Reiterberger supports the cooperation project between his IDM team Van Zon-Remeha-BMW and the Polish team LRP Poland in FIM Endurance World Championship (EWC). Satisfied progress for Markus Reiterberger in his first endurance race in his 2017 season. Team LRP Poland with an emotional rollercoaster and early withdrawal due to a spectacular crash by team mate Lukas Trautmann.
As a reminder – in 2014, Markus started for Rico Penzkofer’s World Endurance Superstock team. At the time, Markus played a decisive role with achieving the fastest lap in Qualifying to put a superstock bike in pole position before all the technically superior EWC motorcycles.
Also this year, Markus was able to shine. He rode the best time of the day on Thursday in free practice and, together with his team-mates, reached the third grid position in the qualifyings. He even managed to ride the first lead kilometers during the race for team LRP Poland. All this with a BMW S 1000 RR model year 2013 (!), equiped with a stock engine in the highest class (EWC regulations).
In free practice Markus marked the best time with 1.26.931 min and in the qualifying (Reiti 1.27,169 min) team LRP Poland with Markus Reiterberger, Lukas Trautmann and Dominik Vincon reached the good third grid position.
Markus took over the first session of the 8 hour race on Saturday. Reiterberger began strongly after having a good Le Mans Start and fought directly behind the reigning world champion team S.E.R.T. Markus even took over the lead for the LRP Poland crew after a very early crash of the Frenchman Vincent Philippe with his suzuki. After just an hour, the first scheduled pit stop took place. Markus handed over to team colleague Lukas Trautmann in fourth position. Unfortunately, the enthusiasm about the good progress of the first stint was only short-lived. Lukas slipped just a few laps after the pit stop over the front wheel and the LRP BMW overturned several times spectacularly in the gravel bed. Trautmann remained physically uninjured in this crash, but the hopes of a successful race were over for the ambitious Polish team around Bartłomiej Lewandowski. End oft he race for the start number 90 after just one hour of racing.
Quote Markus Reiterberger:
„I am, of course, disappointed that we had to give up so early in the race. The motorcycle was too much damaged after the crash of Lukas. Team LRP Poland has worked so hard and with our performance in free practice and qualifying we were on a good way. I am surprised how strong the 2013 BMW still is in comparison with the current motorcycles. Even in EWC class, we only had a stock engine – that was already a risk against the current factory machines. Unfortunately, I had some delicate moments in the race, because the rear tire partly slipped. The air pressure was too high as it turned out later. That’s why I reduced my speed a little bit to avoid taking any risks. I think a top 3 result might have been possible. The team would have deserved the podium in any case. They did a great job. The Endurance World Championship is definitely a special highlight and I look forward to the next time. „