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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
Photo: …
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.

Of course, the club wants to increase the sum of the previous donations and announce an RTL donation marathon in November. If you want to help and donate, you can find out more on the website of the sports car club: www.sportwagen-club.org/charity

“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.