Eastalent Racing will defend its Teams title in the 2024 International GT Open. For what was its maiden campaign in the series, the Austrian squad achieved to win the Teams’ Trophy, despite running a single car entry, and took runner-up honours in the Drivers’ rankings. Simon Reicher and Christopher Haase in their Audi R8 LMS fought until the last corner for the title, which was decided only after the final decision of the FIA International Court of Appeal which had to statute on a pending appeal.
The Austrians will be back with the same package this year, seeking further success, while running a parallel program of endurance races, which starts this coming weekend at the Dubai 24 Hours.
A team’s full delegation attended the GT Sport Awards Ceremony last Saturday in Madrid, where team principal Peter Reicher shared his feelings: “It has been an intense season with a lot of different emotions along the way but in retrospect, we have many reasons to be satisfied. Eastalent was only in its second year of existence, and we were debuting on the European scene, so to end where we ended exceeded our expectations, and we are very proud that our Teams title was won on the track, regardless of the post-championship decisions. What happened is frustrating for everybody but is also part of racing. What is important is that everybody learns from these things and moves on determined to do better. It is in this spirit that we are coming back to the GT Open. We enjoyed the series, the tracks and the family spirit which presides the series, so different from other championships, and that is also a good reason to come back.”