On any given weekend, there are Katech engines powering race cars in numerous different venues around the world. Team owners pick Katech because of our racing heritage and reputation for reliability. This past weekend the Super Stars series had it’s first race at Monza in Northern Italy. Katech had two engines running in the GT class of the Grand-Am sports car series at Barber Motorsports Park in Birmingham, Alabama. Yet another Katech engine ran in the ADAC Masters GT series at Oschersleben, in Germany. Katech would like to congratulate all of our teams on an outstanding performance this weekend, and we wish everyone the best of luck the rest of the season.
Super Stars: Solaris Motorsports, Chevrolet Lumina CR8
Francesco Sini, driver of the Solaris Chevrolet CR8 qualified 1st and finished 3rd this weekend, and was down only 1.6 seconds from the from the leader. They raced at Monza, located in Northern Italy it is a 3.6 mile, 11-turn track that is notorious around the world as one of the fastest and deadliest tracks around. These are impressive results considering that this was the first race for team Solaris Motorsports.
Grand-Am GT class: Autohaus Motorsports,Stevenson Motorsports.Chevrolet Camaro
Autohaus Motorsports #88, Paul Edwards, Jordan Taylor
Autohaus states “We finished the race in 6th place, which doesn’t reflect what our car, drivers or crew is capable of … but we’ll take it. Big thanks to our outstanding crew that worked especially hard this weekend repairing damage and getting the car ready.” Overall it was a good race at a very demanding track.
Stevenson Motorsports # 57, Robin Liddell, Ronnie Bremer
Team Stevenson Motorsports ran strong all weekend, and finished right behind Autohaus in 7th place in the GT-class. The Katech LS3-based engine performed flawlessly and propelled the car to a top-10 finish.
Yaco Racing, ADAC GT Masters, Chevrolet Camaro GT3
Team Yaco racing had their debut at the Oschersleben track in Germany. The Katech-built, LS-based engine ran great and had no issues. The Camaro GT did not have the opportunity to prove its qualities in its first race. The YACO team had difficulties to keep up with the large field of 40 cars. This problem was caused by the error memory in the central unit of the electronic engine control. This error memory was full during the sessions. Consequently, the central unit limited the maximum engine speed. The speed of the car was reduced which made it unsuitable for racing. This problem was caused by a software error and it will be solved with an update from the software manufacturer. Hans Reiter who developed the Camaro GT is still optimistic. “The software problem will be solved quickly and we will definitely do more tests to ensure the competitiveness of the car in the next GT Masters race.”