Laura Kraihamer joins DTM Trophy full time in 2021
After her debut as guest driver at the Lausitzring in 2020, Austrian KTM factory driver Laura Kraihamer will joins the DTM Trophy with True Racing and Reiter Engineering for a 2021 full time season.
Last year, she had teamed up with the fully-female "Girls Only" project in the rebranded VLN championship; in 2021, we will see KTM factory driver Laura Kraihamer returning to the Nürburgring Langstrecken Serie - this time with Teichmann Racing in the all-new KTM X-Bow GTX and with the support of SUPERDRINK. And, after this week's announcement, Kraihamer will also add to her 2021 plans a full time season with True Racing and Reiter Engineering in the DTM Trophy.
The team will enter the series as True Racing and will run two KTM X-Bow GT4 EVO cars, with Laura Kraihamer and Reinhard Kofler as its drivers. The duo already teamed up in 2019, in their ADAC GT4 Germany campaign.
“My motorsport year 2020 was a bit clumsy." – Kraihamer said.
"Due to the development of our new KTM X-BOW GTX, I did a lot of testing, but couldn't contest in an entire championship. So I'm all the more delighted that I’m able to attack in the DTM Trophy in 2021."
"The entries that are known so far suggest a nominally and qualitatively strong grid – my motivation is huge. I can hardly wait until the first race weekend in Monza.", she added.
Laura started karting at the age of 12 and immediately fell in love with motorsport. When budget struggles didn't allow the talented Austrian to step up to the next level of single-seaters, she was forced to sit out a few years, before making her return behind the wheel of a GT car in the KTM X-BOW Battle. As she joined the Reiter Young Stars program, Laura's next step was a GT4 seat: in 2017 and 2018, Kraihamer scored her first podium finishes, which followed her biggest step to date in her career - the contract as factory driver for KTM.
DTM Trophy was founded in 2020 as a support series for the popular DTM championship and will be contested with cars of the FIA categories E2-SH and E2-SC with near-series-spec GT cars. It will include a Balance of Performance format, where the first three finishers will receive weights of additional 25kg for P1, 18kg for P2 and 15 kg for P3.
The events will take place in Germany and other European countries to follow the DTM calendar.
2021 DTM Trophy calendar:
11–13 or 18–20 June Monza Italy
2–4 July Norisring Germany
23–25 July DEKRA-Lausitzring (GP) Germany
20–22 August Nürburgring Germany
3–5 September Red Bull Ring Austria
17–19 September Assen Netherlands
1–3 October Hockenheim Germany