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October 21, 2021
ADAC GT MASTERS 2021
BETWEEN LOVE AND CURSES: ANTICIPATING THE HOME GAME IN HOCKENHEIM

The sixth and penultimate race weekend of the 2021 ADAC GT Masters season is the “home game” for Callaway Competition. Considering the unfortunate events of the last two years at the Hockenheimring, the Callaway Corvette racing team would like this year to go completely different. The team has big plans for the race at Hockenheim, which is located less than 40 miles (60 km) from Callaway Competition in Leingarten, Germany.

The international German GT Championship, also known as the ADAC GT Masters, will hold its sixth race weekend of the season this coming weekend, October 22-24, in Hockenheim, Baden-Württemberg, this year’s home race for Callaway Competition.

For drivers and teams, the “home games” are always a highlight of the season. Sponsors, friends, fans and family members usually flock to the track in large numbers and cheer on their teams and drivers. So it is again for Callaway Competition.

If the home races end up with a victory, as in 2018 with drivers Marvin Kirchhöfer and Daniel Keilwitz, they will be remembered for a long time. But the last two “home games” resulted in zero victories, zero podiums, zero points. In fact, the Corvette didn’t even finish the last four races at the Hockenheimring.

With Callaway Competition, you can’t believe in a curse, however. After all, with four victories at the tradition-rich racetrack, they’re still the most successful team in the “Super Sports Car League”. In 2013, the team celebrated the driver’s championship with Diego Alessi and Daniel Keilwitz for the first time at its home race, and 2017 brought the greatest success in team history. At Hockenheim, together with Jules Gounon, Callaway Competition celebrated their second title in the driver and team classes and a first-time win in the Pirelli Junior classification.

After the team got off to a strong start in the 2021 season, Callaway Competition struggled with the consequences of the Lausitzring fire. For the last race weekend at the Sachsenring, Mike Gramke’s team rebuilt the Corvette C7 GT3-R in record time. However, there still might have been damage hidden somewhere, as the car didn’t perform as expected.

For the upcoming race this weekend in Hockenheim, the team completely dismantled the Corvette again and swapped several components in order to return to pre-Lausitzring inferno performance.

At this year’s home race, Marvin Kirchhöfer (27 / Lucerne, Germany) is again at the wheel of the #77 Corvette. He caused cheers and champagne in the last Hockenheim win in 2018.

The Hockenheimring also feels like a “home game” for the second Callaway Competition driver, Jeffrey Schmidt (27 / Liestal, Switzerland). The Hockenheim track is the closest to Switzerland and Schmidt expects numerous supporters from his neighboring country.

“Based on our experience, Hockenheim is actually a good track for us. However, for some reason, during the past two years, Hockenheim hasn’t been quite the racetrack where Corvette has been successful. It’s hard to say why. In 2018, when I won there with Daniel Keilwitz, we ran great. Then, the following year with Markus Pommer, we weren’t really quick in qualifying. And yes, the two serious crashes ended our races on the first lap. I can’t comment on last year because I wasn’t there with Callaway. So I’m really excited to see where we’ll end up this year. First and foremost, of course, I hope that we’ve been able to fix all the problems with the car and that there are no further unknowns, as we found at the Sachsenring. Other than that, obviously, I hope that we will have a good weekend at the Hockenheimring, for the entire team. After all, it’s our home race and the guys have really worked their asses off, in true German tradition, twice in the last few weeks. I would be very happy if Jeffrey and I can provide the team with a good weekend and maybe even reward their incredible performance with a podium.” Marvin Kirchhöfer

“Hockenheim is always something special for me and the team. The team comes from close by and the Hockenheimring is the closest racetrack to Switzerland, so it’s also my home event in Germany and my highlight on the calendar. We don’t have a home advantage, but thanks to the additional support from family, friends and sponsors, we’ll be one or two-tenths of a second faster. Apart from last year, I always have fond memories of the track. Marvin and I want to win. The team has worked so hard over the past few months and has rarely been rewarded for it. We want to give something back to them now. The team more than deserved the success. So I’m highly motivated and looking forward to the weekend at the Hockenheimring.” Jeffrey Schmidt

“Another real highlight awaits us with the Hockenheimring. It’s not just the fact that we have our home game there that makes this event something special. Naturally, we also like to remember the successes we were able to celebrate there over the past few years. We’re geared-up and the whole team has worked extremely hard during the past two weeks. It would be the right place to finally get rewarded for all our hard work. After qualifying on Saturday, we’ll have a better idea of where we really stand. In any case, as always, we’ll give everything and, of course, we’re really looking forward to our home race.” Mike Gramke, Team Boss

The German TV broadcaster NITRO will televise both races live on Free-TV, Saturday and Sunday from 4:00 PM, Central European Summer Time, (10:00 AM EDT in USA) from Hockenheim. The two qualifying sessions and both races will also be livestreamed on TVNOW.de and adac.de/motorsport.

Text: A. Dannenberg / Motorsport-Karriere.de
German/English Translation: Mike Vendetto / vendetto-marketing.com


September 29, 2021
ADAC GT MASTERS 2021
IT’S OFFICIAL: CALLAWAY COMPETITION WILL START AT THE SACHSENRING

Despite the dramatic fire at the Lausitzring, the Callaway Corvette will be competing in the fifth round of the ADAC GT Masters at the Sachsenring next weekend, October 1-3. It’s also a relief for Callaway driver Marvin Kirchhöfer, who will be celebrating his 20th anniversary in motorsports at his home racetrack at the Sachsenring.

A GREAT RELIEF: The Corvette C7 GT3-R, which suffered considerable damage in a fire during the last race at the Lausitzring, was rebuilt by the Callaway team within two weeks.

The Callaway team didn’t want to travel to Saxony just as spectators. Seeing the devastation at the Lausitzring, the team feared that they wouldn’t be able to start at the Sachsenring, like two years ago when they suffered two serious crashes at the Hockenheimring. After this year’s Lausitzring incident, Jeffrey Schmidt and Marvin Kirchhöfer expected a total loss of their Corvette.

The Corvette suffered significant damage in the inferno. Much of the damage could have been mitigated if the fire department crew had intervened at the scene. Despite the tight schedule, the tireless Callaway Competition team managed to rebuild the racecar.

As early as Tuesday after the fire, Callaway managing director Ernst Wöhr promised, “We will be there at the Sachsenring!” And he kept his word. Those words gave the team an additional boost and motivated their success.

First of all, the most important news was that the chassis and passenger compartment had remained intact. “Due to the great heat generated by the fire, the entire front end had to be replaced, including the engine. Special thanks go to our suppliers, who were able to provide us with missing components quickly and easily, despite the time constraint”, reported team manager André Zanke.

It’s Monday afternoon. The last components have been installed and the Corvette is running again. After a successful rollout, it’s time to pack up and return to the racetrack where the Corvette C7 GT3-R celebrated its first race win worldwide in 2016… to the Sachsenring.

“I would like to thank the entire team for their tireless effort. We have such a great group. Now let’s hope that, this time, the work will be rewarded,” says Callaway Competition managing director Ernst Wöhr.

The two Callaway drivers, Jeffrey Schmidt and Marvin Kirchhöfer, are also very happy. Jeffrey Schmidt, who unceremoniously acted as a firefighter at the Lausitzring and saved the Corvette from even greater damage, celebrated his first victory with the Callaway Competition Corvette at the Sachsenring last year. Of course, he wants to be at the front again next weekend.

For Marvin Kirchhöfer, the local hero, the races at the Sachsenring have always been very important. Again, this year, the fifth championship round of the “League of Super Sports Cars” is something special for the Leipzig native. The 27-year-old celebrates his 20th anniversary in motorsports at his home racetrack at the Sachsenring.

Rewarding hard work, good memories and a local hero celebrating his anniversary in front of spectators… More motivation is almost impossible. Callaway Competition is ready and looking forward to the Sachsenring.

“Of course, it’s great that the guys got the car back. I hope everything works out and we don’t find anything unforeseen; track time is very limited before the races. The Sachsenring isn’t the best track for us. The boys won there last year but, unfortunately, I see that as unrealistic for the coming weekend. There were too many lucky circumstances last year that helped to win. This year, if we can make it into the top seven, like in Zandvoort, that would be great. We want to get strong finishes, especially as a thank you to the guys who worked so hard in the last two weeks. The Sachsenring is always a highlight for me. On one hand, because it’s my home track and, of course, especially because this year is my 20th anniversary in racing. So there’s definitely a reason to celebrate. And hopefully there will be a second and third. The fans can look forward to exciting races. Since there are many run-off areas on the very demanding Sachsenring, any mistake is paid for immediately. That makes things even more spicy.” Driver Marvin Kirchhöfer.

“First of all, a very big ‘Thank you’ to the team for bringing the Corvette back to life and back on its feet in such a short time. That shows you how strong and how cool the team can handle such setbacks. I’m really impressed by how much passion each and every one of the team puts into it. It’s a great relief to know that we can race at the Sachsenring. Of course, we have incredibly good memories of the Sachsenring, especially with the win last year. It’s a track where you really have to be on top as a driver. It’s a lot of fun to drive there. The track rises and falls and has many blind turns making driving fun and so unique. It’s important that we qualify well there because passing is so difficult. This will also be the key to success. I’m really looking forward to the weekend and hope that we can reward the team again.” Driver Jeffrey Schmidt

“We made it. The Corvette is back on all fours. The guys did an excellent job. Really great what they done in the last ten days. I hope that we can reward ourselves for our hard work with two good results at the Sachsenring, even if it will be very difficult to get a podium finish there. The lack of readiness of the firefighters at the Lausitzring is still inexplicable to us. We can only hope that the organizer, together with the DMSB, will investigate the incident thoroughly in order to prevent future cases like this.” Team Boss Mike Gramke

Text: André Dannenberg / Motorsport-Karriere.de
German/English Translation: Mike Vendetto / vendetto-marketing.com


July 13, 2021
ADAC GT Masters in Zandvoort, Netherlands

POINTS-RICH SPECTACLE IN THE ZANDVOORT DUNES


Callaway Competition’s potential was on display in Zandvoort. The only Corvette racing team in the ADAC GT Masters scored some critical points at the third meeting of the ADAC GT Masters season. Consequently, they remain near the top of the championship standings. With a strong team effort, teammates Jeffrey Schmidt (27 / Liestal, Switzerland) and Marvin Kirchhöfer (27 / Leipzig, Germany) fought their way to finish Saturday and Sunday races P7 and P4.

Energized by their recent performance at the Red Bull Ring in Styria, Austria, where Callaway Competition took its first win of the season, the hard-working team from Leingarten, Germany traveled to the second ADAC GT Masters weekend conducted away from their home country.

The newly rebuilt course in the Dutch North Sea resort of Zandvoort, around 40 kilometers west of Amsterdam, is one of the most challenging tracks on the ADAC GT Masters racing calendar. Even though Callaway Competition has been able to celebrate successes here in the past, the racetrack is not necessarily suited to the Corvette. Even before the race weekend began, team boss Mike Gramke’s crew understood that they had to be prepared for a difficult task.

The only Corvette team in the “League of Super Sports Cars” had done its homework. In the few practice sessions, they were able to develop a plan to capture some precious championship points.

During Saturday’s qualifying, driver Jeffrey Schmidt was the victim of numerous interruptions, such that he was denied a better starting position. In Saturday’s race, Schmidt and Kirchhöfer started from P12 and fought to gain five positions, scoring critical championship points with a solid seventh-place finish.

Marvin Kirchhöfer had a little more luck in qualifying on Sunday. Participating in his third season in the Corvette C7 GT3-R for Callaway Competition, Marvin secured fifth starting position in a very competitive qualifying session. The second run of the race weekend was less spectacular for the Corvette team. Early in the race, the #77 Corvette was able to gain a position because of a problem with a Lamborghini. The Lamborghini then held up the field, which gave the Corvette a slight advantage. It wasn’t enough to attack the podium, however. The Callaway team finally finished fourth.

The Zandvoort weekend was certainly more successful than expected. Much more successful than Callaway Competition’s last appearance two years ago, when Callaway Competition returned home with zero points.

The longest-serving team in the ADAC GT Masters series currently remains in the battle for the championship with 68 points, in fifth place overall. And because the leading competitors didn’t score any points in the Sunday race, the Corvette team moved closer to the top quartet. Only one point separates Callaway from third and fourth places.

“I’m really happy after the weekend. On Saturday, things went really well for us with a seventh-place finish. We were able to lay the foundation for Sunday in qualifying. Of course, we were a little lucky with all the safety car laps. To be honest, we didn’t really have the speed to start fifth. We knew that Zandvoort would be a difficult track for us. Under the circumstances, I’m even happier with fourth place on Sunday than third place at the Red Bull Ring. We made the best of it and the track renovation certainly suited us, even if nothing changed in sector two, which is what worried us the most. I’m excited to see how we can handle the next mission at the Nürburgring.” – Marvin Kirchhöfer

“Starting where we did wasn’t easy for us. The racetrack has never really been a Corvette course, and many other teams had already been testing there and we hadn’t. But I think that’s what sets us apart as a team; we’re working so well this year. We were able to set up the car incredibly well during the two practice sessions and really scored a lot of points this weekend. The second free practice went even better than the first, because the team did such a great job between the sessions. On Saturday, we couldn’t quite turn the great second practice session into a good qualifying session, however. Once again, red flags held us up. Thanks to the great teamwork, though, we were able to finish seventh in the Saturday race, which earned us important points. The fourth-place finish on Sunday was the absolute greatest. More than that certainly wouldn’t have been possible, so fourth place at Zandvoort feels like a victory. We’re happy to take that with us because the championship is really very close.” – Jeffrey Schmidt

“The weekend went much better than expected. Naturally, we were also a little lucky now and then, but that’s just as much a part of it as bad luck. We actually had no chance against the fastest competitors, running five-tenths of a second per lap slower. With such a deficit, you usually don’t get that many points in the ADAC GT Masters. We’re absolutely satisfied with the weekend’s results and now we’re looking forward to the next task.” – Mike Gramke (Team Boss)

Text: A.Dannenberg / Motorsport-Karriere.de
German/English Translation: Mike Vendetto / vendetto-marketing.com


July 8, 2021
ADAC GT Masters in Zandvoort, Netherlands

TOUGH JOB AHEAD FOR CALLAWAY COMPETITION

The longest-serving, most successful team in the ADAC GT Masters racing series, Callaway Competition, clinched its first championship win of the 2021 season at the Red Bull Ring and is now hoping to definitively get back on track. Now the Corvette racing team from Leingarten, Germany faces another difficult task at the CM.com Circuit in Zandvoort, Netherlands.

The German GT championship is getting increasingly intense. After the first two race weekends, in Oschersleben and then on the Red Bull Ring, the nation’s leading racing series will be visiting the Dutch North Sea coast in Zandvoort, July 9 to 11, on the impressive racetrack which was rebuilt last year.

Certainly, Callaway Competition won’t be reinventing the wheel for the third round of the season, but the recent modifications on the Circuit Zandvoort are apparent. Other than the track layout, you can barely make any comparisons with the previous course. New steep turns, the braking zone of the Tarzan curve without a gravel bed, a new pit exit and the anticipated tire wear will be even more challenging. Exciting duels and more passing maneuvers than before are to be expected. For the drivers and for the 3000 spectators, who will now be able to return to the grandstands for the third event of the “League of Super Sports Cars”, the renovation work promises a lot of excitement.

Unlike at the last event in the Austrian Alps at the Red Bull Ring, Callaway Competition is not one of the favorites this weekend. However, anything is possible in this championship series and, after its first win of the season, the Corvette team is highly motivated and focused on traveling to the North Sea.

Naturally, the two Callaway drivers Marvin Kirchhöfer (27 / Leipzig, Germany) and Jeffrey Schmidt (27 / Liestal, Switzerland) want to continue the team’s current trend. However, a difficult task awaits them on the 4.259 kilometer course.

“I’m really looking forward to Zandvoort. The last time we were there, things didn’t go that well. At that time, we barely got the chance to get among the front runners. I hope this year will be different. The new racetrack has some innovations in store for us, which I’m also very excited about and looking forward to. I’m sure the weekend won’t be an easy one, if not our most difficult of all. But if we could get into the top five or top seven in the race, as we did in Oschersleben, that would be really good. I think anything else would be a bonus, as many drivers and teams have already driven there with the GT World Challenge and have already been able to gain experience. Of course, we’ll try to make the best of it.” Marvin Kirchhöfer

“I haven’t driven the Corvette in Zandvoort yet. Otherwise, it should really be fun there. Passing was never easy on the racetrack, so I’m all the more excited about the modifications. There is a kind of Daytona feeling due to the two new banked curves and that usually goes very well for me. I’m really looking forward to Zandvoort and the two steep turns. We want to take the momentum from the Red Bull Ring with us. It won’t be an easy weekend, but we’re all highly motivated and we’ll give it our all.” Jeffrey Schmidt

“Historically, Zandvoort has always been a tough nut to crack for our Corvette. The rebuilt sections of the track could help us somewhat, but I still expect difficulties on the unchanged sections of the course. We have to learn as effectively, quickly and as much as possible about the new course in the few sessions. The motivation in the team is at a very good level and our mental toughness is back.” Mike Gramke (Team Boss)

NITRO will broadcast both races from 10:00 AM, Eastern US time, on Saturday and Sunday live from the Zandvoort track. The two qualifying sessions and both races will also be livestreamed on TVNOW.de and adac.de/motorsport.

Text: A.Dannenberg / Motorsport-Karriere.de
German/English Translation: Mike Vendetto / vendetto-marketing.com


June 15, 2021
Race Weekend Two: Red Bull Ring, Spielberg, Austria

RED BULL RING
FIRST VICTORY OF THE SEASON FOR CALLAWAY COMPETITION ON THE RED BULL RING

Last weekend, Jeffrey Schmidt and Marvin Kirchhöfer took their first win of the season for Callaway Competition. In the second race on Sunday, the team lived up to its reputation as one of the favorites and, from starting in P2, captured the tenth victory for the Callaway Corvette. A third-place finish in the first race on Saturday underlined the strong performance of the Callaway team.

Thrilling duels, violent crashes and exciting finishes made for a spectacular weekend (June 11-13) in the second round of the ADAC GT Masters series at the Red Bull Ring in Spielberg, Austria. At the end, spectators saw Jeffrey Schmidt (27 / Liestal) and Marvin Kirchhöfer (27 / Leipzig) celebrating. The duo triumphed in Callaway Competition’s Corvette C7 GT3-R and gave the Corvette marque its tenth victory on the Alpine racetrack in Styria, Austria.

The two Callaway drivers, Jeffrey Schmidt and Marvin Kirchhöfer, took their first podium of the season with a third-place finish on Saturday. The #77 Corvette started the race from ninth on the grid. Starting driver Jeffrey Schmidt was able to fight his way up to P6. Then he handed the cockpit over to Marvin Kirchhöfer who, at the finish, fought a close battle with Maximilian Buhk for third place. At the direction of the race officials, Marvin Kirchhöfer was penalized for exceeding track limits and had to let Buhk pass, but then he immediately regained the last podium place.

After the team had laid the foundation for a successful weekend on Saturday, they continued their success on Sunday. In a spectacular Red Bull Ring race that was exciting right up to the last lap, Schmidt and Kirchhöfer drove to their first win of the season on the 4.326-kilometer road course in the Sunday race of the German GT Championship.

After a strong qualifying session, Marvin Kirchhöfer started the Sunday race from the front row. After just a few meters, Kirchhöfer passed pole setter, Audi driver Dennis Marschall, and took the lead from then on. Immediately after the start, Mercedes driver Maro Engel was involved in a serious crash, but survived unscathed. The result was a break of approximately 45 minutes to retrieve the Mercedes and repair a section of the racetrack’s guardrail. After the restart, Marvin Kirchhöfer and Jeffrey Schmidt, who took over the #77 Corvette in the middle of the race, stayed in the lead until the finish. During the entire race, the leading Corvette duo was under pressure from the second-place Audi, which was never more than 1.5 seconds behind. In the end, Jeffrey Schmidt brought home the first Corvette victory in the 2021 season. Schmidt won with the Corvette marque for the second time, and it was the seventh win for Kirchhöfer in the Callaway Competition Corvette C7 GT3-R.

“It was a really strong weekend. Taking third place on Saturday was great for the team. You could tell that the guys on the team were hungry. The end result gave the team another boost and we were able to lay a good foundation in qualifying on Sunday morning for the start of the second race. The race was really demanding for both of us. Jeffrey managed the second half of the race very well; it wasn’t as easy as it looked from the outside. The pace of the first three cars was nearly identical, but we were always able to gain a small lead during the restarts and hold our position. The Corvette works really well at the Red Bull Ring and we’re very happy about the successful weekend.” Marvin Kirchhöfer

“I’m very happy with the weekend. The hard work has finally paid off. The team did a fantastic job again and I’m happy that we were able to reward the guys with a win on Sunday. Winning at the Red Bull Ring is not as easy as it might look to the outside world. We couldn’t afford to make mistakes; the competition was always hot on our heels on Sunday. We gave everything and we’re very happy with the win. At the start, we were able to stay out of the chaos and after the restarts we were able to gain a few meters right away. I hope we can take the momentum with us to Zandvoort and continue where we left off at the Red Bull Ring. A big thank you to the entire team, sponsors, friends, and all the fans, some of whom were finally back at the track.” Jeffrey Schmidt

“We finally got the payoff we deserved after we were beaten up in Oschersleben. Big kudos to the entire team, who did a flawless, perfect job during the entire weekend. This is exactly what you need to be front-runner in the GT Masters.” Mike Gramke (Team Boss)


June 12, 2021
Race Weekend Two: Red Bull Ring, Spielberg, Austria

Post Race One Drivers’ Quotes:

Marvin Kirchhöfer (Callaway Competition, Corvette C7 GT3-R, 3rd place overall): “I had a few exciting battles, particularly with Maxi Buhk and Albert Costa Balboa. When Albert passed Maxi, I tried to go with him. We made light contact in turn 9 and I had to pull out. As a result, I did not then adhere to the track limits. I then had to allow him past again, but was able to overtake him again afterwards. Unfortunately, that cost me time, as I was close to the Lamborghini. I don’t know whether it would have been enough for second place, but I’m happy with the podium.”

Jeffrey Schmidt (Callaway Competition, Corvette C7 GT3-R, 3rd place overall): “The team laid the foundation for the good result with the good job it did. Thank you for that! The start is always vital here, as you have to be well-positioned for the uphill section after the first corner. We managed to do that and gained a few positions. We knew that we underperformed in qualifying, so we’re obviously happy to take third place. We’re confident about tomorrow.”


June 10, 2021
Race Weekend Two: Red Bull Ring, Spielberg, Austria

Callaway Corvette ADAC GT Masters

CALLAWAY COMPETITION PLANS FOR REDEMPTION ON THE RED BULL RING

At the second event of the ADAC GT Masters season, Callaway Competition wants to continue their good performance starting in Oschersleben and again attack the Red Bull Ring in Spielberg. After two more-than-unfortunate races last year, the Corvette team has big plans to fashion the two upcoming races on the Alpine racetrack this year in a completely different way.

After a strong opening weekend in Oschersleben, which should have been rewarded with a podium result, Callaway Competition is planning to attack at the Austrian Red Bull Ring on June 11th to 13th, the first event of the ADAC GT Masters 2021 schedule outside of Germany.

The 4.326-kilometer course, picturesquely located in the beautiful Styrian countryside, is always a guarantee for spectacular racing. With its long straights and a variety of turn radii, the switchback is perfect for the high-horsepower race cars from the “Super Sports Car League” such as the Leingarten team’s Corvette C7 GT3-R. In particular, the narrow Turn Two at the end of the long uphill straight offers an ideal spot for thrilling braking maneuvers.

Callaway Competition’s Corvette is definitely one of the favorites in Styria. The muscle car with American roots, developed and built in Leingarten, has always done great on the track. The current C7 GT3-R has already won there five times and the previous model was successful four times – an incredible win rate.

But last year, when a Callaway Corvette competed for the 200th time, the team experienced a historic milestone that shouldn’t be acknowledged, from a sporting point of view.

Due to the Corona pandemic, the fifth run in the Alpine republic was scheduled late in the calendar and Team Boss Mike Gramke’s team had to deal with adverse and fluctuating weather conditions. Rain and temperatures just above freezing prevented the two Corvette drivers Markus Pommer and Jeffrey Schmidt establishing the proper setup during practice. In the end, they had to be content with qualifying 21st and 18th.

This year, success should return. In Oschersleben, returning drivers, Marvin Kirchhöfer (27 / Leipzig) and Swiss driver Jeffrey Schmidt (27 / Liestal), were able to perform well in every session. They made good improvement until the crash in the Sunday race, through no fault of their own, and now they want to build on their progress in Spielberg.

Due to the COVID-19 protocol drawn up by the Red Bull Ring together with the ADAC GT Masters and approved by the authorities, a maximum of 3,000 fans per day can experience the races live in the grandstands for the first time this season, the second weekend of the season.

“I’m going to the Red Bull Ring with a good feeling as we made very good progress at Oschersleben and, of course, also because I won the last race there in the Callaway Corvette. The Red Bull Ring is perfect for the Corvette, so I’m optimistic about the weekend. There are some uphill sections where torque plays an important role. I like the track. It’s a lot of fun to drive because it has a lot of fast corners and passing isn’t difficult. What we weren’t allowed to do at Oschersleben, we’ll try to get at Spielberg. Clearly, the goal will be the podium so I can enjoy the good Wiener Schnitzel afterwards, which I’m looking forward to again.” Marvin Kirchhöfer

“The Red Bull Ring is really a great race track. I always enjoy coming there and I always have fond memories of the course. If it hadn’t been for last year. The asphalt is a bit special because it’s very gentle on the tires. So it’s not that easy to get the tires to work. Compared to other tracks, you can drive several fast laps in a row during qualifying. Unfortunately, we just didn’t have the right conditions for that last year. This year, I’m optimistic. The team already turned the right screws at the start and if we carry on there, then we can forget about last year.” Jeffrey Schmidt

“The high level of performance in the ADAC GT Masters field means that there’s a severe price to pay with every mistake. So we’re simply not allowed to make any mistakes. And it basically starts with the first session. We want to find a good rhythm and a proper setup right from the start and make the most of our qualifying performance. If we pick up where we left off after qualifying in Oschersleben on Sunday, then we’ll have a good chance for a successful weekend at the Red Bull Ring. We have to develop the opportunity and then take it.” Mike Gramke, Team Boss

Both Spielberg races will be broadcast on Nitro (German TV) on Saturday and Sunday from 1:00 p.m., local time, including preliminary reporting.

Text: A.Dannenberg / Motorsport-Karriere.de
German/English Translation: M. Vendetto / www.vendetto-marketing.com


May 19, 2021
Race Weekend One: Motorsport Arena Oschersleben

It was expected to be tough for Callaway Competition at the season opener in Oschersleben. A strong performance in qualifying and a solid fourth place on the grid for the Sunday race just didn’t pay off. Instead, a lap-one crash caused bitter disappointment. Despite the wreck, the knowledge gained and the season’s first points from the Saturday race provide confidence for this season.

Last weekend (May 14-16), it happened again. With the first and second races of the ADAC GT Masters series, the 2021 season of the “League of Super Sports Cars” commenced. It was a fast and exciting start to the 15th edition of the German GT Championship; the engines were screaming at the Motorsport-Arena Oschersleben.

Again this year, due to the ongoing Corona pandemic, the German Corvette team from Leingarten had to start its 15th ADAC GT Masters season in front of empty spectator stands.

The new Callaway driver duo, consisting of returning Marvin Kirchhöfer (27 / Leipzig) and the Swiss Jeffrey Schmidt (27 / Liestal), presented themselves as a tight-knit unit from the start and improved steadily from one session to the next.

In the first qualifying session, Jeffrey Schmidt still lacked a bit of luck for a better starting position. In his fast lap, of all places, qualification was canceled because of a disabled racecar on the track.

The first of the two races started late on Saturday afternoon. From Position 11 on the starting grid, Schmidt had to let two racers pass during the chaos at the start so as not to risk anything and fell in line in 13th position. Later, another driver managed to get past the 27-year-old Swiss in a hard-nosed battle. Schmidt kept up, but overtaking on the Magdeburger Börde racetrack proved difficult to complete. Kirchhöfer took over the #77 Corvette at the requisite pit stop at mid-race in 14th place and was able to make up one position towards the end. At that point, the first points were tallied.

The next step forward at Sunday noon. Marvin Kirchhöfer qualified the Corvette in fourth place, starting in the second row, and hopes for a podium in the second race were high. However, they were quickly nipped in the bud during the first lap. Immediately before the race, there was a heavy rain shower so the race started with rain tires. At the exit of the third turn in lap one, former Formula 1 driver Markus Winkelhock lost control of his Audi on the wet track and touched Kirchhöfer just enough that he lost control of the Corvette and crashed into the boundary. Unfortunately, Marvin’s Corvette was damaged just enough that it was impossible to continue. It had to be parked in the pits after just one lap.

It was a bitter, disappointing ending to a weekend that began so strongly. However, when the weekend is viewed as a whole, one can look forward to the rest of the season with confidence.

In mid-June, Callaway Competition will head to the Red Bull Ring, where the team plans to be among the frontrunners again.

“The weekend is, of course, difficult to digest. But I see it from the positive side. We improved continuously from Thursday to Sunday and made good progress. This is very important to me and I’m very confident about the upcoming races. I’m so sorry for the team as they worked so hard over the past few days and they haven’t been rewarded. They deserved a better outcome. I think we’ll have more chances as the season progresses to bring home victories though. I have a good feeling about the next races and I’m happy to be part of the team again.” Driver Marvin Kirchhöfer

“First of all, thanks to all of our partners, sponsors and, above all, the team, that allow this GT Masters venture to be continued. Big kudos to the guys from the team; they delivered a great performance. We improved step-by-step and learned a lot. We had a great car for Saturday and Sunday, but we didn’t have the necessary racing luck on our side. But I think the stars are good that this will change soon. The team is very well positioned and I’m looking forward to the next race.” Driver Jeffrey Schmidt

“Even though the outcome of the Sunday race was, of course, disappointing, we can look forward to the upcoming races confidently, given the performance shown. Special thanks also go to every single one of our team which, despite some restructuring, worked perfectly.” Crew Chief Mike Gramke

Text: A. Dannenberg / Motorsport-Karriere
German/English Translation: M. Vendetto / www.vendetto-marketing.com


May 8, 2021
Kirchhöfer and Schmidt Team Up with Callaway Competition for 2021

Callaway Competition announces its return to the ADAC GT Masters series for the 2021 season. The Team is also pleased to report that they were able to secure six-time race winner Marvin Kirchhöfer (27 / Leipzig) for the upcoming season. The returning driver from Leipzig forms a new Corvette driving duo with Swiss racer, Jeffrey Schmidt (27 / Liestal).

“We’re very happy that circumstances made it possible for the opportunity to get Marvin back. We were able to reach an agreement quickly and getting a teammate like him for Jeffrey was not easy. Plus, we were only able to deal with the financial demands thanks to all of our sponsors”, emphasizes team founder and managing director Ernst Wöhr. He’ll be sending the #77 Corvette C7 GT3-R to the starting line with new livery for ’21.

The last time Marvin Kirchhöfer was behind the wheel of the Callaway Corvette, he fell victim to the 2019 crash-fest in the penultimate round of the ADAC GT Masters at the Hockenheimring. Despite three race wins at the start of the season, the team’s title dreams were put to rest prematurely. In fact, the car was so damaged, the team wasn’t able to compete at the season finale at the Sachsenring.

Marvin was able to achieve six victories in two seasons for the Corvette team and twice fought for the ADAC GT Masters series championship crown. The twin victories in 2018 at the Red Bull Ring, in which he and Daniel Keilwitz won both races on one race weekend, will not be forgotten. In his first year at Callaway Competition, he was already fighting for the championship title of the series, which he finished in third place.

The returning Kirchhöfer not only brings back a lot of experience, but also his cautious optimism as he explains his intentions for the Corvette racing team. “I’m happy to be returning to Callaway and being back in the ADAC GT Masters in 2021. Naturally, I’m looking forward to the upcoming season, how it will go after a year off. The Team is very well-prepared though and has always done a good job in both of my seasons. The Team and the car have always been competitive and have been good for podium finishes, which will also be our goal this year,” says Kirchhöfer happily.

“Marvin is a fast and very professional driver. I’m very happy that we can work together again in the ADAC GT Masters and that we can present a strong driver pairing together with Jeffrey”, team boss Mike Gramke confirms the return of the Leipzig driver.

Driver Jeffrey Schmidt, who raced with Markus Pommer last season, who switched to LMP2, is also enthusiastic about his old and new teammate. “Marvin and I were teammates in the ADAC Formula Masters 2012 and we’ve known each other since karting. We got along very well off the racetrack too, which makes our work a lot easier. He’s a quick teammate and we’re able to push each other well. I think we are a very strong driver pairing too so my goals are very high. Unfortunately, we were unable to meet our high expectations last year. So I’m all the more pleased that we have found a good overall package. I want to get back on the podium, and not just once.”

In addition to Marvin Kirchhöfer, Giovanni Ciccone and Ernst Wöhr’s team is happy to welcome another returnee. Valvoline and Oiltech are once again standing at the side of the longest-serving and most successful racing team in the ADAC GT Masters series.

The premium motor oil manufacturer Valvoline, together with sales and logistics partner Oiltech, was a close partner of the Corvette racing team from 2016 to 2018. Together, they not only won the drivers’ title with Jules Gounon in 2017, but also the junior and team standings in the ADAC GT Masters.

“The ADAC GT Masters and the Callaway Competition Team offer us the best platform to present our premium products. The two brands, Callaway Corvette and Valvoline, have shown in the past that they belong together and can lead to success by using our product offering under the high demands of Motorsports.” Dipl.-Betr.-Wirt Klaus Huber, Managing Director – Oiltech Lubes GmbH & Co. KG

“We’re very happy that we’ve reunited with the Callaway Team and that we’re starting a new season together. In the upcoming 2021 season, we’ll keep our fingers crossed to build on the success of 2017.” Marco Troczynski, Head of Sales and Marketing – Oiltech Lubes GmbH & Co. KG

Also instrumental in bringing all parties together again was partner and sponsor Peter Kramm (Managing Director, Autohaus Kramm Berlin), whose logo has graced the rear wing of the #77 Corvette since 2016. Peter explained, “Over the years, as an official Callaway Corvette dealer, we have grown together with the Team and a real friendship has developed. For us, it goes without saying that in difficult times we’ve moved even closer together and we’ll provide support wherever we can.” Daughter Franziska, with ADAC Partner Team Schnell, also decided to make an important contribution as a new partner.

Text: A. Dannenberg / Motorsport-Karriere.de
German/English Translation: M. Vendetto / vendetto-marketing.com
Photos: SiegerDesign


November 4, 2020
ADAC GT Masters – Lausitzring II
JOY AND SORROW FOR CALLAWAY COMPETITION IN MUD-SLINGING AT THE LAUSITZRING

Last weekend, Callaway Competition went to the Lausitzring for the second time this season. The eleventh and twelfth races of the ADAC GT Masters schedule were held on the Brandenburg course, and it looked much like rallycross. The Corvette team drove to a solid eighth place on Saturday but then missed the opportunity to gain points on Sunday under some difficult conditions.

From the start of the sixth race weekend of the ADAC GT Masters’ 2020 season, in its second visit to the Lausitzring this year, the Callaway Competition team had reason for joy and for complaint. With an eighth-place finish in the first event on Saturday, Markus Pommer (29 / Heilbronn Germany) and Jeffrey Schmidt (26 / Liestal Switzerland) collected crucial points in the championship standings with the #77 Corvette C7 GT3-R.

The drivers expected a wet track for Saturday morning qualifying, just like the practice session on Friday. Callaway driver Markus Pommer did not have an easy task and secured 17th place on the grid in the tremendously competitive “League of Super Sports Cars”.

Markus Pommer started the first race of the weekend under some unusual conditions. The ADAC GT Masters event nabbed some dry spells between the showers, but the track was never good enough for slicks. More water on the track surface would have allowed using windshield wipers but there was no water spray. As it was, wipers only made matters worse by smearing the windshield. The result was flying blind and the most difficult conditions a racer could imagine.

The Callaway duo of Pommer and Schmidt was able to gain several positions during the course of the one-hour race and, in the end, benefited from numerous violations by the competition so the team could enjoy a strong eighth place finish and gain key points.

For Callaway Competition, Sunday morning began with cheers in the pits. Early on, the team sent Jeffrey Schmidt on the hunt for the best starting position as the track dried and he should be congratulated for it. In the fourth qualifying round, Schmidt achieved his fastest time, which meant second place. Then, suddenly, rain fell again and opponents couldn’t turn any faster laps, so that the front row and second starting position was secured for Callaway.

The hopes for a podium didn’t last long. Jeffrey Schmidt immediately passed the leader at the start and led into the first turn, but then had to surrender the lead in the subsequent turns. The Corvette couldn’t handle the wet conditions in the early stages. Forecasted for a drying track, Callaway race engineers decided to reduce tire pressure. But the track didn’t dry. Jeffrey struggled with the lack of traction, lost further positions and handed over to teammate Markus Pommer at the mid-race pit stop in ninth place.

Tire pressure was corrected during the pitstop and Markus was able to maintain his position. However, Pommer also struggled with adverse conditions on the track. In the first half hour, numerous racers drove through the mud and splashed dirt onto the track. At least visibility improved, thanks to the windshield washer system that was previously installed and approved by race officials.

But that’s not all. Nine minutes before the end of the race, while in tenth position, Pommer was hit and spun out by a Lamborghini. As a result, the Callaway Corvette fell back to 18th place and unfortunately missed gaining any championship points. A promising footnote: Markus’ last few laps matched the race leaders’ speed.

A dramatic ending that began so hopefully.

For Callaway Competition, things will progress quickly. Team boss Mike Gramke’s team will travel directly to Oschersleben, where the ADAC GT Masters finale will be held next weekend. Under stringent restrictions, the sanctioning body will be able to hold the event with the exclusion of spectators.

At the finale of the “League of Super Sports Cars”, Callaway Competition is solely concerned with two good results and then saying goodbye to a difficult season. The Motorsport Arena in the Magdeburg Börde is certainly not a track on which the Corvette will compete as a favorite. However, surprises are always possible, as shown in last year’s victory.

“That was a weekend that just hurts. We knew that it wasn’t going to be easy. Nobody in the team expected that we would, in the truest sense of the word, ‘smear’ it. The freakish weather really spoiled our plans. In practice on Friday, I drove the Corvette in the rain for the first time. I felt very comfortable and, with seventh place, it wasn’t that bad at all. Of course, we were happy to take eighth place in the first race. In Sunday qualifying, we had the right strategy that we executed right from the start. The fact that the rain came so quickly was a real gift. I knew that racing would be difficult in the rain. I had hardly any traction in the race and it was like being on ice at times. It’s a shame that Markus was then sent into a spin, which then catapulted us completely out of the points. A very bitter outcome.” Jeffrey Schmidt (26 / Liestal Switzerland)

“Just a shame. We had very difficult conditions for most of the weekend. The Corvette looked like it had just gone through a 24-hour race. There was really a lot of dirt on the track that made it hard to see. In addition, there was a little water on the track during the races, but it wasn’t wet enough for slicks. Since some cars had already driven through the mud in the previous races, it developed into a real mud-slinging affair. Of course, we aren’t satisfied with finishing 8th and 18th. The entire season just didn’t go smoothly. In Oschersleben, we want to end with two good finishes and then say goodbye to the season.” Markus Pommer (29 / Heilbronn Germany)

“The whole weekend we had difficulties getting the Pirelli rain tires even remotely into a working window under these cold conditions. Even if we left no stone unturned, we were never able to provide the drivers with a competitive car in the rain. In Sunday qualifying, Jeffrey did great for the only laps of the weekend on dry tires. Despite qualifying in the front row, we knew we needed a miracle to hold our own against the competition in the rain. Our only hope was that the forecasted dry conditions would happen faster. In the end, we went “all in” and gambled away with the tire pressure.” Mike Gramke (Team Principal)

ADAC GT Masters 2020 Schedule:
7/31 – 8/2/2020 DEKRA Lausitzring I
8/14 – 8/16/2020 Nürburgring
9/18 – 9/20/2020 Hockenheimring
10/2 – 10/4/2020 Sachsenring
10/16 – 10/18/2020 Red Bull Ring
10/30 – 11/1/2020 DEKRA Lausitzring II
11/6 – 11/8/2020 Motorsport Arena Oschersleben (FINALE)

Text: André Dannenberg / Motorsport-Karriere.de
German/English Translation: Michael Vendetto / vendetto-marketing.com


October 29, 2020
ADAC GT Masters – Lausitzring II
CALLAWAY COMPETITION STARTS THE SPRINT TO THE FINISH AND IS READY TO CHARGE ONCE AGAIN

Next weekend, the ADAC GT Masters drivers will be will be returning to Lausitz for the sixth and penultimate championship race weekend. The Corvette Team, Callaway Competition, really wants to strike at their second trip to the DEKRA Lausitzring and then travel to the Magdeburg Börde finale with two good finishes.

Ten exciting races are now behind the participants of the ADAC GT Masters series and, slowly but surely, the strongest national GT world championship series is turning into the home straight. With the sixth round of the season, the “League of Super Sports Cars” will return to the DEKRA Lausitzring this coming weekend, October 30 through November 1, before traveling to the season finale in the Motorsport Arena in Oschersleben just a week later.

The racetrack between Dresden and Cottbus Germany was inserted into the calendar at short notice and replaced the course in the dunes at Zandvoort. Due to the high number of COVID-19 cases in the Netherlands and the subsequent classification as a risk area, ADAC GT Masters officials decided to change the venue.

For the Corvette team, Callaway Competition from Leingarten in Baden-Württemberg, the goal for Lausitz is to get as many points as possible in order to improve its championship standings.

The longest-competing and most successful racing team and its two drivers Markus Pommer (29 / Heilbronn Germany) and Jeffrey Schmidt (26 / Liestal Switzerland) is currently in eleventh place in the championship standings. A total of 100 points is still up for grabs in the final sprint, and the Callaway Competition team wants to secure some of them.

Despite possible scenarios, the team has long since said goodbye to winning the championship. It’s just a reach too far. Instead, after a season marked with so many ups and downs, Mike Gramke’s team wants to give their all once again and secure a more realistic top-five.

In contrast to the start in August, this weekend, for the first time ever, the ADAC GT Masters racers are running the long version of the GP course with the extended pit wall in the first corner. The track is 4.570 meters long, making it the second longest racetrack of the year on the ADAC GT Masters racing calendar. Only the Hockenheimring is four meters longer. Due to the extended pit wall, the first turn has been made less severe for better overtaking opportunities.

The races will be held without spectators this weekend and will start later than usual: on Saturday and Sunday they will be broadcast live in Europe on SPORT1 from 3:00 PM (CET) local time, which is 10:00 AM (EDT) in the US. The races will also be livestreamed at sport1.de, adac.de/motorsport and youtube.com/adac. In addition, the callawaycars.com website has links to all ADAC GT Masters races.

“I think the Lausitzring is not a bad alternative to Zandvoort for us. At the season opener, we showed that we were able to keep up with the race leaders. Even if everything didn’t go perfectly in August, the performance was in tune. The racetrack is now a good kilometer longer, but the characteristics of the track remain similar. The Lausitzring could be another chance to correct our difficult season a little. If our car is competitive again, and I’m assuming it will be, then we have a chance of finishing well in the points there. We have to concentrate and we can’t allow any more mistakes, and we still might end up fifth in the championship.” Jeffrey Schmidt (26 / Liestal Switzerland)

“It’s great to be able to drive at the Lausitzring again this year. The start of the August race was exasperating with the crash where I unfortunately struck Robert Renauer and ended our day, through no fault of my own. Despite a good pace in the race, the weekend was over for us. I only have faint memories of the longer version of the racetrack when I was driving there in Formula 3. But I think that the current track will not be much different, basically, and we’ll be competitive again with the Corvette. The Corvette was doing very well on the track, which the times and the speed have shown. Let’s hope that it doesn’t get too cold and that the weather cooperates, then maybe we can have a say about a podium finish.” Markus Pommer (29 / Heilbronn Germany)

“First of all, congratulations to the ADAC. They were able to find a substitute for the race in Zandvoort at such short notice. A racetrack that we would all have liked to race with the new layout, but health has top priority and it was right to move the event. It’s just as important that we could all continue racing and finish the season with the planned number of races.” Mike Gramke (Team Boss)

ADAC GT Masters 2020 Schedule:
7/31 – 8/2/2020 DEKRA Lausitzring I
8/14 – 8/16/2020 Nürburgring
9/18 – 9/20/2020 Hockenheimring
10/2 – 10/4/2020 Sachsenring
10/16 – 10/18/2020 Red Bull Ring
10/30 – 11/1/2020 DEKRA Lausitzring II
11/6 – 11/8/2020 Motorsport Arena Oschersleben (FINALE)

Text: André Dannenberg / Motorsport-Karriere.de
German/English Translation: Mike Vendetto / vendetto-marketing.com


October 20, 2020
ADAC GT Masters – Red Bull Ring
ANNIVERSARY IN STYRIA:
CALLAWAY CORVETTE AND ADAC GT MASTERS WITH 200TH RACES

At the fifth round of the ADAC GT Masters in Styria, a Callaway Corvette took to the starting line for the 200th time. A historic milestone that should not really be appreciated from a sporting point of view. The Corvette team from Leingarten Germany finished the two GT Masters races on the Red Bull Ring in Spielberg in 21st and 18th place.

They gave their all, with little accomplished: Last weekend, October 16-18, Callaway Competition had to settle for finishing 21st and 18th at the fifth round of the ADAC GT Masters in Spielberg, Austria.

After the surprising win at the Sachsenring, the team had hoped to find their way back to their winning ways. At the Red Bull Ring, where they had always been successful in previous years, the team from Leingarten wanted to build on their form and continue their momentum. But as soon as they arrived, looking at the snow-covered mountain peaks, they began to think that it would be a very difficult weekend.

The fifth race of the season, held in Austria, was rescheduled later in the season due to the Corona pandemic, so the two Corvette drivers Markus Pommer (29 / Heilbronn Germany) and Jeffrey Schmidt (26 / Liestal Switzerland) found that they had to deal with adverse and unstable weather conditions. Temperatures just above freezing and intermittent rain prevented the Corvette duo from practicing with a proper setup.

Saturday didn’t go much better for the team. In the morning, Markus Pommer, as usual, competed in the first qualifying session of the weekend, and came up short in the chase for the best starting position. Race officials imposed a penalty for an alleged violation of the “track limits”, which later triggered a heated discussion.

The “track limits”, the white boundaries of the track, do not cause suspensions to break and tires to flatten like the yellow curbs from last year, but they should be avoided anyway. Race officials took tough action if a driver was observed violating the “track limits” rule.

A detailed clarification could not be established before the Saturday race due to the short time window and the #77 Corvette had to start the race from the back of the field. In the first of the two hour-long races on the Formula 1 circuit, the Callaway Competition team fought its way to 21st place with its two drivers and a lot of effort.

In the first race of the “League of Super Sports Cars” at the Red Bull Ring there were so many violations of the “track limits” that race management was unable to enforce the rule consistently. It was impossible to track all the infractions. Ultimately, the result was an additional driver’s meeting in the evening to clarify the issue and to determine what to do if the “track limits” rule were violated.

For the Swiss Corvette driver, Jeffrey Schmidt from Callaway Competition, things went a little better on Sunday morning. With an ambient temperature of 3ºC (37ºF) and rays of autumn sunshine, he set a strong lap time. However, it was 0.246 seconds behind the coveted pole position. Jeffrey Schmidt and Callaway Competition had to accept starting 13th on the grid. The starting field, which consisted of thirty vehicles, was so close that 26 of them were within a second. It was certainly not the best starting position for the Callaway Corvette, but confidence in the driver and vehicle gave hope for picking up championship points.

The 200th anniversary race of the world’s strongest German national GT series was held on Sunday. A Corvette developed and constructed by Callaway has competed in the series each year since 2007. But it didn’t go as planned. The hotly debated topic of the “track limit” came up again in the first half hour of the race. Like many other teams, Jeffrey Schmidt and Markus Pommer again fell victim to what seemed to be a very difficult and complicated subject.

According to race officials, the Callaway Corvette exceeded the “track limit” specifications several times, so that it received two drive-through penalties. The race for Schmidt and Pommer was practically over.

In the end, the Corvette crossed the finish line in 18th place. Despite the two infractions, the team missed securing any points by just two positions.

Now, in less than two weeks, the Corvette team will be heading back to the DEKRA Lausitzring, where the ADAC GT Masters started the season in July, after the originally-scheduled race in Zandvoort in the Netherlands was canceled. The number of recently infected people with the COVID-19 virus was too high in the newly designated risk area of the Netherlands for a race weekend to be possible.

“The weekend was really disappointing. In the first practice session, we realized that it was going to be very difficult for us. We struggled very hard with the classification (success ballast), which the practice results had shown. Unfortunately, it dragged on through the whole weekend, and then we also had the problem with the ‘track limits’. Logically, not much was going to happen if you had to start from that far behind. Then on Sunday, I got everything out of the Corvette and still, with a perfect lap, was only good enough for 13th place. The start of the race was not that great as I got boxed in and couldn’t turn left. I lost a few positions on the wet grass. As far as the penalties are concerned, I still don’t quite understand. When you’re so close to the car in front of you, you can no longer see the lines. You’re just very focused on the car in front. I think there is an enormous need for clarification because we want to deliver a great and exciting sport to the fans.” Jeffrey Schmidt (26 / Liestal Switzerland)

“The race at the Red Bull Ring was overshadowed by penalties and track limits. These problems have been known at the Red Bull Ring for years, but this time we were particularly affected. But that’s the sport. The same rules apply to everyone. It happened to many racers over the weekend. Unfortunately, it happened several times to us. If you sit very low and drive to the limit and fight for every tenth, it can happen. It was also about centimeters, which you as a driver in the car cannot necessarily assess exactly. Especially not during the race, when you’re concentrating on the car in front of you. Aside from that, we had to struggle with the added ballast in the Corvette in the first race. If you start from the back and want to work your way forward with a full tank of fuel, it’s quite difficult. On Sunday, you could see that, without success ballast, I found a good rhythm and I could set competitive times.” Markus Pommer (29 / Heilbronn Germany)

“My fears came true. It was expected to be, and it was, a very difficult weekend. We’ve never competed at the Red Bull Ring in such cold weather. We just fought without weapons. This ‘track limit’ fiasco not only hurt us but the entire GT Masters; it has nothing to do with promoting entertaining and fair sport. It goes without saying that all drivers must adhere to the assigned track limits. However, the penalty is disproportionate to the possible advantage. No driver who’s racing a competitor at a distance of centimeters disregards the track limits on purpose, he simply does not see them.” Mike Gramke (Team Principal)

ADAC GT Masters 2020:
7/31 – 8/2/2020 DEKRA Lausitzring
8/14 – 8/16/2020 Nürburgring
9/18 – 9/20/2020 Hockenheimring
10/2 – 10/4/2020 Sachsenring
10/16 – 10/18/2020 Red Bull Ring
10/30 – 11/1/2020 Circuit Zandvoort
11/6 – 11/8/2020 Motorsport Arena Oschersleben (FINALE)

Text: André Dannenberg / Motorsport-Karriere.de
Translation: Michael Vendetto / vendetto-marketing.com


October 16, 2020
ADAC GT Masters – Red Bull Ring
THE MOUNTAINS ARE CALLING:
CALLAWAY COMPETITION WITH A TAILWIND FROM SPIELBERG

CALLAWAY COMPETITION WITH A TAILWIND FROM SPIELBERG

The fifth round of the ADAC GT Masters season could be the next highlight of the season. With the first win of the season behind them, Callaway Competition is looking forward to the two upcoming races in Spielberg with great anticipation. The Corvette team wants to continue its progress at the Red Bull Ring and is heading to the Sunday race to commemorate another milestone.

At the end of the second race at the Sachsenring, hardly anyone would have thought that the names of the two Corvette drivers, Schmidt and Pommer, would be at the top of the results list. But the Callaway duo patiently took the opportunity to claim their first win of the ADAC GT Masters season – at exactly the right time.

The surprising victory on the Saxon racetrack almost a week and a half ago was good for the entire team. A break after the difficult start to the season and the frustrating home race in Hockenheim.

Now the fifth round of the “League of Super Sports Cars” travels to Spielberg Austria at the Red Bull Ring, where the top-class GT championship is about to have a historic anniversary next weekend, October 16-18.

But it’s not only the ADAC GT Masters that has something to celebrate in its first of two races away from its home country. When the lights turn green on Sunday, a Corvette developed and built by Callaway Competition will be at the start for the 200th time. A milestone in the 25-year company history of the Leingarten-based team. Founded by Ernst Wöhr and Giovanni Ciccone in 1995, Callaway Competition is not only the longest established team after 14 years but also the most successful with 34 victories.

As Team Boss Mike Gramke’s Corvette team and its two drivers Markus Pommer (29 / Heilbronn, Germany) and Jeffrey Schmidt (26 / Liestal, Switzerland) have found their way back to their winning ways, you couldn’t ask for a better place for such anniversaries.
With lots of momentum, the team is now traveling to the fastest course on the calendar, which, when looking at the statistics, is undoubtedly one of their favorite tracks. With nine wins on the 4.318 km Formula 1 circuit in Spielberg, Austria, five of them with the current Corvette C7 GT3-R, the Corvette team is the most successful in Styria.

Anniversary with a record chase: It would be a real season-highlight if they could be on the podium again at the 200th start of a Callaway Corvette in the company’s 25-year history on your favorite racetrack, the Red Bull Ring.

Whether Callaway Competition will be among the front runners at the Red Bull Ring this year, however, remains to be seen, as the series has progressed and evolved into the strongest German national GT racing series. Exciting races with a lot of action are inevitable.

Thanks to a hygiene and infection protection plan developed by the Red Bull Ring together with the ADAC GT Masters, spectators are again allowed at the track at this weekend. Up to 3,000 visitors per day can experience the exciting hustle and bustle on the racetrack up close.

The races will be broadcast live in Europe by SPORT1 on Saturday, October 17, at 6:30 AM (EST) and on Sunday, October 18, at 7:00 AM (EST). They can also be viewed online via livestream at sport1.de, adac.de/motorsport and youtube.com/adac.

“The Red Bull Ring is a really great course. I always feel at home there, the track just suits me. Unfortunately, I haven’t won the ADAC GT Masters at Spielberg so far. But I have very fond memories of this racetrack. There, in 2015, I was able to take my first victory in the Porsche Carrera Cup under some very difficult weather conditions. With the first win of the season under your belt, you’re naturally very motivated. Now I want to take the momentum with me and best utilize it. As is well known, the Corvette is very strong there and if we deliver an error-free performance, anything is possible again. The weather is difficult to forecast, but a race in the rain wouldn’t be bad. I’m ready and looking forward to Styria.” Jeffrey Schmidt (26 / Liestal, Switzerland)

“I’m headed for the Red Bull Ring feeling good, of course because we won there last year. The Red Bull Ring suits the Corvette, so I’m optimistic about the weekend. There are some uphill sections where that torque plays an important role. I like the track. It’s a lot of fun to drive because it has many fast corners and you can overtake easily. The asphalt is somewhat special because it’s very gentle on the tires. So it’s not that easy getting the tires to wear. Unlike other racetracks, you can drive several fast laps in a row during Qualifying.” Markus Pommer (29 / Heilbronn, Germany)

“The victory at the Sachsenring gave the team additional motivation, which is needed in this difficult time. Surely unexpected, but absolutely deserved. Now it’s time to focus our concentration again. Even if you choose to put us in a favorite role at the Red Bull Ring. The first races of the season have shown how strong the series is and how quickly you can end up empty-handed. This year, we can expect much cooler conditions than in previous years. I’m curious what surprises we can expect as a result. One thing is clear, however. This coming weekend, we want to deliver a strong weekend once again and maybe we can have a say about the podium again.” Mike Gramke (Team Boss)

ADAC GT Masters 2020:
7/31 – 8/2/2020 DEKRA Lausitzring
8/14 – 8/16/2020 Nürburgring
9/18 – 9/20/2020 Hockenheimring
10/2 – 10/4/2020 Sachsenring
10/16 – 10/18/2020 Red Bull Ring
10/30 – 11/1/2020 Circuit Zandvoort
11/6 – 11/8/2020 Motorsport Arena Oschersleben (FINALE)

Text: André Dannenberg / Motorsport-Karriere.de
Photo: Axel Weichert
Translation: Michael Vendetto / vendetto-marketing.com


October 6, 2020
ADAC GT Masters – Sachsenring
CALLAWAY COMPETITION CELEBRATES FIRST VICTORY OF THE SEASON ON THE SACHSENRING

FIRST VICTORY OF THE SEASON ON THE SACHSENRING

Callaway Competition turned it around at the fourth round of the ADAC GT Masters at the Sachsenring. In an exciting, turbulent race on Sunday, the two Corvette drivers Markus Pommer (29 / Neckarsulm) and Jeffrey Schmidt (26 / Liestal) took Corvette’s first win of the season. The strong eighth place on Saturday topped off the return from a miserable stretch.

Sachsenring reclaims success: After the difficult start to the ADAC GT Masters season and the long dry spell, the longest-serving and most successful racing team in the series is back on the road to success. The racing team from Leingarten returned last weekend, October 2-4, with a sensational victory on Sunday. The Corvette team’s frequently-mentioned bubble of hard times has finally burst.

Jeffrey Schmidt (26 / Liestal Switzerland) started the second race on Sunday from sixth on the grid. With a very good start, the Swiss driver was able to advance to P2 before getting to the first turn. However, he then had to fall back to third after the next series of turns. Jeffrey displayed great concentration all the way to the mid-race driver change.

In the second half of the race, Markus Pommer (29 / Neckarsulm Germany) pressured the leading Lamborghini of Franck Perera (36 / France) and Albert Costa Balboa (30 / Spain) from the GRT Grasser Racing Team lap after lap. He then decided not to risk P2 and a consequent podium win any longer. Then, as they crossed the finish line, the first-place team received a time penalty for an offense during a safety car phase, which cleared the way for the Callaway Corvette for its first win of the season.

Step by step, back to good fortune: On Saturday, after the seventh race, a return to joy. Starting 14th, the Callaway duo fought their way to a strong eighth place finish. It was the first step in the right direction after having been unlucky on Saturdays so far this season.

Callaway Competition achieved the hoped-for turning point through their team spirit and hard work. Even at the Sachsenring, which is not exactly on the Corvette C7 GT3-R’s parade route.

Despite the long dry spell, the team always maintained a positive attitude and an irrepressible will to win. Setbacks were handled quickly. Now, the team’s next victory should be realized soon.

For the Corvette team, headed by Mike Gramke, it’s off to the Red Bull Ring in Austria in a week and a half, where the team clinched their last victory last year. A good place to pick up where you left off on the Sachsenring.

“A very good result which is, of course, all the more beautiful since we’ve had a tough season so far. Everything went in our favor in qualifying, we were able to set a good lap and secure one of the front starting positions. After a lot of work this weekend, our Corvette was very good on the track, which was certainly the basis for the good performance, both in qualifying and later in the race. I’d also like to take this opportunity to thank the entire team, who never gave up. Everyone pushes and works hard for success. Even in the bad times, the team has never lost its motivation. The best thing about being up there is to see how everyone on the crazy and hard-working team has a huge smile on their face again.” Jeffrey Schmidt (26 / Liestal Switzerland)

“That was a strong weekend. Everything finally worked out. After we were basically competitive at the season opener at the Lausitzring, we had a lot of bad luck in the last few races, and it was often just minor things. This weekend we finally had luck on our side again. We weren’t at the Sachsenring last year. So we had to figure out the track a bit first. We worked a lot on the setup and we were both able to improve. Jeffrey laid the foundation with a good qualifying effort and the start went well for us, although we actually thought that we would have disadvantages on the outside of the lane. At the outset, I was faster than the Lamborghini but I didn’t want to risk second place.” Markus Pommer (29 / Neckarsulm Germany)

“We’re all overjoyed about this success after the long stretch of heartache. This was a breakthrough after the previous races. We wanted to make progress in both races at the Sachsenring and get into the points. The hard work of the entire team has paid off and we’ve shown that we’re on the right track. Now we have to take the momentum with us and continue to focus on bringing everything together. A big thank you also goes to all of our partners and sponsors, who’ve always cheered us on even in difficult times.” Mike Gramke (Team Principal)

ADAC GT Masters 2020:
7/31 – 8/2/2020 DEKRA Lausitzring
8/14 – 8/16/2020 Nürburgring
9/18 – 9/20/2020 Hockenheimring
10/2 – 10/4/2020 Sachsenring
10/16 – 10/18/2020 Red Bull Ring
10/30 – 11/1/2020 Circuit Zandvoort
11/6 – 11/8/2020 Motorsport Arena Oschersleben

Text: André Dannenberg / Motorsport-Karriere.de
Photo: Axel Weichert
Translation: Michael Vendetto / vendetto-marketing.com


September 28, 2020
ADAC GT Masters – Sachsenring
TURNING THE RUDDER AROUND: SACHSENRING SHOULD BE THE PIVOT POINT

For Callaway Competition, the battle in the ADAC GT Masters series is headed into the next round: The Sachsenring is the venue for the fourth round of the “Super Sports Car League’s” season. Together with their Corvette duo, Markus Pommer and Jeffrey Schmidt, they want to do everything they can to get back on the road to success after the most frustrating results.

Callaway Competition returns to the Sachsenring this coming weekend, October 2-4, after two years and has big plans for the two upcoming races.

Last year, the team involuntarily had to forego participating in the ADAC GT Masters finale on the Saxon racetrack between Chemnitz and Zwickau. This was due to the two serious crashes during the previous race at the Hockenheimring. The Callaway Corvette was so badly damaged that it could not be repaired until the last race weekend.

Now the race team from Leingarten near Heilbronn in Baden-Württemberg is ready to start again.

Even if this season hasn’t produced great results, and the Sachsenring is anything but a favorite track of the strong Corvette C7 GT3-R, the team is ready to battle.

Team boss Mike Gramke’s group wants to finally turn things around and get back on the road to success as the strongest German national GT racing organization makes a guest appearance at the Saxon “Big Dipper” this race weekend. After the difficult start of the season, Callaway Competition has no more time to lose.

The ADAC GT Masters ends the first half of the season with races seven and eight. For the two Corvette drivers, Markus Pommer (29 / Heilbronn Germany) and Jeffrey Schmidt (26 / Liestal Switzerland), this means now showing strong determination and starting over very cleverly.

The Team now intends to close the gap at the 3.645 km racetrack and wants to take a big stride into the second half of the season with good results and two points.

The races will be broadcast live in Europe by SPORT1 on Saturday and Sunday at 1:05 PM CET (8:05 AM, Eastern US time). They can also be viewed online via livestream at sport1.de, adac.de/motorsport and youtube.com/adac.

“I look forward to the Sachsenring every year. The race course is very special. It goes up and down and has terrific variation in the turns. In the past three years, I was on the podium twice so I think that this track suits me personally. I’m very confident that we will finally be able to shake our bad luck there and with a little more racing luck we can go as far forward as possible. Even if the track wasn’t made for the Corvette, we will, of course, do everything we can to get everything out of the Corvette.” Jeffrey Schmidt (26 / Liestal, Switzerland)

“The Sachsenring is a real challenge, even without our difficult situation. It will definitely not be an easy weekend. Despite all of this, the team’s morale is good and we’re highly motivated. I’m very curious to see how the Corvette can be driven at the Sachsenring. Unfortunately, I didn’t get to do that last year. Next weekend, we want to finally finish and if that’s possible, as far ahead as possible. We have to get back on track as quickly as possible. Of course, that doesn’t happen overnight. We have to do it step by step. I have confidence in this team and in the Corvette that we can do it. We want to turn things around at the Sachsenring.” Markus Pommer (29 / Heilbronn, Germany)

“Our situation after the first three runs is anything but satisfactory and in no way meets our expectations. So we’re not coming to the Sachsenring in top form. However, I think the racetrack offers us the opportunity to take small positive steps. It’s not like it’s the end of the world if we don’t get close to the podium at the Sachsenring. It’s important that we make progress, close the gap as best we can and fight back at the Red Bull Ring. We will make progress, I am firmly convinced of that.” Mike Gramke (Team Principal)

ADAC GT Masters 2020:
7/31 – 8/2/2020 DEKRA Lausitzring
8/14 – 8/16/2020 Nürburgring
9/18 – 9/20/2020 Hockenheimring
10/2 – 10/4/2020 Sachsenring
10/16 – 10/18/2020 Red Bull Ring
10/30 – 11/1/2020 Circuit Zandvoort
11/6 – 11/8/2020 Motorsport Arena Oschersleben

Text: André Dannenberg / Motorsport-Karriere.de
Photo: Axel Weichert
Translation: Michael Vendetto / vendetto-marketing.com


September 18, 2020
ADAC GT Masters Hockenheimring
ATTACK ON THE PODIUM:
CALLAWAY COMPETITION TO SETTLE OPEN ACCOUNT AT HOME TRACK

Hockenheimring 2020

The upcoming round of the ADAC GT Masters at the Hockenheimring (September 18-20) will provide a double highlight for the Callaway Competition team. For the racing team from Leingarten, which will celebrate its 25th birthday in 2020, it’s a “home game”. The Corvette team last won an ADAC GT Masters event in front of their home crowd in 2017 and, after the two horrible crashes from last year, they have an account to settle.

After a good performance at the last race at the Nürburgring, the Callaway Competition team is going to its home track at the Hockenheimring next weekend, September 18-20, highly motivated and full of confidence.

Callaway Competition and the Hockenheimring: an inseparable combination in the Company’s 25-year history. The heart of the Leingarten race team is closer here than any other racetrack. Consequently, anticipation for the third race weekend in the ADAC GT Masters series is great.

After a difficult start to the season, the Callaway team and its two drivers Markus Pommer (29 / Heilbronn, Germany) and Jeffrey Schmidt (26 / Liestal, Switzerland) has picked up speed again. The racing team is based in Leingarten, only 60 kilometers from the track, and they plan to maintain the momentum from the Eifel to the Hockenheim racetrack in Baden-Württemberg, getting back on the road to success.

The last few years have shown that the ADAC GT Masters races at the Hockenheimring have been full of surprises for the Corvette team. With four wins on the historic race track, Callaway Competition is the most successful team in the “Super Sports Car League”. In 2013, the team celebrated the drivers’ championship for the first time with Diego Alessi and Daniel Keilwitz at its home race. 2017 brought the greatest success in team history. Together with Jules Gounon, the team celebrated the second title in the drivers’ and teams’ championship at Hockenheim and, for the first time, they won the Pirelli Junior class.

The numerous successes have been offset by a terrible racing weekend, however. Last year, the Callaway Corvette was involved in violent accidents in both races. Not only the championship ambitions were dashed, but the season had to be cut short. Participation in the series finale at the Sachsenring was no longer possible due to the severity of the damage to the race car. There was simply not enough time to construct a new Corvette C7 GT3-R.

An unresolved matter that should be settled next weekend.

Spectators will not be on hand at the third round of the season of the top-class GT series to comply with the applicable official Corona-Virus requirements in Baden-Württemberg. For Callaway Competition, it’s an especially unfortunate situation, because friends, partners, sponsors and, not to forget, the numerous fans make a home race a very special event.

The races will be broadcast live in Europe via SPORT1 on Saturday and Sunday from 12:45 p.m. and 1 p.m. They can also be seen online in the livestream at sport1.de, adac.de/motorsport and on youtube.com/adac.

“I have many good memories of Hockenheim, both on and off the track. It’s always nice when a lot of people are there and cheer. That’s why Hockenheim is always a highlight for me. It feels like a home race because, since it’s so close to Switzerland, there are always many friends, sponsors and fans on hand. In addition, the Hockenheimring is a great circuit with a long history. Driving through the Sachskurve is a great feeling when you know that many of your fans are there. Unfortunately, we have to do without the fans again, which I really regret. Nevertheless, I’m highly motivated and I’ll be giving everything I have so that we can finally take our first podium.” – Jeffrey Schmidt (26 / Liestal)

“Hockenheim is the home race for both me and Callaway Competition. I and some team members can even sleep at home. Unfortunately, I had a lot of bad luck at Hockenheim recently – especially last year with two crashes on the first lap. While I wasn’t at fault, it was very unfortunate. So things can only get better now. Even if Hockenheim is Callaway’s home track and, therefore, we know the track very well, I have a hard time assessing how strong we’ll be in the races. We didn’t complete a race lap in 2019 and there are new tires this year. But most recently at the Nürburgring it went well, especially on Sunday, so I’m confident and can hardly wait for the race weekend, practically on my own doorstep.” – Markus Pommer (29 / Heilbronn)

“We’re looking forward to the two races at the Hockenheimring with great confidence. We’ve been able to prove our performance at the last few races. Unfortunately, everything has not worked one hundred percent yet, but that should change at our home track. You can feel that the whole team really wants to be successful. The boys know that they haven’t been able to show their stuff so far this season and now they want to turn the tables. I’m sure that we have the potential to do that. However, given how dense the talent is in the field, absolutely everything has to be right, otherwise you won’t win in the ADAC GT Masters.” – Mike Gramke (Team Principal)

ADAC GT Masters 2020:
7/31 – 8/2/2020 DEKRA Lausitzring
8/14 – 8/16/2020 Nürburgring
9/18 – 9/20/2020 Hockenheimring
10/2 – 10/4/2020 Sachsenring
10/16 – 10/18/2020 Red Bull Ring
10/30 – 11/1/2020 Circuit Zandvoort
11/6 – 11/8/2020 Motorsport Arena Oschersleben

Text: André Dannenberg / Motorsport-Karriere.de
Photo: Axel Weichert
Translation: Michael Vendetto / vendetto-marketing.com



August 19, 2020
2nd Round – ADAC GT Masters
CALLAWAY COMPETITION TRENDING UPWARD

Callaway at Nürburgring 2020
In the second round of the ADAC GT Masters 2020 schedule at the Nürburgring, the Callaway Corvette, driven by Markus Pommer (29 / Heilbronn) and Jeffrey Schmidt (26 / Liestal), finished fifth in the second race and consequently achieved the best result of the season for Callaway Competition.

Last weekend (August 14-16), the Callaway drivers demonstrated the upward trend in the second round of the ADAC GT Masters on the Sprint Course of the tradition-rich Nürburgring.

After the disappointing start to the season in Niederlausitz, the Corvette team from Leingarten, Wuerttemberg, Germany had big plans for the second round in the Eifel. The new Corvette-Duo wanted to pick up on the 3.629-kilometer course where they had left off at Sunday’s race with a strong comeback.

In the two free practice sessions on Friday, the Callaway team ran a program where the focus was placed less on fast lap times. Rather, important data was collected regarding the tires and the setup.

In the first of two races last weekend, Callaway Competition suffered a setback, like at the Lausitzring. This time it was technology that ended the race early. On lap 18, Markus Pommer headed for the pits to change drivers as planned and handed the car over to Jeffrey Schmidt in 13th position. The 26-year-old Swiss racer could only drive two meters, then the technology went on strike.

After a brief shake of the head, team boss Mike Gramke’s team did what they are now known for: Night Shift. The crew worked on Pommer and Schmidt’s Corvette C7 GT3-R until 7:30 in the morning. Instead of swapping the engine, it was nearly completely dismantled and certain components were replaced.

Ninety minutes after completing the overnight work, Jeffrey Schmidt rewarded the team with a sensational qualifying session. On the last lap, he managed to leap to the second row of the grid with the third fastest time.

In the race, Jeffrey Schmidt got off to a good start and attacked the pole-setter directly, who blocked the attack. The leader left his left side so wide-open that three other cars were able to pass easily. On the first lap, the Callaway driver was in fourth position.

During the first half of the race, the first four racers put on an exciting race, with thrilling but fair duels at a very high level. Until the pit stop, Schmidt was always ready to fill the gap to advance his position.

After the driver change, Markus Pommer unfortunately fell victim to the pit stop transition area. Slower vehicles that had just completed their pit stop in front of him resulted in losing several positions.
By the end of the race, Markus brought the Callaway Corvette home in a strong fifth place and gained a total of 11 points.

Next month (September 18-20), Callaway Competition intends to finally shake off the bad luck at their home race at the Hockenheimring with another attack at the podium.

“We’re heading in the right direction, but we haven’t completely shaken off our bad luck. We were highly motivated for a comeback at the Nürburgring. The early retirement in the first race is all the more aggravating. Especially for the team that has to work a night shift again, like after the Lausitzring accident. Nevertheless, nobody buries their head in the sand and everyone continues to push full throttle, so that there is always a great car in the morning. Of course, the pressure was really high on me because I really wanted to reward the guys. I gave everything in Qualifying, got the last thousandth out of it, so we were able to reward ourselves with third place. It was a great satisfaction for everyone and, at the time, it felt like a Pole.” Jeffrey Schmidt (26 / Liestal)

“Jeffrey drove a great Qualifying on Sunday. His last lap was really, really good. He was doing very well in the race and stuck to the bumper of the third-place Precote Herberth Porsche until the pit stop. Unfortunately, it was difficult for us to transition. Because the Precote Herberth Porsche, who drove into the pit in front of us, was also placed directly behind us in the pit lane, I had to be very careful when driving out so as not to cause an ‘Unsafe Release’. I had to look in the rearview mirror all the time while a car was also in the pits in front of me for his change. As a result, we lost a few crucial tenths of a second, which allowed two WRT Audis to pass us. It’s a shame, because I think, but for that, it would have been possible to do more.” Markus Pommer (29 / Heilbronn)

“Somehow, since Hockenheim last year, we’ve had a bug in there. But now the performance was right and we showed again on Sunday where our aspirations lie. I hope that we have now overcome this phase and that over the next four weeks we can finally score as many points as possible in both races.” Mike Gramke (Team Principal)

ADAC GT Masters 2020:
7/31 – 8/2/2020 DEKRA Lausitzring (Germany)
8/14 – 8/16/2020 Nürburgring (Germany)
9/18 – 9/20/2020 Hockenheimring (Germany)
10/2 – 10/4/2020 Sachsenring (Germany)
10/16 – 10/18/2020 Red Bull Ring (Austria)
10/30 – 11/1/2020 Circuit Zandvoort (Netherlands)
11/6 – 11/8/2020 Motorsport Arena Oschersleben FINAL (Germany)

Text: A. Dannenberg / Motorsport-Karriere.de
Translation: M. Vendetto / vendetto-marketing.com


August 13, 2020
ALL CLEAR FOR LAUNCH, TIME TO CATCH UP: CALLAWAY COMPETITION TO GET BACK ON TRACK ON THE NÜRBURGRING


The ADAC GT Masters series is making a stop in the Eifel: The second event of the “League of Super Sports Cars” season is scheduled for the legendary Nürburgring (August 14-16). For the Corvette team of Callaway Competition and its two drivers, Markus Pommer and Jeffrey Schmidt, here’s the chance to catch up – since the season opener at the Lausitzring did not go as expected.

Next weekend (August 14-16), the ADAC GT Masters will run the second race weekend of the season. With its two drivers, Markus Pommer (29 / Heilbronn) and Jeffrey Schmidt (26 / Liestal), the Callaway Competition team especially wants to shine at the legendary Nürburgring after starting the season with a severe setback in Niederlausitz two weeks ago.

After a best time in the first free practice session of the season, a strong eighth starting position followed for the Saturday race. Instead of a podium finish on Saturday, the first race of the 2020 season ended early with a crash. Despite a penalty of ten positions to start the second race on Sunday, the two Corvette drivers fought their way through the field from 24th on the grid and were able to take home a 12th place finish.

Offense is the best defense: At the Nürburgring, the Leingarten team wants to attack again with its Corvette C7 GT3-R in order to reduce the point deficit. “Cheer up, that’s our motto now,” explains team manager André Zanke.

The Corvette duo of Pommer and Schmidt wants to leave the disastrous start of the season behind and now they’re hoping that the Eifel will not let the gap between them and the season leaders become even greater.

The races are driven on the Nürburgring’s 3.629 kilometer sprint track with the F1 chicane. As on most of the racetracks in the ADAC GT Masters schedule, Callaway Competition is one of the most successful teams of the series with five wins. In 2014, the team from Leingarten celebrated a place at the top of the podium with drivers Andreas Wirth and Daniel Keilwitz. The RWT customer team won the Saturday race the day before, also with a Callaway Corvette Z06.R GT3.
At the second round of the season of the top-class GT series, spectators will be admitted for the first time since the outbreak of the Corona pandemic, albeit subject to strict hygiene practices. Spectators will be allowed to watch the races from dedicated seats in the stands. However, entry into the paddock is not yet permitted.

The races are broadcast live in Europe by SPORT1 on Saturday and Sunday starting at 1:05 PM. They can also be viewed online via livestream at sport1.de, adac.de/motorsport and youtube.com/adac.

“After the missed podium opportunity two weeks ago, we want to make up for that. I’m extremely determined and looking forward to driving at the Nürburgring. It’s a great track and I have many good memories of the Eifel. I had one of my first GT Masters podiums there. I also like to look back on my long-distance races on the Nordschleife. The course is something special with fans too. Of course I hope that, this coming weekend, spectators will be allowed again and that some will come too.” Jeffrey Schmidt (26/Liestal)

“After the start at the Lausitzring with its ups and downs, I’m really determined now and I’m looking forward to the coming weekend at the Nürburgring. Last year, we had a great comeback there. Maybe we’ll be even luckier this year and get our first podium there. At the Lausitzring, you could see that the potential was there. Jeffrey and I are also well attuned to each other; everything progressed very quickly. Now we have to concentrate on trying to implement everything we have planned for the weekend.” Markus Pommer (29 / Heilbronn)

“The last race weekend is history and checked off. I hope the guys are clear-headed again and can pick up where they left off at the Lausitzring. The car’s performance is good and we’re certainly optimistic. With faultless performance, good placements are possible.” Mike Gramke (Team Principal)

ADAC GT Masters 2020 Schedule:
July 31 – Aug 2, 2020 DEKRA Lausitzring
Aug 14-16, 2020 Nürburgring
Sep 18-20, 2020 Hockenheimring
Oct 2-4, 2020 Sachsenring
Oct 16-18, 2020 Red Bull Ring
Oct 30 – Nov 1, 2020 Circuit Zandvoort
Nov 6-8, 2020 Motorsport Arena Oschersleben

Text: A.Dannenberg / Motorsport-Karriere.de
Translation: M. Vendetto / vendetto-marketing.com


August 4, 2020
ROLLER COASTER START FOR CALLAWAY COMPETITION


At the season opener of the ADAC GT Masters last weekend at the DEKRA Lausitzring, Callaway Competition started the season with a track record during Free Practice. However, a crash in Race One and a subsequent penalty gave the team from Leingarten a poor score despite a strong comeback on Sunday.
The first race of the Corona pandemic era has been completed. The ADAC GT Masters finally started its 14th season last weekend, July 31 to August 2, with strict hygienic practices and with the exclusion of spectators.

Callaway Competition returned to the “League of Super Sports Cars” after a ten-month break. With a new driver team and a completely new Corvette C7 GT3-R, the highly motivated team from Leingarten traveled to the DEKRA Lausitzring.

On Friday, in the first Free Practice session, the Team presented its two drivers, Markus Pommer and Swiss newcomer Jeffrey Schmidt. Markus Pommer set the first best time of the season with a perfect lap of 1:21.553 minutes. Unfortunately, this trend would not continue into the weekend.

Pommer started from a strong eighth position in the Saturday race and was able to gain three positions thanks to his quick reaction at the start. During the first quarter-hour, he was able to advance to fourth place and caught up to the third-place car. In a tough but fair duel, Pommer was pushed to the left-hand side of the track when going for third place. Out of the racing line, he wasn’t able to decelerate the Corvette sufficiently to prevent contact with the second-placed Porsche turning into Turn 1. As a result of the collision, both vehicles were badly damaged and were taken out of the race – instead of a possible podium finish. Particularly unfortunate was that the completely-uninvolved Precote Herberth Motorsport Porsche 911 GT3 R fell victim to the duel.

Newcomer Jeffrey Schmidt had no driving time on Saturday and had to postpone his debut with the Callaway Corvette.

As was the case last year for Callaway’s Hockenheim ordeal, a night shift was on the program. Again, the team was tasked to get the only Corvette C7 GT3-R in the top-class ready for the next day. However, the damage after the accident was not the only penalty that Jeffrey Schmidt faced during Sunday qualifying. The #77 Corvette was fined ten positions for the accident.

Schmidt qualified the Corvette with a gap of 0.425s to 14th place but had to start Race Two from 24th place. The Swiss racer fought his way through the field with a strong performance and handed the cockpit to Markus Pommer at the pit stop in 17th place, who brought the Corvette to the finish in 12th place. Despite the strong effort, the remarkable comeback netted only four championship points.

A start that the team imagined differently.

The next ADAC GT Masters race is scheduled at the Nürburgring in just under two weeks. A new opportunity to pursue good results.
“I certainly imagined the start to be a little different. Giving away the podium away on Saturday and only four points for the weekend are very bitter. However, considering the very strong starting field with numerous works drivers, we were able to show that we can have a say in the front places. The Team did a fantastic job. The boys repaired the car overnight, which was really badly damaged. Now we’re looking forward to the next race at the Nürburgring and hope for better results there.” Jeffrey Schmidt (26 / Liestal)

“We started the weekend well. Everything that we tried on the car worked. I had no traffic in the first Free Practice session and I was able to get in a good lap. I felt good; I was very happy with the car. In the race, I only had a fraction of a second to make the decision to stop passing. Unfortunately, it was too late and I could no longer brake the car; I was on the dirty part of the track. I’m sorry for Jeffrey and the team. For Robert Renauer too, who wasn’t at fault at all and whose team also had to work through the night. I thank our Team for their hard work. Again, the boys put us in a great car for Sunday.” Markus Pommer (28 / Heilbronn)

“We have to put the weekend behind us and focus on the next race at the Nürburgring. It certainly did not go as hoped, but at the same time I’m very satisfied with the performance on display. The crash on Saturday naturally woke up memories of Hockenheim. The team gave everything through the early hours of the morning and worked tirelessly. A big thank you goes to André Schubert from Schubert Motors for helping us weld some critical chassis components. A podium in the first race and points were possible in both races but, unfortunately, it just wasn’t to be.” Mike Gramke (Team Principal)

ADAC GT Masters 2020 Schedule:
July 31 – Aug 2, 2020 DEKRA Lausitzring
Aug 14-16, 2020 Nürburgring
Sep 18-20, 2020 Hockenheimring
Oct 2-4, 2020 Sachsenring
Oct 16-18, 2020 Red Bull Ring
Oct 30 – Nov 1, 2020 Circuit Zandvoort
Nov 6-8, 2020 Motorsport Arena Oschersleben

Text: A.Dannenberg / Motorsport-Karriere.de
Translation: M. Vendetto / vendetto-marketing.com


July 30, 2020
The 2020 Season Kickoff


“ZEIT, DASS SICH WAS DREHT” (Time is a twisting thing) – CALLAWAY COMPETITION WORKING TO A FEVER PITCH
Anticipation at Callaway Competition: After months of waiting, the Corvette team can finally start the 2020 ADAC GT Masters season next weekend (July 31 to August 2). The DEKRA Lausitzring is the host for the start of a compact season of the “League of Super Sports Cars”. Callaway entry Jeffrey Schmidt celebrates his racing debut with the Corvette C7 GT3-R.

Who would have thought that the 2006 Herbert Grönemeyer song, “Zeit, dass sich was dreht” (Time is a twisting thing) would symbolize the situation in German motorsport years later? “If you don’t move now, you’ll wait forever”. We understood: Now get on your hooves, meaning – out of the home office, up from the sofa, into the race car. Or: Don’t moan so much, look forward to life and especially to the 14th Season of the ADAC GT Masters series.

Now the time has finally come and three months later than originally planned, the “League of Super Sports Cars” starts the 2020 season after the Corona lockdown. The DEKRA Lausitzring is the first step to an abbreviated racing calendar for 2020 with a total of 7 events in 4 months. Other venues are the Nürburgring (Germany), Hockenheimring (Germany), Sachsenring (Germany), Red Bull Ring (Austria), Zandvoort (Netherlands) and the finale in Oschersleben (Germany).

Despite the crippled economy due to the Corona pandemic, more than thirty super sports cars from seven different manufacturers as well as numerous and well-known drivers with Formula 1 and IndyCar experience and sports car aces will be chomping at the bit for the July 31 to August 2 weekend at Lausitzring, launching the strongest international GT racing series in the world. However, one thing will be sorely missed: the fans at the racetrack and in the paddock.

Even if the special conditions demand a lot from the organizers, teams and drivers, Callaway Competition, the longest-serving and most successful racing team of the ADAC GT Masters, is highly anticipating the start of the season. This season, the Corvette team from Leingarten Germany not only celebrates its 14th year participating in the championship series, but also its 25th company anniversary.

Team Boss Mike Gramke’s group will compete with the Corvette C7 GT3-R, specially developed in Leingarten with a refined design for 2020. Like last year, the Callaway Corvette will be piloted by Markus Pommer (29 / Heilbronn) and Swiss newcomer Jeffrey Schmidt (26 / Liestal) with their traditional car number: #77.

While Markus Pommer is with Callaway for his second season, Jeffrey Schmidt is celebrating his racing debut with the Callaway Corvette on the 3.478 km DEKRA Lausitzring. Both drivers know the Lower Lusatia course very well. The ADAC GT Masters last raced there in 2017 and they’ve had successful results in other series too. The Callaway Competition team can also look back on a favorable past at the Lausitzring. With four wins there, the team from Leingarten is the most successful in the “Super Sports Car League”. Most recently, Jules Gounon and Daniel Keilwitz won there with the 2016 Callaway Corvette C7 GT3-R.

When the season starts next Saturday, the Callaway Corvette with Pommer and Schmidt will be the only Corvette in the top-class field. The Callaway customer team RWT will not participate in the ADAC GT Masters in 2020.

“I’m pleased that things are finally getting started again and I’m very excited to see how I can start the season with my new team, Callaway Competition. We can be completely satisfied with our preparation. There are a few more items that we have to work through to get the final details ironed out, but we just need a few more kilometers to do that. Overall, I’m optimistic. We were able to learn a lot about the new tires, which was very important. The car is already very good and with each lap I feel more comfortable, even considering we started from a very high baseline. So I’m confident that we’ll be in good shape at the start.” Jeffrey Schmidt (26 / Liestal)

“After our promising test days, I can’t wait to start the first race this year. Above all, it’s nice to start again at the Lausitzring. I felt great during the tests. The team works very focused and has already done a super job in preparation. However, as the competition gets stronger every year, I’m anxious to see where we’ll end up in qualifying. Naturally, we want and we have to take as many points with us as possible on the first weekend.” Markus Pommer (29 / Heilbronn)

“We’ve been waiting a long time and now we can finally start the new season at the Lausitzring. We thank ADAC-Motorsport for their tireless efforts in these difficult times. The events will be different than we are used to, but the safety and health of everyone involved remains a top priority for all of us. In the preparatory phase, we did everything possible to finally start the season well-prepared. With Markus and Jeffrey, we have two strong and experienced drivers. We hope to be able to reconnect with the best with our package in 2020. We’re ready and looking forward to the start of a special season.” Mike Gramke (Team Boss)

“The whole team is feverishly anticipating the start of the season. We are racers and we’re looking forward to fighting for success on the racetrack once again. Naturally, 2020 will be a challenge because of the shortened racing calendar, but we’ve prepared for it and we’re happy to face it. A big thank you goes to our sponsors, partners and fans, without whom we couldn’t have carried out our season plans so perfectly. We’ll miss everyone at the racetrack and we hope for coordinated arrangements as part of the ADAC GT Masters program soon.” André Zanke (Team Manager)

ADAC GT Masters 2020 Schedule:
July 31 – Aug 2, 2020 DEKRA Lausitzring
Aug 14-16, 2020 Nürburgring
Sep 18-20, 2020 Hockenheimring
Oct 2-4, 2020 Sachsenring
Oct 16-18, 2020 Red Bull Ring
Oct 30 – Nov 1, 2020 Circuit Zandvoort
Nov 6-8, 2020 Motorsport Arena Oschersleben

Text: A.Dannenberg / Motorsport-Karriere.de
Translation: M. Vendetto / vendetto-marketing.com


May 28, 2020
ADAC GT Masters New Season has New Look for Callaway

Callaway reveal new design livery
2020 Season Calendar announced
Team from Leingarten in southwest Germany confident about new season

Callaway Competition reveals a new livery for their Corvette C7 GT3-R in the ADAC GT Masters.

The American sportscar, bearing the number 77 and driven by Markus Pommer and new team member Jeffrey Schmidt, was unveiled during the online program, PS on Air (Horsepower on Air) – The Ravenol ADAC GT Masters Talk Show. The car’s new look is based on the blue-white-grey design from last year but has been revised and now appears even more dynamic.

Having taken 33 wins, Callaway Competition is the most successful team in the ADAC GT Masters’ history and the only team in the series that develops its own race cars.

Markus Pommer won three races in the Super Sports Car League with the Corvette, and partner, Marvin Kirchhöfer is looking forward to the upcoming season: “I’m delighted with what Callaway Competition are doing. It’s incredible! They are only a very small team when compared to the other manufacturers but work extremely hard to achieve success and our car is excellent. It’s going to be great, driving for Callaway again this year!”

Pommer is also very impressed with new teammate, Jeffrey Schmidt: “My partner is very fast, knows the series extremely well and has always been a top contender in recent years. We make a good team, and I hope that I can get to drive with him soon.”

Race calendar for the 2020 ADAC GT Masters, subject to official approval
July 31- August 02 Lausitzring (Germany)
August 14 – 16 Nürburgring (Germany)
September 18 – 20 Hockenheimring (Germany)
October 02 – 04 Sachsenring (Germany)
October 16 – 18 Red Bull Ring (Austria)
October 30 – November 01 Circuit Zandvoort (Netherlands)
November 06 – 08 Motorsport Arena Oschersleben (Germany)


September 27, 2019 –
Sidelined for the Season Finale

Callaway Competition Won’t Compete at the Sachsenring

Callaway Competition won’t race in the 2019 ADAC GT Masters’ season finale at the Sachsenring this weekend. For the first time since 2007, the Callaway team will miss a race in the “Super Sports Car League”.

The longest competing team in the German GT series, Callaway has participated in 188 races since the founding of the ADAC GT Masters. Unfortunately, drivers Marvin Kirchhöfer and Markus Pommer will be spectators at the Sachsenring this year.

The #77 Corvette C7 GT3-R crashed in both Saturday and Sunday races at the last ADAC GT Masters event in Hockenheim. The Callaway Competition crew was able to repair the Corvette overnight, after the Saturday wreck. However, the crash in the Sunday race was so severe and the damage was so extensive that it was impossible for the team to ready the Corvette for the season finale this weekend.

Consequently, not only the battle for the championship in the ADAC GT Masters was lost on Sunday afternoon, but also the opportunity to compete at the Sachsenring. Callaway Competition will have a Box at the Sachsenring, but only the street version of the racing Corvette C7 GT3-R will be on hand.

We’re delighted to report that the Corvette marque will still be represented at the Sachsenring this weekend. Sven Barth clinched the championship title in the Pirelli Trophy classification at the Hockenheimring, and Sven and teammate David Jahn are still planning to race in the 2019 season finale with their #13 RWT Racing Corvette C7 GT3-R.

The RWT Racing Team Clinches the Pirelli Trophy Championship


September 20, 2019 –
Heartbreak at Hockenheim

Last weekend, September 13-15, the Formula 1 racetrack in Hockenheim, Germany, was the venue for the sixth and penultimate event of the 2019 ADAC GT Masters season. With critical championship points on the line, everyone expected an action-packed, suspense-filled weekend. Unfortunately, it became a crash-filled spectacle and Callaway Competition suffered a disastrous outing. The fight for the championship became a ‘round-the-clock, 24-hour marathon with the entire Callaway team displaying a herculean effort.

The Corvette team traveled to the Hockenheimring, their home track, with 104 points. In second place, Callaway would be the toughest contender for the championship title, and they intended to shrink their 40-point deficit with Audi’s leading race team of van der Linde and Niederhauser. Callaway’s objective was to postpone the title showdown until the season finale at the Sachsenring.

Things didn’t turn out as expected, however. Both ADAC GT Masters races had to be interrupted as serious crashes brought out the red flag. On Saturday, several cars were damaged so badly that they couldn’t be repaired at the track. Unfortunately, Callaway Competition was one of the victims as the Corvette C7 GT3-R was wrecked immediately after the start of the race.

Saturday’s Crash

Early in the first lap of Race #1, an Audi R8 LMS got turned after light contact with another racer, and chaos ensued. Callaway driver Markus Pommer couldn’t avoid crashing his Corvette into the R8, bouncing him into the path of two other racecars, which he had no time to dodge.

While the other cars involved in the wreck couldn’t be repaired for the Sunday race, the Callaway Competition team worked desperately through the night to rebuild the nearly-destroyed race car. The team knew that there was still hope to win the series championship and gave it their all to get ready for Race #2. By Sunday morning at 7 AM, the Corvette C7 GT3-R was, in fact, ready to race again.

On Sunday morning, Callaway driver Marvin Kirchhöfer qualified the Corvette in P14, right in the middle of the Race #2 field. The team wasn’t discouraged, however. They understood how well they could perform at Hockenheim. Marvin had the Corvette chomping at the bit during the Formation Lap. Then, the lights turned green and the cars barreled into the first turn. And Stefan Mücke’s Audi R8 LMS made contact with the Corvette’s right rear quarter panel, long enough and hard enough to turn Kirchhöfer. The Corvette crashed hard into the tire barrier, parts flew and the second race for the Callaway team was over. The race director black-flagged Mücke, disqualifying him, but it was no consolation for everyone that worked so hard through the night in order to race on Sunday.

Twice the #77 Corvette was nearly destroyed. Shrugging off despair, Saturday night into Sunday morning, everyone in the Callaway team performed with superhuman perseverance to stay in the points chase. However, the battle for the 2019 ADAC GT Masters series championship was lost on Lap #1 of Race #2. Kelvin van der Linde and Patric Niederhauser finally secured enough points to mathematically clinch the 2019 ADAC GT Masters series title in HCB-Rutronik Racing’s Audi R8 LMS, in advance of the season finale at Sachsenring later this month.

Sunday’s Crash

“That was a brutal weekend. I really don’t have the words to express how I feel. If you lose the fight for the championship, that’s really bitter. The disappointment is very deep for everyone in the team. Especially after the whole team rebuilt the destroyed Corvette. The team did some incredible things overnight. They never gave up but they weren’t rewarded. I’m really sorry for everyone in the team.” Driver, Marvin Kirchhöfer

“The crash was quite hard and bruised my forearm. The race on Sunday wouldn’t have been an issue though. I was more concerned about the Corvette. For the team, it felt like a 24-hour-race. What they did overnight showed me how much heart, passion and enthusiasm the team has, tackling a common goal. It was a goosebump moment when the guys started the Corvette’s engine on Sunday morning. Unfortunately, though, the team wasn’t rewarded for their efforts. The wreck in the second race hit all of us very hard. We have to process that first.” Driver, Markus Pommer

The Callaway Team watches

“First of all, I’d like to congratulate the new ADAC GT Masters champions, Kelvin van der Linde and Patric Niederhauser, as well as the whole team of HCB-Rutronik Racing. The team’s performance this season, which practically brought them to the podium in every race, was very impressive, making them a deserved champion. We traveled to Hockenheim with the intention to make it difficult for the competition and to push the championship decision into the season finale. During the first practice session, it was already obvious that our qualifying pace wouldn’t be enough to really have an impact on the championship battle. However, we knew about our traditionally good performance at Hockenheim and we were still in good spirits.

“What we had to experience at our home track can really only be described as a nightmare. With a dangerous starting position in the middle of the field, Markus was the victim of a crash with a car in front of him and then he was hit hard by two other cars. With demolished suspensions at three wheels and with heavy body damage, the Corvette was in horrendous condition. Despite the initial shock, it was immediately obvious to everyone in the team that we would try everything to roll this car out of the pit on Sunday. Callaway Competition has never missed a GT Masters race and we wanted to continue this tradition at our home track in front of our sponsors and guests. This ‘never give up’ mentality makes the team so strong, so special. I’d like to thank everyone in the team and the many helpers from the ranks of the guests for their great effort.

“My special thanks to Uwe Baade for his great commitment throughout the night shift. Many thanks also to our loyal friends and sponsors for their spontaneous group effort. The car was ready for the second qualifying on Sunday morning, which many probably wouldn’t have been expected. Despite an extra dose of motivation, Marvin was unfortunately only able to qualify in midfield. Then the crash right after the first corner showed, in the most brutal way, how unfair motorsports can be sometime.” Team Boss, Mike Gramke

“Yes, the weekend at Hockenheim was a disaster, but not of our own making. Regardless, it is our team effort that was so spectacular. And it reminds me that this effort has been maintained all season. For me, this distinguishes these men and the enormous professional ability of our drivers and technicians and engineers. I have no loss of love of the sport, only an acceptance of the fleeting chance to display skill and passion in motorsports.” Company Founder, Reeves Callaway

Photos: ADAC Motorsport


September 10, 2019 –
Ready for the Hockenheimring

Callaway Competition Poised to Attack
September 13-15, 2019

Callaway Competition drivers Markus Pommer and Marvin Kirchhöfer, and their #77 Corvette C7 GT3-R, are poised to attack the Hockenheimring this weekend in the battle for championship points. The sixth race of the ADAC GT Masters series is the penultimate event of the 2019 season. With only two more race weekends this year, a strong performance from the Callaway Team in Hockenheim is crucial. Currently, Pommer and Kirchhöfer are in second place in the championship title chase, having won three races earlier this season. The Callaway Team approaches the weekend with a total of 104 points, 40 points behind Audi R8-LMS pilots, Patric Niederhauser and Kelvin van der Linde. Despite the gap, Markus and Marvin are still very optimistic about their title prospects.

A major reason for their confidence: both drivers had to start at or near the rear of the field at the last ADAC GT Masters event and both were able to march through the field to finish 7th and 11th. Additionally, the Hockenheimring is Callaway’s “home track”, the racetrack suits the Corvette, and the Callaway Team has tested there already this year. Plus, last season, Kirchhöfer won at the Hockenheimring with the C7 GT3-R.

The Competition: ADAC GT Masters Marques

Saturday’s (9/14) Race 1 is scheduled to start at 8:45 AM and Sunday’s Race 2 (9/15) kicks off at 7:05 AM, Eastern US time. ADAC GT Masters races are broadcast live in Europe on the SPORT1 network. You can also watch both Hockenheimring races live, streaming on ADAC’s YouTube channel which you can access directly from the Callaway Cars website at: https://www.callawaycars.com/homepage/callaway-motorsports/

The final race weekend of the 2019 ADAC GT Masters season will be held at the Sachsenring in Hohenstein-Ernstthal, Germany, on September 27-29. You can expect the fierce competition to provide a dramatic climax for the series.

Photos: ADAC Motorsport

Hockenheimring
Hockenheim, Germany

ADAC GT Masters Schedule – 2019:
April 26-28 – Motorsport Arena Oschersleben, Germany
May 17-19 – Autodrom Most, Czech Republic
June 7-9 – Red Bull Ring, Austria
August 9-11 – Circuit Zandvoort, The Netherlands
August 16-18 – Nürburgring, Germany
September 13-15 – Hockenheimring, Germany
September 27-29 – Sachsenring, Germany

Links:
Callaway Competition Website – callawaycars.de
Callaway Competition Facebook Page – facebook.com/CallawayCompetition
Callaway Competition Instagram Page – instagram.com/callawaycompetitionger/
Callaway Competition YouTube Page – youtube.com/channel/UC5VU3NCmI9zMeebiSssL6iQ
Callaway Cars Website – callawaycars.com
Callaway Cars Website, Motorsports Page – callawaycars.com/homepage/callaway-motorsports
ADAC GT Masters Website – adac-gt-masters.de/uk


August 22, 2019 –
Key Comebacks at the Nürburgring

Callaway Competition Still Second in Series Points

After two incredible comeback performances at the Nürburgring, Callaway Competition retains second place in the ADAC GT Masters series championship points chase. Finishing in P11 on Saturday and P7 on Sunday, drivers Marvin Kirchhöfer and Markus Pommer collected points in both races as they continued to fight for the series title.

After perplexing races at Zandvoort the previous week, the racing gods smiled on Callaway Competition for the fifth round of the ADAC GT Masters series on August 16-18 at the Nürburgring.

Facing extremely changeable weather, the Corvette Team was still able to start the weekend according to plan and performed valuable testing during practice sessions. Optimistically, they finally looked forward to Saturday.

However, while qualifying for the Saturday race, they encountered another setback. In the third round of qualifying, the #77 Corvette C7 GT3-R’s engine began misfiring and Driver Markus Pommer had to park the race car. The cause of the fuel pressure loss was quickly identified and resolved: a broken bracket on the engine. Unfortunately, ADAC regulations prohibit the resumption of qualifying once outside help is utilized. Consequently, Callaway Competition had to start the Saturday race from the last row.

But the team’s drivers weren’t discouraged. With a determined effort and demonstrating their driving skills, they stormed from the back of the field and won one position after the other. In the end, Kirchhöfer and Pommer surged to an 11th place finish and posted some important championship points.

Sunday started with hard-to-predict weather conditions. Stormy weather and heavy rain were predicted, but all was calm when qualifying began. Despite just 0.94 seconds from the pole position lap time to Marvin Kirchhöfer’s qualifying time, the Team had to settle for starting in P20 for the second race.

In the Sunday race, Kirchhöfer and Pommer put on another driving demonstration. Through a series of tough but fair duels, they were able to come from starting 20th to finish 7th, scoring more critical championship points.

After tackling the two contests at the Nürburgring, which was an emotional roller-coaster for the Team, Callaway Competition was able to retain second place in the ADAC GT Masters points chase and still has a good chance at the series title.

The “League of Super Sports Cars” series continues on September 13-15 at Callaway’s home track, the Hockenheimring.

“It was a tough weekend. But we were able to show that we can still motivate each other even during difficult times. Everyone in the Team is standing on the throttle, which we’ll continue to do for the rest of the race season. We have the chance to finish on top as long as we continue to believe in our abilities and our strengths.” – Driver Marvin Kirchhöfer

“At the Nürburgring, it looked as if our bad luck would continue at first, but we fought it with all we had. We felt the will to win from the whole Team this weekend. That gave me a real boost. In the last remaining races, we plan to attack and keep our chances for the title alive until the end.” – Driver Markus Pommer

“The situation wasn’t easy last weekend. With two events without points and with a lot of bad luck behind us, we seemed to pass the test at the Eifel. Markus and Marvin and the whole Team did a great job and got the best possible results. Even though we lost a little ground on the points leaders, we’ll give it our all until the end.” – Team Boss Mike Gramke

Original Text: André Dannenberg / Motorsport-Karriere.de
English Translation: Mike Vendetto / Vendetto Marketing Solutions
Photos: ADAC Motorsport


August 15, 2019 –
TITLE BATTLE AT NÜRBURGRING: CALLAWAY COMPETITION IS READY

5th round of ADAC GT Masters 2019

The fifth round of the ADAC GT Masters series marks the start of the final, decisive phase of the 2019 season. Callaway Competition is poised to attack the legendary Nürburgring course with its two Corvette drivers, Markus Pommer and Marvin Kirchhöfer, and close the gap to the series points leaders with their Corvette C7 GT3-R.

No pause in the battle for the title; only just a week after the contest at the dunes in Zandvoort, the next round of the ADAC GT Masters will take place at the Nürburgring this weekend, August 16-18.

Despite the disappointing race weekend at Zandvoort, Callaway Competition remains close to the points leaders of the prestigious GT championship. In overall second place, Marvin Kirchhöfer (25/Lucerne) and Markus Pommer (28/Neckarsulm) want to close the gap and support their title ambitions.

The fifth round of the “League of Super Sports Cars” at the Nürburgring heralds the final, intense stage in the title fight and the Team Boss Mike Gramke’s Team is ready to pull out all the stops. They want to prevent another pointless weekend, like last weekend in Zandvoort, with all their might.

Callaway Competition is the most successful team at the Nürburgring. During five years with the ADAC GT Masters they’ve amassed five victories. Although the last victory at the Nürburgring occurred five years ago with the Z06.R GT3, this weekend they intend to fully attack and chase the leaders.

Callaway Corvette with RTL logo at the Nürburgring

When the ADAC GT Masters enters its fifth race of the season at the Nürburgring this coming weekend, the three brightly colored letters of Cologne-based private broadcaster RTL will be on the hood of the Corvette C7 GT3-R #77.

This is not a new sponsor of the Corvette teams, but rather a continuation of the charity projects of Sportwagen Club of Leipzig, which has been involved in charitable projects at previous ADAC GT Masters events.

With its next project, Sportwagen Club launches the biggest fundraiser of the season. Already, a hefty sum of €42,000 has already been donated, which goes to needy children in Germany and around the world. The tag line “RTL – We help kids.” has been selected.

Since the Nürburgring is only 100 kilometers from Cologne, next weekend some of the more prominent people who work on the project will probably be found in the paddock.

“There will be a tight, exciting weekend at the Nürburgring. I think there is no track where everyone has as much experience as there. We won’t see where we are with our Corvette until qualifying. Even though, again, we won’t have an easy time, I’m optimistic. Our goal is to get as many points as possible and to finish at the front of the points chase.” Driver Marvin Kirchhöfer

“For the two races at the Nürburgring, it would be great if we had less bad luck than we had in Zandvoort. It was not really perfect for us at the end, but I think we’ll have something to say about the top places at the Nürburgring. The entire team is highly motivated and won’t be discouraged even after such weekends as in Zandvoort, which makes me optimistic.” Driver Markus Pommer

Both races at the Nürburgring will be broadcast live in Europe on the Sport1 network, and livestreamed on Saturday at 8:35 AM (EDT) at https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=edXzmDlrYCM and on Sunday at 6:55 AM (EDT) at https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=iiN7OTWAwIg

Text: A.Dannenberg / Motorsport-Karriere.de
English Translation: M. Vendetto / Vendetto Marketing Solutions

ADAC GT Masters Schedule – 2019:
April 26-28 – Motorsport Arena Oschersleben, Germany
May 17-19 – Autodrom Most, Czech Republic
June 7-9 – Red Bull Ring, Austria
August 9-11 – Circuit Zandvoort, The Netherlands
August 16-18 – Nürburgring, Germany
September 13-15 – Hockenheimring, Germany
September 27-29 – Sachsenring, Germany


August 14, 2019 –
A DRAMATIC WEEKEND IN ZANDVOORT

ADAC GT Masters/Callaway Competition Race Report

ADAC GT Zandvoort 2019

After the two-month summer hiatus, the Callaway Competition Team traveled to Zandvoort on the Dutch North Sea coast for the August 9-11 weekend. The fourth event of the ADAC GT Masters 2019 season turned out to be a dramatic, stormy weekend for the Corvette C7 GT3-R Team.

Conditions at Circuit Zandvoort were horrible, with intermittent showers constantly changing the track from dry to wet. Plus, wind gusts reached speeds of up to 60 mph, covering the track with sand from the nearby dunes. The track’s clean-up crew struggled to keep up, using the sweeping machines at whenever possible. The two Callaway drivers, Markus Pommer (28/Neckarsulm) and Marvin Kirchhöfer (25/Lucerne), knew that it would be difficult to do well on the 4.307 km former Grand Prix circuit.

On Saturday, Markus Pommer was first in qualifying for the first of the weekend’s two races. With the car set up for anticipated dry conditions, and then facing intermittent downpours and wind gusts to 60 mph, Markus only managed to qualify for the 21st starting position.

Starting from P21, Markus was able to fight his way up to 18th position in the first half of the race. Fortunately, the team completed the driver change during a safety car phase. With several top-ten cars in the points chase already in the pits, Marvin Kirchhöfer was able to bring the Corvette back onto the course in P10.

Marvin was catching up to the slower race leaders to make the leap to the top of the points standings. But suddenly, the Corvette started to misfire and Kirchhöfer piloted back to the pits. After several returns to the pits, working on an ignition problem, the Team decided not to go back out, as they found themselves six laps behind the field. Since the race leader and pursuing teams were either out of the points chase or didn’t make significant gains, the Saturday race was especially bitter.

In qualifying on Sunday morning for the second race, most of the top teams stayed in the pits until just eight minutes remaining. Everyone was waiting for other racers to quality and clean up the track. All of a sudden, there were almost 30 cars on the track at the same time and, just as everyone had warmed the tires, a Porsche went into the gravel bringing out the red flag. With only 4-1/2 minutes remaining in the qualifying session, everyone was searching for a clean lap. Unfortunately, Marvin was one of the unlucky drivers in the group and could only salvage a 15th starting position.

In the race, Marvin fought his way to P13 in just two laps and handed it over to Markus Pommer at mid-race. Unfortunately, Markus crossed the pit exit line two-tenths of a second too early, which resulted in a drive-through penalty. As a result, the Corvette C7 GT3-R lost several positions and finished the race in P20 without gaining any points. Luckily, Kirchhöfer and Pommer remain in second place in the ADAC GT Masters championship standings.

Zandvoort ADAC GT Masters 2019-2

A bitter weekend certainly but, in just a few days, the Callaway Competition Team will have another chance to attack the points chase at Nürburging.

“There’s not much to say about such a weekend. The disappointment is great. We fought hard and we had a lot to show for it. But in the end, we are without a single point and that is just bitter. Joy and sorrow in motorsport are simply very close to one another.” – Driver Marvin Kirchhöfer

“We just didn’t have luck on our side in Zandvoort. We were aware that it was going to be a tough weekend and I think we kept up well on a track that our Corvette doesn’t like. Thank God, others didn’t make big jumps in the points.” – Driver Markus Pommer

“It was a very different weekend. Our objective was to get into the top-ten and take as many points as possible. We were well on our way to achieving our goal but, as is sometimes the case in motorsport, without warning, the ground can be pulled out from under you. However, I’m also aware that without the Safety Car in Race 1, we wouldn’t have been able to drive into the points on our own. In the remaining races, this mustn’t happen again.” – Team Boss Mike Gramke

Videos of the two Zandvoort races are available here:
Click here for ADAC GT Masters Race 1
Click here for ADAC GT Masters Race 2

Text: A.Dannenberg / Motorsport-Karriere.de
English Translation: M. Vendetto / Vendetto Marketing Solutions

Zandvoort Track

ADAC GT Masters Schedule – 2019:
April 26-28 – Motorsport Arena Oschersleben, Germany
May 17-19 – Autodrom Most, Czech Republic
June 7-9 – Red Bull Ring, Austria
August 9-11 – Circuit Zandvoort, The Netherlands
August 16-18 – Nürburgring, Germany
September 13-15 – Hockenheimring, Germany
September 27-29 – Sachsenring, Germany


August 7, 2019 –
CALLAWAY COMPETITION READY FOR THE CHALLENGE IN ZANDVOORT

4th race of the 2019 ADAC GT Masters Season

ADAC GT Masters - Zandvoort

After the long summer break, the ADAC GT Masters series will finally resume this weekend. Callaway Competition will travel to the dunes of the Dutch North Sea coast with three victories in a row, anticipating a fierce battle for the top spots in the two upcoming races.

The two-month-long summer break is finally coming to an end for the League of Super Sports Cars. The Callaway Competition team heads to the renown Zandvoort racetrack in the Netherlands this weekend (August 9-11) for the fourth race of the ADAC GT Masters series.

The annual event in the highly competitive GT series has always had a very special flair. On one hand, the 4.307-kilometer, former Grand Prix course is considered by the drivers to be a very demanding track. On the other hand, the location, directly on the North Sea coast, always suggests a vacation atmosphere. The upcoming weekend has something to offer for everyone, with sun, beach and motorsports, but the team from Leingarten has quite different ambitions.

With three wins in six races, the two Callaway drivers, Marvin Kirchhöfer (25/Lucerne) and Markus Pommer (28/Neckarsulm) are currently in second place in the series’ overall standings, even though the points yield was much less than perfect for the other three races.

While Zandvoort is not one of the Corvette C7-GT3R’s best tracks, Team Boss Mike Gramke’s Callaway Competition has been one of the most successful teams in the ADAC GT Masters series. Avoiding overconfidence, Callaway Competition plans to tackle the two races at Zandvoort with maximum concentration. During the summer break, the Team prepared themselves for the upcoming races in the best possible way.

The team and its two drivers are well aware that anything is possible in this GT series. In Callaway’s 2017 championship year, the Corvette managed a pole and a victory in the first race at Zandvoort. In the second race, they picked up more points with a sixth place finish which ultimately contributed to their title win.

“I’m looking forward to being back in the GT Masters after the long summer break. Last year was very sobering for us, and I’m looking forward to Zandvoort this year. Unfortunately, we didn’t get into the top-five or top-ten last year. That will definitely be our objective this year. If we get into the first seven in qualifying, that’s fine. Then, in the race, we’ll have to see whether we can fight forward. The track is very special, especially as far as the weather is concerned. Anything can happen, quickly. That’s true strategically too.” Driver Marvin Kirchhöfer

“The first half of the season with three wins was great! However, we also missed getting some important championship points. Zandvoort is not necessarily favorable for Corvette in terms of layout. So we have to concentrate and not allow ourselves to make any mistakes. It won’t be easy for us as the competition will be very strong. Nevertheless, we plan to improve and strive for a top ten ranking. We want to advance as far as possible and, with a little luck, anything is possible in the ADAC GT Masters.” Driver Markus Pommer

“In the summer break, everyone in the team blew off steam, which is certainly understood given the upcoming tasks. However, we also used the break to prepare ourselves for the important second-half of the season with various test sessions. Traditionally, the crucial second half of the season has included some racetracks that are simply better for other racecar designs. Nevertheless, we’re ready for the challenge and plan to take as many points as possible.” Team Boss Mike Gramke.

The two Zandvoort races will be broadcast live in Europe on Sport1 network. They will also be livestreamed by ADAC:
• Sat., August 10, 2019: Click here to watch ADAC GT Masters Race 1
• Sun., August 11, 2019: Click here to watch ADAC GT Masters Race 2

Text: A.Dannenberg / Motorsport-Karriere.de
English Translation: M. Vendetto / Vendetto Marketing Solutions


May 17, 2019 –
Best time on day for Kirchhöfer in Corvette

from ADAC GT Masters website

Mercedes-AMG and BMW close behind

Marvin Kirchhöfer posted best time in ADAC GT Masters second practice at Most and was fastest overall on the day.

The 25-year-old Callaway Competition driver managed to post a time of 1:31.616 minutes on Friday afternoon, and as a result, was 16 thousandths of a second quicker than Mercedes-AMG driver Jeroen Bleekemolen had been in FP1.

“The day went pretty well,” said Kirchhöfer, who shares the Corvette C7 GT3-R with Markus Pommer. “It’s a little surprising that we’re fastest, as we’ve experimented a lot with the car’s setup today. It’s hard to say where we stand at the moment, but Most is a track, on which I feel very much at ease and it suits the car too. Qualifying will be an important factor tomorrow, because overtaking is not easy here.”

Bleekemolen and Jimmy Eriksson, his partner in the Zakspeed-Mercedes-AMG, also showed a strong performance in the second session and were only marginally slower than Kirchhöfer with a 1:31.642. Third place went to the MRS BMW of Nicolai Sylvest and Jens Klingmann, who posted a time of 1:32.662 minutes.

Indy Dontje and Maximilian Götz finished fourth in the Mercedes AMG. They missed the session best time by 63 thousandths of a second. Ricardo Feller and Dries Vanthoor in fifth place were only another six-thousandths of a second slower in the best-placed Audi R8 LMS.


April 27, 2019 –
Pommer and Kirchhöfer win season opener

from ADAC GT Masters website

Three Audis in P2 to P4 as rain produces dramatic finish

Corvette pairing secure victory in Saturday’s Super Sports Car League race in Oschersleben.
Markus Pommer (28, GER) and Marvin Kirchhöfer (25, GER) are the first two winners of the 2019 ADAC GT Masters. In a thrilling rain-affected race on the Saturday of the opening weekend at Oschersleben, the Corvette came home ahead of second-placed Patric Niederhauser (27, CH) and Kelvin van der Linde (22 , ZA, both HCB-Rutronik Racing) in an Audi and third-placed Jeffrey Schmidt (25, CH) and Christopher Haase (31, GER, both BWT Mücke Motorsport), also in an Audi. “A dream start,” said winner Markus Pommer. “We were aiming for a place in the Top Five and certainly weren’t expecting to actually win.”

Two-way battle for lead dominates first stint of race
Up until the round of mandatory pit stops, the opening race of the 13th ADAC GT Masters season was effectively a contest between two drivers: pole-sitter Marvin Dienst (22, GER, Schütz Motorsport), who successfully defended pole position in his Mercedes-AMG to maintain the lead, and Corvette man David Jahn (28, GER, RWT Racing), who moved up from fourth on the grid to take second place on the first lap. Separated by a gap of just under half a second, the two of them reeled off the laps up front while gradually drawing away from the rest of the field. Their lead on the car in third place was around seven seconds when the pit stop window opened. The Mercedes-AMG and the Corvette stayed out in front after team-mates Aidan Read (20, AUS) and Sven Barth (38, GER) had taken over.

Rainy closing phase produces drama
The battle for P1 between the two drivers out in front developed into a three-way contest just a few laps after the pit stops. Eventual race winner Marvin Kirchhöfer took over the Callaway Corvette in fifth place from team-mate Pommer. Following the driver handover, Kirchhöfer moved up into third place and was able to close the gap on the two leading cars after posting a succession of hot laps. Rain began to fall with less than ten minutes to go before the end, causing positions at the front to change hands several times. Barth and Kirchhöfer briefly made contact with six laps to go. Barth ran over the wet kerbs as a result, spun and dropped out of the leading group. On the next lap, Kirchhöfer also passed Aidan Read in P1 to move into first place on a track that was continually getting wetter. Audi driver Kelvin van der Linde (22, ZA, HCB-Rutronik Racing), who was directly behind them, also seized the chance to overtake and slipped past the Australian to take P2. The first two positions were now effectively in the bag. With a lead of 3.6 seconds, Pommer and Kirchhöfer secured victory in this first race of 14, leaving van der Linde and Patric Niederhauser (27, CH) to take the runner-up spot.

Meanwhile, series newcomer Aidan Read had a battle on his hands with two other Audi R8 LMSs in the closing stages. In the end, the man from Perth and his partner Dienst had to settle for fifth place as Jeffrey Schmidt and Christopher Haase as well as Ricardo Feller (18, CH) and Dries Vanthoor (21, BEL, both Montaplast by Land-Motorsport) surged past. It was an outcome that also gave Schmidt the win in the Pirelli Junior classification for drivers under 25 years of age.

Sixth place went to defending champion Robert Renauer (34, GER) and his new team-mate Thomas Preining (20, AUT, both Precote Herberth Motorsport) in the best-placed Porsche 911 GT3 R. Rookie Preining impressed with a combative stint in which he gained five positions. In seventh place were Max Hofer (19, AUT) and Christopher Mies (29, GER, both Montaplast by Land-Motorsport) in yet another Audi R8, ahead of Corvette drivers Jahn and Barth. Barth was relieved to have at least won Saturday’s Pirelli Trophy.

Indy Dontje (26, NL) and Maximilian Götz (33, GER, both Mann-Filter Team HTP) in a Mercedes-AMG GT3 mounted a charge from 23rd on the grid to finish ninth. The Aston Martin Vantage GT3 driven by Daniel Keilwitz (29, GER) and Maxime Martin (33, BEL, both Propeak Performance) had originally made it into the Top Ten on its series debut. However, it was subsequently disqualified for having an incorrectly installed fire extinguisher on board. As a result, the Ferrari of Luca Ludwig (30, GER) and Sebastian Asch (32, GER, both HB Racing) moved up into tenth.

ADAC GT Masters newcomer Fabian Vettel (20, GER) and partner Philip Ellis (26, GB, both Mann-Filter Team HTP) finished well down the field in 26th place after incurring a penalty for cutting the mandatory stop too short.

Comments from the winners:
Markus Pommer (Callaway Competition, Corvette C7 GT3-R): “I had a very good start, but I was unable to get past Patric Niederhauser on the inside. That’s why I held back, because it’s important to reach the end of the race without getting involved in any incidents. The weather towards the end played into our hands. Marvin is very strong in the rain. I have already had wins with Audi and Mercedes-AMG in the ADAC GT Masters, but never in the very first race, as I have now in a Corvette.”

Marvin Kirchhöfer (Callaway Competition, Corvette C7 GT3-R): “I’m very happy. Last year we scored two ducks here at Oschersleben, so with this first race alone, we’ve already done a better job. The race was a bit chaotic. I’m really sorry for the second Corvette, which was so well placed before it had a spin. It was a misunderstanding with Sven Barth. I think he wanted to let me past but went a bit too far wide onto the kerbs. With the rain having got heavier at this stage, it was very slippery and he spun. I drove in a wet race at Monza last weekend, so the conditions today didn’t come as a shock to the system. I’m used to the rain. During my time in Formel ADAC, I drove here at Oschersleben in changeable weather and always managed to cope quite well. So in the end, it was a bit easier for me to go on the attack and overtake.”


April 26, 2019 –
Corvette with first best time in season opener

Excerpt from ADAC GT Masters website:

David Jahn quickest in FP1 at Oschersleben

Corvette driver David Jahn (28, Germany, RWT Racing) set the first best time of the new ADAC GT Masters season.

Small gaps between cars and five manufacturers occupying the top five positions hold the promise of an exciting start to the season at the Motorsport Arena Oschersleben. SPORT1 will broadcast the two races from Oscherleben live and in full on Saturday and Sunday, starting at 7:00 AM, Eastern US time. Racing can also be followed online as livestream at sport1.de, adac-gt-masters.de/uk and youtube.com/adac.

Jahn, who shares the Corvette with Sven Barth (38, Germany), was 0.213 seconds faster than the Lamborghini Huracán GT3 Evo of Rolf Ineichen (40, Czech Republic) and Frank Perera (35, France, Orange1 by GRT Grasser) in P2. “The first session went well, but I’m realistic and don’t want to read too much into it right now,” said Jahn, who is back in the ADAC GT Masters for the first time since securing the title of championship runner-up in 2016. “The result obviously makes me feel good, but basically, we still have a bit to do. We’re not quite where we would like to be as regards set-up, but I’m happy that things are going well with no problems. Long may it continue!”


April 26, 2019 –
THIRTEENTH SEASON FOR CALLAWAY COMPETITION

from Callaway Competition Press Release:

ADAC GT Masters season opener in Oschersleben: Callaway Competition starts with Marvin Kirchhöfer and Markus Pommer in their thirteenth season. The long-standing race team in the “League of Super Sports Cars” will compete for the first time since 2011 without record holder, former champion Daniel Keilwitz.

Thirteen years of ADAC GT Masters and right from the start: 176 races, two titles in team and driver championships – no other team in the series has claimed so many victories and pole positions. The hunger for further success is insatiable. And in 2016, the team from Leingarten wants to have a say in who wins the championship title.

The thirteenth season also marks the beginning of a new chapter. For the first time since 2011, Callaway Competition will start without ADAC GT Masters record winning, former champion Daniel Keilwitz.

Teammate from R-Motorsport, driver Marvin Kirchhöfer, who is entering into his second season with Callaway Competition, will be 28-year-old Markus Pommer from Neckarsulm, Germany. Kirchhöfer and Pommer competed in 2018 with different vehicles. This year, they’ll race together with Callaway Competition’s Corvette C7 GT3-R.

With new livery and with number 77, which had adorned the Callaway Corvette during the 2017 championship year, the new duo will open the “League of Super Sports Cars” this weekend (April 26-28) at the Motorsport Arena in Oschersleben, to lay the foundation for a successful season.

“Of course, I’m really happy that the ADAC GT Masters is finally starting. I feel good about Bathurst, Monza and all the test sessions this season, so I’m optimstic. The test drives in Oschersleben went well and I’m curious to see where we come out on the first run. It’s important to get as many points as possible. In the end, every point can count in deciding the title.” Marvin Kirchhöfer (25/Markkleeberg, Germany)

“It’s finally started again. The cards are shuffled again for the new season and even after the first official tests you can’t really predict much. I’m very excited and feel well prepared. The team works hard behind the scenes and is very motivated. I’d like to earn as many points as possible in my first race with Marvin and Callaway, and ideally get into the top five. The key to success in Oschersleben will be in qualifying, since passing on this track is not easy.” Markus Pommer (28/Heilbronn, Germany)

“Even in our thirteenth year with the ADAC GT Masters, our ambitions are the same as in previous years. Of course we realize that much of the competition has similar ambitions, but we like to face this competition.” Mike Gramke (Team Boss)

ADAC GT Masters 2019 Schedule:

Date Track City, Country
April 26-28 Motorsport Arena Oschersleben Oschersleben, Germany
May 17-19 Autodrom Most Most, Czech Republic
June 7-9 Red Bull Ring Red Bull Ring, Austria
August 9-11 Circuit Zandvoort Zandvoort, The Netherlands
August 16-18 Nürburgring Nürburg, Germany
September 13-15 Hockenheimring Hockenheim, Germany
September 27-29 Sachsenring Hohenstein-Ernstthal, Germany

Text: A. Dannenberg / Motorsport-Karriere.de


March 6, 2019 –
Strong Driver Line-up for 2019: Kirchhöfer and Pommer Team Up for Callaway

Kirchhöfer and Pommer Team Up for Callaway

from Callaway Competition Press Release:

Callaway Competition is starting in 2019 with a strong driver pairing in the ADAC GT Masters series. Marvin Kirchhöfer and Markus Pommer form the new team after the departure of veteran Daniel Keilwitz. They’re partnering on the title hunt in the “League of Super Sports Cars” with Callaway Competition’s Corvette C7 GT3-R.

Callaway Competition of Leingarten, Germany is the most successful race team in the ADAC GT Masters and is looking forward to meeting the strong competition again in 2019. Led by Team Boss Mike Gramke, Callaway Competition is one of the top teams in this series, achieving numerous victories. They’re counting on the performance of the Corvette C7 GT3-R for the upcoming season.

Last year, the two Corvette drivers Marvin Kirchhöfer (24 / Markkleeberg) and Daniel Keilwitz (29 / Villingen) fought for the coveted ADAC GT Masters title until the final race. They were able to clinch three victories for Callaway Competition during the course of the season. Callaway’s performance was particularly strong at the Red Bull Ring in Austria, where they were at the top of the podium in both races.

For the coming season, the team has revised its driver pairing as, after nine years at Callaway Competition, veteran Daniel Keilwitz has moved on to new challenges. Marvin Kirchhöfer, who is under contract with R-Motorsport (Aston Martin) and is active in the international Blancpain GT Series, will also be available in 2019 as a driver in the ADAC GT Masters for Mike Gramke. R-Motorsport also enables the 24-year-old from Leipzig to gain practical experience on the national scene in Germany.

As Marvin Kirchhöfer’s new teammate, Markus Pommer (28 / Heilbronn) could win as a new, yet experienced GT driver. Just like one year earlier with Kirchhöfer, Pommer now also moves from series rival MANN-Filter HTP Motorsport to Callaway Competition.

Kirchhöfer and Pommer want to attack 2019 right from the start of the season with the Corvette C7 GT3-R, a new design developed by Callaway Competition. As in the last championship year, 2017, the Callaway Corvette will start with #77, hopefully bringing just as much luck as two years ago.

“I’m looking forward to my third season in the ADAC GT Masters. Of course, it’s also great that I can continue to be on the road with Callaway Competition. The team did a good job last year and unfortunately we could not reward it in the end. The team is in a good mood and it’s really fun to work with the guys. The goal is clearly the title again this year. I think I have a good teammate with Markus and we can fight right from the start. We’re both highly motivated, because we both just missed the title with different cars last year.”
– Marvin Kirchhöfer

“My goal in the ADAC GT Masters is to get the title with Marvin. Callaway Competition has proven in the past that it is always capable of doing so. I’ve been in contact with the team for a few years, as it is located only a few miles away from me. This year, it worked out well that we could put together a common package. I’m also happy to be fighting for the title together with Marvin. We’ve known each other since 2014 through Team Motopark and we’ve tested together several times. In Formula 3, we even became champions with the same car.”
– Markus Pommer

“The team is well prepared for the upcoming season and we’ve been able to land an absolute favorite with Markus Pommer. I’m very confident that the drivers will be very fast and we can attack in Oschersleben right from the first lap. Last year, we were able to maintain our championship chances until the last race, so our goal should be to confirm that this season. If the whole team works hard from the first to the last race, which I’m absolutely convinced of, then we’ll be even more successful than last season.”
– Mike Gramke, Team Principal

ADAC GT Masters 2019 Schedule:

Date Track City, Country
April 26-28 Motorsport Arena Oschersleben Oschersleben, Germany
May 17-19 Autodrom Most Most, Czech Republic
June 7-9 Red Bull Ring Red Bull Ring, Austria
August 9-11 Circuit Zandvoort Zandvoort, The Netherlands
August 16-18 Nürburgring Nürburg, Germany
September 13-15 Hockenheimring Hockenheim, Germany
September 27-29 Sachsenring Hohenstein-Ernstthal, Germany

January 19, 2019 –
New Look for Callaway Competition

from ADAC GT Masters:

Callaway Competition stick with Corvette for 13th consecutive year in the ADAC GT Masters.

Change of livery for successful Corvette C7 GT3-R after three years. Callaway Competition to announce their driver line-up in March.

Callaway Competition go into the 2019 ADAC GT Masters sporting a new look. Ahead of their 13th season in the series, the racing outfit based in Leingarten near Heilbronn Germany have unveiled a new livery for their Corvette. The longest-serving and most successful team in the series continue to place their faith in the Corvette C7 GT3 which they have further developed in-house. So far, it has brought them nine victories since making its ADAC GT Masters debut. The ADAC GT Masters’ 2019 season gets underway at the Motorsport Arena Oschersleben on the weekend of April 26-28. All races will be shown live on SPORT1 in several European countries.

Corvettes built by Callaway Competition have contested every race of the ADAC GT Masters so far staged, and that will continue to be the case in 2019. “We’re looking forward to the new season in the ADAC GT Masters,” says team boss Mike Gramke. “For the past three years, we have been in contention for the title, and that will once again be our aim in 2019. As we enter our 13th season in the ADAC GT Masters, we will have a strong driver pairing, but we won’t be announcing who they are until March.”

Corvette fans can get a sneak preview of the new-look Corvette before the start of the season. From this weekend on, the US supercar will be on display at Corvette dealer Kramm in Berlin, Germany.

Callaway Competition is the most successful team in the ADAC GT Masters series, with 30 wins, two driver titles (2013 and 2017) and two team titles (2009 and 2017). Callaway-built Corvettes have notched up no fewer than 32 race wins so far in the ADAC GT Masters.



June 10, 2018 –
Callaway Competition Wins Both Saturday and Sunday Races at the Red Bull Ring!

Both Callaway drivers start on the Pole and win both races; Callaway now leads both Teams’ and Drivers’ Championship Points Standings.

Photo: ADAC

This weekend, in the picturesque town of Spielberg, Austria, Callaway Competition completely dominated the ADAC GT Masters’ Red Bull Ring event. Corvette drivers, Marvin Kirchhöfer and Daniel Keilwitz, enjoyed a spectacular outing, each capturing Pole Position for the Saturday and Sunday races and then winning both races. Saturday’s Race 1 was Kirchhöfer’s first ADAC GT Masters victory while, on Sunday, Keilwitz got his 8th career Red Bull Ring win in a mostly-rainy Race 2, finishing 4.2 seconds ahead of a charging, second-place Lamborghini Huracán GT3.

Following this weekend’s performance, Kirchhöfer and Keilwitz have a 24 point advantage over second place in Drivers’ Championship standings, and Callaway Competition is 12 points ahead of second place in the Teams’ Championship race.

The next race weekend on the ADAC GT Masters circuit is scheduled for August 3-5, at the Nürburgring in Nürburg, Germany. The time-honored racetrack is considered to be Callaway Competition’s “home-track”, but they’ll have to bring their A-game as, once more, they’ll be competing with the world’s fastest GT3 race cars: Audi, BMW, Ferrari, Honda NSX, Lamborghini, Mercedes-AMG and Porsche.

Comments   (courtesy ADAC)

Marvin Kirchhöfer: “We weren’t expecting to win twice. I’m all the more delighted now that we’ve achieved that. It was a perfect weekend for us, with a maximum points yield. Next on the itinerary are some tracks where it’s going to be harder for us to compete at the front.”


June 9, 2018 –
Callaway Competition wins Saturday’s Race at the Red Bull Ring

excerpts from ADAC Motorsport News:

The Corvette pairing of Marvin Kirchhöfer (24, GER) and Daniel Keilwitz (28, GER, both Callaway Competition) lived up to their billing as favourites in Saturday’s ADAC GT Masters race at the Red Bull Ring. The duo were in dominant form as they claimed their first win of the campaign. “It means a lot to me to have won in the ADAC GT Masters,” said debutant winner Kirchhöfer after the race. “I am very happy and now just savouring the moment.”

Pole-sitter Marvin Kirchhöfer had no problem in asserting his lead at the start. After a brief safety car deployment to recover the Audi R8 LMS of Filip Salaquarda (34, CZ, Team ISR), the Corvette driver opened a clear gap on the rest of the field, which was up to three seconds by the time he called in for the mandatory pit stop. Partner Daniel Keilwitz continued in like fashion after the break. At the flag, the 2013 champion retained a 0.6-second lead to secure the first victory of the season for reigning ADAC GT Masters champions Callaway Competition. For record race winner Keilwitz, it was his 20th success in the Super Sports Car League and his seventh at the Red Bull Ring. Team-mate Kirchhöfer was delighted about his personal first victory.

Comments from the winners

Marvin Kirchhöfer (Callaway Competition, Corvette C7 GT3-R): “I would say that the key to our victory today was getting pole position. We had a great race with a perfect strategy. It was not quite as easy as it looked, because we were struggling a bit with tyre degradation.”

Daniel Keilwitz (Callaway Competition, Corvette C7 GT3-R): “It could not have gone any better. The Corvette is a perfect fit for the Red Bull Ring. We know we have to win here if we want to be in contention for the title, because there are other tracks such as the Sachsenring that aren’t so good for us. During the two safety car deployments towards the end, I was picking up graining, but I still had two good restarts. That was a solid basis for retaining the lead.”


June 8, 2018 –
Corvette Driver Kirchhöfer Sets First Best-Time-of-Weekend at Red Bull Ring

– Oliver Runschke, photos ADAC

• Callaway Competition driver goes fastest in first Practice Session
• Austria-based teams in close pursuit
• Four brands in positions one to four

ADAC GT Masters, 5. + 6. Lauf Red Bull Ring 2018 – Foto: Gruppe C Photography; #1 Corvette C7 GT3-R, Callaway Competition: Marvin Kirchhoefer, Daniel Keilwitz

Corvette driver Marvin Kirchhöfer (24, GER, Callaway Competition) excelled in the first free practice session of the ADAC GT Masters at the Red Bull Ring, clocking the fastest lap and reaffirming the status of the US sports car as favourite for this fastest track on the calendar.

However, the gap to his closest pursuers was a mere 0.074 seconds. The two Super Sports Car League races in Austria will be shown live and in full length on Saturday (from 12:45 CEST) and Sunday (from 13:00 CEST) by SPORT1. Alternatively, they can be watched online via the livestreams provided by sport1.de, adac.de/motorsport and youtube.com/adac.

A Corvette has already won six times in the ADAC GT Masters since 2013 at the Red Bull Ring. This year, the race weekend once again got off to a promising start for the American muscle car.

Marvin Kirchhöfer, from Kleeberg in Saxony, driving the C7 GT3-R entered by Callaway Competition set the best time on the Austrian track in a first free practice session that was blessed with sunshine and temperatures around the 26°C mark. It was the first occasion that he had ever topped the Super Sports Car League timesheets: “Things have been going well for us here, starting with the tests on Thursday, even though the weather with intermittent rain showers made it a bit more difficult at times. We have set our sights high for this track. Everyone knows that it suits the Corvette. Consequently, we need to make sure that we perform well this weekend.”

ADAC GT Masters, 5. + 6. Lauf Red Bull Ring 2018 – Foto: Gruppe C Photography

Kirchhöfer shares the cockpit of the Corvette with Daniel Keilwitz (28, GER), who holds the record for ADAC GT Masters wins on the 4.32km circuit – six in all.

Second fastest in the morning with a lap time of 1:29.668 minutes was the Ferrari 488 GT3 driven by Alfred Renauer (33, GER) and Luca Ludwig (29, GER) for whose team, HB Racing, the Red Bull Ring is home turf.

Third place was claimed by another Austrian team: Rolf Ineichen (40, CH) and Christian Engelhart (31, GER) in the Lamborghini Huracán GT3 prepared by GRT Grasser Racing Team were just 139 thousandths of a second off the pace of the lead Corvette.

They were followed by Mike David Ortmann (18, GER) and Markus Winkelhock (37, GER, both BWT Mücke Motorsport) in the best of the Audi R8 LMSs, ahead of fellow Audi drivers Kelvin van der Linde (21, ZA) and Sheldon van der Linde (19, ZA, both Montaplast by Land-Motorsport).

As so often at the Red Bull Ring, the time gaps were very narrow: at the end of the session, there were 25 vehicles within one second of each other.

ADAC GT Masters, 5. + 6. Lauf Red Bull Ring 2018 – Foto: Gruppe C Photography; #82 Lamborghini Huracan GT3, GRT Grasser Racing Team: Rolf Ineichen, Christian Engelhart

Multiple milestones at the Red Bull Ring

Four of the ADAC GT Masters contestants will reach a major career milestone in Saturday’s race at Spielberg. Sebastian Asch (32, GER, Team Zakspeed BKK Mobil Oil Racing), who has already competed in more Super Sports Car League races than any of the current line-up, will be making his 140th appearance.

For Ferrari driver Luca Ludwig (29, GER, HB Racing), it will be his 120th start in the series, while for Robert Renauer (33, GER, Precote Herberth Motorsport) in the Porsche it will be the 100th.

Making it a quartet of round numbers is BMW driver Claudia Hürtgen (46, GER, RWT Racing) contesting her 80th race, albeit this time in a Corvette C7 GT3-R.

ADAC GT Masters, 5. + 6. Lauf Red Bull Ring 2018 – Foto: Gruppe C Photography

2018 ADAC GT Masters Calendar

13/04/18 – 15/04/18 Motorsport Arena Oschersleben
27/04/18 – 29/04/18 Autodrom Most (CZ)
08/06/18 – 10/06/18 Red Bull Ring (A)
03/08/18 – 05/08/18 Nürburgring
17/08/18 – 19/08/18 Circuit Park Zandvoort (NL)
07/09/18 – 09/09/18 Sachsenring
21/09/18 – 23/09/18 Hockenheimring Baden-Württemberg


June 5, 2018 –
Red Bull Ring: Callaway Competition, Guaranteed for the Podium

Photo: ADAC

Callaway Competition intends to further extend its exceptional Spielberg record. Since 2013, the Corvette Team from Leingarten, Germany has mounted the podium nine times, with six times as race winner.

With much momentum in the Alps: The ADAC GT Masters season continues for Callaway Competition this coming weekend at the Red Bull Ring in Spielberg, Austria.

With the third weekend of the 2018 season, the Corvette Team is again flying high with Team Boss Mike Gramke: On the program at the June 9-10, Races 5 and 6 are scheduled for Spielberg – on arguably one of the most scenic racetracks in Motorsport.

The remote course, 4.326 kilometers (2.69 mi.) long and located about 50 kilometers (approx. 30 mi.) from Graz, is nestled in the mountains of Styria. At an elevation of almost 700 meters (2300 ft.), it is the highest race track in the schedule of the “League of Super Sports Cars”. The track also ranks at the very top of the drivers’ popularity scale.

On the technically demanding Alpine course, with its unusually steep ascents and descents, with grades of up to 12%, torque is especially in demand. The Corvette C7 GT3-R delivers the required torque, as it has already demonstrated numerous times.

At the second of the three ADAC GT Masters events located outside of Germany, the two drivers, Daniel Keilwitz (28/Villingen) and Marvin Kirchhöfer (24/Markkleeberg), want to build on the performance of the second race weekend. In Most, in the Czech Republic, the pair drove to second place on the podium in both races.

Corvette Double Victory, 2017 – Winners: Keilwitz/Gounon (Callaway Competition) Second Place: Barth/Hackländer (RWT Racing). Last year has shown what is possible at the Red Bull Ring with the Corvette C7 GT3-R. Callaway Competition is also the most successful ADAC GT Masters team with six victories at the Red Bull Ring. Therefore, once again this year, a guarantee for the podium.

“No other route in the ADAC GT Masters schedule seems to be suited for the Corvette as well as the Red Bull Ring. Even if the conditions are, without a doubt, more difficult this year than in past years, we’ll have a good chance to replenish our point standing. And as with any other racetrack, Qualifying will be a determining factor in how we finish the races.” Team Boss Mike Gramke

“In the last few years, the Red Bull Ring has always been a good place for us. The racetrack suits our Corvette. I believe that, this year, we’ll fight for the podium once again.” Driver Daniel Keilwitz (28/Villingen)

“I’m looking forward to my first use with the Corvette at the Red Bull Ring. Now, above all, we want to build on the results of (Autodrom) Most. Ultimately, it should happen. Naturally, this would be great. I’m still missing a victory in the ADAC GT Masters.” Driver Marvin Kirchhofer (24/Markkleeberg)

The two races in Spielberg will begin on Saturday at 13:15 pm (live on Sport1) and on Sunday at 13:08 pm (live on Sport1). In addition, the races are online in the livestream on sport1.de, adac.de/motor sport and Youtube.com/adac.


April 12, 2018 –
Fascinating Facts about the ADAC GT Masters

Twelfth Super Sports Cars League gets underway this the weekend

Twelfth Super Sports Cars League gets underway this weekend. High-calibre line-up of 36 cars, eight manufacturers and 23 teams.

The tension is rising two days before the ADAC GT Masters enters its twelfth season at Oschersleben. Here are the key facts about the first race of the year at the weekend (April 13th – 15th). The two races in the Super Sports Cars League will be shown live and in full length by SPORT1 on Saturday and Sunday. The programme starts at 13:00 CEST. They can also be watched online via the livestream on sport1.de, adac.de/motorsport and youtube.com/adac.

– Motorsport Arena Oschersleben is hosting the ADAC GT Masters season opener for the eleventh time. 26 Super Sports Cars League races have so far been contested on the circuit near Magdeburg.

– The 2018 calendar comprises a total of seven race weekends in Germany, the Czech Republic, Austria and the Netherlands.

– The ADAC GT Masters will visit the Czech Republic for the first time in 2018. It becomes the sixth country after Belgium, Germany, the Netherlands, Austria and Slovakia to have staged the competition.

– The only new circuit on the itinerary is Autodrom Most. It is the 13th track to have been used by the series.

– Seven former ADAC GT Masters champions will be competing at Oschersleben: Christopher Haase (2007), Sebastian Asch (2012 and 2015), Maximilian Götz (2012), Daniel Keilwitz (2013), Kelvin van der Linde (2014), Luca Ludwig (2015) and Christopher Mies (2016).

– There will be two former motor racing world champions on the grid, namely two-time FIA WEC Champion Timo Bernhard and ex-FIA GT1 champion Lucas Luhr.

– Daniel Keilwitz has won more races than any other driver in the ADAC GT Masters – 19 in all. The Corvette driver also holds the record for the most victories in a single season: in 2014, he stood on the top rung of the podium six times.

– 19 drivers will be making their ADAC GT Masters debut at Oschersleben: Timo Bernhard, Victor Bouveng, Andrea Caldarelli, Jake Dennis, Christopher Dreyspring, Philipp Ellis, Jimmy Eriksson, Max Hofer, Mikkel Jensen, Lucas Luhr, Giorgio Maggi, Frank Perera, Timo Scheider, Kim-Luis Schramm, Jan-Erik Slooten, Oscar Tunjo, Aaro Vainio, Dries Vanthoor and Christopher Zoechling.

– There are two women in the 2018 ADAC GT Masters line-up – returnee Claudia Hürtgen and Rahel Frey. They are the previous winners of seven and two races respectively in the Super Sports Cars League.

– Two of the contestants are also team bosses: Timo Bernhard drives for KÜS Team75 Bernhard, which is jointly owned by the sports car star and his father Rüdiger. Jan-Erik Slooten will drive the Porsche entered by his team Iron Force by RING POLICE.

– The starting grid for the 2018 ADAC GT Masters will once again be highly cosmopolitan, with drivers from 15 different countries. Germany is the best represented with 35 drivers – almost half of the field – ahead of Switzerland (7), Belgium and Austria (4 each).

– The youngest driver in the field is Switzerland’s Ricardo Feller, a distinction he carries over from last season. The Audi driver will still be 17 years old when the campaign begins.

– The 36 cars in ADAC GT Masters line-up, including Audis, BMWs, Corvettes, Ferraris, Hondas, Lamborghinis, Mercedes-AMGs and Porsches, muster almost 20,000 horsepower between them.

– The Audi R8 LMS is the most popular model in the ADAC GT Masters (13), followed by the Mercedes-AMG GT3 (six) and the Lamborghini Huracán GT3 (five).

– Audi is also the most successful brand in the series, with a total of 31 victories, followed closely by Corvette with 29 wins and Lamborghini with 27.

– Newcomer Honda becomes the 18th brand to be represented in Super Sports Car League history. The local favourites of Honda Team Schubert Motorsport have opted for the NSX GT3.

– Ferrari are returning to the GT Masters for the first time since 2012. The Italian brand has three previous race wins to its credit (2007 and 2011).

– Callaway Competition were in at the start of the ADAC GT Masters in 2007. The 27 victories notched up over the years by the Leingarten-based outfit makes it the most successful team in the history of the series.

– BMW Team Schnitzer and BWT Mücke Motorsport together with ADAC GT Masters returnees Phoenix Racing and Team Rosberg have five DTM driver titles and 54 DTM race wins between them.

– There are no fewer than four teams making their debut in the Super Sports Car League – AutoArenA Motorsport, EFP by TECE, IronForce by RING POLICE und Team ISR

– First-class education: Several contestants in the ADAC GT Masters started their careers in the various ADAC junior formula series, including Klaus Bachler, Maximilian Buhk, Indy Dontje, Christian Engelhart, Ricardo Feller, Maximilian Götz, Mikkel Jensen, Marvin Kirchhöfer, Remo Lips, Giorgio Maggi, Dennis Marschall, Stefan Mücke, Mike David Ortmann, Jeffrey Schmidt, Kim-Luis Schramm and Luca Stolz. Max Hofer is making the step up from ADAC TCR Germany this year.

Link to ADAC GT Masters 4/12/2018 Press Release
March 20, 2018 –
Callaway Competition Announces New Driver Line-up

from ADAC GT Masters website news

Callaway Competition

Marvin Kirchhöfer is named new lead driver for Callaway Competition in ADAC GT Masters. Frank Kechele and Daniel Keilwitz will support Kirchhöfer.

Callaway Competition will embark on the defense of their ADAC GT Masters title with a new driver in the line-up. Marvin Kirchhöfer (24, Germany) will share the team’s Corvette C7 GT3-R with Frank Kechele (31, Germany) and with former champion Daniel Keilwitz (28, Germany) this season. The Super Sports Car League will get the season under way on the weekend of April 13-15 in the Motorsport Arena Oschersleben. SPORT1 will broadcast all races live.

Once again in 2018, Callaway Competition will rely on the services of a combination of drivers similar to the one that last year won the drivers’ team and junior titles: a talented junior driver partnered with an experienced, fast teammate. “Marvin Kirchhöfer showed his class throughout his debut year in the ADAC GT Masters in 2017,” says Mike Gramke, who, after a long period of time acting as Callaway’s technical director, will also take on the role of Team Principal for the 2018 season. “He will have two very strong teammates in Frank Kechele and Daniel Keilwitz, from whose experience he can benefit. Frank will stand in for Daniel at Oschersleben and Most, as Daniel has racing commitments elsewhere (in North America for Callaway Competition USA in Pirelli World Challenge). Frank has always been one of the fastest in the field, and Daniel’s track record in the ADAC GT Masters is simply outstanding.”

With Marvin Kirchhöfer, Callaway, which is the most successful ever in the series with 27 wins to its name, has signed an intrepid young driver. Kirchhöfer, who contested his debut season in a Mercedes-AMG in 2017, is looking forward to his second year in the series. “I’m very happy to be racing for Callaway Competition this year,” said the 24-year-old German, who won the Formel ADAC in 2012. “I’ve already had a brief test session in the Corvette in France and it immediately made a very positive impression on me. I’m really looking forward to pre-season testing at the end of March in Oschersleben.” Kirchhöfer replaces last year’s champion Jules Gounon (24, France), who will no longer drive in the ADAC GT Masters, and intends to follow in the Frenchman’s footsteps: “I definitely want to secure my maiden win in the ADAC GT Masters and rack up as many points as possible. That’s my goal, for sure! As regards the overall standings, we’ll have to wait and see how the season develops. There were a lot of new things I had to deal with last year as a newcomer from formula racing, but I’m now more accustomed to GT motor racing and can concentrate on what’s important, which makes me feel very confident.”

Kirchhöfer will be partnered by Frank Kechele and by Callaway veteran Daniel Keilwitz from the third meeting onwards at the Red Bull Ring (Austria). Three-time race winner and record-breaking pole-sitter Kechele will line up at Oschersleben and Most (Czech Republic). “I’m delighted to be back in the ADAC GT Masters for the first time since the 2015 season finale and to be driving for Callaway Competition,” said Kechele. “This is a great opportunity for me. The team does a good job year in, year out. When you race for Callaway, you know that you’ve got the backing of an extremely competent team. I aim to do my bit in the first two races and notch up plenty of points with Marvin.”


March 12, 2018 –
Callaway Competition Celebrates Podium Finish in Corvette C7 GT3-R Debut

by PWC Series Staff


St Petersburg FL –
The Pirelli World Challenge debut of the Callaway Competition USA Corvette C7 GT3-R was hailed a success on the streets of St. Petersburg, Florida on Sunday afternoon. Driver Daniel Keilwitz earned a top five finish and a second place finish during the double header, moving him to second position in the championship standings.

“We are very pleased we had a chance to demonstrate the championship performance of the Corvette here in North America,” said Team Owner Reeves Callaway. “I’m happy to see the front running performance from Europe continued for the North American debut. We had two really good tough races, and Daniel was able to show his skills against a very talented field of drivers. I am thrilled to be able to please the Corvette fan base with some great racing.”

In his first time on track at the temporary street course, Keilwitz and the Corvette C7 GT3-R took to the circuit quickly, setting competitive lap times in each practice session. Keilwitz qualified third for race one, and as the field took the green flag for the opening race of the season, the No. 26 Corvette C7 GT3-R led the field heading into turn one. Forced wide by the 61 Ferrari on the straight, Keilwitz found himself on paint wet from the morning’s rain, making braking ineffective. The Corvette missed the turn, but recovered in time to avoid contact as the field roared by. Keilwitz recovered and rejoined the field in eighth. A caution period assisted the German, allowing him to quickly catch the rear of the field and immediately work on climbing his way back up the chart.

The Corvette C7 GT3-R showed strong power and maneuverability on the tight street course, and climbed up to fifth position in a matter of minutes. Keilwitz quickly closed in on the No. 24 Porsche of Michael Christensen, and passed for fourth position on the inside of turn one with fifteen minutes remaining. Keilwitz held position for the remainder of the race, finishing in fourth place in his first American race event.

Keilwitz’s fast lap in race one set a second place starting position for race two, starting on the outside of turn one. He slipped into third position on the start, behind Daniel Morad and the No. 2 Mercedes and race leader Scott Hargrove in the No. 96 Porsche. The No. 61 Ferrari of Toni Vilander made the pass to take the third place position, but in lap eight, the Corvette C7 GT3-R reassumed the position. Three laps later, he passed Morad in turn one to take second place and set the fastest lap of the race. Two more cautions came out during the final 30 minutes of the race, as Keilwitz reeled in the leader to fight for the lead position. A win was within his grasp until an incident brought out a red flag, ending the race ten minutes early. While the win was certainly only a few laps away, the Callaway Competition USA team celebrated a job well done, and the first podium in U.S. competition for the car.

The Pirelli World Challenge next competes at Circuit of the Americas in Austin, Texas for Rounds 1 & 2 of the SprintX championship: a 60 minute race in which two drivers share the driving duties for the same car. The driver joining Keilwitz will be announced shortly, as the team has confirmed the Callaway Competition C7 GT3-R will run in the event March 23-25. For event information, visit world-challenge.com.

Driver Quote | Daniel Keilwitz
Race One: Started P3 | Finished P4
Race Two: Started P2 | Finished P2
“The start was bad for me because we started with low tire pressures. I had wheel spin at the green flag and lost two positions to the others guys. We knew if we played it cool, I’d be faster once we came up to temperature. I was able to overtake the Ferrari and the Mercedes, and try to catch the Porsche. It was hard to handle the tire pressure at the restart, so I lost a lot of time, but made it up. I caught the Porsche, and started to fight for the win, but we didn’t get that chance with the red flag. It’s important that the driver involved is okay and didn’t get hurt.”


March 11, 2018 –
GP of St. Petersburg GT/GTA Round 2 GT Cup Rd.2 Race

by PWC Series Staff
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ST. PETERSBURG, Fla. – Former open-wheel ladder series star Scott Hargrove of Tsawassen, B.C., Canada has made a spectacular switch to sports cars this weekend with a pair of GT victories in the 2018 season opening Pirelli World Challenge doubleheader in the streets of St. Petersburg. Hargrove won Sunday’s GT Sprint event by 0.414-seconds in the No. 96 Pfaff Motorsports/Castrol Porsche 911 GT3 R sports car.

Hargrove, a former St. Petersburg winner in the USF2000 series back in 2013, was a star through the USF2000, Pro Mazda and Indy Lights prior to making his sports car debut this weekend, and the 23-year-old Canadian left little doubt that he could be a star in this form of motorsports too.

After coming from last to win Saturday in the 50-minute GT event, Hargrove started from the pole and held off Germany’s Daniel Keilwitz, who made his U.S. racing debut in the No. 26 Callaway Competition USA Corvette C7 GT3-R, to score a near perfect 51 of a possible 52 points with two wins and a pole position.

“It was a great weekend, a little unexpected after yesterday’s qualifying but it was a great comeback for the team, Pfaff Motorsports,” said Hargrove. “Today there was a much better view into turn 1 and when we pulled out onto the track, there were so many marbles from Indy Cars. I knew that I could quickly run into the wall going into turn one like we did yesterday, so I had to be a little bit smarter on that at the start.

“At the first restart, I had a good jump and I tried the exact same thing the second time but, of course, (Daniel) is smart and he figured out what I was going to do. So he got around me and then it was a fight side-by-side a couple of times, both slipping and sliding.”

Hargrove dashed to the front at the drop of the green flag Sunday at the 14-turn, 1.8-mile temporary street circuit lining the St. Petersburg harborship. Fellow Canadian Daniel Morad in the No. 2 CRP Racing Mercedes-AMG GT3 pressured Hargrove in the early laps before Keilwitz took over the runner-up position on lap 11.

With Keilwitz charging from two seconds back, Hargrove made a couple of nice restarts after caution periods and held his advantage over the Corvette driver, Morad and Porsche’s Michael Christensen in the Tampa-based Alegra Motorsports Porsche 911 GT3 R.

Unfortunately, the Round 2 event was red-flagged on the 26th lap when 2016 PWC GT champion Alvaro Parente of Portugal had a massive impact in the turn 10 tire wall. Parente, in the No. 9 K-PAX Racing Bentley Continental GT3, was able to walk away from the incident, but the event was then concluded for the day after a major cleanup effort by the safety workers.
Parente was checked out at the track medical center Sunday afternoon and later released.

Following Hargrove and Keilwitz for the GT finish was Morad, who finished third in both GT events at St. Pete, Christensen, GTA class winner Martin Fuentes of Mexico City, Mex., in the No. 07 Squadra Corsa Garage Italia Ferrari 488 GT3, Rodrigo Baptista of Brazil in the No. 3 K-PAX Racing Bentley Continental GT3, 17-year-old Parker Chase of New Braunsfels, Tex., in the No. 19 TruSpeed Audi R8 LMS, Parente and Yuki Harata of Japan in the No. 55 Dream Racing Motorsports Lamborgini Huracan GT3.

“It’s my first time here in the U.S. racing and that makes it really fun for me,” said Keilwitz. “The fans are great here. It’s a little different for me but I really like to race here, so it’s a good first adventure for me. Unfortunately, we had the red flag. I think I could have managed to go a little bit faster, but I waited until the end. Now we’ll never know what could have happened. The Corvette here is similar to the one in Europe. I’ve been racing Corvettes for nine years now, running the C6 GT3 and now the C7 GT3 for over two years now in Europe so I’m very familiar with them. I just have to get used to the tracks here.”

The international GT field included eight drivers from nine different countries and eight separate auto makes in the top-ten.

Fuentes took the GTA top honors Sunday over Baptista, Chase and Harata.

“It’s great to be back in the Pirelli World Challenge,” said Fuentes. “This is one of the best championships I’ve ever raced. The format that you guys have is amazing – from start to finish you push 110%. I’m back with Ferrari and I’m back on the podium and that always feels good so I’m happy to be here. There are a lot of young guys out there so I’m trying my hardest, trying to stay in shape, and I’m still young at heart. I’m happy to be racing against these young fast kids.

The upcoming Pirelli World Challenge events will be held at Circuit of the Americas (COTA) on March 23-25 with the season opening races for the GT SprintX, GTS SprintX and Touring Car classes including the all-new TCR division.
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ST. PETERSBURG, Fla. – Round 2 results Sunday for the Pirelli World Challenge GT 50-minute sprint race at the Firestone Grand Prix of St. Petersburg. Results are provisional until posted Final.

Pos, PIC, Class, Name, Hometown, Car, Laps, Status, Race Time, Gap
1, 1, Pro,Scott HARGROVE,Tsawwassen, BC, CANPorsche 911 GT3 R (991),26,Not Running,37:58.857,
2, 2, Pro,Daniel KEILWITZ,Villingen-Schwenningen,GER,Callaway Corvette C7 GT3-R,26,Not Running,37:59.271,0.414
3, 3, Pro,Daniel MORAD,Toronto, ON,CAN Mercedes-AMG GT3,26,Not Running,38:00.724,1.867
4, 4, Pro,Michael CHRISTENSEN,Karlslunde,DEN, Porsche 911 GT3 R (991),26,Not Running,38:02.626,3.769
5, 1, Am,Martin FUENTES,Mexico City, MX,Ferrari 488 GT3,26,Not Running,38:03.964,5.107
6, 2, Am,Rodrigo BAPTISTA,São Paulo, BRABentley Continental GT3,26,Not Running,38:09.197,10.340
7, 3, Am,Parker CHASE,New Braunfels, TX,Audi R8 LMS,26,Not Running,38:09.753,10.896
8, 5, Pro,Alvaro PARENTE,Porto, PORT,Bentley Continental GT3,25,Not Running,36:50.044,1 LAP
9, 4, Am,Yuki HARATA,Narita,JAP,Lamborghini Huracan GT3,25,Not Running,38:11.733,1 LAP
10, 6, Pro,Spencer PUMPELLY,Atlanta, GA,Aston Martin V12 Vantage GT3,20,Not Running,29:20.039,6 LAPS
11, 7, Pro,Toni VILANDER,Kankaanpää,FIN, Ferrari 488 GT3,13,Not Running,16:09.906,13 LAPS


December 7, 2017 –
Callaway Competition USA Announces Keilwitz and Cooper in 2018 Pirelli World Challenge Effort

INDIANAPOLIS, Ind., (December 7, 2017) – Thursday morning at the Performance Racing Industry Trade Show, Callaway Competition USA unveiled the Corvette C7 GT3-R, announcing Daniel Keilwitz and Michael Cooper as the two full time drivers for the 2018 factory GT effort in the Pirelli World Challenge.

Team owner Reeves Callaway and Pirelli World Challenge President and CEO Greg Gill opened the press event alongside a matte black carbon Corvette C7 GT3-R, one of two that will be entered as full season factory efforts in the GT class. The GT3-spec homologated Corvette C7 GT3-R will compete in the GT class in both the sprint races, as well as the two driver format SprintX races. Drivers for the SprintX events will be announced at a later date.

“We are proud to have Daniel and Michael on board for our 2018 effort,” said Callaway. “Both drivers have won several championships and will be excellent brand ambassadors for the Corvette C7 GT3-R’s debut year of American Competition. Daniel brings with him a wealth of knowledge about our team and the car, and Michael has years of experience on the tracks we’ll be competing on. Together, with the team we’re assembling, this will be an excellent program to show our future customers what the Corvette C7 GT3-R is capable of.”

While Daniel Keilwitz may be new to competition in the United States, the 28 year old German is no stranger to sports car racing or Callaway Competition. Keilwitz began his career in go karts in 2000, spending four years there before moving up to the German Production Car Championship in 2005. After finishing tenth in the championship, he competed in the ADAC Procar series, finishing second in the 2006 championship. In the three years to follow, he continued his driver development in the Mini Challenge, twice finishing in the top five championship results. This first of three championship titles came in 2010 when he clinched the FIA GT3 European Championship with Callaway Competition. Keilwitz joined the ADAC GT Masters series in 2011, and has risen to become the most successful driver in the series with 19 overall race wins. Together, Keilwitz and Callaway clinched the 2013 championship, and have finished in the top three in the 2014, 2016, and 2017 championship standings. In 2017, Keilwitz earned the ADAC GT Masters team title, with teammate Jules Gounon also on the effort. Although Keilwitz will be new to all the tracks on the 2018 Pirelli World Challenge calendar, his eight years of experience with Callaway Competition and two years behind the wheel of the Corvette C7 GT3-R will prove invaluable to Callaway Competition USA’s North American Debut.

“I’m really looking forward to join Callaway Competition for the Pirelli World Challenge in 2018,” said Keilwitz. “I have done a lot of races for them in Europe and now I’m really happy to join them also in the USA for my ninth year with the team. The car is really amazing and was performing really well in Europe against all the big manufacturers, so I’m sure that it will perform also well in USA. Of course we have to get some experience with the car on the new tracks, but we also bring a lot of experience from Europe to the USA from the past two years racing with this car. We clearly want to show that the Callaway C7 GT3-R is a great performing and winning car. I’m really proud to be part of this team.”

Fresh off winning the 2017 SprintX Championship, American racer Michael Cooper joins the team, bringing with him four championship titles in six years of competition. The 28 year old began his racing career in the 2010 Skip Barber MAZDASPEED Challenge, earning two wins and three podiums in his rookie season. In 2011, he clinched the Playboy Mazda MX-5 Cup championship title, and the following year, the Pirelli World Challenge rookie again wheeled his way to the top of a championship, as the 2012 TC champion. In the two years to follow, Cadillac racing twice tested with Cooper, and in 2015, made him a GM Factory driver in their Pirelli World Challenge efforts. Cooper wasted no time proving himself, earning the 2015 GTS championship title with Blackdog Speedshop, and finishing third in the 2016 GT championship with two wins and seven additional podiums representing Cadillac Racing. Cooper returned to the GT class with Cadillac Racing in 2017, finishing second in the driver championship, and earning the inaugural SprintX Championship alongside Jordan Taylor.

“I’m very proud to be joining Callaway Competition USA for their factory effort next year,” said Cooper. “The Corvette C7 GT3-R has already proven itself on track in Europe, and I’m eager to start testing. The team that is being assembled by Callaway is top-notch, and will no doubt put us in contention for the championship. This will be an exciting year for the car’s debut in the Pirelli World Challenge.”

Introduced to competition in 2016, the Corvette C7 GT3-R, designed, manufactured and homologated on behalf of General Motors by Callaway Competition GmbH produced a successful debut and sophomore season, winning the 2017 ADAC GT Masters Series Driver and Team Championships with Jules Gounon and Daniel Keilwitz. Now available for competition in the United States, the Corvette C7 GT3-R will no doubt be a championship contender again in 2018. The season will begin March 9-11 on the streets of Saint Petersburg, Florida. For more information, visit callawaycars.com and world-challenge.com. Inquiries on a customer racing program can contact GT3@Callawaycars.com.

Click here to print or download the Dec. 7, 2017 C7 GT3-R Press Release.

About Callaway Competition
Founded by Reeves Callaway in 1976, Callaway has been a performance partner of the world’s biggest automotive brands, producing specialty vehicles, engineering services, and performance products. Dedicated to high-quality development, Callaway companies have spent over 30 years as an OEM supplier. Established in 1993, Callaway Competition develops, constructs, and campaigns Corvette-based race cars, celebrating a long running success in sports car racing. Callaway enjoys a legendary record at many of the world’s great race tracks: Circuit de la Sarthe, Spa, Suzuka, Paul Ricard, Nurburgring Nordschleife and GP courses, Monza, Vallelunga, Hockeheim, Daytona, Lime Rock, Road Atlanta, Sears Point, Laguna Seca, Charlotte, Texas World Speedway, Watkins Glen and Mugello.


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September 27, 2017 –
ADAC GT Masters Season Finale Report

• Callaway Wins Hockenheim Saturday Race, Finishes 2nd in Sunday Race
• Callaway Competition Wins 2017 Teams’ Championship
• Jules Gounon Wins 2017 Drivers’ Championship and Junior Classification Title
• Daniel Keilwitz Finishes Second to Gounon in 2017 Drivers’ Championship

The final event of the ADAC GT Masters 2017 season was held this weekend, September 23-24, at the Hockenheimring, Baden-Württemberg, Germany. The season finale marked the end of this year’s tough campaign contested by highly talented drivers, engineers, team managers, technicians and support staff, competing on an international stage with world-class GT3 super sport cars.

Callaway’s hard work and extensive racing experience paid off during the 2017 season. In fact, before Hockenheim qualifying started on Friday, Callaway Competition was leading the standings in Teams’ Championship points and Callaway driver, Jules Gounon had the most Drivers’ Championship points. Winning the titles wasn’t necessarily in the bag, however. Last year’s champions, the Montaplast Audi R8 LMS team and their champion drivers, Christopher Mies and Connor De Phillippi, were snapping at the heels of the Callaway team. Phillipp Eng, driving a BMW M6 GT3, had also become a threat to capture the title.

According to Jules Gounon, Race 1 qualifying couldn’t have gone better. His #77 Callaway Corvette C7 GT3-R set a new ADAC GT Masters qualifying record for Hockenheim and would start Race 1 on the Pole. Jules reported: “I’m very satisfied. This is the first time ever that I’ve posted a perfect lap. We’ve often tested here with Callaway Competition, and it’s paid off. The result, by no means, predicts how things will go in the race, but it’s always better to start from the front than from the back.”

Dominating Race 1 from start to finish

Starting in Pole Position, Jules Gounon and teammate Daniel Keilwitz led the field from P1 for the entire race. In fact, at times, Gounon stretched his lead to almost two seconds before the mandatory pit stop. Following the driver change, Keilwitz extended the lead to nearly five seconds during his stint, ultimately securing the win for Callaway Competition.

Saturday’s victory was Jules’ third of the season and Daniel’s second. Keilwitz’ performance was especially impressive, since he sat out three ADAC GT Masters races due to a broken leg suffered in testing at Spa. Since Gounon gained a 40-point lead in the standings, he had clinched the series’ Drivers’ Championship as well as winning the Junior Classification title.

Following Race 1, Jules reported: “Following the previous races at the Sachsenring, this was never going to be easy. After that difficult weekend, we had lost some self-confidence. I tried to build a lead in my stint to give Daniel the best basis for his own. When Daniel was in the car, I was not at all nervous. He simply never makes any mistakes. The Corvette is fantastic, and the whole team has worked incredibly hard.”

Daniel Keilwitz was glad to have this one under his belt: “Towards the end, I had to be vigilant, because the rear tires were pretty much worn out. But we knew that beforehand, so we tried to build a lead in the first half of the race. It was difficult maintaining the pace, but the lead was ultimately enough. It is wonderful for the team and for Jules to have taken the title. And it’s also good for me to come back with a win.”

Ernst Wöhr, Callaway Team Boss, praised his young driver, “I got to know Jules in the run-up to last season, and we agreed to do a test drive. He immediately made a big impression on us. He’s unbelievable. He’s about to complete only his second season with us, but he just keeps getting better from race to race. His development is by no means complete, but I’m convinced he has a great future ahead of him.”

Gounon celebrating Daniel Keilwitz’ Race 1 win and Jules’ Drivers’ Championship.
Reeves Callaway and Giovanni Ciccone congratulate each other on the victory.
Ernst Wöhr and Giovanni Ciccone share a hug. They know what it took to become ADAC GT Masters Champions.

Sunday’s Race 2 proved to be more challenging. The #77 Callaway Corvette C7 GT3-R would qualify 14th, starting Race 2 back in the 7th row. Following a crash-filled start that temporarily brought out the red flag, Daniel Keilwitz fought from 14th to 4th before pitting for the mandatory driver change.

With Jules behind the wheel, the Callaway Corvette resumed its charge to the front of the field, ultimately finishing in second place, only 1.8 seconds behind the race leader. Sunday’s podium finish secured the ADAC GT Masters Teams’ Championship for Callaway Competition.

After Race 2, Gounon explained: “I didn’t want to take any risks when I took over the car, so as not to endanger Callaway’s chances of taking the team title but made a move to overtake towards the end when victory was in sight. Things didn’t work out, but you learn from your mistakes. I had everything under control, though.”

Sunday’s race win went to the GRT Grasser Racing Team’s Lamborghini Huracán GT3, driven by Rolf Ineichen and Christian Engelhart.


#77 Callaway Corvette in action

Keilwitz, Giovanni Ciccone, Gounon

Giovanni Ciccone, Callaway Team Manager, said, “This year everything came together for us . . . we achieved the most victories and we were the most consistent in points . . . It’s great that we won both the Team and Drivers’ Championships in one season.”

Ernst Wöhr, Callaway Team Boss, was ecstatic: “The title means a lot to us. Never before has the standard of competition in the ADAC GT Masters been as high as this year. To win here is the ultimate in GT racing.”

Reeves Callaway, founder of Callaway Cars, made the trip from southern California to Hockenheim for the race weekend. Joining in on the post-race celebration, he said, “I couldn’t be more proud of Jules and Daniel, Ernst and Giovanni, and the entire Callaway Competition team. Art Andriessen and APP Racing Engines really supported us too, supplying the Team with engines. This has certainly been a year to remember.” Reeves was also quick to remind: “And let’s not forget how (replacement drivers) Albert (Costa) and Renger (van der Zande) helped out, filling in when Daniel (Keilwitz) was recuperating from his broken leg.”

The celebration will last for some time, but it will soon be “back-to-work” for the Callaway team. Spring 2018 and the new ADAC GT Masters season is just around the corner.


The Callaway Team on the Hockenheimring Podium

2018 ADAC GT Masters Season Schedule
• Apr 13-15, Motorsport Arena Oschersleben (Oschersleben, Germany)
• TBD, Additional Spring Race Weekend to be announced
• Jun 8-10, Red Bull Ring (Red Bull Ring, Austria)
• Aug 3-5, Nürburgring (Nürburg, Germany)
• Aug 17-19, Zandvoort (Zandvoort, Netherlands)
• Sep 7-9, Sachsenring (Hohenstein-Ernstthal, Germany)
• Sep 21-23, Hockenheimring (Hockenheim, Baden-Württemberg, Germany)


Links
Callaway Cars Inc. – https://callawaycars.com
Callaway Competition – http://www.callaway-competition.de/
ADAC Motorsport – https://www.adac-gt-masters.de/uk/


About Callaway Cars Inc.
Headquartered in Old Lyme, Connecticut, Callaway Cars is a global leader in the manufacturing of specialty vehicles and performance products. Led by Reeves Callaway, Callaway Cars has achieved significant success in performance engineering for street and motorsport applications. Technological sophistication, design artistry and craftsmanship are hallmarks of the company’s vehicles and products. Other companies under Callaway ownership include Callaway Carbon, which produces high value composite parts for aerospace and defense, Callaway Engineering, which delivers a full range of contract engineering and manufacturing services and Callaway Competition, which has one of the most successful GT3 race teams in FIA history. Callaway Competition develops, campaigns and supports Corvette racecars for national and international series around the world. Authorized by GM, Callaway Competition GmbH is the exclusive constructor of the Corvette C7 for GT3 competition outside of North America. For more information, visit callawaycars.com or call (860) 434-9002.


September 26, 2017 –
ADAC GT Masters Hockenheim Report

courtesy of Corvette Motorsport

The final weekend of the German ADAC GT Masters didn’t disappoint Corvette fans as they raced against the best manufacturers from Germany. Heading in to the weekend, the Leingarten based Callaway Competition team lead both the Drivers and the Teams title. Knowing it would take a herculean effort to keep ahead of Germany’s best GT3 teams, the Corvette squad took advantage of a pre‐race test day (for all competitors) to optimize the car for qualifying on Saturday for Race 1.

Qualifying 1 for the first race on Saturday, saw Jules Gounon posting purple times (the quickest) in both 1st and 2nd sectors. However, an immediate red flag hampered the Frenchman’s lap, forcing him to abort it. Thankfully almost immediately after the session went back to Green, Gounon repeated this performance to post the best lap of the session and pole position for Race 1. As Race 1 started, the goal was clear: Build a big enough gap to maintain the lead as the tyres degraded over the race period. After handing over the lead of the race to Daniel Keilwitz, the German held off immense pressure from a charging Land Motorsport Audi from Christopher Mies. “Towards the end, I had to be vigilant, because the rear tyres were pretty much worn out. But we knew that beforehand, so we tried to build a lead in the first half of the race.” Explains Keilwitz. “It was difficult maintaining the pace, but the lead was ultimately enough.” In the end, the Nr77 brought home the win by 0.834!

The Race 1 win for Callaway Competition also meant that the 2017 Drivers Champion was crowned. The winner? Jules Gounon! An incredible achievement for the young Frenchman at only 22 years of age and only his 2nd year in GT3 racing. “I am ecstatic about winning this title. It’s unbelievable that we’ve done it.” Says Gounon. “My thanks to the whole Callaway team. Without them, this success would not have been possible.” This result also marked another championship title for Engine supplier APP Racing Engines based in Holland. A partner of Callaway Competition since their GT3 Program’s inception in 2005.

Race 2 saw a reversal of fortune for the Morning Qualifying session. Heavy fog greeted the teams, ultimately delaying the start of the session 1hr and 30 min after. With the added 30 kgs of weight onboard from their Race 1 win, Daniel Keilwitz managed to capture a midfield 14th position. At the start, the German carved through the field and was in the top 10 and charging. After 9 minutes of racing the Nr77 was . . . Fifth! After the mandatory pit stop and driver change, Gounon cautiously reeled in the top 3 battling for the lead six seconds ahead of him. As the race drew to a close, the battle for the win was intense. Jules had closed the six second gap and was battling the third place Lamborghini. However, the last lap of the race was the ultimate nail biter.

With the BMW leading a majority of the race, the Nr 99 Porsche of Herbert Motorsport finally passed Nr 42 BMW to take the lead. At the hairpin the BMW attempted to retake the lead and contact with the Porsche, spun the 99 out of the lead and off the track. This led Jules to make a late passing attempt with the Grasser Lambo ahead of him in 2nd place. The attempt failed when Jules slid off into the gravel, but he saved the car and returned to the track still in 3rd position. The charging C7 GT3 finished in 3rd position. However, after the race, officials gave the BMW a 30 second penalty for contact that pushed them down into 13th position. This moved the Grasser Lambo to 1st and the Nr77 to 2nd! Callaway captured the 2017 Teams title, plus 1st and 2nd in the Driver’s Championship, as well as 1st in the Junior Driver’s Championship (for drivers under 25). In the end, it was a perfect weekend and season for Callaway Competition.

Rounding out the weekend was RWT Racing. The Customer Callaway team endured a tough a season all year but this weekend showed an upturn in their fortune. Race 1 saw a P10 result and Race 2 P14. Sven Barth summarizes his season: “The season would have been not that bad with the brilliant C7 GT3‐R but we were absolutely unlucky this year. In most races we would have been in the Top 10 but we were sometimes involved in accidents as innocent victims! But the races were brilliant and gave me the answer as to why we all love this sport! I had so many fights with other drivers during both races. At the end we were in 10th position on Saturday and 14th at Sunday which is not that bad with regards to the bad starting position! Also, I hope to take part in next year’s challenge!”

Team Quotes

Giovanni Ciccone and Ernst Wöhr (Team Owners Callaway Competition): “Jules did a great job the entire season and became a lot stronger. He knew when to hold back and understood that a fourth‐place finish is sometimes more important than a trophy. We are pleased that Daniel had a chance to demonstrate his former strength again. He is a confident driver and rises to the occasion when it counts. We are proud of both our drivers and happy about the title in the team ranking that also rewards the work of our team. Of course, the racing gods always play a big role. You do need a bit of luck.”

Jules Gounon (Nr77 Valvoline/Roller C7 GT3‐R): “I am ecstatic about winning this title. It’s unbelievable that we’ve done it. My thanks to the whole Callaway team. Without them, this success would not have been possible. It was never going to be easy following the previous round at the Sachsenring. After that difficult weekend, we had lost some self‐ confidence. I tried to pull out a lead during my stint to give Daniel the best possible position when he took over. I was not at all nervous when he was in the car. He simply never makes any mistakes. The Corvette is fantastic, and the whole team has worked incredibly hard.”

Daniel Keilwitz (Nr77 Valvoline/Roller C7 GT3‐R): “It was an overall great weekend for us. Towards the end of Race 1, I had to be vigilant, because the rear tyres were pretty much worn out. But we knew that beforehand, so we tried to build a lead in the first half of the race. It was difficult maintaining the pace, but the lead was ultimately enough. It’s wonderful for the team and for Jules to have taken the title. And it’s also good for me to come back with a win. For Race 2, we never expected to finish on the podium from 14th on the grid, but I took a lot of risks at the start and over the first two laps. I pulled it off, fortunately. I had a fresh set of tyres, so I knew that I could attack at the start. I handed the car over to Jules in fourth place. We won the team championship and I finished second overall. We couldn’t have done more.”

Sven Barth (Nr13 RWT Racing C7 GT3‐R): “The season would have been not that bad with the brilliant C7 GT3‐R but we were absolutely unlucky this year. In most races we would have been in the Top 10 but we were sometimes involved in accidents as innocent victims! But the races were brilliant and gave me the answer as to why we all love this sport! I hope to take part in next year’s challenge!”

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September 25, 2017 –
Callaway Competition – ADAC GT Masters Champion 2017!

Leingarten, 25.09.2017

Callaway Competition became the winner of the 2017 season at the season final of the ADAC GT Masters. The team with Jules Gounon wins both the drivers’ and the junior ranking. Daniel Keilwitz is emerging as Vice Champion and also helped win the trophy in the team ranking.

The drivers’ ranking was decided early on Saturday with a start-to-finish victory by Callaway driver Jules Gounon. Second place on the podium was enough to decide the team ranking at noon on Sunday. Callaway Competition is emerging as the most successful team. Daniel Keilwitz, who was forced to miss six races, collected enough points in the end to become Vice Champion.

“Jules did a great job the entire season and became a lot stronger,” team owners Giovanni Ciccone and Ernst Wöhr said happily. “He knew when to hold back and understood that a fourth-place finish is sometimes more important than a trophy. We are pleased that Daniel had a chance to demonstrate his former strength again. He is a confident driver and rises to the occasion when it counts. We are proud of both our drivers and happy about the title in the team ranking that also rewards the work of our team. Of course the racing gods always play a big role. You do need a bit of luck.”

This is already the second title in the ADAC GT Masters for Callaway Competition. The private team first accomplished this in 2013. The championship title also confirms the performance of the Corvette C7 GT3 developed and built by the team itself.


September 23, 2017 –
Hockenheim Race Report

courtesy of ADAC Motorsport

23.09.2017 – Corvette driver wins race to take title

Jules Gounon is the 2017 ADAC GT Masters champion

Gounon also wraps up the Junior class championship. Remo Lips successfully defends his Trophy title.
The title chase has reached a conclusion with one race still to come. Jules Gounon (22, FRA, Callaway Competition) is the 2017 ADAC GT Masters champion. Ably assisted by co driver Daniel Keilwitz (28, DEU), the Corvette man won the first of two races on the final weekend of the season at Hockenheim to claim his first Super Sports Car League title. Defending champions Connor De Phillippi (24, USA) and Christopher Mies (28, DEU, both Montaplast by Land Motorsport) took second place ahead of Mercedes-AMG duo Luca Stolz (22, DEU) and Luca Ludwig (28, DEU, both Team Zakspeed). “I am ecstatic about winning this title,” said a jubilant Gounon. “It’s unbelievable that we’ve done it. My thanks to the whole Callaway team. Without them, this success would not have been possible.”

Gounon and Keilwitz take comfortable lead
Pole-sitter Jules Gounon and partner Daniel Keilwitz put in a solid performance as they secured a lights-to-flag victory. Gounon in the Corvette defended P1 at the start and pulled out a lead of almost two seconds at times before the mandatory pit stop. Following the change of drivers, his German partner clinched the win at the finish line after extending the comfort zone to almost five seconds at times. This was Gounon’s third win of the season and the second for team-mate Keilwitz, who has had to miss three races because of a broken leg. Victory has brought Gounon his first ADAC GT Masters title in advance of the end of the season, as the 22-year-old has a 40-point lead in the standings, which means that he cannot now be overtaken in Sunday’s final race. For Gounon’s team, Callaway Competition, this is their second driver’s title in the ADAC GT Masters since last winning in 2013. Apart from clinching the overall title, the Frenchman has also won the 2017 Junior class (for drivers aged under 25) with one more race to come.

Exciting battles between cars in pursuit lower down the field
The Audi pairing of De Phillippi and Mies in second place missed out on the race win by just 0.834 seconds. Last year’s champions fought their way up from P4 on the grid to make it onto the podium. With a spectacular overtaking move at the entrance to the Motodrom, Mies consigned to third place the Mercedes-AMG of Stolz and Ludwig which had started from the front row, thereby keeping alive Montaplast by Land-Motorsport’s chances of successfully defending their team title. The outfit, managed by Wolfgang Land and for whom De Phillippi and Mies drive, has a 15-point deficit on Callaway Competition.

Porsche drivers Mathieu Jaminet (22, FRA) and Michael Ammermüller (31, DEU, both KÜS Team75 Bernhard) took fourth place from Trophy winner Rolf Ineichen (39, CH) and Christian Engelhart (30, DEU, both GRT Grasser Racing Team) in the best-placed Lamborghini Huracán.

Positions six, seven and eight were firmly in the grip of Audi. Filip Salaquarda (33, CZ) and Markus Winkelhock (37, DEU, both BWT Mücke Motorsport) took sixth place from fellow Audi drivers Markus Pommer (26, DEU) and Kelvin van der Linde (21, ZA, both Aust Motorsport) and from Jeffrey Schmidt (23, CH) and Christopher Haase (29, DEU, both Montaplast by Land Motorsport).

Nicolai Sylvest (20, DK) and Nikolaj Rogivue (21, CH, both Team Zakspeed) in P9 secured two championship points for their Mercedes-AMG. The final point went to the Corvette pairing of Sven Barth (36, DEU) and Maximilian Hackländer (27, DEU, both RWT Racing), who mounted a strong charge up the field from 17th on the grid.

Another competition decided ahead of time was the Trophy class for amateur drivers, with Nissan man Remo Lips (34, CH, MRS GT-Racing) clinching the title. Although the Swiss 34-year-old was forced to retire after a no-fault collision on Lap 1, which required a restart to the race, main title rival Barth could only manage to finish second in class, thus paving the way for Lips to retain his title from the previous campaign.

Comments from the winners
Jules Gounon (Callaway Competition, Corvette C7 GT3-R): “Following the previous races at the Sachsenring, this was never going to be easy. After that difficult weekend, we had lost some self-confidence. I tried to build a lead in my stint to give Daniel the best basis for his own. When Daniel was in the car, I was not at all nervous. He simply never makes any mistakes. The Corvette is fantastic, and the whole team has worked incredibly hard.”

Daniel Keilwitz (Callaway Competition, Corvette C7 GT3-R): “Towards the end, I had to be vigilant, because the rear tyres were pretty much worn out. But we knew that beforehand, so we tried to build a lead in the first half of the race. It was difficult maintaining the pace, but the lead was ultimately enough. It is wonderful for the team and for Jules to have taken the title. And it’s also good for me to come back with a win.”


August 9, 2017 –
Nürburgring Race Report

– Ernst Woehr, Callaway Competition

Since we finished 5th in Saturday’s Race One, we did not have an additional weight penalty for qualifying Race Two. Albert Costa was in the driver’s seat for qualifying. (The word in the paddock is that this guy is really good and well-respected. He was a test driver for Williams.)

During qualifying, our radio was receiving a duplicate frequency from someone else in the paddock. So the communications to Albert were not clear. He understood that he was asked to come in. We, of course, had not given that command. So he missed an all-out attempt at qualifying by about 3/10, which was enough to move him from a potential sixth place to 13th. He was very upset that this misunderstanding gave us such an difficult starting position. And as you know from past experience, the position at the start makes a huge and mostly unrecoverable distance and puts the car smack in the middle of a dangerous bunch of drivers.

He was very lucky to miss the huge accident in turn one. We decided to keep him out if the challenging Mercedes came in early and vice versa.

When the Mercedes came in, Albert did four fabulous laps – in the mid 1.28’s, which made up 3 positions, I believe. The rest was up to Jules.

Jules Gounon did a fabulous job. As you can see on the video, the incident with Renauer in the Porsche was treacherous. We were very lucky that the tire was still intact. But we did lose bodywork. At this point, we were just hoping to survive to the end. And we did.

Our goal for the weekend was to come home with 15 points. We managed 14 between the two races. We are really only in competition with one of the Audis. So we hope that there are as many different winners as possible. We are still in the lead in the Team Championship by 30 points. The closest follower in Drivers Championsip is Philipp Eng, BMW, with 38 points behind Jules.

In the Team Championship, we are leading Aust Audi and Mücke Mercedes, both are 37 points behind us.

Only Sachsenring and Hockenheim remain.


The ADAC GT Masters series is, effectively, the German National Championship. GT3 has become the most popular form of GT racing in all of motorsports. GT3 is contested worldwide – continental Europe, the United Kingdom, the Middle East, Australia, Japan, South Africa, and South America. ADAC GT Masters race are broadcast live and on tape delay in Europe, Asia and South America. ADAC runs two races on scheduled weekends, one on Saturday and one on Sunday. Each race is run for one hour, with a mandatory driver change at thirty minutes.

Callaway’s job is to supply these race teams with race cars, and to support them as clients. Every notable sportscar manufacturer has an entry in this series. Audi, BMW, Corvette, Porsche, Mercedes, Lamborghini and Bentley. The budgets are large, and the competition is very, very close. A qualifying field is covered by 1.8 seconds at most tracks. All cars are subject to a Balance of Performance compliance where power and weight are adjusted by the sanctioning body to achieve parity between brands. First, Second, and Third finishers are further handicapped with a weight penalty, but carried for only the next race.

The Callaway Corvette entries are the blue and white Valvoline-sponsored No. 77, driven by Daniel Keilwitz and Jules Gounon, and the RWT blue and blue No. 13, driven by Barth and Hacklander.

Practice, qualifying and race results are posted online: www.adac-gt-masters.de/uk/. (Remember, scheduled times are listed according to time of day at the racetrack.)

 


August 8, 2017 –
Damage Control at the Nürburgring

Callaway Competition collects 14 championship points

Leingarten, 8 August 2017

The ADAC GT Masters racing weekend on the Nürburgring proved challenging for the Leingarten-based Callaway Competition team. Despite ADAC-mandated extra ballast and after two turbulent races, the Callaway team earned 14 points and continues to lead the rankings.

The Nürburgring is one of the highlights in the “league of super sports cars”. After Oschersleben and Hockenheim, the Nürburgring is the most visited course. With 20 kilograms of additional weight mandated as ballast by the sanctioning body, it was up to the team and drivers to make the best of the situation. This, however, would prove challenging over the course of the weekend.

Rocket launch in the first race
The heavens over the Eifel opened up during the first qualifying round. But Callaway Competition was lucky: Jules Gounon took advantage of the few laps on dry asphalt before the rain started. This resulted in a comfortable starting position in fourth place.

In the rolling start, the Frenchman pulled off a surprising rocket launch that put him in second place. The restart, after a safety car phase, did not deter him either. But Callaway Competition fell back during the pit stops after Albert Costa – the replacement for regular driver Daniel Keilwitz – was blocked in the turmoil of the pit. In the end, he took fifth place in the first race, earning a valuable ten points for the team.

Damage limitation after a tumultuous start
On Sunday, Albert Costa started the race in Position 13 and took a hard hit on the front right during the initial scrimmage. “At first, we were not sure whether we could even continue in the race,” said Giovanni Ciccone and Ernst Wöhr. The Spaniard fell to 17th place. After a few laps, the 27-year-old found his speed again and battled his way back to the starting position. Switching drivers late in the race got the team further ahead, and Jules Gounon was ultimately able to cross the finish line in eighth place.

”We started the racing weekend with 20 kilograms of additional weight, and decidedly felt that as well,” say the two team owners Giovanni Ciccone and Ernst Wöhr. “It was a real challenge. In the end, we have to say that we limited the damage by collecting 14 points. Our strategy in Sunday’s race to come into the pit after Zakspeed worked, which helped us get a placement in the top 10.”

Following Nürburgring, the Callaway team continues to lead the rankings in the three categories: Team, Drivers, Juniors.

To the Sachsenring after the summer break
The ADAC GT Masters is now taking a summer break. Teams have around six weeks to prepare for the second-to-last racing weekend on the Sachsenring (September 15-17) before hearing the announcement again: “Drivers, start your engines!”

Links
Callaway Cars Inc. – https://callawaycars.com
Callaway Competition – http://www.callaway-competition.de/
ADAC Motorsport – https://www.adac-gt-masters.de/uk/

About Callaway Cars Inc.
Headquartered in Old Lyme, Connecticut, Callaway Cars is a global leader in the manufacturing of specialty vehicles and performance products. Led by Reeves Callaway, Callaway Cars has achieved significant success in performance engineering for street and motorsport applications. Technological sophistication, design artistry and craftsmanship are hallmarks of the company’s vehicles and products. Other companies under Callaway ownership include Callaway Carbon, which produces high value composite parts for aerospace and defense, Callaway Engineering, which delivers a full range of contract engineering and manufacturing services and Callaway Competition, which has one of the most successful GT3 race teams in FIA history. Callaway Competition develops, campaigns and supports Corvette racecars for national and international series around the world. Authorized by GM, Callaway Competition GmbH is the exclusive constructor of the Corvette C7 for GT3 competition outside of North America. For more information, visit callawaycars.com or call (860) 434-9002.


July 28, 2017 –
Mid-Season Racing Series Report – ADAC GT Masters

Four of the seven ADAC GT Masters race weekends have now been run; racing continues next week, August 4-6, at the Nürburgring. In the meantime, here is ADAC’s summary from the first eight races:

    • Piloting the Callaway Competition C7 GT3R, Jules Gounon is the most successful driver so far with two wins. He currently leads the championship standings. Some 14 other drivers representing six teams have secured race victories. Callaway Competition and GRT Grasser Racing Team are the best teams with two wins each.
    • Looking at the different manufacturers’ performance, three are out in front. Corvette, Lamborghini and Porsche have each triumphed twice while Audi and BMW have both booked one win.
    • Jules Gounon also leads in number of podium places, having achieved four in all. Three other drivers, Callaway teammate Daniel Keilwitz, and title defenders Connor De Phillippi & Christopher Mies (Audi), finished on the podium three times. In all, 31 drivers managed to place in the Top Three in the eight races.
    • Two drivers have secured half of the eight pole positions. Jules Gounon and Lamborghini driver, Mirko Bortolotti, went fastest twice in qualifying, and four others each took one pole position.
    • Mirko Bortolotti also won, by the smallest margin, the closest qualifying of the year so far at Zandvoort. The Italian’s pole time was a mere 0.015 seconds faster than Maximilian Götz’ in the Mercedes.
    • The small difference in qualifying times across the entire field also impressed time and again. On Saturday at the Lausitzring, for example, just 0.838 secs covered 21 vehicles in qualifying.
    • With an average speed of 170.9 km/h (106.2 mph), Christian Engelhart and Rolf Ineichen (Lamborghini) set a new record at the Red Bull Ring for the fastest race in ADAC GT Masters since its debut in 2007.
    • The slowest race of the first four race meetings held so far this season was also the only one affected by rain. The winners, Christopher Mies and Connor De Phillippi, drove at an average speed of 118.4 km/h (73.6 mph) on Sunday at Zandvoort.
    • As was the case last year, Jules Gounon again leads the standings after the first four race weekends. With 113 points, he has now scored seven points fewer than at this point in the season last year, but the gap on his closest rival, BMW driver Philipp Eng, is larger at 44 points. Jules Gounon and teammate Daniel Keilwitz had a cushion of 29 points on eventual title winners De Phillippi & Mies at this stage of the season last year.
    • Seven drivers have posted the fastest race lap in the eight races staged so far. The only driver to go fastest twice in a race is Lamborghini works driver Christian Engelhart.
    • At just 16 years, 10 months and 29 days old when he headed out to race at Oschersleben, Swiss teenager Ricardo Feller is the youngest driver ever to compete in the ADAC GT Masters series.
    • Mike David Ortmann, aged 17, and his partner at BWT Mücke Motorsport, Frank Stippler, aged 42, have the greatest difference in age within a driver pairing.
    • Jules Gounon also heads the standings in the Junior category, for drivers under 25, which has a strong field of 17 drivers. To date, the Frenchman has achieved three wins in class, the most so far this season. Jeffrey Schmidt has taken two wins this season, while Luca Stolz, Ricky Collard and Ezequiel Perez Companc have taken one each.
    • In the Trophy classification for amateur drivers, Rolf Ineichen has secured five class victories, Sven Barth was successful twice in the Callaway Corvette, and Remo Lips once in the Nissan.
    • The lead changed hands the most times in a single race on Sunday at Zandvoort. The top position changed four times between five different vehicles.
    • In the races held so far this season, the Callaway Corvette #77 C7 GT3R has been in the lead for the most laps, 71 in total – more than any other car in the ADAC GT Masters. Driving for Callaway Competition, Jules Gounon led the field for a total of 38 laps with Daniel Keilwitz and for 33 laps with Renger van der Zande. Fourteen different cars have been at the head of the field so far this season.
    • Mercedes driver Sebastian Asch is the most experienced competitor in the field, having contested 127 ADAC GT Masters races.
    • Two outfits managed to secure championship points in all eight races – Aust Motorsport and BWT Mücke Motorsport. As far as drivers go, the top score of seven points-scoring finishes was achieved by Jules Gounon and the Mercedes team of Luca Stolz and Luca Ludwig.

Derived from “The first half of the season in facts and figures”, July 27, 2017 –
ADAC Motorsport / ADAC GT Masters.

Links
Callaway Cars Inc. – https://callawaycars.com
Callaway Competition – http://www.callaway-competition.de/
ADAC Motorsport – https://www.adac-gt-masters.de/uk/

About Callaway Cars Inc.
Headquartered in Old Lyme, Connecticut, Callaway Cars is a global leader in the manufacturing of specialty vehicles and performance products. Led by Reeves Callaway, Callaway Cars has achieved significant success in performance engineering for street and motorsport applications. Technological sophistication, design artistry and craftsmanship are hallmarks of the company’s vehicles and products. Other companies under Callaway ownership include Callaway Carbon, which produces high value composite parts for aerospace and defense, Callaway Engineering, which delivers a full range of contract engineering and manufacturing services and Callaway Competition, which has one of the most successful GT3 race teams in FIA history. Callaway Competition develops, campaigns and supports Corvette racecars for national and international series around the world. Authorized by GM, Callaway Competition GmbH is the exclusive constructor of the Corvette C7 for GT3 competition outside of North America. For more information, visit callawaycars.com or call (860) 434-9002.


July 26, 2017 –
Second Season Win for Callaway Competition – Half-time Master in the ADAC GT Masters

Leingarten, Germany, 26 July 2017

After the fourth racing weekend of the 2017 season, the Callaway Competition team can call itself the half-time champion of the ADAC GT Masters. Jules Gounon and replacement driver Renger van der Zande were highly impressive with their outstanding performance in Zandvoort, the Netherlands. With the win in Saturday’s race and an additional eight points in the second heat, Ernst Wöhr and Giovanni Ciccone’s Callaway team has extended its grasp on first place in ADAC GT Masters’ standings.

Rain was forecast for the racing weekend directly behind the dunes on the North Sea coast. But the weather gods were friendly at first and spared the drivers. More than 13,000 spectators came to Zandvoort this past weekend for the exciting motorsports event.

Pole position and a start-to-finish win on Saturday

After extensive training on Friday, Saturday morning began with qualifying. Jules Gounon asserted himself and posted the fastest time on the 4.307 kilometer (2.68 mile) course.

The performance of Jules Gounon as well as teammate Renger van der Zande, who jumped in to replace for injured Callaway driver Daniel Keilwitz this weekend, was impressive. Undaunted by the fierce competition, the duo turned pole position into a racing victory. “It was a perfect weekend,” said Jules Gounon. “We had a great race, did a good job and were able to win. Now we have a comfortable lead in the rankings.”

For the Callaway Competition team, this was not just the second win of the season but also proof that the development of the Corvette C7 GT3R is as successful as predicted. “Every kilometer and every race is important to us for development,” said Callaway team owner, Giovanni Ciccone. Ernst Wöhr, the other team owner, concurred: “Renger felt comfortable in the Corvette right away and that is a good sign for us. He is an excellent driver and also fits into the team personally.”

Rain chaos on Sunday

After rejoicing about Renger van der Zande’s seventh-fastest lap time in qualifying on Sunday morning, the race towards noon became torture.

The rain gods had spared everyone so far, but just before the start of Sunday’s race, the floodgates opened. Poor visibility hampered the race while the Callaway team fought its way towards a place on the podium. After a “too fast exiting the pits” infraction resulted in a drive-through penalty, the Gounon/van der Zande duo was sent from P2 to back in the 27-car field. However, by the end of the race, they had fought their way up to sixth place and collected more valuable championship points.

“It’s too bad that Daniel was not able to drive, but his health comes first.”

“Often, you make your plans and then you get a surprise. That red flag in the first qualifying round was lucky for us. Not that this detracts in any way from our performance. We all worked very well,” said Ernst Wöhr. Yet their joy was tempered. Giovanni Ciccone went on: “On one hand, we are pleased about our great collaboration with Renger. On the other hand, it is a great pity that Daniel was not able to drive, where he contributed a great deal to the Corvette’s development. But Daniel’s health comes first, and we wish him a continued good and rapid recovery.” Daniel Keilwitz took advantage of his free weekend to display his abilities as a commentator. When the regular Callaway driver can get behind the wheel again has not been decided yet.

Callaway Competition is not getting much of a rest. In two weeks, the next racing weekend is already on the schedule. The Swabian team aims to collect more championship points on the Nürburgring at the beginning of August.

Links
Callaway Cars Inc. – https://callawaycars.com
Callaway Competition – http://www.callaway-competition.de/
ADAC Motorsport – https://www.adac-gt-masters.de/uk/

About Callaway Cars Inc.
Headquartered in Old Lyme, Connecticut, Callaway Cars is a global leader in the manufacturing of specialty vehicles and performance products. Led by Reeves Callaway, Callaway Cars has achieved significant success in performance engineering for street and motorsport applications. Technological sophistication, design artistry and craftsmanship are hallmarks of the company’s vehicles and products. Other companies under Callaway ownership include Callaway Carbon, which produces high value composite parts for aerospace and defense, Callaway Engineering, which delivers a full range of contract engineering and manufacturing services and Callaway Competition, which has one of the most successful GT3 race teams in FIA history. Callaway Competition develops, campaigns and supports Corvette racecars for national and international series around the world. Authorized by GM, Callaway Competition GmbH is the exclusive constructor of the Corvette C7 for GT3 competition outside of North America. For more information, visit callawaycars.com or call (860) 434-9002.


July 13, 2017 –
Ready for Zandvoort

Renger van der Zande chosen as replacement driver for Callaway Competition in Zandvoort

Ready for Zandvoort

Leingarten, 13 July 2017

Callaway Competition is heading into the fourth ADAC GT Masters weekend with Jules Gounon and Renger van der Zande. The Netherlands native is temporarily filling in for Daniel Keilwitz. Injuries sustained by the Callaway driver during a test day are forcing the leader in the rankings to be a spectator. Callaway Competition intends to continue defending its leading position in the rankings of the ADAC GT Masters with replacement drivers van der Zande and Gounon.

The Swabian racing team, Callaway Competition from Leingarten, is heading for the racetrack, which lies directly behind the dunes on the North Sea coast, with a lead of 19 points. Daniel Keilwitz will not be sitting behind the wheel of the Corvette C7 GT3-R as the copilot of Jules Gounon for the first time. The Callaway driver fractured his lower leg during test drives, forcing him to be a spectator. “My leg operation went well and I am doing better every day,” reported Daniel Keilwitz.

Renger van der Zande good replacement driver

A capable replacement driver was taken on board with Renger van der Zande. The former DTM driver knows the Netherlands racecourse like the back of his hand. He is familiar with the ADAC GT Masters as well, with previous guest starts in 2014 and 2015. “The team has found a very good replacement driver in Renger van der Zande. He has a lot of experience with the various race cars, which should enable him to get used to the Corvette quickly. And as a local hero, he knows Zandvoort really well,” said Daniel Keilwitz about his replacement.

“I wish Daniel a speedy recovery. Of course, I would like to be returning to the ADAC GT Masters under different circumstances. Starting right outside your own front door as a Netherlands native is great,” said van der Zande, pleased about his guest start. “I will be driving the Corvette for the first time in Zandvoort. This is something I am really looking forward to. I just want to do a good job and help Jules Gounon defend the leadership position in the rankings.”

Daniel Keilwitz is also in Zandvoort

The team is highly motivated and approaching the racing weekend with focus. Daniel Keilwitz will be attending in the capacity of an advisory team member. “Daniel is going to be there. He knows our Corvette the best. Surely, he will be able to provide some tips,” said team leader Giovanni Ciccone. “We are convinced that Renger is a worthy replacement. Rather than complaining, we are going to give our best to maintain our leading position in the rankings.”

Callaway Competition intends to get the most out of the next weekend (July 21-23). Defending its leadership in the rankings is the clear objective. With Daniel Keilwitz as coach and adviser by their side, Renger van der Zande and Jules Gounon become a well prepared trio heading for the starting line with motivation and focus.


May 1, 2017 –
Successful Season Opener

Callaway Competition makes a run to the podium on the first racing weekend

Leingarten, 1 May 2017

Callaway Competition got off to an outstanding start at the ADAC GT Masters kick-off last weekend. Although the Swabian team did not see the checkered flag on Saturday, its performance on Sunday was respectable. The two Callaway drivers, Jules Gounon and Daniel Keilwitz, celebrated their success on Sunday after taking second place on the podium.

Third-fastest on two occasions in qualification training, one second placement, and 18 championship points – that was the successful Callaway balance after the first ADAC GT Masters weekend. The two races of the “league of super sports cars” were a genuine motorsports show and attracted more than 20,000 spectators to the Magdeburg Börde.

Premature exit: Jules Gounon in no-fault collision

The Callaway duo of Gounon/Keilwitz initially took seventh and 15th place in the two training sessions on Friday. But in qualifying on Saturday morning, the young Frenchman Jules Gounon made his mark and positioned the Callaway Corvette C7 GT3/R in third place. Thus the starting situation for the one-hour race was perfect.

Unfortunately, things turned out differently than expected. The 22-year-old was rudely ejected from the race after less than three laps: “The Audi behind me saw a gap where there wasn’t one, leading to unfortunate contact,” says Jules Gounon. The result: Tire damage and consequently a race that could not be finished.

Perfect interplay – Keilwitz/Gounon triumphant on the podium
The frustration of failing to complete the first race had evaporated by Sunday. Competing for the starting position in the second race was up to Daniel Keilwitz. Like his teammate, he burned the third-fastest lap time into the 3.696 kilometer racecourse.

Keilwitz tucked himself behind the second-place Porsche directly off the starting line. Since a chance to pass was not in sight, the team used the mandatory stop. When Jules Gounon took the wheel and came out of the box, he was past the Porsche. The duo was second at the finish line and then celebrated its success on the podium. “We are very pleased with the result,” Daniel Keilwitz exulted. “After we had such bad luck the first day, this really made us happy. It’s a great base. We are very satisfied.” His teammate Gounon agreed: “Daniel did a fantastic job today and the team worked together perfectly. It couldn’t have gone any better.”

Things did not go as well for the sister Corvette of the RWT team. The team had to give up the second race after Sven Barth was in an accident through no fault of his own. “I feel very bad for RWT,” said team leader Giovanni Ciccone, expressing his sympathy. “The incident was unnecessary and could have been avoided.”

Anticipating the second racing weekend on the Lausitzring
Team leader Giovanni Ciccone’s racing summary: “The first race went badly. It was obvious that Jules was not at fault. On Sunday we knew we would make it to the podium if we could keep third place. We were unable to pass the Porsche on the track, but Daniel was very strong on his inlap so we were able to advance to second place when we switched drivers. I am pleased about our second place finish, and do not begrudge BMW the win that they have more than earned after all those hard years. Especially with Philip Eng, who is not only a sensational driver but also a great person.”

Now Callaway is returning home to Leingarten in Swabia, ranked sixth before heading to the Lausitzring in four weeks (May 19-21) for the motorsports festival where the ADAC GT Masters meets the DTM. Callaway once again intends to have its say when it comes to earning points and podium placements.



Links
Callaway Cars – https://callawaycars.com
Callaway Competition – http://www.callaway-competition.de
ADAC GT Masters – https://www.adac-gt-masters.de/uk/


October 13, 2016 –
Heartbreak at Hockenheim

Balance of Performance Adjustments Hinder Callaway Corvette’s C7 Championship Bid
by Walt Thurn – SuperChevy.com/Vette
http://www.superchevy.com/events/1610-crash-eliminates-corvette-championship-hopes/

Callaway Competition’s amazing 2016 ADAC GT Masters season came to a sudden and dramatic end. It happened twenty-two minutes and eleven seconds from the end of Race 2 at Hockenheim. It was at this moment when a damaged Lamborghini refused to let the championship-contending Corvette pass. They came in contact with each other and the Corvette crashed out of the race. This ended Corvette’s quest for the championship.

13 Oct 2016

At the Nürburgring and Zandvoort races, the Corvette was almost two seconds per lap slower than the Audi and Porsche. This reduced performance was due to a total of 65 kilos (143 lbs.) of ballast being added to the Corvette after their multiple victories. Callaway Competition was hoping for a weight reduction before Hockenheim. This did not occur and the team struggled to find a way to improve their Corvette’s performance. Porsche had just won four races in a row and only carried 15 kilos (33 lbs.) of ballast and were the team’s biggest threat. Unfortunately, no competitors received any performance changes. Callaway Competition was hoping for a home field advantage, because they do extensive testing at Hockenheim.

Callaway Competition assembled a large hospitality suite above their pits prior to the race weekend to host and thank their many sponsors and supporters. The second floor transformation was the work of Commpanions (www.commpanions.de), owned by William J. Hood. Over 500 guests enjoyed excellent food, drink and watching the race. Many guests spent time inspecting a 2017 Corvette Grand Sport and a 2017 export Camaro. Both were supplied by Autohaus-Kramm.de, a Corvette, Cadillac and Chevrolet dealer located near Berlin.

The ADAC qualifying format was changed this year. In previous years, this took place on Friday before the two races. Now teams qualify on the day of each race. On Saturday, the grid times were set during a heavy rainstorm. The championship-leading Audi was on the pole with a 1:52.369. The No. 77 Corvette managed a 1:54.427 that was good for a 13th starting position. Jules Gounon had limited time driving the Corvette in the rain, but the team was confident about the young driver’s skills. They were correct. Jules demonstrated excellent driving ability and quickly threaded his way through the field at the start of Race 1. By Lap 5, he was in fifth place, right behind the championship-competing Audi. After the pit stops, the track was still wet but drying. The Corvette’s rain tires overheated and Keilwitz finished sixth. This dropped the No. 77 twelve championship points behind the leading Audi. The No. 69 Corvette of Assemheimer/Schwager was 11th, the Lipps/Barth Corvette was 13th and the Whelen Corvette finished 19th.

Race 2 was dry and sunny and Keilwitz set the sixth fastest time with a 1:40.092. It was no surprise that the lightweight Porsche captured the pole with a time of 1:39.613. 13th position was set by the Lipps/Barth Z06.R GT3 with a time of 1:40.507. In 21st position was the No. 69 Assenheimer/Schwager Corvette with a 1:41.075 and the No. 31 Whelen Corvette was 23rd with a time of 1:41.250. When the green flag fell, Keilwitz quickly moved up into fourth position and tucked behind the green No. 63 Lamborghini. The Lambo received damage to its front splitter and upset its handling. It became unstable but would not allow Keilwitz to pass. On Lap 15, Keilwitz dove into the pits early to give the Corvette to Jules in hopes of getting ahead of the errant Lamborghini. It did not work and the green monster exited the pits a half-second ahead of Jules. A slight bump was all it took to send the Corvette sailing sideways into a concrete barrier right at the driver’s door. The impact was so hard the 4,000 lb barrier broke in half. The race was red flagged and it took the rescue crews 20 minutes to extract Jules from the car and send him to the hospital. After a complete check of his vital signs, Jules was not seriously hurt. He had a deep cut on his lower left leg and a lot of bruising from the impact. It was an unfortunate way to test the crash worthiness of the new C7 GT3/R, but it saved Jules’ life.

The race resumed and the Audi (which had spun earlier) finished eighth won the championship. A third place finish for the Corvette would have given the new C7 its first championship. However, the new car’s potential is very obvious and perhaps next year we will see Corvette win the championship. When the dust settled, Corvette finished third in the Drivers Championship, second in the Team Championship, second in the Junior Championship (Jules Gounon) and first in the Trophy (amateur) Championship. The C7 GT3/R is still a brilliant new GT3 entry. It is clear that drivers Daniel Keilwitz and Jules Gounon driving the C7 GT3/R would have won the championship without the Lamborghini blocking their path. In our opinion, the best team did not win, and that is Team VETTES’ sour grapes statement!

Photos courtesy of Walt Thurn:
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August 8, 2016 –
Rollercoaster Weekend at Nürburgring
  • Callaway Competition remains Title Contender
  • Keilwitz/Gounon keep lead in Drivers’ Championship despite DNF
  • Assenheimer/Schwager duo starts 21st, finishes in the Top-10

Old Lyme, Connecticut – August 8, 2016. With last weekend’s ADAC GT Masters round at the Nürburgring, Callaway Competition has entered the all-important decisive phase in the final part of the season. The Leingarten, Germany based race team remains title contender, leading in Teams’ Championship points, despite a rollercoaster ride weekend.

The first free practice sessions confirmed that the shortened 3.2 km Nürburgring layout was not particularly suitable for the Corvettes. In addition, the ADAC’s Balance of Performance imposed a further penalty of 15 kg. Regardless, Jules Gounon and Daniel Keilwitz qualified the #77 ROLLER/Valvoline Corvette C7 GT3/R in an impressive sixth place for the Saturday race. Finishing the race in fifth place was also a great achievement, and extended the duo’s lead in the ADAC GT Masters Drivers’ Championship.

The sister Callaway Corvette, driven by Patrick Assenheimer and Dominik Schwager, displayed a fantastic charge, blasting through the field in Saturday’s race. After a disappointing qualifying, which saw the #69 AutoArenA.de Corvette C7 GT3/R down in 21st place, the two drivers fought their way back to finish in P10, securing a great Top-10 finish.

The second race on Sunday was a disappointment for Callaway Competition. After starting in 14th position, the Assenheimer/Schwager #69 AutoArena.de entry pushed ahead to eighth place – then a move to overtake a Lamborghini ended in a collision and retirement. Plus, Gounon and Keilwitz did not take home any points on Sunday. After starting the #77 ROLLER/Valvoline Corvette GT3/R in 18th position, contact in the very first lap forced an early retirement.

“The weekend did not go as planned, but we are pleased to have kept the lead in both championship standings”, said Giovanni Ciccone, Team Principal – Callaway Competition. “There are two very interesting and challenging tracks coming up with Zandvoort and Hockenheim, but we are positive we’ll be competitive in the next race and extend our points lead. It was once again a great performance by Patrick Assenheimer and Dominik Schwager this weekend.”

Driver Quotes:
Daniel Keilwitz – #77 ROLLER/Valvoline Corvette C7 GT3/R:
“We knew that it would be a hard race given the 30kg Balance of Performance ballast. It played in our hands that the other teams were fighting each other. It went well, we have kept the lead and extended it after the first race, which was our goal. We were not able to win at Nürburgring, but we took home the points we were given.”

Jules Gounon – #77 ROLLER/Valvoline Corvette C7 GT3/R:
“I knew the track was not the issue. But our Corvette did not run as well as it did at the Red Bull Ring. It did not look too good on Friday, but the team prepared the car great for qualifying. We finished in P5 coming from sixth. We missed the podium but we kept the lead in the Championship. Therefore we are happy with the weekend.”

Patrick Assenheimer – #69 AutoArenA.de Corvette C7 GT3/R:
“We did not have an easy weekend, but the race on Saturday proved the potential of the new Corvette. We started from a weak 21st place on the grid to finish in 10th, which was a great result for the whole team. Unfortunately, we were not able to repeat this on Sunday as I am sure another Top-10 result could have been possible.”

Dominik Schwager – #69 AutoArenA.de Corvette C7 GT3/R:
“This was an up and down weekend. The tenth position on Saturday was a strong performance by Patrick and myself and the whole team. We could have improved on that on Sunday. We are all looking ahead to the remaining rounds now. Zandvoort and Hockenheim should be good tracks for us and we’ll do everything possible to help the team win the title this year.”

ADAC GT Masters 2016 Schedule:
Aug 19 – Aug 21, 2016 Circuit Park, Zandvoort
Sept 30 – Oct 2, 2016 Hockenheimring, Baden-Württemberg

For more information:
Callaway Cars Inc. – callawaycars.com
Callaway Competition – callaway-competition.de
ADAC GT Masters – adac-gt-masters.de/uk

About Callaway Cars Inc.
Headquartered in Old Lyme, Connecticut, Callaway Cars is a global leader in the manufacturing of specialty vehicles and performance products. Led by Reeves Callaway, Callaway Cars has achieved significant success in performance engineering for street and motorsport applications. Technological sophistication, design artistry and craftsmanship are hallmarks of the company’s vehicles and products. Other companies under Callaway ownership include Callaway Carbon, which produces high value composite parts for aerospace and defense, Callaway Engineering, which delivers a full range of contract engineering and manufacturing services and Callaway Competition, which has one of the most successful GT3 race teams in FIA history. Callaway Competition develops, campaigns and supports Corvette racecars for national and international series around the world. Authorized by GM, Callaway Competition GmbH is the exclusive constructor of the Corvette C7 for GT3 competition outside of North America. For more information, visit callawaycars.com or call (860) 434 9002.


July 29, 2016 –
Callaway Competition Takes Championship Lead
in ADAC GT Masters Series

CURRENTLY, AT MID-SEASON:

  • First Place in Drivers’ Championship
  • First Place in Teams’ Championship
  • First Place in Trophy Classification
  • First Place in Junior Classification

Old Lyme, Connecticut – July 29, 2016. After a one month break, Callaway Competition fielded three Corvette C7 GT3/R’s in last weekend’s round of the ADAC GT Masters Championship series at the Red Bull Ring in Spielberg, Austria. With a win at the Red Bull Ring (Spielberg, Austria), and following two podium finishes at last month’s Lausitzring race, the #77 Roller/Valvoline Corvette team of Jules Gounon and Daniel Keilwitz has taken over the lead in the ADAC GT Masters Drivers’ Championship. And they placed Callaway Competition in the lead for the ADAC GT Masters Teams’ Championship. On top of that, Callaway driver, Remo Lips, holds first place in the Trophy Classification and Jules Gounon is leading the Junior Classification.

At the Red Bull Ring, all three Callaway C7 GT3/R’s qualified in the Top-15 in the first qualifying session. For the Saturday race, the Gounon/Keilwitz team qualified third and finished on the podium in third place. Then, in Sunday’s qualifying session, Keilwitz put the #77 Callaway C7 GT3/R into Pole Position. He was able to remain in the lead during the Sunday race until just before his pit-stop. When Keilwitz went into a turn slightly wide, Laurens Vanthoor capitalized on the opportunity, driving his Audi R8 LMS past the Corvette. In a thrilling ending that saw two Safety-Car periods, Gounon put pressure onto front-runner Florian Stoll and his Audi, but Jules had to settle for a second place finish. The Stoll/Vanthoor team’s R8 LMS failed the post-race technical inspection, however, so the Callaway C7 GT3/R secured the race win after all.

The two Americans piloting the Whelen Corvette, Boris Said and Eric Curran, had a very strong weekend as well. At their premiere at the Red Bull Ring, the Said/Curran team qualified the #31 Callaway C7 GT3/R in 14th and 9th position. In the race on Saturday, the duo finished in the Top-10.

The #69 AutoArena Callaway C7 GT3/R experienced a weekend of ups and downs. Qualifying P10 in the first session, Patrick Assenheimer and Dominik Schwager drove to a solid fourth place and secured a top-finish for the third time in a row. Unfortunately, the #69 retired in the second race having qualified in a strong P5.”I’m very pleased to see the development of this season, that all our hard work and our efforts are paying off and that all this is being reflected in us leading the championship now”, says Giovanni Ciccone, Team Principal, Callaway Competition. “Daniel Keilwitz and Jules Gounon did a great job this weekend. But all our other drivers impressed with top performances as well and we can be proud of the whole team’s performance. But we should not rest on our laurels now, but come back at the Nürburgring strong again in two weeks.”The next ADAC GT Masters race takes place from August 5th to August 8th at the Nürburgring. Driver Quotes:Daniel Keilwitz – #77 Roller/Valvoline Corvette C7 GT3/R:
“Our goal was to take the lead in the championship and that is what we have done. It was not an easy race with the extra ballast of 30 km from the second race at Lausitzring. We tried to stay clear of everything. Other teams had to fight quite hard. During the pit-stop phase, we lost a position, but in the end it was not tragic. Our race ran as planned: I had a good start and was able to set the pace from the front. We are pleased with the result and have extended our lead in the championship.”Jules Gounon – #77 Roller/Valvoline Corvette C7 GT3/R:

“Another race track that was new to me, but I found a good rhythm early on and I really liked the atmosphere and nature here. We are very happy about having taking over the lead in the championship. Big thanks to my team-mate Daniel (Keilwitz), who drove a fantastic race. P3 on Saturday was the best we could achieve. Both Porsche and Bentley were very strong. Now it is half-time and we are leading, it feels great. But the season is still long and we have to focus race by race.”Patrick Assenheimer – #69 AutoArenA.de Corvette C7 GT3/R:

“To start from 10th and finish in fourth is a great result. The car is great. We had a good start and did not lose a position. We managed to make up some ground during the race, also thanks to a few accidents of our competitors. Dominik (Schwager) drove a really good race.”Dominik Schwager – #69 AutoArenA.de Corvette C7 GT3/R:

“P4 was the best we could achieve. We were not quicker than the ones running in front of us in the end. Every team had a little off during the race. We took advantage of that and drove through the field. A great result for Callaway Competition. The team did a great job.”Boris Said – #31 Whelen Corvette C7 GT3/R:

“We really enjoyed the weekend, the track is great and the team did a really good job. It was a good feeling to finish in the Top-10 and, overall, the whole weekend was a fantastic result for the whole team.”Eric Curran – #31 Whelen Corvette C7 GT3/R:

“All in all, it was a good weekend, it was just a shame that we did not finish in the second race. We started from P9 and we could have had an even better result than in the race on Saturday.”Sven Barth – #13 RWT Racing Z06‐R:

“Today we can show in particular, what we are capable of. The car drove well, there were no problems, so it is not a big surprise for me, because of the upward trend we have shown since the two races at Lausitz.”Remo Lips – #13 RWT Racing Z06‐R:

“A big compliment to RWT Racing. The today was really fun. The car was just fantastic and I am very happy about the initial result. It is a shame that such a thing happened (infraction) and I’m extremely sorry, especially for the team.” Click on images for high resolution downloads

ADAC GT Masters 2016 Schedule
Aug 5 – Aug 7, 2016 Nürburgring
Aug 19 – Aug 21, 2016 Circuit Park Zandvoort (NL)
Sept 30 – Oct 2, 2016 Hockenheimring Baden-WürttembergFor more information
Link to Callaway Cars
Link to Callaway Competition
Link to Whelen Engineering
Link to ADAC GT Masters

About Callaway Cars Inc.
Headquartered in Old Lyme, Connecticut, Callaway Cars Incorporated is a global leader in automotive engineering and manufacturing, specializing in high performance applications. Technological sophistication, artistry in design, and expert craftsmanship are hallmarks of the company’s products and services. Founded in 1976 by E. Reeves Callaway III, the Corporation includes Callaway Cars, which designs and manufactures high performance vehicles and products, Callaway Carbon, which produces premium quality composite parts for aerospace, defense, and medical industries, Callaway Engineering, which delivers a full range of contract engineering and manufacturing services for original equipment manufacturers, and Callaway Competition, which develops, campaigns and supports Corvette-based racecars for national and international series.

About Whelen Engineering
Whelen Engineering designs and manufactures high-quality audio and visual warning equipment for Police, Fire, Emergency Services, and Public Works markets worldwide. We produce a wide range of European certified products that conform to the European EMC Directive, R65, and AES Specification 5. With over 60 years of experience, Whelen is a leading provider of innovative sirens, lightheads, lightbars, white illumination lighting, beacons, and controllers.


June 25, 2016 –
CALLAWAY COMPETITION AT VLN NURBURGRING

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Nürburg, Germany – June 5, 2016. The Callaway Competition team traveled to the Nürburgring, planning to get some experience in VLN racing in preparation for next year’s 24 hour race. Unfortunately, a series of obstacles ultimately resulted in the team’s withdrawal from competition.

Team management decided to concentrate on competing with a single car instead of two cars. Callaway driver Eric Curran was not able to comply with licensing requirements, so the Whelen Engineering No. 31 Corvette would be piloted by GT3 champion Daniel Keilwitz, his ADAC GT teammate Patrick Assenheimer and veteran American driver Boris Said.

Foggy, rainy weather limited practice sessions and postponed qualifying several times. When the Callaway C7 GT3/R finally got out to qualify, the track was still very wet. In fact, exiting the Fuchsröhre, there was so much water on the track that the car hydroplaned, spinning into the guardrail and damaging body and suspension parts. Since handling was severely affected and suspect axle components could not be checked quickly or reliably, Callaway team management reluctantly decided to withdraw.

It was especially disappointing, considering the generous support from Whelen Engineering and the driving talent that the team brought to the racetrack. Now Callaway Competition looks forward to ADAC GT Masters racing at the Redbullring in Austria on July 24 and 25, and returning to the Nürburgring in September.

June 5, 2016 –
CALLAWAY COMPETITION WINS AT LAUSITZRING
Corvette C7 GT3/R finish P1 and P2 in Race 2 of third 2016 ADAC GT Masters race weekend.
Lausitzring 2016 Race 2 - Finish
Lausitzring, Germany – June 5, 2016. Callaway Competition finished first and second in today’s Race 2 of ADAC GT Masters’ third race of the 2016 season. The #77 Callaway Corvette C7 GT3/R with Jules Gounon and Daniel Keilwitz finished first with teammates Patrick Assenheimer and Dominik Schwager #69 Corvette C7 GT3/R coming in second, after qualifying on the Pole. The #31 Whelen Motorsport Corvette driven by Hezemans and Said had continuing power steering problems and no qualifying laps; however, the pair stormed to a great tenth place in the second race despite not having much track experience at the Lausitzring.In Saturday’s Race 1, Patrick Assenheimer and Dominik Schwager finished third in #69 Corvette C7 GT3/R while the #77 Callaway Corvette C7 GT3/R with Jules Gounon and Daniel Keilwitz finished fourth. Renauer and Ragginger’s Precote Herberth Motorsport Porsche 911 GT3 finished in P1, with runners-up GRT Grasser Racing’s Lamborghini Huracán driven by Ineichen and Engelhart.The weekend’s results puts Callaway’s Gounon/Keilwitz team in second place with 80 points, and the Schwager Assenheimer team is in sixth place in the ADAC GT Masters standings. Callaway Competition’s Whelen Motorsport Corvette C7 GT3/R team of Hezemans and Said, with Hezemans replacing driver Eric Curran in certain races this season, is now in tenth place in the ADAC GT Masters standings.

Drivers’ Quotes, courtesy of ADAC:
Jules Gounon (Callaway Competition, Corvette C7 GT3/R), winner in general classification, P1 Junior classification:
“I have to admit, things are going really well for us. As a rookie, however, I’m not looking at the championship table but rather focusing on each race as it comes. I’m getting more accustomed to the new Corvette with each outing. My thanks to the team who, as always, have done such a great job. The race was a lot of fun. This is a highly competitive field of entrants.”

Daniel Keilwitz (Callaway Competition, Corvette C7 GT3/R), winner:
“Clearly, we’re very happy with this victory. The start went well for me. On the run-in to the first corner, I briefly got ahead of the second Callaway Corvette driven by Dominik [Schwager], but I then drifted wide of the racing line on the second corner and didn’t have enough traction. That allowed him to counter the move. So for the moment, I just slotted into place and followed behind. When the pit stop window opened, I stayed out a bit longer and went as fast as I could. That was the decisive factor in us coming out ahead after the change of drivers.”

Patrick Assenheimer (Callaway Competition, Corvette C7 GT3/R), P2 in the general classification, P2 in the Junior classification:
“What a perfect weekend! Two races and two podium finishes. Of course, we could have won the second race as well. Dominik [Schwager] handed over the car to me in the lead – but then there was an incident with a Lamborghini – apparently the Lambo had undercut the minimum 65 seconds in the pit lane and was driving very slowly in the outer pit lane. That slowed me down, and I lost the lead to our Callaway teammates. What a pity.”

Dominik Schwager (Callaway Competition, Corvette C7 GT3/R), P2:
“If you’d told me before the weekend that we’d get two podiums, I would have said, bring it on! The Lausitzring really suits our Corvette. Starting from pole position, I was initially able to defend the lead. We were unlucky during the pit stops in that the Lamborghini blocked our path. That cost us two places to start with, but I’m satisfied at the end of the day.”


May 2, 2016 –
CALLAWAY COMPETITION WINS AT SACHSENRING

Corvette C7 GT3/R victorious in second 2016 ADAC GT Masters race weekend

Leingarten, Germany – May 2, 2016. Callaway Competition executed their plan perfectly yesterday at the Sachsenring in Saxony, Germany, culminating with a win in the Sunday race. German driver Daniel Keilwitz and Frenchman Jules Gounon (above) piloted the Callaway-built #77 Roller/Valvoline Corvette C7 GT3/R to victory on only the second weekend of the ADAC GT Masters season.

Race Summary:

Saturday 4/30, Race 1 –

  • Jules Gounon drove the #77 Roller/Valvoline Corvette C7 GT3/R to second place; however, the race was interrupted repeatedly. Then, several positions were lost during a safety car deployment while the #77 Corvette made its mandatory pit stop/driver change. After pitting, Daniel Keilwitz was able to regain several positions, ultimately finishing fourth.
  • The #69 AutoArena Corvette C7 GT3/R qualified and started 17th, but earned a drive-through penalty following a collision, resulting in a 19th place finish.

Sunday 5/1, Race 2 –

  • Piloting the #77 Roller/Valvoline Corvette C7 GT3/R, Daniel Keilwitz blasted from P9 to third place right at the start. In the second lap, he maneuvered past Laurens Vanthoor’s Audi R8 into second place. Four laps later, Keilwitz got around pole-sitter Luca Ludwig’s Mercedes AMG to take the lead. Then Daniel increased the margin to more than seven seconds before the mandatory pit stop and driver change.
  • When Jules Gounon took over, he maintained the lead. The #77 Corvette was 1.5 seconds per lap faster than the competition. Then the safety car was deployed for a Bentley Continental GT that spun off the track. After the restart, Jules extended his lead again and, at the end of the race, crossed the finish line four and a half seconds ahead of second place. The Frenchman also won the Junior Class in only his fourth race in the ADAC GT Masters series.
  • Dominik Schwager and Patrick Assenheimer drove the #69 AutoArena Corvette C7 GT3/R from a P18 start to a solid 13th place finish after several hard-fought battles and a subsequent drive-through penalty.

Quotes:

Giovanni Ciccone – Callaway Team Manager and Callaway Competition Co-Owner:
“We are really proud of our drivers. Sunday was absolutely perfect! Daniel had an incredibly good start and then Jules controlled the last stint without any trouble. It is simply awesome to score this first victory with the new Corvette. All the hard work over the winter has now paid off.”

Daniel Keilwitz – #77 Roller/Valvoline Corvette C7 GT3/R:
“I was on the gas at the right time (at the beginning of the race) and that was crucial. Of course, I was also lucky that there were enough openings and I decided for the outer rail. The plan came together just as I had envisioned it. With new tires, we could get a good head start in the first laps. Jules did a great job at the finish. It’s a deserved payoff for the whole Team for the hard work throughout the entire winter and a great birthday gift for Giovanni (Ciccone).”

Jules Gounon – #77 Roller/Valvoline Corvette C7 GT3/R:
“It was really great! I don’t know how to describe it, but Daniel’s start was incredible. He also gave me the perfect car with very good tires and that made my job easier, of course. Then I could really gas and drive away in the lead, and then I saw the Safety-Car and had to do the whole work again. My strategy in the first three laps was to push carefully and then to take control of the race and this was exactly according to plan. I am very pleased to drive with Daniel this year, as I still have a lot to learn from him.”

Patrick Assenheimer – #69 AutoArena Corvette C7 GT3/R:
“Unfortunately, we pitted almost one second too soon and got penalized. But I think if you look at the laps over the weekend, then we’ve demonstrated decent performance. We held a Top-10 pace and without the penalties we could have continued to do better. I had today (Sunday), as well as yesterday, seven or eight passes and a lot of fun. We must simply see to it that, through Qualifying, we get a better starting position, so we can get further ahead right from the start of the race.”

Dominik Schwager – #69 AutoArena Corvette C7 GT3/R:
“It was a difficult weekend for us. Unfortunately, both Patrick and I didn’t perform quite right in Qualifying. We had two good races but, unfortunately, we didn’t do enough. On Saturday, we were a little unlucky and, from our point of view, we were pretty severely punished. The penalty on Sunday was very exasperating and a pity. But I am very pleased that the other car (#77) could get the victory, because they really did a great job.”

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ADAC GT Masters – 2016 Calendar

April 15-17 Oschersleben Germany
April 29-May 1 Sachsenring Germany
June 3-5 Lausitzring Germany
July 22-24 Red Bull Ring Austria
August 5-7 Nürburgring Germany
August 19-21 Zandvoort Netherlands
September 30-October 2 Hockenheim Germany

 

Contact
Reeves Callaway
Callaway Cars Inc.
2441 Pullman Street
Santa Ana California 92705
erc@callawaycars.com

 

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April 18, 2016 –
SOLID SEASON OPENER FOR CALLAWAY COMPETITION AT ADAC GT MASTERS
  • Corvette C7 GT3/R shows potential in first milestone
  • Turbulent weekend for Callaway Competition

Leingarten, Germany (April 18, 2016) – Callaway Competition experienced a turbulent weekend at the ADAC GT Masters season opener at Oschersleben last weekend. With one car crashing in the first turn, an unexpected pit stop problem with the second car, and an unexplained power glitch in the third car, Oschersleben proved to be quite challenging. However, the Callaway team was still able to demonstrate the tremendous potential of the new Corvette C7 GT3/R and it is looking forward to the upcoming races.

Callaway Competition brought three Corvette C7 GT3/R’s to Oschersleben. After a shortened development period and limited test sessions prior to the season opener, it was the first time the new cars’ performance was actually measured against the competition.

Patrick Assenheimer, who finished in 9th and 11th Place with his new teammate, Dominik Schwager, was probably the driver who found his way around Oschersleben best with the new AutoArenA C7 GT3/R. It would have been possible for them to advance to fourth place in Sunday´s race, but a problem during the pit stop spoiled their chances for a better finish.

Teammate Daniel Keilwitz did not have luck on his side either. Starting from a great P2 on the grid in the #77 Roller/Valvoline C7 GT3/R for Sunday´s race, he had a terrific start. However, he was taken out in a collision in the very first corner.

Piloting the #31 Whelen Engineering C7 GT3/R, Boris Said and Loris Hezemans were suffering with performance issues since the free practice sessions on Friday. A problem, which could not be located or fixed throughout the weekend resulted in 10km/h less top-speed on the straights.

“In general, we are fairly happy with the weekend, but I would have liked to drive home with three cars”, say Giovanni Ciccone and Ernst Wöhr, Callaway Competition Team Principals. “It was unfortunate that we had to retire right at the start of the second race, but accidents like this one do happen. We know of the potential of the Corvette. All we need are more test kilometers to improve performance and resolve the last details.”

The next ADAC GT Masters race will take place at the Sachsenring in two weeks.

For more information, please visit http://www.callaway-competition.de.

Driver Quotes –

Daniel Keilwitz:
“The accident at the start was totally unnecessary and very frustrating for us. The driver took out three cars at once. This should not happen. We could have achieved a really good result. But, all in all, we are happy with our weekend. The potential of the Corvette C7 GT3/R is great and we are looking forward to the races at Sachsenring.”

Patrick Assenheimer:
“Ninth position is not ideal. But big compliments to my teammate Dominik (Schwager), who handed me the car in P6. We are on the right way with our speed and the next races will be better.”

Dominik Schwager:
“I think the weekend was positive. I would have been happy with a position between 10th and 15th looking at the strong starting grid. We must do more tests; the car is new. We should look better at race tracks that offer faster passages. We are on the right way and I am excited about the next races.”

Boris Said:
“The handling felt good in the second race and we made great progress. However, we never could solve the power loss issue at the racetrack. Anyway, I’m sure we’ll be in attack mode for the next race.”

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ADAC GT Masters – 2016 Calendar –

April 15-17 Oschersleben Germany
April 29-May 1 Sachsenring Germany
June 3-5 Lausitzring Germany
July 22-24 Red Bull Ring Austria
August 5-7 Nürburgring Germany
August 19-21 Zandvoort Netherlands
September 30-October 2 Hockenheim Germany

Contact –
Reeves Callaway
Callaway Cars Inc.
2441 Pullman Street
Santa Ana California 92705
erc@callawaycars.com


April 6, 2016 –
SuperChevy.com: “Look! Corvette GT3 2nd Quickest at Oschersleben, Germany”

Oschersleben Shakedown

by Walt Thurn

Whelen Callaway Corvette C7 GT3/R

The 2016 ADAC GT Masters Championship season begins on April 15-17 at Motorsport Arena Oschersleben in Oschersleben, Germany. The tight, twisty 2.29-mile facility is a great place for fans to watch the action. Large berms and grandstands allow spectators to view the event from high vantage points. The German sports car series is preparing to celebrate their 10th anniversary when the green flag falls for race one on Saturday. The event is packed with 34 GT3 cars from eight manufacturers in two classes: GT and Gentleman. Sixty-four drivers will compete to win the 2016 ADAC championship.

Callaway Competition, headquartered in Leingarten, Germany, is the only constructor of Corvette GT3 race cars, but they do not race in the U.S. per an agreement with GM. They brought three 2016 Callaway Corvette C7 GT3/R’s to the preseason ADAC test session at Oschersleben and one C6-based Z06.R GT3 Corvette.

The No. 77 Callaway Corvette C7 GT3/R driven by 21-year-old Jules Gounon set the second quickest time on the first day of testing at 1:27.758, only 0.46 seconds behind the leading Audi R8. Jules will be co-driving his Corvette with 2013 ADAC Driver Champion Daniel Keilwitz. Keilwitz was fourth quickest on the second day of testing.

U.S. drivers Boris Said and Eric Curran tested their No. 31 Whelen Engineering C7 GT3/R. Due to Eric’s busy schedule (he co-drives the No. 31 Whelen Motorsports Daytona Prototype in the IMSA WeatherTech United Sports Car Championship series), Loris Hezeman will be Boris’s co-driver. The young, 18-year-old Loris comes from a family with extensive racing heritage. His older brother Mike won the 24 Hours of Spa driving an ex-Pratt & Miller C6R Corvette.

The third Callaway entry is the No. 69 AutoArena.de C7 driven by Patrick Assenheimer and Dominik Schwager. RWT Racing’s ITK Engineering-sponsored C6 Z06.R GT3 driven by Sven Barth and Remo Lips will compete in the Gentleman Championship category.
The season opener will be held at the same circuit as this preseason test. Fourteen additional races will take place at tracks in Germany, Austria and the Netherlands. All of the races will be broadcast live on the TV SPORT1 channel in Europe. The ADAC GT Masters adheres to the FIA GT3 rules format that requires driver changes during each 1-hour event. Pit stops must be no quicker than 70 seconds, with quicker stops incurring a 30-second stop-and-go penalty. The starting field is extensive and varied. Twenty teams, including eight newcomers, have registered 34 cars from eight different manufacturers for the opening race. This includes six new or upgraded models: Audi R8, BMW M6, Corvette C7, Lamborghini Huracán, Mercedes-AMG and Porsche 911—which will be up against last year’s debutants, Bentley Continental and Nissan GT-R. There are not only eight new teams on the ADAC GT Masters grid in 2016 but also a lot of drivers who are new to the series.

“The 2016 ADAC GT Masters goes into its anniversary season with a distinguished field of competitors,” says ADAC Sports President Hermann Tomczyk. “The ADAC GT Masters has long been regarded as one of the top GT series in Europe. When we first came up with the concept in 2007, we certainly didn’t expect this level of success. In recent years, the ADAC GT Masters has also established a reputation as a springboard for youngsters embarking on a career in professional motorsport.” Callaway Competition has been an ADAC GT Masters regular since the inception of the series. As in previous years, RWT Racing will be pinning their hopes on the predecessor model: the Corvette Z06.R GT3. The team is highly competitive and well managed. Daniel Keilwitz holds the record for the most ADAC GT Masters race wins and claimed the driver title in 2013. He is beginning his sixth season with the Callaway Competition GT3 Corvette team. Let’s hope another Callaway Competition championship is in the near future. Stay tuned.

Boris, Giovanni and Ernst with C7 GT3/RCallaway Competition team principals Ernst Wöhr (right) and Giovanni Ciccone watch as driver Boris Said tries on the C7 GT3/R driver’s seat.
LS9-based 6.2L engineAPP Racing in Amsterdam builds this very powerful LS9-based 6.2-liter engine. It is fitted with an inlet restrictor (53mm) to reduce its power from 650+ to 530 hp. The clutch and pressure plate are mounted in front of the rear-mounted transmission. A solid driveshaft couples the engine to the unit. The torque tube has been eliminated.
Whelen Callaway Corvette C7 GT3/RCanadian designer Paul Deutschman designed the body for the Callaway Corvette C7 GT3/R. Deutschman focused on improving the downforce, and based on testing it is proving to be very effective.. It is fitted with an inlet restrictor (53mm) to reduce its power from 650+ to 530 hp. The clutch and pressure plate are mounted in front of the rear-mounted transmission. A solid driveshaft couples the engine to the unit. The torque tube has been eliminated.
Whelen Callaway Corvette C7 GT3/RThe art of getting air out of the car is just as important as getting it into the car. The rear is vented to accomplish this task and the large wing keeps the rear firmly planted to the ground.
Whelen Callaway Corvette C7 GT3/RNotice the large air exits on the hood. They are designed to expel the spent radiator air over the roof and improve downforce. The top of each front fender has extractor vents that accomplish the same purpose.
Whelen Callaway Corvette C7 GT3/R'sThe crew makes last-minute adjustments to the three C7 GT3/R’s in the Oschersleben pit box.
Jules Gounon/Daniel Keilwitz Callaway Corvette C7 GT3/RDriver Jules Gounon from France set the second quickest time on Monday in the No. 77 Corvette co-driven by Daniel Keilwitz. It will have a new livery applied in time for the first race. This is the newest of the three C7 GT3/Rs that Callaway Competition has built for the 2016 season.

Said & Curran Driven Whelen Callaway Corvette C7 GT3/R
Boris Said and Eric Curran pilot the No. 31 Whelen Engineering Corvette. They are among the few U.S. drivers that compete in the ADAC GT Masters series.
Whelen Callaway Corvette C7 GT3/RThis side profile shows the numerous changes that have been made to the original C7 body to help the new racer improve its cornering downforce.
RWT Racing Callaway Corvette Z06.R-GT3RWT Racing will again campaign this very competitive C6 Z06.R GT3 in the Gentleman category. Drivers Sven Barth and Remo Lips finished second in this class in 2015 and hope to win the 2016 championship with this Corvette.
Whelen Callaway Corvette C7 GT3/R RenderingThis is the artist rendering of the wrap that was applied to the Callaway Competition C7 GT3/R Whelen Corvette. The real car matches the rendering perfectly.

October 19, 2015 –
Callaway Corvette C7 GT3/R Aerodynamics CFD

– Callaway Competition Computational Fluid Dynamics Study Optimizes Vehicle Airflow Management

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October 8, 2015 –
Callaway Corvette C7 GT3/R Team Partners with Whelen Engineering

– Eric Curran and Boris Said to Pilot Callaway Competition Racer

Old Lyme, Connecticut – Callaway is proud to announce that Whelen Engineering Inc. will be the primary sponsor for the brand new Callaway Corvette C7 GT3/R. Beginning in 2016, the Callaway Competition-built racer will compete with the world’s fastest GT cars in a variety of racing series worldwide.

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Founded in 1952, Whelen Engineering designs and manufactures premium quality audio and visual warning equipment for the Automotive, Aviation, and Mass Notification industries. With facilities in Connecticut and New Hampshire, Whelen products are designed, manufactured, and assembled in the USA.

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Sonny Whelen elaborates on the Callaway-Whelen association: “I’m very excited about working with the Callaway team in Europe next year. They have produced an amazing Corvette that will be a perfect way to promote the Whelen brand. Our objective is to penetrate deeper into European markets with our all-American made emergency lighting and siren products. We believe that Callaway’s presence in motorsports along with their commitment to quality and success will be an excellent fit and help us to expand our sales efforts in the European marketplace.”

Distinguished racers Eric Curran and Boris Said are set to pilot the first Callaway Corvette C7 GT3/R. Boris has driven for the Callaway team since the 1990’s, and Eric is a prominent racer with an impressive winning record. Among their other achievements, Boris has captured pole position at Le Mans in a Callaway Corvette and Eric recently celebrated major victories at Detroit and Road America in the IMSA Tudor Prototype Series in a Whelen Corvette.

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Curran looks forward to 2016: “It’s really exciting to be entering into yet another program with Whelen Engineering. Sonny Whelen has been a close friend, sponsor, and teammate of mine for nine years, so to be venturing into a new program combined with Callaway Cars is a really big deal. All the guys at Callaway have been good friends for over 15 years and I’ve done a lot of work with the Callaway Car Company. Boris and I have been teammates for many years in the Whelen Engineering GT Corvette. It’s exciting to be teammates with Boris again and to combine all these things made in America.”

Boris adds, “I’m excited to be back in a Corvette with Whelen and Eric. We had many great years together in the past and to do it all over again with my good friends at Callaway is the perfect fit. I’ve always said that Corvette teams should all have American drivers and an American sponsor. This is how it should be. This Whelen Callaway GT3 Corvette is the coolest looking race car I’ve ever seen and we get to drive it!”

The Callaway Corvette C7 GT3/R was unveiled on October 3 at a packed presentation during the ADAC GT Masters Season Finale at the legendary Hockenheimring in Germany. The new car replaces Callaway’s Z06.R GT3, one of the most successful cars in the history of ADAC GT Masters with 23 victories.

Reeves Callaway stated, “We look forward to fielding this worthy effort: A quintessential American Brand. With American Drivers. Fueled by an American Company’s sponsorship. In a premier European series and settings… we could not be more proud.”

Download Whelen Sponsorship/Driver Announcement Press Release
Download Callaway Competition C7 GT3/R Brochure – English
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Callaway Cars Inc.
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October 3, 2015 –
Callaway Corvette C7 GT3/R World Debut at Hockenheim

Hockenheim, Germany – This weekend’s ADAC GT Masters Season Finale was the backdrop for the unveiling of Callaway Competition’s new Callaway Corvette C7 GT3/R. Following a brief presentation to media and invited guests, the successor of the C6-based Callaway Z06.R GT3 was displayed to the public for the first time on October 3, 2015 at the Hockenheimring in Germany.

Constructors of GT race cars since 1990 and based in Leingarten Germany, Callaway Competition possesses a wealth of experience, technical know-how and a broad network of specialized professional partners. These elements were crucial to conduct such a large undertaking.

After nearly two years of comprehensive planning, intensive development and expert fabrication of vehicle components, Callaway Competition completed the first C7 GT3/R just a few weeks ago. Its striking design comes as a result of the collaboration between Canadian designer Paul Deutschman and team owners Giovanni Ciccone and Ernst Wöhr. Mike Gramke, Uwe Hoffmann, Florian Möhring and Andre Zanke were also heavily involved in the vehicle’s development. Rüdiger Geckler coordinated the delivery of all components and the detailed assembly work was taken on by Herbert Schürg. All of these people played a key role and are acknowledged for their hard work and dedication.

The result is a GT3 racer built to meet all FIA rules and regulations. Powering the Callaway Corvette C7 GT3/R is a Chevrolet-based 6.2L V8 engine producing 600 horsepower, mated to an X-Trac 6-speed sequential gearbox with paddle-shift technology. Having put the C7 GT3/R through its paces, the development team is proud to report that it surpasses its predicted performance.

The new Callaway Corvette C7 GT3/R’s will take to the track starting in 2016, competing with the world’s fastest GT cars in a variety of racing series worldwide. The first C7 GT3/R to be campaigned by Callaway Competition’s in-house race team is sponsored by Whelen Engineering of Chester, Connecticut, manufacturers of premium quality warning and signaling devices.

Ernst Wöhr and Giovanni Ciccone, managing partners of Callaway Competition, stated: “We wanted to set another milestone in our company’s history with our new design, developing and constructing a future-proof vehicle that will be produced from 2016 and used for many years to come. As a small, privately owned team lacking the finances and human resources of the big automotive groups, we knew from the outset that approaching a project of this magnitude would be very daring. Therefore, first and foremost, we have to thank our employees and partners who have made it possible to finally set the C7 GT3R on its wheels. Everyone has given more than 100% and we truly can’t thank them enough. We can be proud of our performance to date and are confident we will be rewarded with good results in the many races ahead.”

Callaway Corvette C7 GT3/R Video (courtesy of Corvette Motorsport):

Download C7 GT3/R Debut Press Release – English
Download C7 GT3/R Debut Press Release – German