season March 28-30 in St. Petersburg, Fla.
For its debut in the North American racing scene, Reiter Engineering divides its attentions. Tomas Enge will drive a Reiter Lamborghini Gallardo FL2 GT3 in the GT class, while Albert von Thurn und Taxis appears in a second Reiter Lamborghini Gallardo FL2 GT3 competing in GT-A.
Tomas Enge will be reunited with the twisty 14-turn, 2.9 kilometre long track in Florida during the Grand Prix of St. Petersburg event where the Pirelli World Challenge runs alongside the IndyCar Series, the biggest US series for single-seaters. After retiring from the lead of the American Le Mans Series race in 2007 following a heavy accident, the Czech aims to finish the job he started in St. Petersburg and take a podium position for Reiter Engineering in 2014.
“I still have a score to settle with this track and am very confident that we can score an excellent result there,” he said.
For Albert von Thurn und Taxis, it will be his first race on American soil. The Regensburg aristocrat has gathered experience on European and Asian race tracks so far in his career.
“I’ve dreamt about racing in the States for a long time, and am now obviously really looking forward to my debut in the Pirelli World Challenge. The whole team can’t wait to lay some rubber on the streets of St Petersburg and measure our car with the competition from overseas!”
The Pirelli World Challenge is the first series on the North American continent to allow FIA GT3 cars to compete without modifications. Strong competition is expected from Ferrari, Audi, Mercedes, Aston Martin, Cadillac and Acura, with a strong contingent of professional drivers well-known in Europe. Hans Reiter, owner of the racing stable Reiter Engineering, explains the importance of competing in the race: “The American market is very important for us, which is why we decided to be present at the track to be able to advise and support potential American customers as well as possible – which they obviously deserve.”
Every Pirelli World Challenge race is broadcast on TV by the NBC Sports Network at primetime as well as via live stream online at www.world-challengetv.com.
Tomas Enge The 37-year old Czech has been racing since 1991 and followed the classic route from karting via Formula Ford (FF Deutschland Champion 1996), Formula 3 and Formula 3000 all the way to Formula 1 and IndyCar. Enge also made his first exploratory steps in sportscars at this time. In this discipline, he is credited with a class victory in the 24h of Le Mans, wins and podiums in the ALMS and the LMP1 title in the 2009 Le Mans Series. Since 2012, Tomas Enge is a member of the Reiter Engineering team, with whom he also competed in the FIA GT World Championship.
Albert von Thurn und Taxis Thurn und Taxis races for Reiter Engineering since 2006. Together with the Bavarian based team, he was ADAC GT Masters championship runner-up in 2007 and 2008, before going on to win the title in 2010 with Peter Kox. The 30-year old is a descendent of the von Thurn und Taxis family, which was elevated to royal status in the 15th century and resides since 1748. The family is also accredited with the invention of modern-day postal services.