Freddie Hunt signs 5-year contract with Reiter Engineering for Michelin Le Mans Cup

Freddie Hunt signs 5-year contract with Reiter Engineering for Michelin Le Mans Cup

12.05.2022: Freddie Hunt, son of the legendary 1976 F1 World Champion, James Hunt, has signed a five year contract to drive with Reiter Engineering. After several years out of the sport the British driver, Freddie Hunt, has set an ambitious but not impossible


Freddie Hunt, son of the legendary 1976 F1 World Champion, James Hunt, has signed a five year contract to drive with Reiter Engineering.
 



After several years out of the sport the British driver, Freddie Hunt, has set an ambitious but not impossible goal of winning the 24 hours of Le Mans on the 50th anniversary of his father's F1 world title in 2026, dubbing it 'The Hunt for Le Mans'.


After a successful 20 years in GT racing the German based team, Reiter Engineering, have decided to branch into prototype racing. This came at the perfect timing for they had just met Freddie and heard about his ambitious plans to win Le Mans. Together they quickly formulated a plan.



Their first step towards this goal is a season in the Michelin Le Mans Cup where they have entered a Ligier JS P320 car, a Le Mans Prototype (LMP3). A likely next step would be the European Le Mans Series, before going into the World Endurance Championship and finally competing in the 24h of Le Mans as part of the championship.



The Michelin Le Mans Cup is nevertheless not an easy task on the road ahead. With top professionals coming from around the world to compete, the European championship, which comprises 6 one-hour-fifty minute races and has two classes in it, LMP3 and GT3, has already shown to be highly competitive.



A 42 car grid, the competing teams, made up of two drivers, one professional and one amateur, who switch half way through the race, are the perfect bar for the team.



Team principal Hans Reiter said:
Having signed a contract for the next five years means a lot of security for our future plannings. Additional to LMP3, I hope we will be able to give Freddie the opportunity to also race our KTM GTX and GT2 cars, in the near future.


I am convinced he would love it. Now, we have to do everything, to see Freddie and his teammate Mads Siljehaug on a Le Mans Cup podium this year.




Freddie says:
"I am absolutely delighted to be given this opportunity with such a good team. After many years of dreaming about Le Mans with inadequate resources to act I can now finally have a good go at it. I just hope my age hasn't degraded my speed too much!



I am a bit rusty after so many years with very little time on the track but I am confident with hard work and such a team behind me I can be competitive.“
 
 


 Reiter Engineering also photos


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12.05.2022 / MaP

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