at   2.300€   for each 40-minute session. The price includes track time, use of the car, tyres and insurance. The excess of 25.000€ in the unfortunate event of an accident is excluded.

The GT2 Test Day will take place on the same day of the Curbstone  AZUR Track and Test Day  open to GT, race and Clubsport cars.   You can find further information on the website: https://www.curbstone.net/event-circuit-paul-ricard-24-10-2021.html   Contact details for booking: valerie@sro-motorsports.com laura.kraihamer@ktm.com

Championship title and maiden win to conclude GT2 European Series season 2021

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  • With Christoph Ulrich in the KTM X-BOW GT2, a driver from the Am class scores an overall win in the new championship for the first time
  • After early title win, Sportec Motorsport crowns the inaugural season with another highlight
    • Reiter Engineering and True Racing round out clean sweep of the top three in the final standings
        The best was saved for last: in the GT2 European Series season finale, Christoph Ulrich once again proved his qualities behind the wheel of a KTM X-BOW GT2. The Swiss already having shone with numerous podium finishes and class wins in the course of the season, at Le Castellet, he managed to score his maiden win in the race series that had its inaugural season in 2021.   In a spectacular final stage, the 49-year-old had the upper hand over the competition and was first across the finish line. “Christoph has shown a super performance throughout the year,” says Marcel Fässler, who is responsible for the motorsport activities of the KTM customer team. “He has more than deserved this victory, especially after the strong duels with opponents from the Pro-Am class.”   With 201 points to his tally, Christoph Ulrich is the champion in the Am class. His fellow KTM drivers Kris Rosenberger and Hans-Joachim Stuck collected a total of 156 points and secured runner-up spot in the final class standings. The Reiter Engineering duo particularly shone with consistency during the season. The two finished on the podium in nine of the ten races, also in the two final races in the south of France.   With another KTM X-BOW GT2, Sehdi Sarmini secured fifth place (Pro-Am class) in the first of the weekend’s two races. The KTM driver raced for the True Racing team that ended up third in the drivers’ standings with Klaus Angerhofer and Hubert Trunkenpolz.   Hubert Trunkenpolz, board member, KTM AG commented: “Congratulations to the Sportec team and to Christoph Ulrich. With their victory at Paul Ricard, they have shown impressively that they have deserved this title. I would also like to congratulate Reiter Engineering and True Racing on second and third in the championship. Third position in the Pro-Am class would have been possible, but unfortunately there was a collision between Sehdi Sarmini and a another KTM driver. Sarmini and Rosina were super strong for the whole year and would have well earned this final championship finish. It was a spectacular debut season for the GT2 European Series and a worthy stage for the KTM X-BOW GT2.”

Strong points haul for KTM teams in ADAC GT4 Germany and DTM Trophy

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  • Valuable points for Leo Pichler and Leon Wassertheurer in the battle for ADAC GT4 Germany junior titl
  • RTR Projects makes its mark with Matej Pavlicek and Lennart Marioneck in Sachsenring guest start
  • Top 5 results for Reinhard Kofler in DTM Trophy at Hockenheim
  GT4 fans in Germany got their money’s worth during the first weekend of October: while the DTM Trophy was in action at Hockenheim, two ADAC GT4 Germany races were scheduled at Sachsenring. True Racing by Reiter Engineering and KTM customer teams Razoon Racing and RTR Projects were in the middle of the action.   The fact that points were scored at the undulating track in Saxony is something the Razoon team can thank Leo Pichler and Leon Wassertheurer for. The two young drivers shone in both races with their competitive spirit and finished in ninth and fourth place in the junior classification. As a result, the duo considerably boosted its points’ tally and is in fourth place of the standings – only three points behind the third-placed drivers.   As guest starters, they weren’t eligible to score points, but the RTR Projects team was just as competitive. The team from Brno ran a KTM X-BOW GT4 for Matej Pavlicek and Lennart Marioneck. The KTM team that had secured the ESET V4 Cup title just before, particularly shone with a strong recovery drive in the first race. The duo having lost several places in the opening stages, they eventually finished in sixth place of the junior classification.   Reinhard Kofler, meanwhile, brought home a pair of fifth places from the DTM Trophy round at Hockenheimring. For the KTM works driver, the Sunday race in particular turned into a turbulent on and off. Laps in the lead, rain suddenly setting in and an interruption of the race were all part of the race for the 36-year-old who had scored the maiden race win for KTM in the series a few weeks earlier. Teammate Laura Kraihamer scored a point in both races with the second KTM X-BOW GT4 EVO run by True Racing by Reiter Engineering.   For the drivers in both ADAC GT4 Germany and DTM Trophy, the season is entering its hot stage. The GT4 series organised by the ADAC still has two race weekends remaining at Hockenheim (22-24 October) and Nürburgring (5-7 November). The DTM Trophy finale at Norisring is scheduled from 8-10 October.

More top results for Teichmann Racing in the Nürburgring Endurance Series

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  • Overall twelfth place and class victory for Jeroen Bleekemolen, Constantin Schöll and Hendrik Still
  • Georg Griesemann, Maik Rönnefarth and Yves Volte (KTM X-BOW GT4) complete podium in the CUPX class
  • Former DTM driver Bleekemolen thrilled by first race in KTM X-BOW GTX
Nürburgring Endurance Series fans thoroughly enjoyed themselves during the season’s eighth race, but it wasn’t just because of the sunny weather. Highlights of the race were definitely the nip and tuck fights in the CUPX class assigned to KTM cars. A team-internal duel saw Jeroen Bleekemolen, Constantin Schöll and Hendrik Still gaining the upper hand, delivering another strong result for Teichmann Racing with their twelfth place. Following the trio over the finish line were Reinhard Kofler, Timo Mölig and Daniel Bohr in the sister car. Both cars delivered a close battle for the class lead throughout the entire race. “Training a day earlier went very well indeed and we were able to make an optimistic start to the race day,” says Constantin Schöll. The 23-year-old’s positive feeling turned out to be for real in the race and his fighting spirit made a huge impression. He emerged victorious from an enthralling fight with Reinhard Kofler in the first hour of the race and laid the foundations for a class win. “After starting from second position, I was able to prevail against Reini and pass on the car in a number one position,” the Teichmann driver states. Hendrik Still and Jeroen Bleekemolen tied in with this strong initial phase and secured the overall twelfth as a result. Taking a look at the race results shows how close the two trios were: a mere 65 seconds separated the two KTM X-BOW GTXs at the end of the four-hour endurance race. There was reason enough, especially for Jeroen Bleekemolen, to be pleased with the outcome: “That was my debut in the X-BOW, so what can I say? It was really cool and good fun,” said the happy stalwart from the Netherlands. “We were able to push from start to finish. The Teichmann crew prepared the car perfectly and everything ran without disruptions. That certainly wasn’t my last race with KTM – that’s for sure!” It was Teichmann Racing’s second-to-last race in the Nürburgring Endurance Series season. The Adenau-based squad clocked up numerous successes in 2021, which basically was thanks to the drivers of both KTM X-BOW GT4s. While Georg Griesemann, Maik Rönnefarth and Yves Volte took a third in the CUPX class, Stephan Brodmerkel, Karl Heinz Teichmann and Tamino Bergmeier ranked fourth.

Historical triumph for KTM X-BOW GT4 EVO at DTM Trophy in Assen

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  • KTM works driver Reinhard Kofler with maiden DTM Trophy victory for KTM and True Racing by Reiter Engineering
  • Success in the Netherlands a “milestone” in the history of KTM’s customer racing programme
    • Record race weekend points haul for KTM in the DTM support series
      Outstanding result after impressive performance: Reinhard Kofler was overcome with joy as he crossed the line in the tenth round of the DTM Trophy season. “What a race! That’s a huge weight off our minds now,” said the KTM works driver after first-place finish. Kofler’s victory marked his first win in the GT support race as part of the DTM programme, and a maiden victory for KTM. Kofler began the race at TT Circuit Assen as he meant to go on, starting from second on the grid. “I knew that I would have the best chance to grab the lead in the first few corners,” he says. “I made sure I seized the opportunity, drew level with the leader and overtook him. I spent the next three or four laps defending my position, but then I was able to manage the gap to the rest of the field and bring the car home in first. This is a real milestone for KTM and I would like to thank everyone at True Racing, Reiter Engineering and all of my teammates.” The race win quickly made up for the disappointment of the previous day: Despite being one of the quickest drivers in the field, taking the chequered flag in third, Kofler was classified in sixth due to a five-second post-race penalty. Not only was a KTM driver on the top step of the podium for the first time in the DTM Trophy, the Austrian manufacturer also secured its largest ever points haul at a single race weekend. Florian Janits brought the sister car home in seventh (Saturday) and fifth (Sunday), giving True Racing by Reiter Engineering a total of 53 points across the two races. KTM’s home race at the Red Bull Ring provided an indication that the Austrian manufacturer is on the up. Janits and teammate Laura Kraihamer both finished in the top ten at the eighth race of the season back in early September. Buoyed by the latest success, KTM will travel to the final two weekends of the season in a confident mood. The next stop on the calendar is Hockenheim from 1 to 3 October, followed by the season finale at the Norisring one week later.  

Faultless Teichmann Racing performance rewarded with class victory and overall twelfth place

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  • Overall twelfth place and CUPX class victory for Teichmann Racing
  • Debut for YouTube star Felix von der Laden at the wheel of the KTM X-BOW GTX
  • CCS Racing and Razoon Racing participate in the GTC Race at the Lausitzring
Teichmann Racing made an impressive return from the summer break to the Nürburgring Endurance Series. The Nordschleife 6-hour race saw the KTM team delivering top results, not only with the X-BOW GTX but also with the X-BOW GT4. CCS Racing and Razoon Racing scored points in the GTC Race at the Lausitzring. Teichmann Racing’s track record speaks for itself: in the last four races of the highly competitive championship, the racing squad achieved the jump into the top 15 of the standings. Felix von der Laden was one of those involved in the recent success, having celebrated his racing debut in the KTM X-BOW GTX. “I was really excited before my first appearance in the KTM X-BOW GTX. Basically, it’s the fastest car in the field after the GT3s,” the YouTube star admits. “It was definitely a lot of fun ploughing through the traffic and leaving one or two GT3 cars behind us. Twelfth place is a fantastic result!” Together with Daniel Bohr, Timo Mölig and Reinhard Kofler, von der Laden started in a car with a special design. Running under the motto “Shark alarm on the Nürburgring,” the Adenau squad painted shark teeth on the front of the X-BOW – an initiative resulting from the cooperation between the KTM Customer Team and the ice hockey club “Kölner Haie” (Cologne Sharks). The #930 KTM X-BOW GT4’s race also ended successfully with second in the CUPX class. However, it meant quite a lot of hard work for Georg Griesemann, Maik Rönnefarth, Yves Volte and Tim Sandtler, before they could get to cheer. A barrier hit during Saturday morning’s qualifying cost valuable time and made the four KTM drivers finish the session in 87th place. The fact that the quartet moved up as far as 24th overall in the six-hour race was down to their faultless drive. Karl Heinz Teichmann, Stephan Brodmerkel, Michael Mönch and Tamino Bergmeier were less lucky. For the four #927 KTM X-BOW GT4 drivers, the seventh round ended in the first third of the race due to manifold damage. “There was a fire. We can’t be sure this wasn’t the result of damage from a collision, so we must analyse it first,” the team stated. CCS Racing and Razoon Racing were driving on the same weekend, but on another racetrack. While the CCS Racing crew from Bavarian Cham secured sixth in the first sprint race and eighth in the Goodyear 60 with the X-BOW GTX, Razoon Racing (KTM X-BOW GT4) came up trumps with a third place in the GTC Race’s second sprint.

A class win for Reiter Engineering and podium success for Miguel Oliveira in Barcelona 24 Hours

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  • GTX success for Eike Angermayr, Mads Siljehaug and Horst Felbermayr Jr. after impressive recovery drive
  • Racing debut with KTM X-BOW GTX ends with second place in class for MotoGP ™ rider Miguel Oliveira
  • Faultless performance of the KTM teams the basis for a 1-2 in GTX class by Reiter Engineering and True Racing
  A spectacular win for the Reiter Engineering team. While Hans Reiter’s crew claimed victory in the GTX class, True Racing completed the 1-2 by finishing in second place. MotoGP™ rider Miguel Oliveira can look back upon a weekend in which he learned a lot. Eike Angermayr, Mads Siljehaug and Horst Felbermayr Jr. proved the potential of the KTM X-BOW GTX with an impressive recovery drive. Following issues in the earlier stages, the trio had to start from the pit lane and therefore with a gap to the opposition. That the race still resulted into seventh place overall and victory in the GTX class was a pleasure for Hans Reiter in particular. “Our trio has worked hard to secure this success,” the team principal said. “We had decided to do only double stints. That paid off indeed, but it was a real challenge for the drivers in these temperatures. Another factor was that we were one of only few cars with only three drivers alternating behind the wheel, that made it even more complicated.” Successful on two and four wheels: in the Barcelona 24-hour race, Miguel Oliveira showed his skills behind the wheel of a KTM X-BOW GTX for the first time. Together with works driver Reinhard Kofler and the two stalwarts Peter Kox and Ferdinand Stuck, the Portuguese was classified tenth overall after 647 laps. “For me, that was an exciting excursion to car racing,” said the 26-year-old, who is normally competing in the motorcycle world championship. “It was a completely different form of racing for me, no doubt. Because of the permanent overtaking of slower opponents, keeping up the pace all the time wasn’t that easy. That is something I don’t know from MotoGP™.” It could even have been a class win, as Oliveira points out: “We were in the lead all the time, but we lost considerable time due to problems during the night. Nevertheless, I am very happy. Prior to the race, I said that I wanted to make it to the finish. That worked out!” Less successful, meanwhile, were the pole sitters from RTR projects. The Czech team that had started the race from tenth place on the overall grid, dropped back after a promising performance in the early stages already and retired during the night. Hubert Trunkenpolz, board member, KTM AG, closely followed the race as a driver of the #717 (True Racing, 4th place in the GTX class). “All the KTM teams presented themselves really well in spite of all the challenges and delivered numerous highlights,” he says. “For instance, I was really happy to see how Miguel Oliveira got better and better with every session and eventually even ended up on the podium. I am just as happy for the Felbermayr car, run by Reiter Engineering. Congratulations to Horst Felbermayr Jr., Mads Siljehaug and Eike Angermayr on victory in the GTX class and seventh place overall.”  

Interview: Miguel Oliveira about his debut with the X-BOW

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A special race weekend for Miguel Oliveira: the Portuguese, normally racing in MotoGP™ for Red Bull KTM Factory Racing, will be participating in an international endurance race for the first time: the Barcelona 24 Hours. In the first test and practice sessions, the 26-year-old got the opportunity to get to know the KTM X-BOW GTX.   You have had a chance to test out the car for the Barcelona 24 Hours, what is your initial impression?   My first impression was that the car is very easy to handle. It gives you great feedback and a lot of emotions on the track. Racing on four wheels is quite a new experience for me. That's why I faced so many challenges during the day. Among other things, I had to get used to the driving style, find the right braking points. The whole concept – the braking, the power delivery – is very impressive. And of course, the view from the cockpit: that's really one of the best things! So far, I'm really enjoying it and I'm looking forward to the rest of the weekend.   You are racing for True Racing and share the car with experienced teammates. What has the partnership with the team been like so far? And in which way have you been sharing knowledge and information with your teammates?   We had already been in contact for a few weeks to organise this whole event. But I only really got to know the team, my race engineer and my teammates here in Barcelona. We get on very well, they are really great people. My teammates are very open, helpful and give me a lot of advice. Of course, as a racer, it was natural for me to achieve a certain lap time. Now, however, it is difficult to improve further. So, I will need some more tips from them during the weekend!   You know the Barcelona circuit like the back of your hand and recorded the first victory of the season for KTM in MotoGP™ here. Can you translate this expertise into racing the KTM X-BOW GTX?   Not really. First of all, the layout is not the same – MotoGP™ uses the fast right-hander in the last sector. In the 24H Series the tight chicane is being used. Furthermore, the lines are very different – it’s something you can’t compare. But both my RC16 and the X-BOW give me a great feeling and a lot of confidence, so I hope the result this weekend will be similar to what I have achieved a few weeks ago.   What is the difference between driving the X-BOW and your RC16 at the track in Barcelona?               A big difference is the speed. The MotoGP bike is a bit faster, but with the X-BOW you can brake much later and thus turn in earlier. These are the two key points where you really feel a difference.   You have already won multiple races for KTM in MotoGP™. What are you goals for your debut in the X-BOW?   I want to have fun, enjoy the race and learn as much as possible. The championship offers a very professional yet pleasant environment to do just that. I’m super happy to be here – otherwise I would have to settle for a race-free weekend at home. I am honoured to be part of the True Racing team and to have received this invitation from Mr Trunkenpolz.       The Hankook 24H Barcelona will go green at 12:00 on Saturday 4 September. The event will be broadcast live on the race organiser’s website (24hseries.com), where live timing will also be available. https://www.24hseries.com/races/hankook-24h-barcelona-2021


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  • True Racing by Reiter Engineering enter two KTM X-BOW GT4 EVOs in the DTM Trophy
  • Ninth place and four points for KTM works driver Reinhard Kofler
  • Starting positions in the midfield and towards the back of the field dash hopes of more points
  It was a challenging weekend for True Racing by Reiter Engineering in the DTM Trophy. There were plenty of setbacks for Reinhard Kofler and Laura Kraihamer in the battle for points, and ninth place in the first of the two races was the best the team could hope for. The Nürburgring round marked KTM works driver Kofler’s second appearance in the GT championship in 2021 following the race in Monza: “I had high hopes coming into this weekend,” said the 36-year-old. “We finished second here last year, which is the KTM X-BOW GT4s best result in the DTM Trophy to date, so I have fond memories of the circuit.” The experienced KTM driver would have loved to have repeated his podium success of the previous year, but 13th on the grid wasn’t the ideal starting point. However, thanks to an excellent start – overtaking four competitors in just a handful of corners – ‘Reini’ was still able to finish ninth and take home four points. The points haul on Saturday was followed by disappointment on Sunday. Reinhard Kofler was eyeing up another top 10 finish, but a spin on lap 13 put paid to his hopes. Even though there was no damage to his X-BOW, but the chance of a points-paying position in round six had gone. Laura Kraihamer finished 17th (Saturday) and 14th (Sunday) in the two races at the historic circuit. Starting positions towards the rear of the grid cost the 30-year-old any hope of solid finishes the tightly fought series. Kraihamer’s battle through the field on Sunday, making up five places, was one of the highlights of the weekend. The DTM Trophy continues with KTM’s home race in Austria. The series visits the Red Bull Ring in Spielberg from 3 to 5 September, as the circuit in the Austrian mountains plays host to the seventh and eighth rounds of the season.

Debut for MotoGP™star Miguel Oliveira in the KTM X-BOW GTX

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MotoGP ace Miguel Oliveira will be swapping two wheels for four for a special guest appearance in the KTM X-BOX GTX cockpit at the Barcelona 24 Hours. The three-time MotoGP race winner will be driving for True Racing at the endurance race, which is set to go forth from 3 to 5 September at the Circuit de Barcelona-Catalunya. This will be Oliveira’s first appearance in international car racing.   “I am super excited and also incredibly proud to get the chance to be a part of this race,” said Oliveira, who is otherwise found riding for Red Bull KTM Factory Racing at the pinnacle of motorcycle racing. His guest appearance with the True Racing customer team carries added importance, as Oliveira reveals: “Motorcycle racing has been part of almost my entire life, but my career began in the Portuguese karting championship, which is why I am so keen to race four wheels. There was absolutely no hesitation on my part when Mr Trunkenpolz invited me.” For Hubert Trunkenpolz, board member of KTM AG, the brand's motorsport activities are a matter close to his heart. He himself regularly competes in races with the KTM X-BOW GT2 and will take part in the 24 Hours of Barcelona with the KTM X-BOW GTX for True Racing.   Miguel Oliveira is used to being left to his own devices when it comes to racing in MotoGP, but in the 24H Series, he will have the support of strong teammates. The Portuguese will be joining forces with KTM works driver Reinhard Kofler as well as Peter Kox and Ferdinand Stuck. “I look forward to learning as much as I can from them,” Oliveira says. “Competition is obviously a substantial part of racing, but I think my top priority will be to find my feet and have some fun.”   Besides the entry featuring the MotoGP star, three other KTM X- BOW GTXs will be on the grid for the Barcelona 24 Hours. True Racing has a second entry in the GTX class, while RTR Projects and Reiter Engineering will each be racing X-BOWs too. The car entered by Hans Reiter and his team, with its spectacular Felbermayr livery, is among the favourites for overall victory.   The Hankook 24H Barcelona will go green at 12:00 on Saturday 4 September. Before the race, teams and drivers will have the chance to prepare for the race with free practice and qualifying sessions. The event will be broadcast live on the race organiser’s website (24hseries.com), where live timing will also be made available.


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  • KTM X-BOW GT2 delivers strong performance in the Fanatec GT2 European Series
  • Ardennes roller coaster stage for KTM X-BOW GT2 debut victory
  • Early championship title for Swiss KTM pilot Christoph Ulrich and Sportec
The second race of the weekend at Spa-Francorchamps in Belgium will live long in the memory at KTM. Sehdi Sarmini and Stefan Rosina (True Racing) prevailed against the assembled competition of Audi, Porsche, and Lamborghini, wrapping up the maiden victory for a KTM X-BOW GT2 in the SRO-organised series. The pair had secured pole position for the race after an excellent qualifying performance. In overall second place, Swiss driver Christoph Ulrich crossed the finish line after having already managed to clinch third and thus a podium in Saturday’s run. The Sportec Motorsport driver crowned himself winner of the Am class in both races. Due to his outstanding performance in Belgium, Ulrich managed to gather enough points to secure an early championship victory in his class. Ahead of the season finale at Le Castellet, he holds an unassailable lead at the top of the Am championship table. Kris Rosenberg and motorsport legend Hans-Joachim Stuck completed a fantastic clean sweep of the podium for KTM. The pair had signalled their intentions for the weekend with a strong fourth-place finish in race one but were able to go one better on Sunday. Hubert Trunkenpolz and Klaus Angerhofer (True Racing) finished sixth and ninth respectively. Michael Bleekemolen and Peter Kox were forced to retire due to an on-track incident – Bleekemolen walking away from the crash unscathed. “I am delighted to see that the KTM X-BOW GT2s were able to impressively prove their potential on a circuit as demanding and legendary as Spa-Francorchamps,” said Hubert Trunkenpolz, Executive Board member of KTM AG. “On the one hand, we celebrated a threefold success in the second round with Sarmini and Rosina at the top. On the other, we were able to dominate the Am class. That only demonstrates how well the KTM X-BOW GT2 works. Congratulations go out to Sportec Motorsport and Christoph Ulrich for their early Am class championship victory!”  


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  • Rick Bouthoorn and Leo Pichler on the podium twice at the GTC season opener
  • One win and one second place in the two sprint races at Oschersleben
  • Mixed emotions at the third ADAC GT4 Germany weekend at Zandvoort
Following the two successful race weekends of the ADAC GT4 Germany in Oscherselben and at the Red Bull Ring, the factory-supported team "razoon - more than racing" also kicked off the 2021 season at the GTC Race on July 2. Once again, the venue for the opening races was the 3.67-kilometer circuit in the Magdeburger Börde region. On each of the five varied motorsport weekends, the ADAC's mass sports series consists of two 30 minute sprint races and the Goodyear 60 - an endurance race with a mandatory pit stop lasting 60 minutes. In the latter race, two drivers share the cockpit. The GTC race sees GT4 and GT3 specification cars compete in seven different classes. The winner among the young drivers of the newly created GT4 lineup receives a free GT3 cockpit for the following year. An opportunity that 16-year-old Dutchman Rick Bouthoorn and Austrian Leo Pichler, three years Bouthoorn's senior, did not want to miss. Pichler usually lines up to battle on the track alongside the young German driver Leon Wassertheurer in the ADAC GT4 Germany. The machine is the same here as there, an X-BOW GT4 from the Austrian small series manufacturer KTM with up to 340 hp - depending on the BoP. On Friday, the two young drivers had already succeeded in securing a good starting position for Saturday's race with third place overall in qualifying for the Goodyear 60. Leo Pichler was just 0.56 seconds behind Denis Bulatov, the fastest driver in qualifying. The race on Saturday also began promisingly: Starting driver Leo Pichler drove a strong first half of the race and handed over the car to Rick Bouthoorn in second place. The young Dutchman briefly stalled the engine and lost seven seconds in the pits, but after a brilliant recovery drive from third place he was only 1.5 seconds behind the two leaders shortly before the end of the race. But Bouthoorn's final push came to an abrupt end in the gravel trap through no fault of his own after the eye of the right rear wishbone was broken. Confident in his own strength, Rick Bouthoorn moved forward from this disappointment on Sunday as he entered his first sprint race. The Dutch teenager put Denis Bulatov in the Mercedes AMG under pressure right from the start. However, Bulatov withstood the onslaught well and drove a faultless race. Bouthoorn was nevertheless highly satisfied with second place in his first sprint race: "It's a really good starting point for my ultimate target: overall victory in the championship and the GT3 cockpit." Leo Pichler fared even better. The young Austrian went into his first GTC sprint race in pole position. Porsche racer Luca Arnold delivered an outstanding start on the asphalt and temporarily took the lead from Pichler. But by the second lap the 19-year-old had already seized the momentum back with a spirited overtaking maneuver and passed Arnold. He then pulled around five seconds clear of the chasing pack and maintained this strong lead until crossing the finish line. With his victory, Pichler has put himself in an excellent position for the upcoming races: "I'm already really looking forward to my next outing in the KTM X-BOW GT4!" This race was scheduled for the following weekend in Zandvoort as part of the ADAC GT4 Germany. "Unlike at the Red Bull Ring with its three long straights, where we don't really stand a chance due to the slower top speed, the challenging track in North Holland with its numerous corners suits us better," said team boss Dominik Olbert to summarize before the start of the event. “Unfortunately, we had to skip the test day because the dates clashed with the GTC. But our guys are fast and they'll get the job done!” Pichler and Wassertheurer certainly made their presence felt in the free practice sessions. With a gap of just four tenths of a second to BMW racers Piana/Schrey - generally the fastest on the grid - 19-year-old German Leon Wassertheurer was able to claim seventh place in the standings and a fastest time in the second sector during the second free practice session; expectations for race day were therefore running high. This time, the task of qualifying fell to Leo Pichler. Although the Austrian was just a few tenths of a second off the theoretical best time, the razoon more than racing team started the race from seventh on the grid. After an outstanding first lap, in which Pichler gained a place to move up into sixth, the KTM X-BOW landed in the gravel due to an unwelcome front end knock by Allied Racing Porsche racer Wiskirchen. Pichler was able to free himself from the gravel under his own steam, but the young driver - somewhat overzealous after losing his place - then collided with the McLaren of Dörr Motorsport. The impetuous maneuver not only resulted in the team retiring, but also caused the stewards to issue a five-place grid penalty for the second race on Sunday. Bearing this handicap, Leon Wassertheurer headed out on track to deliver some fast times on Sunday morning, but fell short of his own expectations with a rather disappointing 15th place. Due to the penalty issued the previous day, it was now a case of starting at the back of the field. In a turbulent race that included one red flag and two lengthy periods behind the safety car, the young drivers made up eight places and limited the damage by finishing 12th: “In terms of pace, we could have been among the front runners. Unfortunately, we never got it right this weekend. However, I'm really pleased with the speed and performance in the second race,” summed up razoon boss Olbert. “I'm sure we'll enjoy success in the upcoming races at the Nürburgring (August 6 to 8) and Sachsenring (October 1 to 3), where we'll be racing right at the front.”


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  • Rain, aquaplaning & fog cause a long interruption at the 49th edition of the 24-hour race
  • All four KTM X-BOW GTX and all four KTM X-BOW GT4 cross the finish line in the end
  • Great overall finishes for the True Racing (21st) & McChip (23rd) KTM X-BOW GTX teams
  • Fastest KTM X-BOW GT4 from Teichmann Racing on the way to the top-30 with bad luck
  The spectacle that the legendary 24-hour race on the Nürburgring Nordschleife promises year after year was hard to beat once again this time around - even though the race itself had to be interrupted for a long time due to the incredibly difficult weather conditions during the night. After the race had started on time at 15:30 hrs on Saturday afternoon, it had to be stopped at exactly 21:59 hrs because dense fog had fallen in several places. The restart did not take place until Sunday, more precisely at 12:00 hrs noon. This meant that the race was interrupted for a whole 14.5 hours, the pure race time was reduced to only 9.5 hours.   The seven KTM X-BOW teams got off to a good start and - with the exception of Teichmann Racing's KTM X-BOW GTX #112, which had to have a sensor replaced shortly after the start - were doing very well. But then suddenly heavy rain set in and the chaos took its course: cars from all classes spun off the track, even KTM works driver Reini Kofler on the True Racing KTM X-BOW GTX #114, run by Reiter Engineering, only managed to avoid a more serious spin with great skills and luck. One KTM X-BOW GT4 from Teichmann Racing was also affected: Driver "Airgee" lost the #60 in the Hatzenbach area and damaged the tie rod, which resulted in a major loss of time. Only a little later there was another setback when the "anniversary car" (auto motor und sport True Racing KTM X-BOW GTX #75) with Markus Oestreich hit the barriers in the Aremberg section. This was followed by a long break for repairs of the car, which dashed all hopes of a top finish for the crew. In the early evening, bad luck unfortunately also hit the #115, the KTM X-BOW GTX of the McChip team: their airjack system refused to work during a pit stop and several minutes were lost. When it finally got dark at the Nürburgring, thick fog fell, which ultimately led to the race being abandoned and gave the teams a night's rest that was completely unusual for the 24-hour race.   For the restart on Sunday afternoon, the teams gathered again on the start and finish straight of the GP circuit to fight for the final positions in a "sprint race", lasting 3.5 hours. The trio Reinhard Kofler, Ferdinand and Johannes Stuck succeeded best in doing so, finishing in a great 21st place overall for True Racing and thus achieving a sensational result for the new KTM X-BOW GTX, despite over 35 technically superior GT3 and SPX cars. The same goes for Team McChip: Christoph Breuer, Heiko Hammel, Tim Heinemann and "Dieter Schmidtmann" ended up in an outstanding 23rd place overall. If it hadn't been for their bad luck at the pit stop, the team could probably have fought for the best KTM result.     The fastest KTM X-BOW GT4 from Teichmann Racing finished as the third best KTM team: Georg Griesemann, Maik Rönnefarth, Tim Sandtler and Yves Volte (#111) were already on their way to the top 30 in the overall standings, when a voltage drop in the battery caused the ultimate scare in the Teichmann pit a few minutes before the end of the race. Somehow, driver Yves Volte managed to get the KTM X-BOW GT4 moving again and cross the finish line in 47th place overall. The KTM X-BOW GTX of Teichmann Racing (#112), however, never recovered from the early setback, on the contrary - another slip costed even more (repair) time. In the end, despite a strong driver line-up consisting of Constantin Schöll, Andy Soucek, Peter Terting and Dennis Trebing, the team did not finish higher than 55th. The KTM X-BOW GT4 with the quartet of Dirk Adorf, Daniel Bohr, Timo Mölig and Felix von der Laden (#110) was also hit by bad luck in the final phase, but after an involuntary stop in a run-off zone, they continued and crossed the finish line in 69th place. The "auto motor und sport" team of Jens Dralle, Christian Menzel, Markus Oestreich and Tim Schrick crossed the finish line in 72nd place. Unfortunately, due to the long repair break and the extremely shortened driving time, they were unable to improve more significantly. Last but not least, "Airgee", Stephan Brodmerkel, Laura Kraihamer and Karl-Heinz Teichmann finished 75th.   Manfred Wolf, Head of PR & Customer Racing, was thrilled by the performance of the customer teams: "To finish 21st and 23rd overall in this strong field has honestly exceeded our expectations. We had speculated that we would be lucky to finish in the top-30. The fact that we were now able to scratch the top 20 shows the enormous potential of the KTM X-BOW GTX. However, the KTM X-BOW GT4 with Griesemann, Rönnefarth, Sandtler and Volte proved that we even have two models with a lot of potential for the Nürburgring Nordschleife in our range, even though a small technical problem prevented an even better placing for the GT4 at the last moment. It was a pity that the driving time was severely shortened due to the weather conditions, but in terms of safety for all involved, the interruption was the only right decision. I would like to thank all the drivers, team members and helpers from Teichmann Racing, McChip, Reiter Engineering and True Racing for their commitment and great performances. Now we hope to be able to contest this unique race together with the fans again in 2022."


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  • At the 24-hour race Fuji, the KTM X-BOW GTX sensationally takes 2nd place overall
  • “KTM Cars Japan" and "Syntium Apple" also win the ST1 class in superior fashion
  • Third podium in the third race for the KTM X-BOW GTX in the Creventic 24 H Series
  The endurance successes of the new KTM X-BOW GTX continue. At the traditional 24-hour race in Fuji, the Japanese KTM X-BOW importer "KTM Cars Japan" was able to score a sensational success with their "Syntium Apple" racing team. The usual three-man driver team around KTM Cars Japan CEO Kazuho Takahashi was expanded for the endurance classic by two drivers from the Super GT series: Takahashi, Taiyo Iida and Hiroki Katoh were thus joined by Takashi Kobayashi and Hiroki Yoshimoto.   Due to heavy rain and fog, there was no qualifying in Fuji at first, for the starting grid the Super Taikyu organisers reverted to the points of the overall standings, so the KTM X-BOW team started from second place in the ST-1 class, accordingly also behind the GT3 cars grouped in the ST-X class. Despite slightly shorter stints than the direct competition, the team was able to maintain its position in the leading field right from the start, thanks to consistently fast lap times being decisive for this. After a trouble-free night, they already had a 10-lap lead over the first direct pursuer, and after making good tactical use of the one or other safety car period, the team was a full 23 laps ahead of the second-placed team when they crossed the finish line after 24 hours! "Incidentally", the "Syntium Apple" team also secured the sensational second place overall, leaving no less than five GT3 cars behind!   Not quite as successful, but still satisfactory, was the third appearance of the Felbermayr KTM X-BOW GTX at the Creventic 24 H Series in Hockenheim. The 12-hour race held there initially brought the clear lead in the SPX class after the first day of racing, but this was lost before the start of the second race section: a mandatory repair meant 10 penalty laps for the team with Horst Felbermayr, Eike Angermayr, Nicolai Elghanayan and Mads Siljehaug. In the end, however, the quartet was able to finish second in class and thus, after the victories in Mugello and Paul Ricard, also celebrate a podium finish in the third race of the season again. A second KTM X-BOW GTX, which was entered for the first time for the Dutch trio Nico Pronk, Peter Kox and Dennis Retera, unfortunately did not see the chequered flag.


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  • No less than seven KTM X-BOWs to take on the season highlight at the Nürburgring
  • 4 KTM X-BOW GTX & 3 KTM X-BOW GT4 make up the fourth strongest class of the race
  • Competitive driver teams promise great sport in the battle for class and overall results
  This upcoming weekend, the highlight of the season will take place at the Nürburgring: at the traditional 24-hour race, which will once again demand everything from the teams at its 49th edition, no less than seven KTM X-BOW teams will be starting this year - making KTM the fourth strongest class! Four new KTM X-BOW GTXs and three KTM X-BOW GT4s - all in EVO version - will take up the fight against the clock and the "Green Hell" and race for the respective class victory, but also for the best possible result in the overall standings. The preparatory races in the NLS and the qualifying race have already shown that they could be good for a surprise or two, with great results in each case.   Four cars will start under the Teichmann Racing entry: The KTM X-BOW GTX with the #112 will be driven by the strong international quartet Constantin Schöll (AUT) Andy Soucek (ESP) Peter Terting (DEU) and Dennis Trebing (USA). Driving the KTM X-BOW GT4 EVO are Georg Griesemann, Maik Rönnefarth, Tim Sandtler and Yves Volte (all DEU, #111); Dirk Adorf (DEU), Daniel Bohr (LUX), Timo Mölig (DEU), Felix von der Laden (DEU), #110; as well as "AIRGEE" (USA), Stephan Brodmerkel (DEU), Laura Kraihamer (AUT) and Karl-Heinz Teichmann (AUT), #60. By the way, the unusual starting number 60 has an extremely happy reason: Team boss Karl-Heinz Teichmann celebrates his 60th birthday (on Sunday) in a befitting manner by taking part in the 24-hour race! With the #115 and a KTM X-BOW GTX, team mcchip-dkr is preparing to conquer the title of "fastest KTM": The German driver combination of Christoph Breuer, Heiko Hammel, Tim Heinemann and "Dieter Schmidtmann" brings a lot of experience and speed with them. Two other KTM X-BOW GTXs will be entered by Reiter Engineering: Firstly, the #114 under the nomination of True Racing with the Austrian driver trio Reinhard Kofler, Ferdinand and Johannes Stuck. The other is the #75 with the German quartet Jens Dralle, Christian Menzel, Markus Oestreich and Tim Schrick. Here, too, the starting number has a good reason: the car will start under the name "auto motor und sport True Racing" and marks the highlight of the anniversary for the traditional car magazine, which was published for the first time 75 years ago.   "The founding publishers Josef Hummel, Paul Pietsch and Ernst Troeltsch were racing drivers themselves and Paul Pietsch, who would have turned 110 this year, celebrated some of his greatest successes at the Nürburgring. Our founders would certainly have enjoyed this commitment in such a revolutionary car under the banner of 'auto motor und sport'," says Bert Brandenburg, Member of the Executive Board and Head of Events & Corporate Publishing at Motor Presse Stuttgart.


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  • Leo Pichler and Leon Wassertheurer put a big exclamation mark on the season opener
  • The two 19-year-olds in 4th place in the Junior classification after the first race weekend
  • Strong team performance by razoon - more than racing at ADAC GT4 Germany premiere
  Parallel to the Fanatec GT2 European Series race weekend at Hockenheim, where KTM Sportcar GmbH was on the grid with the KTM X-BOW GT2, two of the juniors supported by the manufacturer contested their debut races in the ADAC GT4 Germany at Oschersleben. In accordance with the organiser's regulations, 19-year-old Austrian Leo Pichler completed the first qualifying session on Saturday and put the KTM X-BOW GT4 from razoon - more than racing in a fantastic fifth place on the grid. Just six tenths separated the young student from Gabriele Piana in the BMW M4 GT4 at the top. "I didn't imagine qualifying to be so relaxed," said Pichler. "The competitors who weren't on a flying lap gave way fairly."   In the first race on Saturday afternoon, Pichler handed over the KTM X-BOW GT4 to his team-mate Leon Wassertheurer in a very good sixth place. The young German, 19 years old as well, was the second fastest driver in the field at one point and moved up to fourth overall, until the onset of rain put an abrupt end to his forward momentum. "It was my first time on slicks in mixed conditions. I didn't want to take any unnecessary risks," explained Wassertheurer after crossing the finish line. In the end, the duo with car number 14 finished the first race in an outstanding seventh place.   On the second race day, Leon Wassertheurer took over the qualifying work. After he had to prematurely abort his flying lap as a result of a brilliantly performed lunge of the X-BOW rear end, it was only enough for 15th place on the grid. In the same position, the German youngster headed for the pits halfway through the race, to hand over the cockpit to Leo Pichler. Unfortunately, due to a misunderstanding between the young professionals regarding the pit stop format, which was new to them, valuable seconds were lost. As a result, Pichler returned to the race in 18th place. After a strong recovery, the juniors finished the second race in a good 13th spot.   "The boys did a great job. We have exceeded the goals we set ourselves. It was not to be expected that we would be so good right from the start in this strong grid," team manager Dominik Olbert commented on the success in the opening race. "We can happily continue like this, even if we expect a bit of a hard time at the Red Bull Ring due to the long straights and our low top speed. But we are really looking forward to the two home races on 10th and 11th of June." The team is currently in a great fourth place in the ADAC GT4 Germany Junior standings, just two points behind the third-placed team.


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  • Rupert Atzberger & Peter Kox break the Audi phalanx in the first race with 2nd place overall
  • In the AM classification the KTM teams secure five out of six possible podium places
  • Ulrich leads the AM overall ahead of Stuck/Rosenberger & Trunkenpolz/Angerhofer
  The third and fourth rounds of the Fanatec GT2 European Series took place at the Hockenheimring in Germany in changeable weather conditions and therefore particularly difficult track conditions. At the traditional Motodrom in Baden, three KTM teams with no less than five KTM X-BOW GT2 race cars were once again on the grid in the Pro-AM and AM classes against strong competition from Audi, Lamborghini and Porsche.   The first race on Saturday morning was started as a "wet race", a great challenge for the teams, who had to let the AM drivers start in this first race in the case of Pro-AM pairings. Accordingly, the teams came through the first half of the race in different ways, which was characterised by numerous spins and close duels, but also by a safety car period. True Racing driver Sehdi Sarmini had lost control of his KTM X-BOW GT2 when braking on a wet spot and crashed hard into the concrete wall – fortunately, the driver remained completely uninjured. However, the weekend was over for Sarmini and his team mate Stefan Rosina, the car could not be repaired in the short time available.   On the other hand, the second Pro-AM pairing in a KTM X-BOW GT2 caused a sensation: Rupert Atzberger and Peter Kox (Team Reiter Engineering) worked their way to the front almost through the entire field after a spin by Atzberger and ended up with an outstanding second place overall and second place in the Pro-AM. In the AM classification, the KTM teams were able to score a lot of points for the overall standings, as they did in Monza: Hans-Joachim "Strietzel" Stuck and Kris Rosenberger secured second place despite a spectacular hit by a Lamborghini. Directly behind them, the Sportec Motorsport team crossed the finish line in third place, Christoph Ulrich was successful with new teammate Christoph Lenz. Hubert Trunkenpolz/Klaus Angerhofer (Team True Racing) also scored points and finished fourth.   The second race followed soon, more precisely on early Saturday afternoon. At noon it had rained again, so the teams had to start with rain tyres, but at the pit stops they changed to slicks due to the rapidly drying track. Once again, the duo Atzberger/Kox had the best chance of a top position in the overall standings, but they were robbed of all their chances by a questionable drive-through penalty. On the other hand, the KTM X-BOW GT2 AM teams were able to show off, having put themselves in a good position for the second half of the race with solid first halves and quick pit stops.     Racing legend "Strietzel" Stuck and his rally-proven teammate Kris Rosenberger drove an extremely strong race for Reiter Engineering, which was rewarded in the end with fourth place overall and victory in the AM classification. Once again, the Sportec team around Christoph Ulrich presented itself extremely fast, taking second place with namesake Christoph Lenz and thus securing Ulrichs lead in the overall AM standings. Third place went to the duo Hubert Trunkenpolz/Klaus Angerhofer, who now hold third place in the AM overall standings behind Ulrich and Stuck/Rosenberger.   Contrary to the original plans, the next round of the GT2 European Series will not be held at Silverstone, but will take the teams to Italy, more precisely to Misano, where the Fanatec GT World Challenge Sprint will be held from 2 to 4 June 2021.


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  • razoon - more than racing enters a KTM X-BOW GT4 for three young drivers in two series
  • Another young driver will contest the NLS at the Nürburgring with Teichmann Racing
  • Leo Pichler, Leon Wassertheurer, Rick Bouthoorn and Tamino Bergmeier to start on KTM
  • Gaining experience and respectable results are the top priorities of the programme
  With the new KTM X-BOW GTX and KTM X-BOW GT2 models, KTM Sportcar GmbH offers a wide range of activity for gentleman drivers, semi-professionals and amateurs in various racing series, from the NLS ("Nürburgring Endurance Series", formerly VLN) to the Creventic 24 H Series or the GT2 European Series. At the same time, the KTM X-BOW GT4 continues to represent the perfect platform for committed young drivers to gain a foothold in national and international motorsport. KTM Sportcar GmbH is taking advantage of these ideal conditions to support a total of four young drivers who excelled expectations in the previous year. In the 2021 motorsport season they will race together with the teams from razoon - more than racing and Teichmann Racing respectively and their assignments will be divided between the ADAC GT4 Germany, the GTC Race and the NLS.   The most extensive programme is to be covered by razoon - more than racing. Team boss Dominik Olbert, who has already gained experience in the past with entries in the GT4 European Series, will be using his KTM X-BOW GT4 in the ADAC GT4 Germany as well as in the GTC Race for a total of three young drivers: "In the ADAC GT4 Germany we will be starting with Leo Pichler and Leon Wassertheurer, in the GTC Race we will be racing with Rick Bouthoorn. Thanks to our partners and sponsors, and thanks to the cooperation with the series organisers and KTM Sportcar GmbH, we want to offer the boys an optimal stage to recommend themselves for higher tasks. The job will be neither here nor there particularly easy, because the competition is extremely strong in both series. But we are well prepared after some good testing and are already looking forward to the first ADAC GT4 Germany race in Oschersleben on 15 and 16 May 2021!"   The two drivers in the ADAC GT4 Germany: 19-year-old Austrian Leo Pichler, who caused a sensation last year with a surprise victory in the X-BOW CUP EUROPE, and 19-year-old German Leon Wassertheurer, who claimed the runner-up title in his second X-BOW CUP EUROPE season in 2020. Leo Pichler on his rapid rise to international motorsport: "Our tests went very well, plus I've already driven two races this year in a TCR car to get into the swing of things, where I managed to take a class win. Of course, the ADAC GT4 Germany will be an insanely difficult task and a big challenge, but my objective is still clear - I want to be in the top three of the Junior classification." His teammate Leon Wassertheurer agrees: "I am convinced that we start the season well prepared. Of course, a steep learning curve will be necessary, but we will do everything to get the maximum out of it and to achieve one or the other respectable success."     In the GTC Race, on the other hand, the youngest of the bunch will be attacking, although he was also the most successful last year: Dutchman Rick Bouthoorn, who is only 17 years old, will enter the newly created GT4 class within the GTC Race as X-BOW CUP EUROPE Champion. On a total of five weekends, up-and-coming drivers in GT4 racing cars are given the chance to take win a participation in a GT3 car in the ADAC GT Masters in 2022. Bouthoorn is accordingly motivated: "I completed my first season in motor racing last year, before that I had only raced in karts. That worked out quite well, but I had to fight hard for the title in the X-BOW CUP EUROPE, my competitors were strong. This year will be no different, the entry list in the GTC Race shows that the competition will be fierce. But I'm not going to let that put me off, I'm going to go full throttle immediately and try to be at the front." The KTM X-BOW GT4 will also be entered there by razoon - more than racing, team boss Dominik Olbert would even have room for a second driver there: "The schedule of the GTC Race would allow for a second driver, this one would also have every chance of winning a GT3 season in 2022. We would be happy if we could get another young driver to join us in the GTC Race."   Last but not least, another youngster will compete in the NLS ("Nürburgring Endurance Series", formerly VLN) on a KTM X-BOW GT4: Tamino Bergmeier will complete the first races on the Permit B KTM X-BOW GT4 at Teichmann Racing and, after obtaining Permit A, will contest the entire NLS season. Only the 24-hour race will be skipped by last year's fourth-placed finisher in the X-BOW CUP EUROPE: "For me, the step into the NLS is an absolute dream. The Nürburgring Nordschleife is the most beautiful and difficult race track in the world and after my debut season I would then like to tackle the legendary 24-hour race in 2022." Team boss Michael Teichmann is delighted with the KTM youngster: "Promoting young talent is particularly important in difficult times and we are delighted to be able to do our bit together with KTM Sportcar GmbH."


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  • Once again, two KTM X-BOWs were able to finish in the top-30 within the GT3 vehicles
  • The "AUTO MOTOR und SPORT" team takes the Cup victory & 27th place overall
  • The KTM X-BOW GT4 EVO from Teichmann Racing is sensationally in 28th place
  The last testing opportunity before the season's highlight on the Nordschleife, the traditional 24-hour race, was not used by all KTM X-BOW teams or vehicles, but a total of two KTM X-BOW GTX (from AUTO MOTOR and SPORT as well as True Racing) and three KTM X-BOW GT4 (from Teichmann Racing) were on the Nürburgring on Saturday and Sunday. In the free practice sessions, one or the other set-up variant was tried out, and there was a lot of work for the mechanics due to the accident of car number 75, yet they were able to quickly make the "AUTO MOTOR und SPORT" vehicle ready to race again. Apart from that, practice and qualifying went well for the KTM teams and the best-placed KTM X-BOW GTX with Johannes Stuck, Ferdinand Stuck & Reinhard Kofler finished just outside the top 30, in 33rd place to be precise, while the sister car took 36th place on the grid.   On Sunday, the race got underway at 12:00 noon in perfect weather conditions and lasted six hours. Starting driver Reinhard Kofler put in a furious opening stint, on the first lap he was able to fight with numerous GT3 cars and when the first pit stop series began, the Upper Austrian was even in third place overall for a while. But in the second third of the race - Ferdi Stuck was at the wheel - the KTM X-BOW GTX was unfortunately stopped by electronics problems. After the team feared that the gearbox could be damaged, the car was parked as a precaution. This was particularly unfortunate as a top 25 finish was within reach. The "AUTO MOTOR und SPORT" team stepped into the breach: Christian Menzel, Jens Dralle, Markus Oestreich and Tim Schrick drove a faultless race and finished in a great 27th place overall. Christian Menzel: "The KTM X-BOW GTX is great fun and runs like clockwork. Today it didn't always feel perfect, but it was still fast. We're super happy and really looking forward to the 24-hour race!"   The Teichmann Racing team was no less pleased: the KTM X-BOW GT4 EVO of the Adenau team finished directly behind the KTM X-BOW GTX, and with 28th place Georg Griesemann, Maik Rönnefarth and Yvey Volte even broke into the phalanx of GT3 vehicles at the end! The crew of the Permit-B KTM X-BOW GT4 from Teichman Racing celebrated a great 38th place overall, with Felix von der Laden, Tim Sandtler, Tamino Bergmeier and Florian Janits clearly preparing themselves for higher tasks. Last but not least, the team's third KTM X-BOW GT4 with Stephan Brodmerkel, Kara Osman Ercan and Karl-Heinz Teichmann took 41st place in the final standings.


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  • 165 teams, more than 30 GT3 cars, yet two KTM X-BOW GTX in the top-30 overall
  • Thanks to McChip-DKR, Teichmann Racing can start after a serious practice crash
  • Timo Mölig, Daniel Bohr & Reinhard Kofler score full points for the Cup ranking
  Just in time for the first of May, the Nürburgring Nordschleife presented itself in perfect weather conditions for the 165 teams who had submitted their entries for the third round of the Nürburgring Endurance Series. The "62nd EIBACH ADAC ACAS Cup" also served many participants as a final preparation for this year's 24-hour race, with a correspondingly large number of teams in the SP9 GT3 class at the grid. However, the KTM X-BOW GTX and GT4 teams were not deterred by this and showed impressively that they’re ready for the upcoming season highlight, the 24-hour race.   In the GTX class, there was already some excitement before the official start of the event on Saturday morning: Namely, in Friday's track day, the KTM X-BOW GTX number 910 had crashed and it soon became apparent that it would not be possible to repair the car in time for Saturday's race. In an unprecedented move, team owner Danny Kubasik's McChip-DKR team, which was not at the start of this race, stepped in at short notice and provided their KTM X-BOW GTX "Kati M", which meant that the trio Timo Mölig/Daniel Bohr/Reinhard Kofler were able to compete after all.   With the "rental car" the team showed a great performance and scored full points for the "KTM X-BOW CUP powerd by KTM", after the fastest KTM X-BOW GTX of the weekend (with Reinhard Kofler, Johannes Stuck and Ferdinand Stuck at the wheel) is not eligible for points there. And the positions in the overall standings were also more than respectable in the end: Kofler/Stuck/Stuck ranked 24th overall as the best Cup car, directly followed by Mölig/Bohr/Kofler in 25th place, among the GT3 cars. No less sensational was the result of the best KTM X-BOW GT4: 32nd overall for Georg Griesemann/Maik Rönnefarth and Yves Volte, thus scoring full points in the GT4 classification of the "KTM X-BOW CUP powered by MICHELIN". Markus Oestreich and Jens Dralle piloted the third KTM X-BOW GTX to 56th overall and third place in the GTX standings, while Stephan Brodmerkel/Michael Mönch/Kara Osman Ercan finished 86th overall. Last classified KTM X-BOW was right behind it, the Permit-B-GT4 of the trio Felix von der Laden/Tamino Bergmeier/Tim Sandtler in 87th place.   Unfortunately, the beautiful "MOTUL" KTM X-BOW GTX from Teichmann Racing did not finish at its premiere: The number 920 with the strong driver team of Hendrik Still, Constantin Schöll and Max Hofer was a strong competitor in the fight for victory in the "KTM X-BOW CUP powered by MICHELIN" in practice, qualifying and race, but dropped out at the beginning of the last third of the race after a technical problem.

KTM X-BOW with innovative camera technology: Pure aerodynamic design without classic side mirrors!

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  • aerodynamically optimized, also be approved for road traffic
  • the extremely wide field of view for superior side visibility
  • KTM’s technology partner for the CMS system is Kappa optronics GmbH
  Instead of classic side mirrors, the new KTM X-Bow GTX rand GT2 rely on a latency-free camera monitor system (CMS). The high-tech system with two cameras and two screens on the right and the left of the vehicle respectively in the cockpit is aerodynamically optimized. This absolute latest technology is designed specifically for the requirements of race cars, but will also be approved for road traffic.   Whether in low sun, blinding headlights or darkness, the sophisticated sensor technology offers drivers outstanding performance in any racing situation. Particularly important for race cars: the extremely wide field of view for superior side visibility. Dispensing with classic side mirrors also enables an optimized aerodynamic design of the vehicle. On the race track, this is not just an aesthetic benefit, but a tough competitive advantage that can - hopefully - be measured in seconds. KTM’s technology partner for the CMS system is Kappa optronics, one of the world's most experienced suppliers of camera monitor systems as a successor to the classic side mirror focusing on hyper cars, luxury cars and sports cars. A high-tech German company, Kappa optronics delivers sophisticated, latency-free CMS technology, customizable design and reliable homologation for road traffic use. KTM has already upped the ante on super sports cars (X-BOW GTX and X-BOW GT2 Concept) with CMS technology from Kappa optronics, and enters the race for the first time this season with a CMS on the KTM X-Bow GT2. 


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  • The “KTM X-BOW CUP powered by MICHELIN” was finally able to start the season
  • Strong first appearance of the new KTM X-BOW GTX in a field of 145 participants
  • Team McChip-DKR ("Dieter Schmidtmann", Heiko Hammel, Tim Heinemann) wins
  The new KTM X-BOW GTX continues to cause sensations. With the weather finally playing along this weekend, the second round of the “Nürburgring Langstrecken Serie”, or NLS, could be held. No fewer than 147 teams were entered, 20 of them in the GT3 class SP9. The KTM Cup class "CupX" was well-staffed with seven cars, four entries were done for the new KTM X-BOW GTX, three entries were made for the proven KTM X-BOW GT4.   In the end, six KTM X-BOWs started the qualifying on Saturday morning, in which the True Racing KTM X-BOW GTX of Reinhard Kofler/Christian Menzel conquered the fastest lap of the CupX and 20th place overall with a time of 8:16.028 min. from Kofler. Just a bit further back, the Teichmann Racing KTM X-BOW GTX (Timo Mölig/Daniel Bohr/Reinhard Kofler) came in on 23rd place, followed by the KTM X-BOW GTX from McChip-DKR with "Dieter Schmidtmann", Heiko Hammel and Tim Heinemann on 28th place. The fastest KTM X-BOW GT4 was driven by Georg Griesemann/Maik Rönnefarth and Yves Volte in position 66, followed by Tamino Bergmeier/Mads Siljehaug/Felix von der Laden in position 68 and Stephan Brodmerkel/Karl-Heinz Teichmann/Michael Mönch in position 88.   In the 4-hour race, the new KTM X-BOW GTX with Kofler/Menzel, "Schmidtmann"/Hammel/Heinemann and Mölig/ Bohr/Kofler set a stunning pace right away and worked their way forward with strong lap times. Tim Heinemann sticked to Reinhard Kofler's heels, and when race control penalized the Austrian with a rather cruel stop-and-go penalty due to a premature start, the McChip-DKR KTM X-BOW GTX took the lead, which he didn’t give up anymore until the finish line. So, the crew around Danny Kubasik got a well-deserved victory in the KTM X-BOW CUP powered by MICHELIN at their very first outing with the new car, at the same time the team from Mechernich took a sensational 15th place overall, even in front of a few GT3 Teams. In general, the GTX cars were strong: Christian Menzel brought the True Racing car to the finish line in 16th overall and the Teichmann GTX achieved a top 20 position with 18th place as well! The fastest KTM X-BOW GT4 from Teichmann Racing came home 32nd overall, so Georg Griesemann, Maik Rönnefarth and Yves Volte can took maximum points here. Stephan Brodmerkel, Karl-Heinz Teichmann and Michael Mönch took 75th place and also the Permit-B KTM X-BOW GT4 from Tamino Bergmeier, Mads Siljehaug and Felix von der Laden crossed the finish line in 114th place despite fighting some technical issues throughout the race.


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  • High-speed cathedral Monza as tough opening test for the new GT2 racing series
  • The three KTM X-BOW GTX teams take several podium places in the two races
  • Swiss KTM X-BOW importer team Sportec with P2 & P1 best AM team of the event
  The first race weekend of the all new Fanatec GT2 European Series is in the books – and the show put on by the teams with their super sports cars from Audi, Ferrari, KTM, Lamborghini and Porsche in the royal park of Monza was well worth to watch in both races, so the tough opening test can be described as extremely successful.   A close battle between the brands and teams was already apparent in qualifying on Friday afternoon, with the first ten drivers within less than two seconds in the first session. Best KTM driver was veteran Hans-Joachim "Strietzel" Stuck, who was able to put his Reiter Engineering KTM X-BOW GTX in fifth position on the grid, closely followed by Swiss Christoph Ulrich in the Sportec KTM X-BOW GTX. The best True Racing KTM X-BOW GTX was qualified by Klaus Angerhofer for grid position eight, while the two Pro-AM cars (Sehdi Sarmini for True Racing and Rupert Atzberger for Reiter Engineering) were unfortunately relegated to the last two grid positions due to a misunderstanding within the team, the pilots were at the wheel of their KTM X-BOW GTX in the wrong session in each case. The same was true for the second qualifying session, which meant that Peter Kox and Stefan Rosina found themselves at the end of the grid, although they would have taken first and second place in qualifying. Thus Kris Rosenberger for Reiter Engineering held second place on the grid, Adrian Spescha was right behind him in third place, while KTM board member Hubert Trunkenpolz took ninth place on the grid.   The premiere race on Saturday offered thrilling GT racing over a distance of 50 minutes, in which the KTM teams also fought for the podium places in both classifications. Best KTM X-BOW GTX was the True Racing pairing of Sehdi Sarmini/Stefan Rosina, who secured fifth place overall and third in the Pro-AM classification with a strong finish. The AM classification was particularly close. There, the Swiss pairing Christoph Ulrich/Adrian Spescha were the fastest KTM X-BOW GTX duo, closely followed by Hubert Trunkenpolz/Klaus Angerhofer, which meant that two of three KTM teams were on the podium in the AM classification. Hans-Joachim Stuck/Kris Rosenberger, on the other hand, were unable to turn their good grid position into a success after "Strietzel" spun off the track in spectacular fashion at the Variante Ascari shortly before the start of the pit stops, hitting the guard rail very lightly. Stuck managed to get the KTM X-BOW GTX back into the pits, but a broken tie rod marked the end of his and Rosenbergers race.     The second and final race of the weekend followed on Sunday morning - with excellent grid positions for the KTM X-BOW GTX from Reiter Engineering and Sportec: already qualified for second and third place on the grid, the two were able to start without any competitors in front of them after the pole sitter had to bring his Lamborghini into the pits with a technical problems even before the start. What followed was a KTM X-BOW GTX spectacle in a class of its own: Kris Rosenberger and Adrian Spescha engaged in a hard-fought duel on and off the track that lasted several laps and made the hearts of the Sportec and Reiter-Engineering team members stop several times. The duel was temporarily decided by a spectacular spin - once again at the exit of the "Variante Ascari" - by Spescha, who was able to miraculously catch his KTM X-BOW GTX and immediately bring it back under control without hitting anything. Rosenberger handed over to "Strietzel" Stuck at the mandatory pit stop, but the duo lost a lot of time there and fell far behind. Unfortunately, the three other X-BOW teams did not perform much better, albeit for different reasons. Sportec had minimally undercut the minimum pit stop time and was sanctioned with a Stop&Go penalty, while both True Racing cars were given a drive-through penalty for pitlane speeding. Unfortunately, this left the duo Sehdi Sarmini/Stefan Rosina in fifth place in the Pro-AM standings. Things looked better in the AM classification after 50 minutes of racing though: There, the Sportec team with Christoph Ulrich and Adrian Spescha led a KTM one-two-three ahead of Hans-Joachim Stuck/Kris Rosenberger (Reiter Engineering) and Hubert Trunkenpolz/Klaus Angerhofer (True Racing).   KTM board member Hubert Trunkenpolz was not completely satisfied with True Racing's results, but was very positive overall: "The start has been made, and extremely impressively so. We have seen spectacular racing with great cars in both classes. Together with SRO and Audi, Ferrari, Lamborghini and Porsche we have opened a new chapter in GT racing this weekend. Many thanks to Stephane Ratel and our competitors, I am convinced that the GT2 European Series will have a great future ahead."   The next round of the GT2 European Series will follow in less than a month, when the field of spectacular super sports cars will make its appearance at the next traditional race track, more precisely at the Motodrom of Hockenheim on 14th and 15th of May 2021.


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  • Strong driver line-up for five brand new KTM X-BOW GT2 racing cars
  • Racing legend Hans Joachim "Strietzel" Stuck with a sensational comeback
  • Two races during the weekend on the high-speed circuit of Monza
  The SRO is opening a new chapter in the history of GT racing this coming weekend (April 16-18, 2021): With the start of the “Fanatec GT2 European Series” in Monza, Italy, the battle of legendary supercars and their drivers for the Title is on. The spectacular racing cars come from Audi, Ferrari, KTM, Lamborghini and Porsche and will ensure a great spectacle on the high-speed circuit in the royal park of Monza. KTM Sportcar GmbH is the manufacturer with the most entrants, namely five in number. The cars are prepared by the teams of True Racing, Reiter Engineering and Sportec. But not only the carbon racers with more than 600 hp are spectacular, the driver pairings are also impressive.   In the AM category (two bronze drivers each), KTM board member Hubert Trunkenpolz and Klaus Angerhofer in the KTM X-BOW GT2 (#17) are entered, the two Austrians were formerly successful in the KTM one-make series X-BOW BATTLE and in various long-distance races. On the other hand, a real motorsport legend is making its racing comeback in the KTM X-BOW GT2 with the #24: Hans-Joachim "Strietzel" Stuck, two-time Le Mans winner, DTM champion and German racing icon, shares his cockpit with Austrian rally champion Kris Rosenberger, who was most recently successful with the KTM X-BOW GT4. A third car for the “AM” comes from Swiss X-BOW importer Sportec AG with its KTM X-BOW GT2 (#7) for the Swiss driver pairing Christoph Ulrich and Adrian Spescha.   In the Pro-Am category (driver pairing of one bronze and one silver driver) there is Austrian Sehdi Sarmini with Slovak Stefan Rosina (KTM X-BOW GT2, #16), as well as Bavarian Rupert Atzberger with Dutchman Peter Kox (KTM X-BOW GT2, #23) on the way. While Sehdi Sarmini gained experience in KTM's own one-make series X-BOW BATTLE as well as in some endurance races, Rupert Atzberger used to be in Porsche Clubsport. Their prominent co-drivers, on the other hand, were extremely successful in the Porsche Supercup (Rosina) and in international GT1 and GT3 racing (Kox).   KTM board member Hubert Trunkenpolz: “It’s a great pleasure for us to be playing an important role at the start of the new Fanatec GT2 European Series as a manufacturer. It is gratifying that we are nominally the strongest brand with five cars entered. But I'm even more happy about the great driver pairings that our team and our customer teams can offer. The fact that Strietzel Stuck has placed his trust in us for his racing comeback is an absolute highlight in itself. Now we are doing everything we can to ensure that we’ll be able to fight for the podium places and for victory in both categories in Monza!”


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  • At its debut on home soil in Spielberg, the brand new KTM X-BOW GTX won the hat trick
  • Rupert Atzberger clinches the victory in both TCM races despite very strong competition
  • Even in the Endurance race the competitors had no chance against Atzberger & Peter Kox
  The Austrian premiere of the KTM X-BOW GTX on its home track in Spielberg, Styria, could not have gone better: In all three races, in which the new Austrian super sports car competed, it was also driven to victory by its drivers – the competition had no chance against the carbon racer.   The TCM ("Touring Car Masters Austria") started the new season with an excellent grid. As part of the Histo-Cup, the first race weekend of the year was held at the Red Bull Ring in Styria. 18 GT and touring cars started the 10-lap race on Saturday, which was characterized by the duel between Rupert Atzberger (KTM X-BOW GTX) and Georg Karner (Porsche 911 GT3 Cup). In the end, Atzberger had the better end for himself, winning his very first race with the new car. On Sunday, the Porsche squad seeked for revenge, but even if Rupert Atzberger had to hand over the lead to Georg Karner, he finally prevailed again in the end.   On Sunday noon, the one-hour “Ravenol Endurance Race” took place, and for this the man from Bavaria had brought prominent reinforcements from the Netherlands: Nobody less than Peter Kox took turns with Atzberger at the wheel – and in the end, the duo was unsurprisingly able to finish the third race with the new car at the top of the podium after one hour of racing.   Rupert Atzberger was accordingly satisfied: “An impeccable race weekend that was great fun. The KTM X-BOW GTX is simply the perfect car for a gentleman driver!” His “co-driver” Peter Kox confirmed this: “The KTM X-BOW GTX has turned out to be a great car. It is playfully easy to drive, with enough power and top speed! Rupert was great on the way, all I had to do was cross the finish line. Although the safety car caused some confusion, but luckily that didn’t irritate me!"   So far, the KTM X-BOW GTX has taken overall or class victory at all racing events in which it competed. An impressive record that not only proves the speed but also, above all, the reliability of the new car.


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  • The KTM X-BOW GTX takes the class win in its first long-distance race in Europe as well
  • Moreover, it scores a top-ten overall result in the 12-hour race of the Creventic 24 H Series
  • Horst Felbermayr, Eike Angermayr, Nicolai Elghanayan & Mads Siljehaug going strong
  After its great success in the Japanese Super Taikyu Series - class victory in its first international race in the Motegi five-hour event - the new KTM X-BOW GTX is also victorious in its second major race, this time over the distance of 12 hours: In the first European race of the Creventic 24 H Series, the Felbermayr KTM X-BOW GTX with its crew Horst Felbermayr, Eike Angermayr, Nicolai Elghanayan and Mads Siljehaug won the GTX class and was able to achieve an excellent tenth place overall.   Although, the racing weekend on the demanding but beautiful Italian track did not start well: On Wednesday and Thursday, the KTM X-BOW GTX had one unplanned "meeting" with the trackside walls each, whereupon the team from Reiter Engineering hat to get the lightweight super sports ready to drive again twice. Thanks to its modular design, this was done quick and easy. From this point on, the car in the traditional Felbermayr colors ran like a clockwork. After 15th place in qualifying, the car and the drivers were able to shine in the first part of the race on Friday afternoon, most of the time in a three-way battle with two Lamborghini Huracan Supertrofeo cars and even taking over the overall lead at some point. On Saturday, as Horst Felbermayr had already announced as the geoal before the race - the focus was on gaining experience with the new KTM X-BOW GTX. This requirement was met flawlessly by all those involved.   The team boss responsible for the mission, Hans Reiter, was accordingly enthusiastic at the finish: “We received the car right before the race, directly from the factory in Graz, so to speak. We were only able to install the loggers, position lights and necessary systems; there was no time for a roll-out. And then the car - apart from the two mishaps and the necessary repairs - drove without a single problem from Wednesday morning to Saturday evening. We didn't do anything other than refueling and changing tires. And of course it was especially nice to watch when Horst fought with the two Lamborghinis on Friday. That clearly shows how well the KTM X-BOW GTX works in long-distance races." Horst Felbermayr, who drove both the opening and the final stint, was also extremely satisfied: “We had hoped that we wouldn’t just cover the distance, but that we also get a good result. This tenth place overall and the dominant victory in the GTX class is of course more than satisfying for our debut with this car. I just got out, but I can hardly wait for the next race to start!”


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  • At its premiere in Japan, the new KTM X-BOW GTX took class victory straight away
  • "KTM Cars Japan" and the "Syntium Apple" team shine in the Super Taikyu series
  • Despite rain and premature abortion of the race, the Motegi 5-hour race was a success
  Shortly after its racetrack debut, the new KTM X-BOW GTX also achieved its first international success. Under direction of Japanese KTM X-BOW importer “KTM Cars Japan”, the “Syntium Apple” team took its first class win with the Austrian super sports car at the season opener of the Super Taikyu racing series.   In addition to the “Super GT” racing series, which is mainly held in a sprint format, the Super Taikyu series is Japan's most popular endurance racing series. It has been an integral part of the Japanese and Asian motorsport landscape since 1991, and top international teams as well as international drivers are frequent guests. It’s run on well-known Japanese race tracks such as Suzuka, Fuji, Motegi or Sugo, up to 80 teams are fighting for points and victories in different classes.   The "Syntium Apple" team is a fixture in Japanese racing and has been present in the top class "SuperGT" for many years. Since 2018, the team – directly connected to the official KTM X-BOW importer “KTM Cars Japan – was racing with a KTM X-BOW. In 2018, 2019 and 2020 they’ve been successful with the GT4 model, now the team made its debut with the new KTM X-BOW GTX. It was also the international racing premiere for the latest product of the KTM Sportcar GmbH which is built in Graz, Styria.   In the five-hour race at the TwinRing Motegi, the first race of the Super Taikyu season in 2021, the driver trio Kazuho Takahashi, Hiroki Katoh and Taiyou Iida not only secured pole position in the ST-1 class right behind the GT3 cars, but also a class victory and a ninth place overall in a very difficult race due to the pouring rain. It goes without saying the team was extremely happy, although they’re already preparing themselves for the second race of the season, which will take place on April 17th and 18th on the Sportsland Sugo race track.  


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  • The legendary Felbermayr colors return in the 2021 season with a KTM X-BOW GTX
  • Reiter Engineering enters the car in selected Creventic 24 H Series endurance races
  • Horst Felbermayr, Eike Angermayr, Nicolai Elghanayan & Mads Siljehaug as pilots
  With the new KTM X-BOW GTX making its first appearances, the legendary Felbermayr colors are returning to international racing as well. And in contrast to their past commitment in the ADAC GT4 Germany, which ended with the title win by driver pairing Eike Angermayr/Mads Siljehaug in 2019, the brand new, blue and yellow racing car will now compete in endurance racing again, like when Felbermayr was involved in the legendary Le Mans 24 Hours race for many years.   The fact that Horst Felbermayr, the boss himself, is also there as a driver, is particularly gratifying. He’s switching from the previously driven GT3 class to the newly created GTX class. The Upper Austrian entrepreneur will share his cockpit with three extremely interesting drivers: Firstly, there’s Felbermayr's Upper Austrian compatriot Eike Angermayr, who grew up in KTM's X-BOW BATTLE and won the ADAC GT4 Germany title in 2019. With Nicolai Elghanayan, a driver from the US is on board who was victorious in the GT4 America series with the KTM X-BOW GT4 EVO. The team is completed by Norwegian Mads Siljehaug, who has already won races (and titles) with both of the drivers listed above: with Angermayr in the ADAC GT4 Germany, with Elghanayan in the GT4 America series.   The quartet will make their first appearance this week at the 12-hour race of the Creventic 24 H Series in Mugello, where competition will be extremely tough: More than 50 teams have submitted their entries, making it the first major endurance race in Europe this season. Even if the KTM X-BOW GTX has already proven its potential several times, Horst Felbermayr is cautious: “We have not yet competed in this setting, and it’s the first long-distance race with the completely new car. Our priority is getting to the finish line so that we can collect as much data and experience as possible." Team boss Hans Reiter, who’s responsible for the mission, adds: "I am really happy that we have a strong partner in Horst Felbermayr for selected races in the Creventic 24 H Series. The driver pairing is extremely well-balanced and I am sure that it has potential for one or the other surprise. We can hardly wait until it finally starts!"


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  • KTM works drivers Laura Kraihamer and Reinhard Kofler will be behind the wheels
  • Both KTM X-BOW GT4 run by German team Reiter Engineering are EVO versions
  • The drivers are targeting the fight for podium positions, victories and championship title
  The DTM Trophy season will start with the opening race on the legendary high-speed track in Monza in mid-June, but there’s already good news for all the fans of the KTM X-BOW GT4: Entered as “True Racing" cars, Reiter Engineering will run two cars for the entire DTM Trophy season. KTM works drivers Laura Kraihamer and Reinhard Kofler will each take their seats at the wheel of an EVO version of the lightweight super sports car from Austria.   The ambitions of the German-Austrian team are clearly high. In addition to individual successes, they also want to be at the top of the overall standings, as team boss Hans Reiter confirms, explaining the entry in the DTM Trophy: “DTM is currently repositioning itself and offers an extremely interesting environment for GT racing teams like us. In addition, everything looks like the DTM Trophy will be extremely competitive in the 2021 season. KTM Sportcar GmbH, True Racing and Reiter Engineering are always looking for challenges. Accordingly, we are also very happy to accept this one and we’ll do everything in our power to be as good as possible in the overall standings both in the individual races and throughout the year."   Meanwhile, both True Racing drivers are very happy, too. Laura Kraihamer says: “My motorsport year 2020 was a bit clumsy. Due to the development of our new KTM X-BOW GTX, I did a lot of testing, but couldn't contest in an entire championship. So I'm all the more delighted that I’m able to attack in the DTM Trophy in 2021. The entries that are known so far suggest a nominally and qualitatively strong grid – my motivation is huge. I can hardly wait until the first race weekend in Monza." Kraihamer's team-mate Reinhard Kofler sees things very similarly: "Last year was very special due to Corona and it was a bit unfortunate for me at times. For that reason alone, the anticipation of the DTM Trophy races is huge. Last year I was able to contest a fairly successful race weekend there and I must say the series is extremely professional and it will definitely be an intense, exciting season!"


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  • Five racing weekends as part of the “ADAC Racing Weekend” on the program
  • GTC Race offers an attractive, compact program with plenty of driving time for the teams
  • The KTM X-BOW GTX will start in class 6, registrations possible with immediate effect
In 2020 it was still a "test run", when the KTM X-BOW GTX prototype competed in the season finale of the GTC Race at the Hockenheimring. In 2021, the brand new super sports car from Austria will be an inherent part of the attractive racing series, which is set to be run five times in the upcoming season as one of the main items of the “ADAC Racing Weekends”. Series organizer Ralph Monschauer, who has been extremely successful with his GT racing series for many years thanks to customer orientation and excellent suitability for amateur and gentleman drivers, is pleased to provide an attractive field of activity for KTM X-BOW GTX teams and customers: “The cooperation between KTM, Reiter Engineering and us has already been excellent when we got in touch last year, so we quickly agreed that the KTM X-BOW GTX fits perfectly into our concept and we’d love to offer the opportunity to be with us to teams and customers of KTM, ”said Monschauer. The integration into the sporting and technical regulations was carried out in close coordination and was uncomplicated, the series organizer reports: “Thanks to the good cooperation between our technical directors, Reiter Engineering and KTM, there were no problems whatsoever, and Hans Reiter's extensive experience also helped as well as the experience of Axel Randolph." The participation of the full carbon fibre racing car in the GTC Race is an important signal for the manufacturer, KTM Sportcar GmbH, to all customers and interested parties: “The concept of the KTM X-BOW GTX is a racing vehicle that can be used in many different racing series without the need for particularly costly or time-consuming modifications, ”says Manfred Wolf, Head of PR & Customer Racing at KTM Sportcar GmbH: “Ralph Monschauer's GTC Race is a benchmark in the German and Central European GT racing scene. We are pleased that our customers and teams will be able to start there in 2021." The KTM X-BOW GTX will start in class 6, interested drivers and teams can register with immediate effect. All information about the registration and the series can be found at: http://www.gtc-race.de   Dates of the ADAC Racing Weekends 2021 (subject to change): 23.04. - 25.04.2021 Motorsport Arena Oschersleben 28.05. - 30.05.2021 Dekra Lausitzring 30.07. - 01.08.2021 Nürburgring 27.08. - 29.08.2021 Assen/Netherlands 17.09. - 19.09.2021 Hockenheimring Contact for interested parties: GTC Race Ralph Monschauer +49 170 330 19 19 info@gtc-race.de


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  • Extremely successful "roll-out" of the KTM X-BOW GTX from Teichmann Racing
  • Hendrik Still takes two podiums within the GT Winter Series in Portimao
  • Teichmann Racing driver Georg Griesemann leads the overall standings
Despite the current restrictions, 25 sports prototypes, GT racing and touring cars were on the grid for the first round of the GT Winter Series in Portimão, Portugal. Two races were held on the spectacular “Autódromo Internacional do Algarve”, but the weather was not particularly “southern”, on the contrary: It was cold and there was also some rain. For Teichmann Racing it was the first meters with the brand new KTM X-BOW GTX, which was one of the first teams in the world to be provided with the car. The drivers Hendrik Still, Peter Terting and KTM works driver Laura Kraihamer completed the roll-out and had already collected several test and set-up kilometers, before Hendrik Still contested the two races. In the first race, the ideal line dried up right before the start and Still finished the race debut of the KTM X-BOW GTX with an impressive second place overall, only beaten by Axcil Jefferies in a Ligier LMP3, but ahead of all GT3 competitors. The second car from Teichmann Racing, a KTM X-BOW GT4 EVO, which is planned for the CupX series within the NLS this year, was able to prove its potential with Georg Griesemann at the wheel: The car had previously been on a suspension simulator and with the completely new set-up generated out of this, Griesemann was able to leave more powerful competitors behind to finish in fifth place overall. In the second race, Still struggled a little bit in the KTM X-BOW GTX as the track dried up only during the race, which did not particularly suit the set-up of the car. In the end, finishing third overall, he nevertheless secured the second podium at the premiere of the KTM X-BOW GTX, while Georg Grieseman, after a long duel with a Porsche driver, once again captured class victory and an excellent sixth place overall. The NLS driver now has the overall lead in the GT Winter Series points classification. Team boss Michael Teichmann was correspondingly satisfied: “The new racing year started off well. In this context, we would like to thank Markus Gedlich and his team, who organize and run the GT Winter Series despite difficult circumstances. For us it was the first few meters with a completely new, unknown car, and yet the KTM X-BOW GTX did outstandingly well. Of course, there is still a lot of room for improvement if we can spend a long time working with the vehicle. The great result of Georg and the KTM X-BOW GT4 EVO is particularly pleasing, as we are expecting to be even better prepared and more powerful in the upcoming NLS season!" The German team "Laptime Performance" was also on the grid and was able to complete it’s first successful kilometers with its brand new KTM X-BOW GT4 EVO, driven by David Assfalg and Ulrich Ziegler.


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  • There will be four KTM X-BOW track days in cooperation with Projekt Spielberg in 2021
  • On April 8th, May 25th, September 7th/8th and on October 28th engines will roar at the ring
  • The track days are open to all brands and offer perfect test conditions to all racing teams
There are no fewer than five KTM X-BOW track days to choose from in 2021. In cooperation with "Projekt Spielberg", KTM Sportcar GmbH will rent in on the Red Bull Ring on April 8th, May 25th, September 7th and 8th and October 28th at the Grand Prix track in Styria and thus offers customers, friends, prospective buyers and, above all, racing teams perfect test conditions on the famous Formula 1 track. Thanks to the new concept of dividing the track day into groups “Race” and “Discover X-BOW”, as well as thanks two 100 minute long “Open Pitlane” sessions at the beginning and the end of the day, all interest groups will discover perfect testing conditions. Of course, all KTM X-BOW models are available for test drives for the “Discover X-BOW” stints: The road-legal versions KTM X-BOW R and KTM X-BOW GT as well as the racing versions KTM X-BOW RR, the KTM X-BOW GT4 and, lust but not least, the latest models KTM X-BOW GTX and KTM X-BOW GT2. Experienced interested parties can of course also do their KTM X-BOW racing car test within the "Race" sessions, a total of 300 minutes of track time is available here! Of course - as it’s now common practice on nearly every track day - noise regulations must be observed, but the limits are very generous: on April 8th the limit is 123 db, on May 25th it is 132 db and in autumn it is 123 db (September 7th), 132 db (September 8th) respectively 123 db (October 28th). The track days are also extremely attractive in terms of pricing: Entering a car in the “Race” category (300 min.) is EUR 1,390,- (net), for racing teams participating with a KTM X-BOW RR, GT4, GTX or GT2 the entry fee is only EUR 1,190,- (net). Participants in the “Discover X-BOW” group have to pay EUR 490,- (net) for the whole day (5 stints of 25 minutes each) with their own (street-legal) KTM X-BOW, but of course interested parties can also rent a KTM X-BOW R directly at KTM: The "Arrive and Drive" package costs EUR 490,- (net) per stint (25 minutes track time), a full day (5 stints of 25 minutes) cost EUR 1,990 (net)! Kontakt für Buchungen: Birgit Kampl EVENT COORDINATOR +43 676 37 90 887 birgit.kampl@ktm.com Presse-Kontakt für Rückfragen: Manfred Wolf HEAD OF PR / CUSTOMER RACING +43 664 19 29 939 manfred.wolf@ktm.at


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Especially after a year like this one, contemplative, calm and relaxing times are particularly important. The KTM Sportcar GmbH would like to wish you a wonderful Christmas with your loved ones.


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  • True Racing & Reiter Engineering are fixing the 2021 season before the end of the year
  • This means that at least four KTM X-BOW GT2s will compete in the “GT2 European Series”
  • Customer racing is the focus, at least two AM driver pairings are planned for the season
Before the most quiet time of the year begins, True Racing and Reiter Engineering are going full throttle: With the announcement that they will be putting at least four brand new KTM X-BOW GT2 racing cars on the grid of the GT2 European Series premiere season for customers, the Upper Austrian/Bavarian team sends out a strong message regarding the latest SRO invented racing series of organizer Stéphane Ratel, which will be held on a total of five racing weekends in 2021. For the races in Monza, Hockenheim, Silverstone, Spa-Francorchamps and Paul Ricard, the four vehicles will be manned by Pro-AM or pure AM driver pairs. Reiter Engineering Team Principal Hans Reiter: “Since KTM's final announcement that the new KTM X-BOW GT2 will be the perfect racing car for the upcoming GT2 European Series, we have received numerous inquiries from customers, which are extremely motivated to get involved in an attractive racing series as a vehicle owner and, of course, as a driver. We are very satisfied with being able to announce that we will have no fewer than four vehicles under the name True Racing powered by Reiter Engineering. This is the proof that Stéphane Ratel and the SRO have recognized the wishes of numerous gentleman drivers for an attractive field of activity and that they have implemented it perfectly in the form of the GT2 European Series.“ True Racing team founder and KTM board member Hubert Trunkenpolz, who will take a spot behind the wheel himself in one of the four vehicles, is delighted with the response: “As an enthusiastic gentleman racer, I am pleased to see that the SRO concept is working and there is already great interest in the new GT2 racing series. The fact that we as True Racing together with Hans Reiter and his Reiter Engineering team can already confirm four vehicles at this early stage is an impressive proof of this." Dates GT2 European Series 2021: 15th to 17th of April:      Monza 14th to 15th of May:      Hockenheim 25th to 27th of June:     Silverstone 500 23rd to 25th of July:      Spa Francorchamps 01st to 03rd of October: Paul Ricard

Successful SOP & simultaneous milestone

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KTM Sportcar GmbH rolls the first series manufacture KTM X-BOW GTX off the production in the presence of Stefan Pierer and Hubert Trunkenpolz. "Following conception, development, and testing all completed in record time, and thanks to the tireless efforts of KTM Sportcar GmbH's development team, and that of development partner Reiter Engineering, the partners have celebrated the first KTM X-BOW GTX rolling off the series production line. In attendance for this occasion was KTM CEO Stefan Pierer and KTM CMO Hubert Trunkenpolz. The full-carbon vehicle, which will also be available as a 600hp GT2 version for the GT2 European Series, is already a real GTX milestone. The tried and true carbon-monocoque now includes a homologated GT roll cage and a competition motor racing seat from Recaro. The sports car is driven by the legendary five-cylinder Audi motor, which, in the GTX version, weighs in at only 1,050 kg and achieves 530 hp. Numerous other technological innovations, such as electrical switching, electrical steering, digital fuse boxes, rearview mirror camera systems, or display steering wheels, all underline that the new KTM X-BOW GTX is "Ready to Race".


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  • The KTM X-BOW GT2 CONCEPT was launched in Spa together with the SRO
  • Stéphane Ratel's press conference gave an outlook to the new GT2 racing series
  • After homologation, KTM becomes third manufacturer alongside Audi and Porsche
As part of the traditional 24-hour race in Spa-Francorchamps, two press conferences were held in the legendary "Hotel De L'eau Rouge Drivers Club": On the one hand, KTM Sportcar GmbH together with development partner Reiter Engineering and SRO boss Stéphane Ratel presented the new KTM X-BOW GT2 CONCEPT, on the other hand, Ratel explained his plans for a new, strong GT2 racing series just a few hours later at the traditional SRO annual press conference. At the press conference of KTM Sportcar GmbH, the KTM X-BOW GT2 CONCEPT was unveiled, which will be homologated as a GT2 vehicle from the 2021 racing season. The homologation process is currently underway for the full carbon racing car, which weighs just 1,045 kilograms and will be a GT2 with around 600 hp from its five-cylinder Audi engine. Hans Reiter, CEO of Reiter Engineering, together with Manfred Wolf, Head of PR & Customer Racing at KTM Sportcar GmbH, explained the technical highlights and details of the vehicle: “Thanks to the KTM board, especially thanks to Stefan Pierer and Hubert Trunkenpolz, together with the colleagues at KTM Sportcar GmbH we’ve been able to develop a revolutionary, future-oriented racing vehicle. In this context, the slogan 'Future is now' is not just a marketing slogan, it rather describes that KTM has brought what is probably the safest, most efficient and most spectacular racing car on the market today. We are very proud of that achievement and we can hardly wait for the 2021 racing season.” Stéphane Ratel was enthusiastic about the KTM X-BOW GT2 CONCEPT: “I am very happy that KTM and Reiter Engineering have committed to our new GT2 platform. Hans Reiter was a founding member of GT1 and GT3, while both KTM and Hans were present from the beginning of the GT4 concept. It therefore seems appropriate that a new chapter is added to their story with the launch of a GT2 model. I am pleased to say that plans are already in place to begin next year with a five-round GT2 European Series, which will form part of our GT Sports Club program. I am sure that it will be a great success and wish to thank KTM and Reiter Engineering for their continued support.” Therefore, the already existing “GT SPORTS CLUB” is being restructured and divided into the “GT2 European Series”, the “GT Rebellion” endurance series and the “GT1 Sports Club”. In addition, at the first race weekend in Monza, there will be invitation races for old GT3 racing vehicles of Generation 1 (2006 to 2009) and Generation 2 (2009 to 2013), which the SRO expects to be very popular.


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  • Two enthralling X-BOW races at Red Bull Ring to wrap up the season
  • Kris Rosenberger once again dominates the overall standings and the GT4 class
  • “BOB BAU” prevails over Christian Schäfer in an Elite class Grand Final
  • Rick Bouthoorn is X-BOW CUP EUROPE champion after a hard-fought battle
A difficult motorsport year for the X-BOW BATTLE wrapped up in conciliatory style at the competition’s home circuit, the Red Bull Ring. Georg Silbermayr welcomed 18 starters in three classes, the GT4, Elite, and X-BOW CUP EUROPE. Race One Ex-Champion Holger Baumgartner managed to secure quite an impressive pole position in the first race. He was clearly the fastest driver and also the best in the Elite class. Behind him at a respectable distance was rally sport ace Kris Rosenberger, the double winner at the previous event, and on the day, the best GT4 class driver. In the X-BOW CUP Europe stakes, the young Austrian Jan Rihs and the Dutch driver Rick Bouthoorn were 1-2 on the grid. The race got away almost without problems on Saturday, although Holger Baumgartner had a slight touch in the first lap and had to relinquish the lead. Kris Rosenberger used the opportunity to break away, while behind him, Elite class drivers Georg Silbermayr, Christian Schäfer, and BOB BAU fought it out for every tenth of a second. Schäfer, who was already impressive in the last Red Bull Ring races, prevailed in the final stages, closing in on Rosenberger, who this time went on to secure the overall victory and the win in the GT4 class. Schäfer picked up maximum elite points, Silbermayr was second, and BOB BAU third. Fourth place went to Christoph Doppler, who returned to the competition after a long absence. Behind him, it was the Swiss driver Schweizer Martin Koch in the KTM X-BOW GT4 who was next across the finishing line to be second in the GT4 class, while his wife Angela Koch was third in this class (overall 14th). It was, however, the X-BOW CUP EUROPE that saw the toughest battle for wins and points, with Jan Rihs and Rick Bouthoorn fighting it out for the victory. Things heated up in the final lap, and the race stewards handed down a 30-second penalty to the winner Jan Rihs. He dropped back in the rankings and lost valuable championship points in the process. Rick Bouthoorn picked up the maximum points, Tamino Bergmeier was second place with a strong performance, newcomer Leo Pichler was a sensational third. Leon Wassertheurer had to fight his way through to his fourth place. Like Bouthoorn and Bergmeier, he kept his championship chances alive, all to be decided in the second race. Newcomers also delivered great races. Denis Liebl was fifth, and ski star Conny Hütter was a great sixth. Race Two The starting grid looked identical to the first race results. It created a particular challenge for one or another driver, like Holger Baumgartner and Daniel Drexel, who had not managed to finish the first race. It was also tough for Jan Rihs after his time penalty in race one, and for Tamino Bergmeier, Leon Wassertheurer, and points leader Rick Bouthoorn who wanted to fight for the X-BOW CUP EUROPE title. There was also a fight for the title in the Elite class between reigning champion BOB BAU and newcomer Christian Schäfer. All this failed to impress Kris Rosenberger. The motorsport multi-talent attacked the second race from the pole position, and as in the first race, he successfully repelled all challenges, also one from Holger Baumgartner right at the end of the race. He finished a double winner at the Red Bull Ring for the second race weekend. Second and third places in the GT4 class again went to the Swiss couple Martin and Angela Koch. Holger Baumgartner, as overall second, won the Elite class. Holger Baumgartner, as overall second, won the Elite class. For him, it was some end-of-season compensation because he was put out of three races at no fault of his own. The class title fight finally went to TrenCar-Racing regular BOB BAU after a very tough duel with Christian Schäfer. He won by a margin of seven points. Schäfer, however, can be satisfied with the vice championship title because the CCS-Racing driver delivered a great debut season. Last but not least, the hardest fight was for the title of the X-BOW CUP EUROPE between equally fast and talented youngsters. The young Dutch driver Rick Bouthoorn celebrated his worthy overall win by finishing second behind super talent and one-time starter Leo Pichler. But although the points advantage over his opponents might seem relatively large, how the season played out was not that clear. Second-placed German Leon Wassertheurer, Austrian Jan Rihs in third, and Germany’s Tamino Bergmeier at fourth all showed convincing speed and talent on every race weekend. Daniel Drexel was at times also on a par with the four fastest, and if race winner Leo Pichler had competed in more races other than the season final at the Red Bull Ring, it could have been a five-way fight for the title. Ski ace Conny Hütter had a lot of bad luck in the final when her car sustained damage to the drive shaft just as she was competing for a top result. She nevertheless proved that she is not only fast on skis but also behind the steering wheel.


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  • Unique, spectacular design meets the most modern technological solutions
  • Ground-breaking safety thanks to the combination of carbon monocoque and GT roll cage
  • Sensational power to weight ratio of 1.98 kg through 1,048 kilograms and 530 hp
  • Legendary Audi five-cylinder combines maximum performance and attractive downsizing
The new KTM X-BOW GTX is officially unveiled. The full carbon fibre racing car from KTM Sportcar GmbH impresses with its unique, spectacular design, which - like the original model of the KTM X-BOW, which has been on the market since 2008 - it owes to the designers at KISKA. In close cooperation with the aerodynamic specialists and technicians of development partner Reiter Engineering, a breath taking, aerodynamically perfect and technologically revolutionary racing car with a ground-breaking safety concept was created, which is just as ideal for track days as it is for professional use in racing. There and there, the new KTM X-BOW GTX will definitely be the most spectacular, beautiful and technologically advanced vehicle, KTM board member Hubert Trunkenpolz is convinced: “Together with Hans Reiter and his development team, our engineers have set a new standard for full carbon racing cars with the KTM X-BOW GTX. Our new car is not only beautiful, it is trendsetting in all areas. Especially in terms of safety, efficiency and detailed technological solutions, we see a real revolution, apart from the design and the incredible manufacturing quality of the carbon fibre chassis." Above all, the safety concept of the KTM X-BOW GTX sets new standards: It combines the tried and tested carbon fibre monocoque of the KTM X-BOW, the basic concept of which is based on a Formula 3 monocoque, with the safety of a full-fledged roll cage, GT homologated according to FIA Appendix J. In addition, the driver sits in a Recaro competition seat, developed according to "Advanced Seat" criteria. KTM Sportcar GmbH Managing Director Michael Wölfling: “With the new KTM X-BOW GTX, we are targeting ambitious track day pilots as well as semi-professional and professional racing drivers. In addition to the desire for the fastest lap time, the desire for the greatest possible safety is always at the top of the priority list for all pilots. With the KTM X-BOW GTX we can combine these two wishes in the best possible way.” For maximum performance, the KTM X-BOW GTX, which weighs only 1,048 kilograms, is powered by the ultra-modern 2.5 litre five-cylinder turbo engine from Audi, developing 530 hp. This reduces the power-to-weight ratio to less than 2.0 kilograms (1.98 to be exact) and offers the greatest possible efficiency thanks to the lowest possible fuel consumption. In conjunction with the 120 litre FT3 safety tank, the KTM X-BOW GTX drives further respectively longer than the competition on every track day, but also on every long-distance race, and the low weight naturally also reduces wear and tear and thus the running costs significantly. You can find a detailed overview of the complete technical highlights of the KTM X-BOW GTX (available from 230,000 EUR net) below. Presse-Kontakt für Rückfragen: Manfred Wolf
+43 664 19 29 939
manfred.wolf@ktm.com   Carbon monocoque:
The survival cell of the KTM X-BOW which has been tried and tested a dozen times since 2008 and has been built more than 1,300 times is extremely stiff and safe but weighs just around 80 kilograms. GT rollcage:
Newly designed and homologated according to FIA Appendix J, the GT roll cage withstands the multiple weight of the vehicle in the rollover pressure test and now also has side struts in the monocoque as well as a full cross behind the driver's seat. Competition seat:
Together with partner Recaro, KTM has developed a competition seat made out of carbon-kevlar, which, in combination with the GT rollcage and carbon monocoque, establishes the extremely high safety standard of the KTM X-BOW GTX. Thanks to individually adaptable paddings, the shell is adaptable to every driver, and a homologated six-point racing harness from Schroth is standard as well. Canopy:
The spectacular "Jetfighter Canopy" of the KTM X-BOW GT4 will also cause a stir on the KTM X-BOW GTX. However, the design has been completely revised, the formerly one-piece ‘Plexiglass’ canopy is being replaced by a carbon frame with an inserted windshield and separately opening glass doors on both sides, whereby the complete canopy can of course still be opened for entry and exit. The front screen is made of Makrolon and can be replaced quickly and cheaply if it is worn. Steering wheel:
The suede racing steering wheel of the KTM X-BOW GTX is completely new in terms of looks, feel and ergonomics and has an integrated display that always keeps the most important information in the driver's field of vision. Every single important control element is located in the central part, made out of carbon fibre. Of course, the steering column and thus the position of the steering wheel can still be adjusted in height and depth. Pedal box:
Together with the – in this vehicle segment rather unusually – variable adjustment of the steering wheel, the KTM X-BOW GTX also has the tried-and-tested pedal box, which can be adjusted by around 30 centimetres, and which, especially in long-distance races, allows adaptation to drivers of different sizes in the matter of seconds. Electric power steering:
The electric power steering replaces the hydraulic power steering previously used in the KTM X-BOW GT4 and offers several advantages. It is completely programmable in the development phase, in the end the customers can look forward to at least three different set-up variants, which can be selected accordingly to the preferences and needs of the driver. The electric power steering also saves weight. Electric gear shifter:
LMP technology in the KTM X-BOW GTX: Le Mans prototypes have been using electrically operated gear shifters for quite a time now, but the technology has been too expensive for widespread use so far. SaReNi, a technology service provider from the Reiter-Engineering environment, has now developed such a gear shift for the new lightweight super sports car from KTM. The shifting operations are even more precise (the gears are always switched at the right connection speed), the material (especially gears and shafts) is preserved, and around seven kilograms of weight are saved by eliminating the hydraulic compressor, pressure accumulator and lines. In addition, the design is highly integrated, with oil pump, oil filter and oil-water heat exchanger located directly in the gearbox housing. Camera rear view mirror system:
Instead of classic side mirrors, the new KTM X-BOW GTX relies on a high-tech system with two cameras and two screens on the right and left of the vehicle and in the cockpit. This absolute latest technology should even be approved for road traffic. 120 litre tank:
Thanks to its 120 litre capacity, the FT3 safety tank is prepared for all requirements. Equipped with a VLN (NLS) valve as standard, the tank can also be converted with a quick refuelling option on the left, the right, or on both sides of the car. Interior ventilation:
Air routing and ventilation have been revised, the air outlets are also new and repositioned. Thanks to the higher air output and a stronger fan, the cockpit is significantly more effectively ventilated, and the ventilation of the windshield has also been improved. Traction control and racing ABS:
Both traction control and racing ABS can be set manually. The eight-way adjustable traction control ensures optimal acceleration out of corners and more safety on wet tracks. The type 3 racing ABS from Continental can be adjusted in ten steps to the track conditions as well as to influence the vehicle balance towards understeer or oversteer depending on the driver's wishes when turning into corners. Both selector levers are located directly on the steering wheel and can be operated intuitively there. Aero profile suspensions, aluminium wheel carriers with quick camber adjustment:
The wishbones made of high-strength steel are designed in an aero-profile form, which is particularly important on the front axle, since there the air is led to the rear, laterally arranged radiators past the wishbones. They are combined with aluminium wheel carriers milled from solid, which, thanks to ingenious mechanics, have integrated a quick camber adjustment, which eliminates the need for time-consuming modifications when changing the camber and, above all, does not affect the track set-up of the car. MoTec motor control and MoTec data logger:
The standard MoTec engine control includes a MoTec data logger and thus allows full data analysis in racing. Power Distribution Unit:
The KTM X-BOW GTX has an electronic fuse box from SaReNi. The fuses are no longer physically available but programmed individually. This reduces the susceptibility to errors and ultimately the probability of failure during racing, since short voltage peaks do not "drop" any physical fuse (and paralyze the car or a system). Rather, the electronic fuse “engages” itself again, and the car continues to drive without any problems. And that - individually adjustable - even several thousand times in a row. Audi 2.5 liter five-cylinder TFSI:
The engine with the abbreviation DNW is the latest variant of the legendary five-cylinder unit from Audi, which has caused a sensation in motorsport since the 1980s, whether in the Audi S1 in the World Rally Championship or in the Audi 80 IMSA GTO on closed circuit racing. The great-grandson of this legendary drivetrain is a technologically incredible high-quality engine with countless ingenious detailed solutions that make the heart of every engine specialist beat faster. For the 500 PS power level, that develops a maximum torque of 650 Nm, the "innards" of the engine with air-cooled intercooler could remain untouched, only the injection valves, the wastegate, the intake system, the exhaust system and the software were adapted. Sequential gearbox:
The sequential six-speed gearbox is the tried and tested MF model from Holinger that has a continuous load capacity of 750 Newton meters and a peak load capacity of 1,000 Newton meters. It is therefore ideally suited to converting the powerful thrust of the 500 hp Audi engine into effective propulsion. A sintered metal racing clutch, an easier drive and a limited-slip differential are helpful. Airjack system:
Nowadays, an airjack system is used as standard in racing, and the KTM X-BOW GTX is already equipped with the system from Krontec, which speeds up tire changes on track days and makes minor service or repair work easier. Sachs racing dampers:
The dampers from Sachs can be adjusted in rebound and compression as well as in height on the front and the rear axles. On the front axle it is installed in a push-rod arrangement including an adjustable stabilizer. Endurance braking system:
The brake calipers on the KTM X-BOW GTX are already designed for long-distance use. A 6-piston endurance brake system with a 378 mm disc diameter grips at the front, a 4-piston brake system with a 355 mm disc diameter at the rear. Rear frame made of high-strength tubular steel frame:
The rear frame is made of high-strength steel tubes. On the one hand, it houses the 2.5 litre five-cylinder engine from Audi, on the other hand the sequential six-speed gearbox from Holinger, represents the mounting points for the rear suspension and provides the attachment for the high-performance radiators. Numerous crash elements at the rear of the car ensure that the valuable technology remains as undamaged as possible in the event of rear-end collisions.


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  • Teichmann Racing extremely successful with two KTM X-BOW GT4s in places 24 & 46
  • KTM factory rider Reini Kofler amongst the top 25 together with a strong customer crew
  • Rain interruption during the night prevents Teichmann Racing from an even better result
Almost 100 teams tackled the season highlight on the Nürburgring Nordschleife, the legendary 24-hour race, starting on Saturday at 3:30 p.m. During practice and qualifying on Thursday and Friday, the weather conditions were cool, but mostly dry, but it began to rain heavily just at the start of the race. However, that was only meant to be a taste of what the teams should experiencfe on this unusually late September date. Teichmann Racing had two teams in the "CUP-X" class, with works driver Reini Kofler on both vehicles. Stephan Brodmerkel, Karl-Heinz Teichmann, Ercan “Airgee” Kara Osman and Kofler shared the KTM X-BOW GT4 with the starting number 110, while Georg Griesemann, youngster Yves Volte and Maik Rönnefarth were named on the car with the number 111. Kofler qualified both cars and conquered starting positions 37 and 38, thus also the first row of the second starting group - a great grid position in the extremely strong field with 30 GT3 vehicles alone. After the start of the race was completed successfully by the respective drivers (Kofler # 111 and "Airgee" # 110), there was excitement in the pits already on the first lap. A TCR participant had turned the car with the # 110, and due to the routine check at the pits that became necessary, the team dropped to 71st place. The sister car with Kofler at the wheel, on the other hand, was able to move up place by place. Shortly before midnight - both KTM X-BOW GT4s ran without any problems - the race was interrupted with the red flag. Too much rain and thus standing water on the track made an interruption necessary until the restart at 8:00 a.m. on Sunday morning. From then on, the focus for both teams was to cross the finish line without any mistakes - which was executed impressively and therefore the team was rewarded with the places 24 (# 111) and 46 (# 110) overall. Team boss Michael Teichmann was accordingly satisfied: “We have once again demonstrated the competitiveness, reliability and the exceptionally good price-performance ratio of the KTM X-BOW GT4. Driving this far up in the ranks with 30 GT3 and numerous Porsche Cup cars on the grid shows the potential of the car. Our customer team, which was thankfully supported by factory driver Reini Kofler, achieved the best KTM result so far in the 24-hour race here at the Nürburgring. Big compliments to all the drivers who showed a great performance - and that in extremely difficult conditions. We could certainly have made up a few places more thanks to the good Michelin rain tires during the night, but of course safety comes first. Big thanks also to my entire team, the mechanics, the engineers, the helpers. We're going to celebrate now, that's really a great result for us and for KTM!”


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  • Sensational racing weekend for True Racing at the second ADAC GT4 Germany event
  • KTM works driver Reinhard Kofler and Florian Janits take two pole positions and both wins
  • Czech team RTR Projects conquers the trophy classification in the second race on Sunday
With 22 starters on the grid, the field of participants in the ADAC GT4 Germany continued to grow for the second race weekend at the Hockenheim Motodrom, so the competition for the two KTM teams – True Racing / Reiter Engineering with KTM factory driver Reinhard Kofler and Florian Janits and RTR Projects with Jan Krabec and Lenny Marioneck – was a little bigger. For the races, both teams – the first with the "EVO" version of 2020, the second with the KTM X-BOW GT4 of the 2019 model year – did not expect too great a chance, as the Hockenheim track with its two long straights usually tends to help the competitors. However, the KTM X-BOW GT4 "EVO" was able to keep up particularly well during practice, while RTR Projects had to deal with grip problems on the rear axle. Then sensation in the first qualifying: Florian Janits took pole position! It got even better in the first race, in which the rest of the field didn’t stand a chance against the duo Janits/Kofler that took victory! The pairing Krabec/Marioneck, however, had a lot of bad luck: Hit by a competitor in the first lap, they fell far behind and were only fifteenth in the end. KTM works rider Reinhard Kofler: “It was by no means easy, we had to fight hard. When the tires started to go at the end of the race, I was able to pass and take the win. Many thanks to KTM Sportcar GmbH, but above all to the entire Reiter Engineering team, who worked perfectly after the difficult Nürburgring weekend and solved the problems. And of course thanks to Achim Schlafke from RMN Bauen & Wohnen, who made this season possible, being the main sponsor!" The second qualifying on Sunday was also the “prey” of True Racing, Reinhard Kofler achieved pole position and drove a strong first stint in the afternoon race before handing the KTM X-BOW GT4 EVO over to Florian Janits. During the final 25 minutes Janits literally surpassed himself and at the beginning of the last lap he catched the leading Porsche: “I gave everything to make this victory possible. And that, although the BoP adjustment on Sunday cost us a bit of performance and our pit stop time was seven seconds longer due to the regulations! The overtaking maneuver at the end was very tight, but it was enough. I'm really happy, thanks to Reini, to Reiter and to KTM as well as to my partners EnergieDirect and Storage24, who are supporting me this season! ”After a strong performance by Lenny Marioneck and Jan Krabec, the end of the weekend went well for RTR Projects: Eleventh place overall and victory in the “Trophy” classification were a good reward for their efforts.


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  • After intensive cooperation between all parties, the KTM X-BOW GT4 is now up to speed
  • Bad luck prevents a top position in the first DTM Trophy race on Saturday
  • KTM works rider Reinhard Kofler with an impressive second place on Sunday
At the DTM Trophy race weekend at the Lausitzring, the KTM X-BOW GT4 was mostly not able to follow its competitors. Thus, an intensive test at the Hockenheimring was organized, at which representatives of ITR were also present to get to the bottom of the problems. Thanks to the good cooperation between Teichmann Racing, Reiter, KTM and ITR, the knot finally burst during the race weekend at the Nürburgring. The positive expectations were finally confirmed in the free practice sessions: KTM works driver Reinhard Kofler classified himself in first and second place in the sessions - the expectations for qualifying and the race on Saturday were correspondingly high. There, however, things did not go according to plan again, Kofler seemed to have no chance of a top position: eleventh place in qualifying, ninth place in the race - which resulted in eleventh place after a penalty due to an contact with another driver. Team boss Georg Teichmann, who coordinated the Nürburgring race on home soil for the team from Adenau: “Together with the engineers from Reiter Engineering we discovered that Reini's car was apparently developing an engine failure. That was the reason why he didn't have a chance to fight at the top.” The team swapped the engine overnight - and hoped for a better performance on Sunday. These hopes should not be disappointed. Second place in qualifying was followed by a strong race by Kofler, who was able to celebrate second place behind season dominator Tim Heinemann. “I doubted a bit yesterday,” said an overjoyed Kofler who, despite the mediocre first race, left the Nürburgring satisfied: “A big thank you to Teichmann Racing and Reiter-Engineering for their tireless efforts, the boys almost didn't sleep, they had an intense nightshift, thank God the effort was worth it. Of course, a thank you also goes to ITR, who worked with us to find a solution. The DTM Trophy is an extremely strong championship. It was great fun and I would like to come back!” Georg Teichmann was also satisfied: “We were able to show that the KTM X-BOW GT4 is on par with the other brands in the DTM Trophy, especially here at our home track this was really important. Congratulations to Reini, he implemented everything perfectly. Now we hope that, with a little luck, our regular drivers will also be among the strong midfield runners in the DTM Trophy, we are looking forward to the rest of the season's races!"


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  • Exciting X-BOW BATTLE Races in the perfect setting of the Red Bull Ring
  • Kris Rosenberger dominates the GT4 class and clocks up two overall victories
  • BOB BAU & Christian Schäfer Elite winners, Wassertheurer & Bouthoorn Cup winners
Once again, Project Spielberg proved to be the perfect host for KTM’s one-make racing series, the X-BOW BATTLE, which had its second race weekend under the best weather conditions as part of the GT-Open weekend. RACE ONE
Former Rally Champion Kris Rosenberger, who last year competed in the X-BOW CUP EUROPE, made a guest start with the ‘Performance Automotive’ KTM X-BOW GT4. Under the eyes of team boss, Helmut Ritzer, he grabbed the pole position. Czech driver Josef Koller was the fastest in the Elite class, and Tamino Bergmeier secured the pole in the X-BOW CUP EUROPE class. The race got off to a flying start on Saturday afternoon with pole-sitter Rosenberger holding on to the lead. The entire field got safely through the first lap. A hefty battle immediately developed among the Elite drivers, but Josef Koller managed to stay in the clear. He then set about putting the pressure on Kris Rosenberger. Behind them, there was a lot going on between BOB BAU, Georg Silbermayr, and German driver Christian Schäfer. The CCS-Racing driver showed how much he had improved. He overtook all Elite competitors and even would have had the speed for the overall win. He then overdid his attack on leader Rosenberger, went into a spin, and lost the advantage. The situation then got tight again for Kris Rosenberger towards the end of the race. Trencar-Racing driver BOB BAU got ready to go on the attack, but in the end, Rosenberger prevailed to pick up the race win and the GT4 class victory. BOB BAU won the Elite class ahead of Christian Schäfer, who, after his spin, managed to work his way past Georg Silbermayr (fourth overall, third place in the Elite class), and Josef Koller. Once again, the ‘race within a race’ between the X-BOW CUP EUROPE competitors delivered a sensation. Pole-sitter Tamino Bergmeier made a braking error in the Schlossgold corner of the first lap, and Rick Bouthoorn used this to take over the lead. Leon Wassertheurer and Jan Rihs were also among the leaders, and Bergmeier fought his way into this group. In what turned out to be a wild race, this group of four fought for victory, which, unfortunately, was finally decided by some penalties relating to drivers exceeding the track limits several times. Finally, it was Leon Wassertheurer who drove without mistakes to finish on top of the podium. Jan Rihs was second, Rick Bouthoorn third, and Tamino Bergmeier fourth. Stefan Rameseder put in a very good guest start but could not match the speed at the front. Daniel Drexel came out best in a father-son duel, with father Clemens finishing seventh. Thomas Wallasch was eighth. RACE TWO
Bright sunshine also awaited the X-BOW BATTLE competitors on Sunday afternoon for the second race of the weekend. Once again, Kris Rosenberger in the KTM X-BOW GT4 dominated the qualifying, with BOB BAU coming in close behind him as the fastest Elite driver. Best X-BOW CUP EUROPE driver was once again Tamino Bergmeier. As in Saturday's race, the entire field put in a blistering start and got through the first lap unscathed. Rosenberger did not allow BOB BAU to take the lead, but Christian Schäfer set about proving his good form very quickly. He took over second place and began to pressure Rosenberger in front of him, while BOB BAU went into a spin and ended up at the back of the field. It looked like he had some technical problems with his Elite KTM X-BOW. Then, in the ninth lap, there was a change at the front. Following a rare mistake by Kris Rosenberger, Christian Schäfer shot past the GT4 driver and, for the first time, picked up some kilometers as race leader. Rosenberger then hit back a few laps later and went on to take the overall and GT4 class victory also in the second race. Christian Schäfer was able to celebrate his first Elite class win, and Georg Silbermayr finished behind him, while Josef Koller, who also had some technical issues, fell behind. He still made the Elite podium, and BOB BAU collected points for fourth place in the class. It was another thrilling fight in the X-BOW CUP EUROPE. Rick Bouthoorn again managed to overtake Tamino Bergmeier in the first lap and did not give up the lead right to the finish. The Dutchman, meanwhile, had to endure an unbelievable battle against his German colleague Widersacher Bergmeier. The two drivers were several times head-on-head, and for a while, it also looked like Leon Wassertheurer would also have a say in who was to win. Finally, the three drivers crossed the line in that order. Jan Rihs, last year’s winner on the Red Bull Ring – who was held back with some minor problems – only managed to finish fourth. Fifth in the X-BOW CUP EUROPE was Stefan Rameseder, and sixth was Daniel Drexel. He went into the gravel on the first lap but was finally able to overtake his father. Thomas Wallasch rounded off the top eight. The third and final event of the X-BOW BATTLE will be on October 9-10, again at the Red Bull Ring, this time as guests at the Histo Cup.


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  • The KTM GTX Concept successfully completes its final test in a sprint race at the GT Open
  • Despite prototype class G3BoP, the development vehicle scores victory in the first race
  • The post-race disqualification due to a formal error in the documents is appealed by the team
The new KTM X-BOW GTX and its "big brother", the KTM X-BOW GT2, are about to be officially launched, and the intensive test and development program for the new lightweight super sports cars from KTM has entered its final phase. After a sensational performance in the endurance test during the 12-hour race in Monza, there was another test last weekend, executed in an exceptionally strong sprint race, precisely at the GT Open at the Red Bull Ring. Hans Reiter, head of KTM X-BOW development partner Reiter-Engineering and responsible for the test and development programme, came to Spielberg with realistic expectations: “Thanks to Jesus Pareja and his GT-Open we were allowed to start in the 'G3' prototype class after there were no starters in the cup class unfortunately. Accordingly, it was clear to us that we would at best be classified in the lower midfield. The focus was not on positions either, it was just a test under racing conditions in the highly competitive environment of a sprint race.” In qualifying, however, the team exceeded their expectations and placed the car in third place on the grid for the first race on Saturday. The race itself then became an absolute sensation: Stefan Rosina and Patrick Niederhauser - the latter, thankfully, after approval from Audi as a replacement for works driver Reinhard Kofler, who was obliged at the Nürburgring - were able to achieve nothing less than overall victory with a good strategy and a top driving performance, ahead of all the GT3 vehicles of the GT Open! “We really didn't expect that,” said Hans Reiter, who, however, received bad news of a post-race disqualification late on Saturday evening: “We can only apologize to KTM, the GT Open and to all partners for this typo, which happened when the technical documentation was created. In the documents, the definition of the rear brake discs was wrong. However, it must be clearly stated that this had no impact on performance or the BoP. Accordingly, we have appealed and assume that the decision will be made in favour of the driver, whose great performance should not and must not be diminished.” For the second race on Sunday, the series organizers made a change to the BoP (plus 50 kg, minus 20 hp) for the KTM X-BOW GTX Concept, and the mandatory pit stop had to be extended by 15 seconds according to regulations after the victory on Saturday. “As a result, we didn't have a realistic chance for another top spot result. In the end, however, we were very satisfied with ninth place. In any case, we were able to demonstrate the potential of the car more than clearly and we now know that we are absolutely competitive in a sprint race.” The new KTM X-BOW GTX and KTM X-BOW GT2 models will be presented in the course of October and will be eligible for various sprint and endurance racing series around the world from 2021.


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  • Traditional 6-hour race with a record size starting grid and exciting fights for positions
  • Georg Griesemann and Reini Kofler win together with Yves Volte in the cup classification
  • The battle for the championship lead is getting intense whle Maik Rönnefarth is still leading
172 entries were received by the organizer for the traditionally longest NLS race of the season, the "ROWE 6 hours ADAC Ruhr-Pokal race", so an absolute record starting grid was waiting to kick-off the race at noon last Saturday. Of course, there were three KTM X-BOW GT4 Cup vehicles, all by Adenau-based KTM X-BOW partner Teichmann-Racing. The favored team in the “CUPX” class was once again to be found in its KTM X-BOW GT4 CUP with starting number 930: KTM works drivers Reinhard Kofler and Georg Griesemann received support from Yves Volte for the six-hour race. The young German was already on the podium in the ADAC GT4 Germany last year - also on a KTM X-BOW GT4 - and has now made his Nordschleife debut on the KTM GT4 vehicle. In any case, the trio more than lived up to their role as favorites. In the end, Kofler/Griesemann/Volte won with an advantage of one lap and a more than respectable 28th place overall - and thus right in the middle of the more than 30 GT3 racing cars that were present in preparation for the 24-hour race. Second place went to the KTM X-BOW GT4 CUP team with starting number 929: Overall cup leader Maik Rönnefahrth had, in addition to his regular team-mate “Airgee” (Kara Osman Ercan) with Hendrik Still also a quick third driver for the six-hour race. Thanks to the second place (rank 45 overall), Rönnefarth was able to collect good points again. With 44 points he’s still leading in the overall standings of the KTM X-BOW CUP powered by MICHELIN. However, Georg Griesemann and Reinhard Kofler are already a little closer on his heels, the two of them holding at 36 points each. “Airgee” is also close behind with 33 points, followed by Stephan Brodmerkel and Michael Mönch tied for fifth and sixth overall. The latter two competed in the third KTM X-BOW GT4 CUP with the number 927, this time sharing the steering wheel with Tom Leswal and Karl-Heinz Teichmann. Even if the quartet did experience some problems, they still finished in the top 100 and were able to collect points for the overall standings. There are still three races to run this year, the sixth NLS event will follow on October 24th - so it will be a “hot autumn” on the Nürburgring Nordschleife as well as in the KTM X-BOW CUP powered by MICHELIN!

Marco Polo Motorsports Clinches Maiden SprintX Victory at Sonoma Raceway

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SONOMA, Cali., (August 9, 2020) – Marco Polo Motorsports put on a commanding performance this weekend in the GT4 America triple header race weekend at Sonoma Raceway. The No. 71 KTM X-BOW dominated the charts at the sports car racing event, seeing drivers Nicolai Elghanayan and Mads Siljehaug earn two pole positions and one race win at their home event. “Winning at Sonoma Raceway was amazing,” said Elghanayan. “Mads and I did a great job keeping the car clean, having no contact or anything. The car worked perfectly, and as a result, we had a commanding lead and the fastest race lap. It was a great race and we hope to have more like it at the next rounds at Road America.” The Laguna Beach, California team earned the pole positions for race one and two, and the KTM X-BOW dominated race one until mechanical issues with the electronic wastegate system robbed the team of their lead. They worked overnight to repair the issues, leading the field to green for a second attempt on Saturday morning. Better suited for the cooler temperatures than the previous afternoon, the KTM led every lap of race two, winning by 17 seconds. The field faced warm temperatures for Sunday morning’s race three, which affected the performance of KTM sports car. Mads Siljehaug started the race in 21st and had an impressive opening run, gaining five positions in the first lap. He continued his charge up the field, facing stronger competition the further up the charts he climbed. By the time Nicolai Elghanayan took over, the KTM began to struggle in the heat, resulting in a 20th place finishing position. “These are growing pains that are expected with a new car,” said Mads Siljehaug. “Despite the issues, the crew did an excellent job, and the car was unbeatable when everything ran well. We’ll work more on the car and come back stronger for Road America.” The next round of the 2020 season will take place August 28-30 at Road America in Elkhart Lake, Wisconsin. The event will again feature a triple header for the SprintX championship in an effort to make up for previous race rounds that were canceled due to the COVID-19 Pandemic. For all schedule updates and series information, visit www.gt4-america.com.


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  • X-BOW BATTLE finally starts again after a long, involuntary break
  • Two spectacular races at the challenging Slovakiaring
  • Extremely exciting races in all classes – Elite, GT4 & X-BOW CUP EUROPE
20 drivers signed up for the season’s first races at the Slovakiaring, 18 started on Friday for the free practice. This was a respectable field, given the difficult circumstances. It was already evident in first-race qualifying that the quality of drivers this season is extremely high. The time differences were very close, the lap times, compared to last year, very fast, all of which promised great excitement for race one, set for Friday afternoon. Race One Former X-BOW BATTLE Champ Holger Baumgartner (CCS Racing) secured the pole position; Adam Galas (Poland) drove the fastest GT4 into second place on the starting grid, and the fastest rookie was newcomer Tamino Bergmeier. The race got underway on time at 17:10 hours, and in contrast to last year’s action-packed start on the Slovakiaring, everything went smoothly through the first corner – no collisions and no spins. But pole-sitter and pre-race favorite Holger Baumgartner was in the pits already after the first lap when the Lambda sensor of his Elite-class X-BOW quit working, depriving him of a potential good result. Meanwhile, a very tough four-driver battle developed for the lead in which the two Austrians Georg Silbermayr and BOB BAU fought it out for a win in the Elite class. Close behind them, Adam Galas and the Swiss newcomer Martin Koch from Motorsport Zentrum Ried were chasing the GT4 class victory. In the end, first across the line was reigning BATTLE Champion BOB BAU, Silbermayr was second, and Galas, in the Automotive Performance KTM X-BOW GT4, took third. Christian Schäfer was behind Martin Koch to finish third in the Elite class and was overall fifth. Meanwhile, close behind them, the young drivers of the X-BOW CUP EUROPE were delivering exciting racing action. Newcomers Dutch driver Rick Bouthoorn and the German Tamino Bergmeier put the pressure on more experienced competitors like Austrians Jan Rihs and Daniel Drexel, and German driver Leon Wassertheurer. Polesitter Tamino Bergmeier set the pace for much of the race, but Rick Bouthoorn, with Jan Rihs in tow, took the lead in the final third of the race. ‘Man of the Race’, however, was Leon Wassertheurer, who had technical problems in Qualifying and had to start from the back of the field. At the end of the race, he almost managed to overtake Tamino Bergmeier in the fight for third place. Following a shifting error, he crossed the line in ‘only’ fourth place, behind winner Bouthoorn, Rhis, and Bergmeier. ‘Best of the rest’ was Mathias Pelzmann, who finished just in front of Daniel Drexel. Drexel also earned some extra praise. He managed to get through the race despite pain in his left leg after a nasty high-speed crash in practice. Thomas Schlack, Stefan Grafetstetter, Christoph Schwarzlmüller, and Thomas Wallasch completed the top ten of the X-BOW CUP EUROPE.   Race Two The front of the starting field for the second race on Saturday was very similar to Friday. Overall on pole was again Elite class driver Holger Baumgartner with Adam Galas in the fastest KTM X-BOW GT4, behind him. There was a new polesitter in the X-BOW CUP EUROPE class after Leon Wassertheurer put in the fastest lap to make up for his bad luck in the first Qualifying. Although there were threatening storm clouds hovering over the start, the race stayed dry throughout, apart from a few drops of rain. Once again, there was a clean start with no bumps or incidents, but the excitement kicked in at the end of the first lap. X-BOW CUP EUROPE driver Rick Bouthoorn was in the class lead, but slid into the gravel. He stayed in the race but dropped right back in the field. At the same time, Holger Baumgartner was once more in the pits, and his Elite class X-BOW was again going nowhere. With that, Baumgartner’s second race was over. Fortunately, there were no more incidents, but there was plenty of spectacular racing action. Out in front, event organizer Georg Silbermayr tried to break away from the rest of the field, but BOB BAU closed in and overtook him to secure a double race victory for the Trencar-Racing team. Behind Georg Silbermayr, Adam Galas was again the winner in the GT4 class, Christian Schäfer (third in Elite), and Martin Koch (second in the GT4) completed the top six. Once again, the X-BOW CUP EUROPE youngsters delivered the toughest fights. After Rick Bouthoorn dropped down the order, Leon Wassertheurer held onto the lead for a long time, while behind him, Jan Rihs, Tamino Bergmaier and Daniel Drexel fought it out for every centimeter. The Austrian Rihs made a surprise attack on Leon Wassertheurer, and despite many counterattacks by the young German, he managed to stay in front until the finish line. Tamino Bergmeier saw the intense two-driver battle ahead if him, but at the same time, he had to defend himself from Daniel Drexel, who he finally managed to fend off. Behind them, Matthias Pelzmann was a good fifth, while Rick Bouthoorn worked his way up to sixth to earn himself some points. Places seven to ten went to Christoph Schwarzlmüller, Stefan Grafetstetter, Thomas Wallasch, and Thomas Brebeck. The second round of the X-BOW BATTLE will be on September 11-13, 2020, at Austria’s Red Bull Ring.


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  • The X-BOW BATTLE starts its eleventh racing season on the upcoming weekend
  • Especially in the X-BOW CUP EUROPE a tough fight for the podium is expected
  • Approximately 20 starters will compete in three different classes at the Slovakiaring
After months of waiting, time has come for the X-BOW BATTLE to resume: The KTM one-make racing series will start at the Slovakiaring this weekend, doing the first of a total of three events of the 2020 season. The technical circuit near Bratislava, opened in 2009, is extremely demanding and will challenge the pilots on their first outing in 2020. Organizer Georg Silbermayr can - despite all the adversities - look forward to a grid of approximately 20 cars, especially the entry-level series "X-BOW CUP EUROPE" with 12 pilots makes up a considerable part of this. “For quite a long time it wasn't even clear whether we could still drive this season”, said Silbermayr, who is now cooperating twice with the Austrian Histo Cup and once with the international GT-Open racing series at three events: “At the Slovakiaring, we are on the road with our friends from the Histo-Cup, it will definitely be a great weekend. The weather there is usually extremely hot at this time of year, but the weather forecast doesn’t rule out rain this time. In any case, it is certain that we will experience exciting races, we’re really looking forward to our season opener." In the “Elite” class, the long-standing rivals “BOB BAU”, Josef Koller, Holger Baumgartner and Georg Silbermayr meet at the Slovakiaring, but newcomer Christian Schäfer will certainly not make it easy for the established drivers. In the GT4 class, Adam Galas is one of the favorites, he meets competition from the "razoon - more than racing" team, who were in the GT4 European Series last year and caused a sensation there with Önder Erdem. The toughest duels are expected in the X-BOW CUP EUROPE: A number of experienced pilots will compete against motivated newcomers on identical KTM X-BOW R racing vehicles. Those who are already familiar with the one-make cup vehicles from previous years include the young German Leon Wassertheurer and the Austrian youngsters Jan Rihs, Mathias Pelzmann and Daniel Drexel. They will meet international newcomers hungry for victory: Rick Bouthoorn from Holland or Tamino Bergmeier from Germany, both successful kart drivers, want to challenge the established drivers. But there are more interesting entrants, some of whom are celebrating their racing premiere at the Slovakiaring: Christoph Schwarzlmüller, Stefan Grafenstetter, Thomas Brebeck and Thomas Schlack as well as Mathias's father, Klaus Pelzmann, who’s joining in for a real father-son duel that will add extra excitement to the two races at the Slovakiaring.


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  • After being "shot down" at NLS3, Georg Griesemann & Reini Kofler strike at NLS4
  • Rönnefarth/Ercan together with Laura Kraihamer on second place in the cup ranking
  • At halfway point of the season Maik Rönnefarth is still leading the overall standings
It created quite some excitement during the third round of the “Nürburgring Long Distance Series”, when the favorite to win the class, Reinhard Kofler, was “shot down” on the Grand Prix track on the very first lap. KTM works driver Kofler, who shares the car with German driver Georg Griesemann at the Nürburgring, was not amused afterwards – just like his driver colleague. But with a lot of anger in their stomach, Kofler and Griesemann were able to strike back impressively at the fourth round of the NLS on August 1st, 2020. After struggling through a rainy Friday, there was no stopping in the race on Saturday: Kofler placed the KTM X-BOW GT4 in Cup specification on pole in the class as well as on starting position 16 in the overall standings, which practically meant to be the fastest non-GT3 car. The Griesemann/Kofler pairing was also unrivaled in the race, which in the end meant an impressive 17th place overall and the victory in cup class. “We’ve been able to show what is in the car this weekend, Georg and I drove flawlessly and made good points in the overall standings. And a top 20 place here on the Nordschleife is always something special”, a happy Reini Kofler reported after crossing the finish line. The second KTM X-BOW GT4 team was by no means badly presented: Maik Rönnefarth/Karam Osman Ercan/Laura Kraihamer entered the four-hour race and finished in second place in the cup standings as well as 33rd overall. For Maik Rönnefarth and Karam Osman Ercan there were important points with regard to the fight for the overall cup victory, while Laura Kraihamer was able to collect valuable racing distance in the KTM X-BOW GT4 on the Nordschleife after a long time: “Due to my involvement with the 'Girls only' team I haven't been able to drive the KTM X-BOW GT4 here for quite a long time. It took a little while until I was at it again, but after that it was endless fun and joy. Our KTM X-BOW GT4 has its own standard in the corners, that's just great!” Maik Rönnefarth continues to lead the overall standings, now with 36 points clearly ahead of Stephan Brodmerkel, Michael Mönch and Kara Osman Ercan (25 points each). They are followed by “Max”, Georg Griesemann and Reinhard Kofler with 24 points each. Excitement remains and the next round of the KTM X-BOW CUP powered by MICHELIN will take place on August 29, 2020, when the traditional 6-hour race is run.


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  • The KTM X-BOW GT4 with Kofler and Janits to race once more for Reiter Engineering
  • The season primarily made possible by partners RMN Ingolstadt & EnergieDirect
  • The goal is to fight to defend the title in what is currently the strongest GT4 League
Last year, the premiere year of the ADAC GT4 Germany, it was the Reiter Engineering “Felbermayr” KTM X-BOW GT4, driven by Mads Siljehaug and Eike Angermayr, which gave Austria and the KTM Sportcar GmbH the title. Now, there will be at least one KTM X-BOW GT4 that will fight to defend the title in what is the world’s strongest GT4 league. As was the case last season with the Felbermayr vehicle, it is again Reiter Engineering who will operate the car. Team boss Hans Reiter is optimistic that once again, the team can deliver a good season. "Last year, we saw that the KTM X-BOW GT4 is a strong competitor for the vehicles of the premium manufacturers, and in the end, we were able to take the title for KTM. I am convinced that we can do it again in 2020, and I already promise that we will do everything we can to ensure Reini and Florian are supported in the best possible way, both technically and organizationally. I also believe that with these two, we have a strong driver combination able to match any existing competition, both qualitatively and quantitatively.” Two sponsor partners have played a big part this season in the realization of this project.  On the one hand, the German real estate developer RMN Ingolstadt, and on the other, the Austrian energy supplier EnergieDirect, are supporting Reinhard Kofler and Florian Janits, and the team in their ambitious project. To this is added True Racing, under which the team is registered for the ADAC GT4 Germany. KTM factory driver Reinhard Kofler underlines that without these partners, it would not have been possible to compete in the current season. "In my rather long career in motorsports, I've learned it is necessary to have a combination of the right partners in order to be successful. That is also the case for this project, and I very much look forward to a great and challenging season. The past weeks and months were not easy. Now it is high time that we are again racing. We have a good package, and the goal must certainly be that we fight for the title again!” His teammate Florian Janits agrees: "On the one hand, it is a really cool thing for me, as an Austrian, to have an Austrian team colleague, and be racing in an Austrian car. And on the other, I also believe that we have good possibilities to be up among the front runners. Naturally, the competition is very strong. But after the first test drive with the KTM X-BOW GT4, I am very thrilled about the potential of the car. Now it's up to Reini and me to make the best out of it, and above all, to deliver strong races to give something back to those who support us, like EnergieDirect or Storage24, because they make it possible for us to compete. The title should also stay with KTM, and that's what we'll be fighting for this year."


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  • The first production lot of 20 vehicles will be built this year and is already sold out
  • GT homologation almost completed, the car will set new standards in vehicle safety
  • New steering wheel, new operating concept, state-of-the-art camera mirror concept
Despite the lockdown and the difficult circumstances, KTM Sportcar GmbH and development partner Reiter Engineering are able to meet the schedule for the start of the series production of the KTM X-BOW GTX. "We will have the first car on its wheels in August," says Hubert Trunkenpolz, CMO KTM AG. “This is an enormously important milestone for us – and proof of how hard the entire team at KTM and at Reiter Engineering has worked in the past weeks and months. Series production will start as planned in September and the first customer vehicles can be delivered in October”, says Trunkenpolz. In addition to the extraordinary, exclusive look of the full carbon super sports car, the impressive performance data – around 500 hp in the case of the "basic version" KTM X-BOW GTX meet a dry weight of just 1,000 kilograms – and the outstanding safety concept with a combination of a homologated GT roll cage and homologated monocoque, there is now also a new interior and operating concept that’s looking spectacular already in the first renderings and promises a completely new driving experience. "We have a completely redesigned steering wheel with an integrated display and operation of all important functions including adjustable traction control and adjustable ABS”, Hans Reiter is explaining details of the driver's view from the cockpit perspective. “The new ventilation concept with optional, electric air conditioning ensures that the driver stays cool even on hot track days or racing days. Instead of conventional exterior mirrors, we are using a state-of-the-art camera mirror system that sets standards in terms of drag and overall view. And finally, we can present the full carbon competition seat, developed together with our partner Recaro, which on the one hand raises the safety standard of the KTM X-BOW GTX to an even higher level, but on the other hand also offers great ergonomics as it can be adjusted to every driver thanks to individual paddings”, says Reiter.


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  • After the first half of the race, the KTM GTX prototype was ahead of seven GT3 vehicles
  • Constant & error-free driver trio Kraihamer, Angermayr and Rosina with top performance
  • An „electric gremlin“ ultimately threw the prototype far back in the second half of the race
The goal of team boss Hans Reiter for the KTM X-BOW GTX prototype at the 12-hour race of the Creventic series in Monza was clear: collect kilometers, collect data, and – if possible – win the GTX classification. After the split race – four hours were completed on Friday, eight hours on Saturday – the analysis is extremely divided: Apart from the fact, that a lot of experience and a lot of data had been be collected, the team shone in the Valvoline KTM X-BOW GTX with a sensational win of the first part of the race on Friday, but on the other hand couldn’t take a class win due to technical problems on Saturday. In training and qualifying, the expected distance to the favored GT3 vehicles due to the BoP was as planned. A reduced boost pressure according to Creventic specifications only allowed 450 HP peak performance (instead of around 500). Team boss Hans Reiter: “The fact that we lack top performance is not even that dramatic. Unfortunately, we lose a lot of torque in the lower engine speed range, which is a disadvantage especially here in Monza when accelerating out of the chicanes.” During the first part of the race, the driver trio with KTM works driver Laura Kraihamer, ADAC GT4 Germany title holder Eike Angermayr and Ex-professional Stefan Rosina shines thanks to great consistency in the lap times and the perfect pit stop strategy by team Reiter Engineering: And so it happened, that the KTM X-BOW GTX prototype led with over 1:40 minutes on the second-placed Porsche 911 GT3 and a lap lead over the third-place finisher (also Porsche 911 GT3) after four hours – a total of no less than seven GT3 vehicles and the rest of the field had been left behind! It was clear that Saturday would not continue like this, even if one could secretly hope for luck and a podium finish. The fact that things turned out very differently was the responsibility of the standard alternator on the 2.5 liter Audi five-cylinder turbo engine, as Hans Reiter explains: “Our prototype racing appearances are used for testing of course, so unfortunately something can go wrong there. After all, we now know that the series alternator is not durable in racing, especially on tracks like Monza, where the curbs are driven extremely hard. We replaced the alternator, but had to make extremely complex modifications due to the encapsulation of the belt drive which is not yet finalized. Nevertheless, I think we were able to demonstrate the potential of the KTM X-BOW GTX in an impressive manner.” As proof, Laura Kraihamer drove the fastest lap of the KTM X-BOW GTX at 1: 52.282 towards the end of the 12-hour race, after the repair break. Another proof of what would have been possible without the "electric gremlin".


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  • KTM works driver Reinhard Kofler temporarily in the overall lead at the NLS season start
  • In the exciting progress of the race, the trio Brodmerkel/Mönch/Still takes first win of year
The journey to and especially the assembly at the Nürburgring was still a bit bumpy – after all, the teams had to move into a completely reconfigured "outdoor" paddock for the first time in the history of the VLN – the enthusiasm amongst everyone involved was huge when it was on Saturday morning the qualifying for the first NLS run of the 2020 season started. Even the weather god was gracious and brought plenty of sunshine. As usual from the previous year, Teichmann Racing launched three KTM X-BOW GT4 vehicles in the CUPX class. In qualifying, # 930 with the crew Georg Griesemann, Reinhard Kofler and "AIRGEE" secured pole position in class. The KTM X-BOW GT4 with the # 929 was seen for the first time in the new proACT design and was piloted by Maik Rönnefarth, "Max" and "Jens", while the # 927 was on the road with Stephan Brodmerkel, Michael Mönch and Hendrik Still. The early stages of the 4-hour race went smoothly for all KTM X-BOW teams, but there was initial excitement shortly afterwards around the # 929, which coasted on the “Hohe Acht” section. After a short standstill and remote diagnosis, the proACT-X-BOW was able to re-start and carry on without further problems. It was impressive that all three teams were able to set consistently fast lap times, which were even significantly faster than the lap times achieved in the previous year - the fine tuning on the cars during the long winter break apparently paid off. KTM works driver Reinhard Kofler caused a sensation in his stint with impressive lap times of 8:37 minutes and – when the GT3 vehicles already had to pit – took the overall lead in the NLS with a KTM X-BOW GT4 for the first time ever! An impressive performance and the proof of how powerful the KTM concept is on the Nürburgring Nordschleife. Unfortunately, the joy did not last long. Shortly after the pit stop with driver change, the car crashed into the guardrail at the “Schwalbenschwanz” section. The driver was still able to bring the car back to the pits, but the damage was too big to be repaired in an acceptable time. Therefore, Stephan Brodmerkel, Michael Mönch and Hendrik Still won the first round of the KTM X-BOW CUP powered by MICHELIN with the # 927, second place went to Maik Rönnefarth, "MAX" & "JENS" in the proACT-X -BOW with the # 929. Team principal Michael Teichmann: “The complex concept of the NLS worked completely, a big thank you to the organizers and to all the helpers who made this possible. Big respect also for the fans who, despite their longing for the Nordschleife, stayed at home and watched the race via live stream. The atmosphere was great and we can't wait for the next races! ”


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  • The NLS (Nürburgring Long Distance Series) is one of the first series to start the season
  • KTM is going to launch the KTM X-BOW CUP powered by MICHELIN also in 2020
  • Despite difficult circumstances, Teichmann Racing will race three KTM X-BOW GT4s
Thanks to a special safety concept, the “Nürburgring Long Distance Series” (NLS, formerly VLN) is one of the very first racing series in the world, but certainly the first German racing series, to start operating again. Next Saturday, the first of a total of eight races for NLS 2020 will take place on the Nürburgring Nordschleife, although without spectators and with restrictions regarding team size and procedures. For the KTM Sportcar GmbH, the start of NLS 2020 also means the start of the fourth season of the "KTM X-BOW CUP powered by MICHELIN", which has brought the spectacular KTM X-BOW GT4 racing cars to the Nordschleife over the past three years. As in previous years, Teichmann Racing is also in charge this year. The team from Adenau will use three of the spectacular lightweight sports cars in it’s special cup specification. Team boss Michael Teichmann: “We are more than happy that it’s finally starting again. The last few weeks and months have been tough, but now, thanks to our drivers and partners, we can launch three KTM X-BOW GT4s despite the difficult circumstances.” Manfred Wolf, responsible for PR and customer racing at KTM, adds: “Prior to the outbreak of the current crisis we expected five, maybe six cars participating in the KTM X-BOW CUP powered by MICHELIN. On one hand it’s a pity that we can’t exploit this potential now, on the other hand we are very happy that, despite all the difficulties, three KTM X-BOW GT4 teams will make their way to start on the Nordschleife. In addition, as a small series manufacturer, we would like to show that we stand by the VLN and NLS even in these difficult times and that our commitment here at the Nürburgring remains a priority.” The three cars, which will start the four-hour race on Saturday, June 27th 2020 at 12:00 p.m., have mostly experienced crews: The KTM X-BOW GT4 will start with the #927 and drivers Stephan Brodmerkel, Michael Mönch and Karlheinz Teichmann, the # 929 is driven by Maik Rönnefarth, "MAX" and "JENS", and the car with the # 930 is shared by "AIRGEE", Georg Griesemann and KTM works driver Reinhard Kofler, who is really looking forward to this race, speaking out for all his teammates: "After the long waiting time and the numerous cancellations, we can finally race again - this is by far the most beautiful gift for a long time, for us, Christmas has practically come at the end of June this year!"


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  • Short but exciting year of racing ahead for partners Valvoline& KTM Sportcar GmbH
  • Valvoline branded KTM X-BOW GTX Prototype attending various international series
  • Spectacular new livery will hit the track for the first time already in July in Monza
After a successful first year for the “Technical Partnership” between Valvoline and KTM Sportcar GmbH, 2020 has started as a big challenge for both companies. As the general situation is slowly but surely improving and more and more racing events are being confirmed, the plans within the partnership are picking up speed again. And even if a complete season within the scope of an international racing series is currently out of the question, Valvoline and KTM Sportcar GmbH have decided to put one or the other exclamation mark. The second half of the year starts with an exciting debut: On July 10 and 11, the prototype version of the KTM X-BOW GTX – the future super sports car from KTM, which is due to debut in fall this year – will start at the legendary high-speed track of Monza in it’s spectacular, newly created Valvoline outfit for the first time. As part of the second round of the "24H Series" of the Creventic organisation and with a strong team consisting of Stefan Rosina, Eike Angermayr and KTM works driver Laura Kraihamer, the Reiter Engineering squad wants to use the long-distance race, scheduled for twelve hours, to prove it’s speed as well as the reliability of the vehicle, but also of the lubricants such as engine oil, transmission oil, coolant or brake fluid from Valvoline. More races are already planned, but due to the almost daily changing conditions, not yet confirmed. In any case the program currently includes an outing during the GT Open at the Red Bull Ring and another appearance at the Creventic 24H Series is to follow in late autumn. Also, the legendary 24-hour race at the Nürburgring could see a spectacular Valvoline car if it get’s underway as planned in September, but then in the form of a KTM X-BOW GT4 car with Valvoline livery. The KTM X-BOW GTX protoype is already equipped with Audi’s legendary five-cylinder engine that is the sucessor of the KTM X-BOW standard four cylinder engine that was used since 2008. The new engine produces more than 500 horsepower, whilst the new generation supercar will feature many more technical highlights beside the engine: Electrical powersteering, electrical gearbox actuator, homologated Recaro competition seat and a steering wheel with integrated display, to name a few. Above all that, the combination of a homologated carbon fibre monocoque with a homologated roll cage will set new safety standards in GT racing, underlining KTM’s strength regarding innovative racing technology.


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  •  Sensational final weekend for KTM at the ADAC GT4 Germany on the Sachsenring
  • Eike Angermayr & Mads Siljehaug take the drivers’ title for Felbermayr-Reiter
  • Customer team RTR-Projects win second race with Jan Krabec & Lenny Marioneck
  • Junior duo Marcel Marchewicz/Yves Volte on the podium in their very first race
The title fight in the ADAC GT4 Germany had developed into a nail biter in recent races. Going into the grand finale on the Sachsenring there were three teams in with a chance of picking up the title in the ADAC GT4 Germany: the BMW duo Marius Zug/Gabriele Piana, the Mercedes team Hamza and Jusuf Owega and the Austrian-Norwegian pair Eike Angermayr and Mads Siljehaug with their Felbermayr-Reiter KTM X-BOW GT4. For the couple racing in the legendary Felbermayr colors, it was clear that the first race on the Sachsenring was all about putting off the final decision until race two on Sunday. With an 18-point deficit, it would have been fatal at this stage to finish behind the leading duo Zug/Piana. And on the racing circuit close to Chemnitz, both KTM and Reiter Engineering were undoubtedly expecting to stay in the running, because the spectacular MotoGP circuit, with its many tight corners and extremely demanding undulations, was one that was going to suit the agile, lightweight KTM X-BOW GT4. Mads Siljehaug finished eighth in a difficult qualifying as the track dried out, while Marius Zug had to start from 21st place in the penultimate race of the season. After a turbulent start, both Felbermayr-Reiter drivers got right into the fight and delivered a superb finish to take the victory. Meanwhile, True Racing driver Reinhard Kofler made contact with BMW driver Gabriela Piana when he tried to overtake him, with both of them losing a few places. The other two KTM driver pairs also delivered excellent performances. The youngster duo Marcel Marchewicz, winner of the X-BOW Rookies Challenge, and his German countryman Yves Volte drove to third place in a near-perfect race. They then moved up a step on the podium after the second-placed Porsche was disqualified. The Czech Customer Team RTR-Projects saw their two drivers Jan Krabec and Lenny Marioneck finally finish in fifth and fourth place respectively. So as hoped, the title was finally decided in the last race of the season. Before Sunday's race, just three points separated Eike Angermayr and Mads Siljehaug from the title win. The KTM GT4 teams already showed their strength in qualifying. Lenny Marioneck picked up pole position for RTR Projects, youngster Yves Volte put his Austrian racer on the grid at second, and Reini Kofler put in the fourth fastest qualification time. Eike Angermayr secured seventh starting position to put him right next to championship rival Gabriele Piana. Another hectic start phase followed. The first start was canceled, followed by a restart after another lap behind the safety car. There were some collisions, among others between Reini Kofler and Eike Angermayr. While Kofler went into a spin, Angermayr drove on to remain within striking distance of BMW driver Piana right up to the pit stop. Then, just after the scheduled pit stop when the drivers changed and Siljehaug took the wheel of the Felbermayr/Reiter Engineering KTM X-BOW GT4, the Reiter team saw something unbelievable: Championship contender Gabriele Piana had to take his BMW M4 GT4 back to the pits, apparently with a technical defect. It was a real test of nerves from that moment on, with Mads Siljehaug at the wheel of the KTM X-BOW GT4. He almost got tangled up in a spectacular three-way fight, but the young Norwegian managed to stay out of trouble and went on to finish in seventh place, one position behind True Racing driver Laura Kraihamer – thus securing the first-ever ADAC GT4 Germany title for him, Eike Angermayr, Felbermayr/Reiter Engineering, and the KTM Sportcar GmbH. The day of celebrations was complete with the sensational race victory for Jan Krabec/Lenny Marioneck in the RTR Projects KTM X-BOW. Quotes from the finale of the ADAC GT4 Germany on the Sachsenring Hans Reiter: “I believe today we have to be incredibly proud of our drivers, and of every single team member who contributed to us winning this title. We didn’t just win the title against outstanding teams and drivers, but also against two noble English sportscar brands, and the assembled premium German car manufacturers. The fact that the comparatively small vehicle manufacturer from Austria and the Bavarian private racing team have succeeded in taking the title is simply extraordinary.” Hubert Trunkenpolz, KTM Board Member: “Congratulations to Eike Angermayr and Mads Siljehaug, and to Reiter Engineering for winning the ADAC GT4 championship title. That is a special moment and a fantastic result. It makes us very, very proud and shows what the KTM X-BOW GT4 is capable of. A big thank you and many congratulations naturally to all the other KTM X-BOW GT4 drivers, and to all the employees of KTM Sportcar GmbH, who with their commitment, made this success possible.” Eike Angermayr: “We did it! It was unbelievable to be part of this team, and this season’s success. Mads was a perfect teammate, and together we were able to take the title for Felbermayr, Reiter Engineering, and KTM.” Mads Siljehaug: "What a feeling, I'm overjoyed. It was a good consistent year with Eike, we drove some great races, but this weekend was the absolute highlight. My thanks go to Horst Felbermayr, Hans Reiter, KTM and the whole team. This success would not have been possible without their generous support and their hard work. We had a fantastic car for the whole season." Jan Krabec: “Unbelievable! Lenny and I make a perfect duo, and right from the beginning, it all went well. His performance in today's qualifying was excellent. The 30 minutes of my stint was the longest 30 minutes of my life. That, in the end, it was enough for the victory is the result of RTR Projects continuous hard work. So thank you to the team for the perfect support!" Lenny Marioneck: "What a weekend! RTR Projects worked perfectly, and Jan drove a very strong second stint to take the win. I’m quite satisfied with my race, especially as I have been out of the car for so long. Congratulations to Mads and Eike, I'm glad they were able to win the title." Marcel Marchewicz: "I'm very happy with the weekend. Thanks to Reiter Engineering, and to Yves, they all did a super job. Unbelievable that we were able to finish second in our first ADAC GT4 Germany race, it is such a good and hard-fought racing series. Unfortunately, we made some mistakes today and got a drive-through penalty. Without them, we could have done a lot better. Yves Volte: “After our great qualifying we should have done a lot better in race two, but unfortunately I made a mistake at the beginning. Sorry to the team, and Marcel. But of course, I am still pleased with our second place."


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  • MPM veteran Nicolai Elghanayan will join forces with Reiter works driver Mads Siljehaug
  • The Muellerized managed team upgrades its KTM X-BOW GT4 to the new EVO version
The opening event of the 2020 Pirelli GT4 America championship kicks off in less than a month, and Marco Polo Motorsports has big plans in store for the upcoming season. The KTM X-BOW team, managed by Muellerized, has just announced the expansion to the SprintX championship of GT4 America, running the two-driver format with MPM veteran Nicolai Elghanayan and Reiter Engineering Works Driver Mads Siljehaug in 2020. “Marco Polo Motorsports is thrilled to get this season started,” said Team Owner Jeff Elghanayan. “We’re proud to welcome Mads Siljehaug to the program to co-drive with Nicolai in our newly updated 2020 spec KTM XBOW GT4 EVO. With all of our partners returning for the upcoming season, the combination of our supporting sponsors, drivers, cars and crew will bring a competitive package to the series.” The team previously ran in the GT4 America Sprint series, with Nicolai Elghanayan as the sole driver of the No. 71 KTM X-BOW racing car. An unfortunate shoulder injury off track forced Elghanayan and the team to sideline the racing efforts halfway through the 2019 season. In his two partial seasons, the young racer has earned two wins and eight top-five finishes in GT4 America. “I’m happy we’re able to announce that Mads Siljehaug and I will be teaming up to compete in GT4 America SprintX for 2020,” said Nicolai Elghanayan. “Mads and I drove together at the Zandvoort GT4 European Series race and we really hit it off landing the first podium for the team that year. Mads is a phenomenal driver who won the ADAC GT4 championship last year. I think our similar driving styles and familiarity with the KTM will bring about great success in the new 2020 KTM X-BOW GT4 in hopes of securing a championship.” Reiter Engineering Works Driver Mads Siljehaug joined the ranks of GT racing in 2016, where he still races today. Last season, Siljehaug raced in the GT4 European series, earning one podium and two pole positions. He also participated in the ADAC GT4 Germany championship, where he clinched the championship title with two victories and four podiums. “This opportunity is a milestone for my carrier,” said Siljehaug. “I am honored to get this chance and trust from Marco Polo Motorsports, and I’m highly motivated to give my best on and off track with the goal of bringing the championship to the team.” Muellerized will return to support the effort, run by third generation champion racer John Mueller, who’s serving the sixth consecutive season as the chief engineer and race strategist for Marco Polo Motorsports. "With the improvements made to the 2020 KTM X-BOW GT4 EVO by our teammates at Reiter Engineering, we look forward to seeing how this season plays out, but I’m sure we’re having the best possible car”, said Mueller.


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  • 25 units already available in 2020, delivery to start in autumn this year
  • Both models to be hand-crafted at the state-of-the-art factory in Graz
  • SRO confirms participation in “GT World Challenge Europe Sprint Cup” is now possible
  • Prices for the KTM X-BOW GT2 and the basic GTX version also fixed
Following enthusiastic reactions to KTM Sportcar GmbH’s announcement that they, with the KTM X-BOW GT2, wanted to enter the SRO’s new GT2 class as third manufacturer, further details on KTM’s latest lightweight sports car are now available. The racing car, developed together with Reiter Engineering, is being manufactured in the GT2 version, and also a basic KTM X-BOW GTX model for a wide range of GT racing series, (both long-distance and sprint racing). The models are now being introduced onto the market and will be available direct from the KTM Sportcar GmbH or their nominated partners. Pre-sales are to begin immediately, and the prices are now established. KTM board member Hubert Trunkenpolz: “We took a close look at the competitive environment, and thanks to our experience in designing lightweight vehicles, we were able to make several cost optimizations. This made it possible to come up with an extremely interesting price – 294,000 euros (net) for the KTM X-BOW GT2 and 230,000 euros (net) for the KTM X-BOW GTX. Here, it is important to bear in mind that these vehicles have a power-to-weight ratio that is normally only available in the supercar segment. At the same time, the car sets absolute standards in matters of efficiency, and perhaps most importantly, also safety. It is also sensational news that, given the successful homologation of our car by the SRO, makes it eligible to start in the absolute top league of GT racing, the ‘GT World Challenge Europe Sprint Cup’. That makes us particularly happy.” Michael Wölfling, General Manager of KTM Sportcar GmbH adds: “With a vehicle weight of around 1,000 kg and an output of over 500hp (GTX) and 600hp (GT2) respectively, we don’t have to shy away from comparisons. Thanks to the light weight of the car and of the efficient, state-of-the-art Audi 5-cylinder engine, this means minimal abrasive wear. Further to that, our safety concept combines the best of both worlds. On the one hand, we have a homologated GT roll cage, and on the other, also a homologated monocoque. We will also offer the so-called “Advanced Seat’, which is available on request and offers even more comfort. We have also modified the canopy and the roll cage to allow for more headroom.” The new KTM X-BOW GTX and the KTM X-BOW GT2 have now become very big cars. With 2.850 mm, they have the longest wheelbases in the GT segment. And with a total length of 4.700 mm and a width of 2.040 mm, the external dimensions also do justice to KISKA’s spectacular design and the vehicle’s technological sophistication. Pre-orders are now being accepted, and deliveries of the first 25 vehicles (GTX and GT2) are planned for autumn this year.


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  • KTM X-BOW GTX lightweight sportscar to debut later this year
  • Five-cylinder Audi power unit produces more than 600hp
  • KTM’s proven carbon monocoque keeps weight at around 1,000 kg
  • KTM intends to become third manufacturer in SRO’s new GT2 racing class
Performance and purism, united in a unique, extreme design, and armed for adventures on the most legendary race tracks in the world. With the new KTM X-BOW GTX, KTM Sportcar GmbH will show just where Austria's only car manufacturer and Europe's largest motorcycle manufacturer is heading. It is the next logical chapter in the exciting story that KTM CEO Stefan Pierer began with the introduction of the KTM X-BOW over 12 years ago. Since then, more than 1,300 cars have been produced in Graz, in one of the most modern low-volume manufacturing facilities, and subsequently sold all over the world. With the KTM X-BOW GTX, the story now reaches new heights with a new benchmark for lightweight racing cars. KTM board member Hubert Trunkenpolz, responsible for the interests of KTM Sportcar GmbH comments: "We transfer KTM’s essential brand elements – extreme, performance and purity – together with KTM’s core areas of expertise, which include state-of-the-art motorsports technology, extremely lightweight construction and the highest quality components, in a racing car that clearly reflects the signs of the times. In motorsport, it is necessary to focus development on a superior power-to-weight ratio to be even faster with economical, more efficient small volume engines. The knowledge acquired from this process must then also be incorporated into the series development.” With a basic weight (before BoP) of around 1,000 kg, and peak power of over 600hp produced by the legendary Audi 2.5-liter, five-cylinder engine, the KTM X-BOW GTX, as a GT2 racer, will be a real benchmark in the lightweight racing car segment. This also represents a power-to-weight ratio of less than 2.0 kg per horsepower! “Thanks to the proven cooperation with Audi Sport, we have been able to draw on their latest five-cylinder engine, the 2.5-liter TFSi. The KTM X-BOW GTX also sets standards in matters of safety. We are the first manufacturer to combine a homologated monocoque with a homologated GT cage, and, on request, also with a homologated advanced seat. Following the worldwide success of the KTM X-BOW GT4, and as reigning champion of the ADAC GT4 Germany, we are now taking the next step with our new racing car, and we will soon be competing in a higher class of racing”, says Trunkenpolz. Alongside the design team from KISKA, Bavarian-based Reiter Engineering GmbH is once again the development partner. General Manager Hans Reiter outlines the anticipated deployment of the future car: “The first 20 cars will be available this year. Subject to the final homologation by the SRO, it then could be entered in all GT2 racing series’, whereby KTM will become, alongside Audi and Porsche, the third manufacturer in this arena to offer such a racing car. Furthermore, the new KTM X-BOW GTX, with a power output of around 500hp, should be eligible to compete in various racing series’ governed by GT regulations. These include the Creventic 24H Series, GT Open, DMV-GTC or the Nürburgring Langstrecken series, depending on homologation. KTM is also planning a one-make Cup series with the car from 2021. I am absolutely convinced that we have exciting times ahead of us and that the KTM X-BOW GTX and the KTM X-BOW GT2 will be enthusiastically received by customers and teams around the world.” An announcement regarding technical details and prices will soon be made, and a KTM X-BOW GT2 is expected to race for the first time as part of an SRO event in autumn this year.