Dayco Racer David Russell Selected to Compete in Austrian and Belgian Adac GT Masters Rounds with Reiter Engineering Lamborghini Team
One of Australia’s most versatile V8 Supercar, Porsche Carrera Cup and International Sportscar drivers, David Russell, will spend the month of June in Europe, competing with the Reiter Engineering Lamborghini GT Team at two ADAC GT Masters races.
This invitation follows the Dayco Australia ambassador’s involvement with this leading German Sportscar team which has spanned a number of years including tests with the team at the Hockeheimring (2011) and at Spa-Francorchamps last year.
Russell has also worked with Reiter Engineering previous years in his long term co-driver role alongside Australian GT driver Roger Lago and his Lago Racing team with Reiter Engineering support at a number of international Sportscar events in past years, including the Sepang 12 Hour, (where he Lago and Peter Kox finished second in 2013) and at the Spa 24 Hour Blancpain Endurance Series round last season.
Russell will be racing with highly experienced Sportscar ace Tomas Enge at two ADAC GT Masters rounds, Austria’s Red Bull Ring from June 5-7 and Belgium’s Spa-Francorchamps circuit from June 19-21. The Spa round provides Russell with important Lamborghini race mileage ahead of his return to Europe in July with Craig Lowndes, Steve Owen and Roger Lago in late July.
Reiter Engineering was established in 2000 and has since become a global race car engineering operation as well as running several successful Lamborghini race teams in its own right. To date, more than 66 Reiter Engineering race cars compete across four continents in several GT championships, including the ADAC GT Masters, FIA GT, Le Mans Series, FFSA, British GT, Asian GT3, Brazilian GT, Spanish GT and the Australian GT Championship along with traditional races such as the Spa and Le Mans 24 Hour classics.
With a Sportscar racing career now spanning ten years and with the pace Russell displayed at this year’s Bathurst 12 Hour, where he dominated practice and qualified second in the privately entered Lago Racing Lamborghini, the Brisbane based racing driver has attracted significant international Sportscar team interest. This was highlighted by his invitation to test with the Aston Martin Racing World Endurance Championship team in Spain during February and is punctuated by his selection, over several European drivers, to compete in these two European ADAC GT Masters races.
“I have been working alongside the team at Reiter Engineering through my racing with Roger Lago for several years and it is fantastic to have been selected by this international team to compete in the two ADAC GT Masters rounds at the Red Bull Ring and at Spa this year. To be able to compete in these races against a world class field and with a co-driver of the calibre of Tomas Enge will be exciting as well as providing excellent mileage ahead of our Aussie assault on the Spa 24 Hour in July,” David Russell said.
Russell’s entry in these two European ADAC Masters GT races does not conflict with his 2015 Porsche Carrera Cup Australia commitments. Russell will return to compete in the Townsville round (July 10-12) before heading back to Europe for the Spa 24 Hour later in the month, then returning for the final three Carrera Cup Australia rounds and the three V8 Supercar season of endurance races at Sandown, Bathurst and the Gold Coast.