The 2019 season is over, and the champions already announced: Thomas Westarp was crowned GT4 winner, BOB BAU was successful in the Elite class, and Marcel Marchewicz, after a dominating season, celebrated a clear victory in the Rookies title competition. But for Georg Silbermayr, his team, and KTM Sportcar GmbH, the end of the season is also the beginning of the next. Planning for the year 2020 is now in full swing, so the X-BOW BATTLE family can already look forward to receiving the most important information, and the key dates for the coming season, the eleventh in the competition.
“We will be staying with five events for 2020, and in terms of cost reduction, this has already proved itself this past season,” commented Georg Silbermayr, who has also reported a significantly increased interest in the Elite class. “It looks like we can look forward to 10 to 12 starters, and that is already a plus when compared to 2019. When it comes to the paddock, we will, so to say, go back to our roots, and hold a barbecue every Friday or Saturday evening, depending on the event, and also follow it with a Race Party in the KTM tent. Such a party was very popular at the last race at the Hungaroring. There will be attractive prizes for the three best in each category at the end of the season – everything from sets of slicks to track day vouchers, to coupons for KTM PowerParts or original spare parts. We’re very much looking forward to a great season in 2020.”
Regarding the Rookies Challenge, KTM Sportcar GmbH Managing Director Michael Wölfling has also made an exciting new announcement. “We’ve decided that in future the Rookies will be contested under the name ‘X-BOW CUP EUROPE’. Firstly, because the word ‘Rookies’ occasionally grated on some, and it hindered one or other of the experienced drivers from competing. And secondly, because we also wanted the competition to have a more international title. The goal is clear. We want to build on having competitions in the different continents over the medium term, and to be able to host a world final at the end of the season.”
As Georg Silbermayr already mentioned, the format stays at five events, each with two races per weekend. Once again, there is also a very attractive choice of racing circuits in 2020, representing the best of the Central European venues. They offer drivers and teams a real challenge, but also pure driving pleasure. An absolute highlight will be the premiere race at the legendary track of Monza in Italy for the season finale in 2020. Naturally, once again, there are attractive partners for the series: three races will be held together with the Histo-Cup Austria, one with the Blancpain GT Series, and one with the GT-Open.
The X-BOW BATTLE Calendar 2020*
04/16/20: Red Bull Ring (AT), 1st official test day
04/24-25/20: Brno (CZ), Histo-Cup
05/07/20: Red Bull Ring (AT), 2nd official test day
05/15-16/20: Salzburgring (AT), Histo-Cup
07/03-05/20: Misano (IT), Blancpain GT Series
08/14-15/20: Slovakiaring (SK), Histo-Cup
09/25-27/20: Monza (IT), GT-Open
10/07-08/20: Red Bull Ring (AT), 3rd& 4thofficial test days
*) Subject to change