TEST WITH 14 CARS & WOMAN WITH “NEED FOR SPEED”!
The plains of Pannonia as a pre-spring backdrop for the first major appearance of the KTM X-BOW BATTLE in 2012: No less than 14 cars and drivers found their way to the Pannoniaring as part of the “sportfahrer.at” Track Days at the beginning of this week. Among them were several drivers under the personal supervision of KTM, the championship team Zawotec, Raphael Sperrer’s team and the newly founded Polish 4F Team.
Participants had two days of driving in the best of early spring weather, which provided optimal conditions for all ProAm drivers to get used to modifications to the cars to meet the change in regulations. This season, for the first time, cars are fitted with an air restrictor to limit the hp to 360, a move designed to ensure more equal opportunities and at the same time to reduce costs.
Event organizer Georg Silbermayr was more than satisfied with the results after the two test days. “I think we can see very clearly that the regulations do make a difference and that we are moving in the right direction,” he said. “The times are very close and it is going to be a tight competition in the ProAm Class. That means this season it will be the vehicle reliability and the consistency of the driver that will be the decisive criteria!”
“Bernie Silverstone” aka Georg Silbermayr, event organizer and driver in the ProAm class about the provisional list: “The way it looks at the moment we will have a “Full House” at every race. I reckon on about 30 inscriptions for the entire season and naturally there will be one-off drivers at all races. It is our goal to have a qualifying race at some events. That may already be necessary at the season’s opener on the Salzburgring. There we have 35 grid positions for the race but in training up to 40 cars may enter. It looks like we are going to have a qualifying session to decide who will be on the start.”
Another important KTM X-BOW Battle chapter also began at the Pannoniaring: the first women’s test in the history of the race series! And this turned out to be more than successful, according to Georg Silbermayr: “We reserved the circuit on Tuesday for some time especially for our “Ladies Day”. Handbags and beauty cases were exchanged for helmets and racing suits and before the participants could get too nervous, we did a half an hour of “Follow Me” laps with them so that our female rookies could get to know the circuit and the vehicle quietly and calmly.”
Then in the afternoon most of the brave and highly motivated women drivers took part and it was clear that the motor sports race addiction factor does not escape the fairer sex. The very motivated “Julie Wood” (named after the Michel Vaillant comics) was solely responsible for the red phase when her car left the track and headed for the Pannonia pampa. That “Bernie Silverstone” had to pay the bill for spares did nothing to dampen his enthusiasm for the participation of women. “It was a fantastic day that also resulted in the first female inscriptions for the KTM X-BOW BATTLE! That must and will certainly be repeated so that even more wives, girlfriends and female friends of our drivers, including those who are complete beginners can try themselves out on the track without any pressure.
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