His career began Manuel Reuter in the 1970 years in karting. On June 2, 1985 Reuter drove his first DTM race car, a Ford Sierra XR4Ti. Three months later, at the Nürburgring, the first podium finish, a year later, the first race win. Together with Bernd Schneider and Frank Biela he made the junior team at Ford.
He was looked after as manager of the former Formula 1 World Champion Keke Rosberg From late 1989 until 1997.
In 1988, he decided to parallel to the DTM for a sports car career. He drove a year in Brun Porsche and went in 1989 to Mercedes-Benz to drive the 24 - hour race at Le Mans. This he won once in the same year, together with Jochen Mass and Stanley Dickens in the Sauber C9.
End of 1992, Manuel Reuter came through the detour of the Opel test driver back in the DTM. Here he was closely involved in the development of the Opel Calibra V6.
The highlight of his career was the year 1996. He won with a set of his former DTM Team Joest TWR- Porsche-powered sports car for the second time after 1989, the 24 - hour race at Le Mans. He also won in the same year along with three victories and six other podium places the title in the international competition for the championship ITC in a Opel Calibra V6.
With the departure of Opel in the DTM end of the 2005 season, Manuel Reuter ended his racing career after 203 races in this series. However, he is still as brand ambassador and driving instructors for Opel and the Opel Performance Center operates. He is also involved in the development of OPC models, and since 2007 - active as a co- commentator for the DTM transmissions ARD - as the successor of Klaus Ludwig.
At the wheel of an Opel Astra H OPC end of October 2005, he beat the class lap record at the Nurburgring to four seconds in 8:35,93 minutes. This record-breaking run under the motto technology transfer from the track to the road was elaborately staged (various cameras on the car and on the track, helicopter shots) and finally on a DVD titled Pure Passion, among others Inboardaufnahmen with inset measured data, aerial photographs and the full round contains from the cockpit perspective, distributed as a marketing tool.
Operates since 2006 Manuel Reuter 's own event agency Driving Performance by Manuel Reuter GmbH, which focused on the preparation and implementation of the 24- hour race at the Nürburgring in 2008 on behalf of OPC.
In September 2008, Reuter secured with a time of 5:08 hours seventh place in his age group and place 168 in the overall ranking of the Ironman 70.3 triathlon in Wiesbaden. With this performance, he qualified for a place at the World Championship in Florida in the following November.
Reuter is married to Michaela and has a daughter. His hobbies include the triathlon.
Le Mans results
- Participation in the Formula Ford 1600 DM and EM (3rd place overall, 6 wins)
- German Formula Ford 2000 champion; Team Henny Vollberg VIT
- German Formula 3 (4th place overall )
- European FIA Formula 3 Cup at the VW factory team (7th overall )
- German Formula 3 (4th place overall )
- DTM with Ford; Team Ringshausen (7th overall )
- DTM with Ford; Team Ringshausen ( runner-up )
- Prototypes and Sportscar Championship on Brun Porsche; repeatedly best Porsche pilot
- World Sportscar Championship with Lloyd Porsche in England
- World Sports Car Championship with Team Porsche Kremer
- Test Driver for the Opel team Schübel
- Inter Series / USA Porsche Kremer
- 24 hours of Le Mans to Kremer Porsche with Harri Toivonen and John Nielsen ( 9th place)
- Opel test driver
- IMSA GTP series with Joest Porsche ( win at Laguna Seca / USA)
- 12 -hour race IMSA GT race Sebring / USA
- 24 Hours of Daytona / USA
- 24 Hours of Le Mans with Frank Jelinski and " John Winter "
- Sporadic inserts in the ADAC GT Cup with Joest Porsche;
- Opel works driver; first use of Class 1- Calibra DTM races at Hockenheim
- Opel works driver in the DTM Calibra V6 ( Opel Team Joest)
- Participation in the Porsche Supercup Porsche Centre Koblenz
- Opel works driver in the DTM / ITC to Calibra V6 ( Opel Team Joest) (5th overall in the ITC and 12th in DTM )
- International Touring Car Championship (ITC ) as the Opel works driver to Calibra V6 ( Opel Team Joest)
- Victory at the 24 Hours of Le Mans with Alexander Wurz and D. Jones (Team Joest Porsche WSC)
- Opel works driver in the ADAC STW Super Touring Car Cup Germany on Opel Vectra in the Opel Team SMS (17th overall )
- Opel works driver in the ADAC STW Opel Vectra in the Opel Team SMS ( 5th overall and win for Opel in the manufacturers' standings )
- Opel works driver to Opel Astra V8 Coupe Opel Team Phoenix in ( runner-up )
- Opel works driver in the DTM Opel Astra V8 Coupe Opel Team Phoenix in the (9th place overall )
- Opel works driver in the DTM Opel Astra V8 Coupe ( 10th overall )
- Opel works driver in the DTM Opel Vectra GTS V8 ( 10th overall )
- Victory in the 24 -hour Nürburgring race with Opel Opel Astra V8 Coupe on
- Opel works driver in the DTM Opel Vectra GTS V8 (12th overall, 3rd place in the race at Oschersleben )
- Opel works driver in the DTM Opel Vectra GTS V8 ( 17th overall, 5th place in the race at the Euro Speedway Lausitz) and 3rd place in the snowmobile race in Sindelfingen