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September 27, 2017 –
ADAC GT Masters Season Finale Report

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

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

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

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

Dominating Race 1 from start to finish

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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


#77 Callaway Corvette in action

Keilwitz, Giovanni Ciccone, Gounon

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

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

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

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


The Callaway Team on the Hockenheimring Podium

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


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


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


September 26, 2017 –
ADAC GT Masters Hockenheim Report

courtesy of Corvette Motorsport

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

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

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

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

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

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

Team Quotes

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

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

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

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

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

Leingarten, 25.09.2017

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

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

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

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


September 23, 2017 –
Hockenheim Race Report

courtesy of ADAC Motorsport

23.09.2017 – Corvette driver wins race to take title

Jules Gounon is the 2017 ADAC GT Masters champion

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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


August 9, 2017 –
Nürburgring Race Report

– Ernst Woehr, Callaway Competition

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Only Sachsenring and Hockenheim remain.


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

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

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

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


August 8, 2017 –
Damage Control at the Nürburgring

Callaway Competition collects 14 championship points

Leingarten, 8 August 2017

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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


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

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

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

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

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

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


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

Leingarten, Germany, 26 July 2017

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

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

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

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

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

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

Rain chaos on Sunday

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

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

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

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

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

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

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


July 13, 2017 –
Ready for Zandvoort

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

Ready for Zandvoort

Leingarten, 13 July 2017

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

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

Renger van der Zande good replacement driver

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

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

Daniel Keilwitz is also in Zandvoort

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

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


May 1, 2017 –
Successful Season Opener

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

Leingarten, 1 May 2017

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

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

Premature exit: Jules Gounon in no-fault collision

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

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

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

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

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

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

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



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


October 13, 2016 –
Heartbreak at Hockenheim

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Photos courtesy of Walt Thurn:


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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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


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

CURRENTLY, AT MID-SEASON:

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

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

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

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

The #69 AutoArena Callaway C7 GT3/R experienced a weekend of ups and downs. Qualifying P10 in the first session, Patrick Assenheimer and Dominik Schwager drove to a solid fourth place and secured a top-finish for the third time in a row. Unfortunately, the #69 retired in the second race having qualified in a strong P5.”I’m very pleased to see the development of this season, that all our hard work and our efforts are paying off and that all this is being reflected in us leading the championship now”, says Giovanni Ciccone, Team Principal, Callaway Competition. “Daniel Keilwitz and Jules Gounon did a great job this weekend. But all our other drivers impressed with top performances as well and we can be proud of the whole team’s performance. But we should not rest on our laurels now, but come back at the Nürburgring strong again in two weeks.”The next ADAC GT Masters race takes place from August 5th to August 8th at the Nürburgring. Driver Quotes:Daniel Keilwitz – #77 Roller/Valvoline Corvette C7 GT3/R:
“Our goal was to take the lead in the championship and that is what we have done. It was not an easy race with the extra ballast of 30 km from the second race at Lausitzring. We tried to stay clear of everything. Other teams had to fight quite hard. During the pit-stop phase, we lost a position, but in the end it was not tragic. Our race ran as planned: I had a good start and was able to set the pace from the front. We are pleased with the result and have extended our lead in the championship.”Jules Gounon – #77 Roller/Valvoline Corvette C7 GT3/R:
“Another race track that was new to me, but I found a good rhythm early on and I really liked the atmosphere and nature here. We are very happy about having taking over the lead in the championship. Big thanks to my team-mate Daniel (Keilwitz), who drove a fantastic race. P3 on Saturday was the best we could achieve. Both Porsche and Bentley were very strong. Now it is half-time and we are leading, it feels great. But the season is still long and we have to focus race by race.”Patrick Assenheimer – #69 AutoArenA.de Corvette C7 GT3/R:
“To start from 10th and finish in fourth is a great result. The car is great. We had a good start and did not lose a position. We managed to make up some ground during the race, also thanks to a few accidents of our competitors. Dominik (Schwager) drove a really good race.”Dominik Schwager – #69 AutoArenA.de Corvette C7 GT3/R:
“P4 was the best we could achieve. We were not quicker than the ones running in front of us in the end. Every team had a little off during the race. We took advantage of that and drove through the field. A great result for Callaway Competition. The team did a great job.”Boris Said – #31 Whelen Corvette C7 GT3/R:
“We really enjoyed the weekend, the track is great and the team did a really good job. It was a good feeling to finish in the Top-10 and, overall, the whole weekend was a fantastic result for the whole team.”Eric Curran – #31 Whelen Corvette C7 GT3/R:
“All in all, it was a good weekend, it was just a shame that we did not finish in the second race. We started from P9 and we could have had an even better result than in the race on Saturday.”Sven Barth – #13 RWT Racing Z06‐R:
“Today we can show in particular, what we are capable of. The car drove well, there were no problems, so it is not a big surprise for me, because of the upward trend we have shown since the two races at Lausitz.”Remo Lips – #13 RWT Racing Z06‐R:
“A big compliment to RWT Racing. The today was really fun. The car was just fantastic and I am very happy about the initial result. It is a shame that such a thing happened (infraction) and I’m extremely sorry, especially for the team.” Click on images for high resolution downloads
ADAC GT Masters 2016 Schedule
Aug 5 – Aug 7, 2016 Nürburgring
Aug 19 – Aug 21, 2016 Circuit Park Zandvoort (NL)
Sept 30 – Oct 2, 2016 Hockenheimring Baden-WürttembergFor more information
Link to Callaway Cars
Link to Callaway Competition
Link to Whelen Engineering
Link to ADAC GT Masters

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

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

June 25, 2016 –
CALLAWAY COMPETITION AT VLN NURBURGRING

whelenC7-002

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

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

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

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

June 5, 2016 –
CALLAWAY COMPETITION WINS AT LAUSITZRING
Corvette C7 GT3/R finish P1 and P2 in Race 2 of third 2016 ADAC GT Masters race weekend.
Lausitzring 2016 Race 2 - Finish

 

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

The weekend’s results puts Callaway’s Gounon/Keilwitz team in second place with 80 points, and the Schwager Assenheimer team is in sixth place in the ADAC GT Masters standings. Callaway Competition’s Whelen Motorsport Corvette C7 GT3/R team of Hezemans and Said, with Hezemans replacing driver Eric Curran in certain races this season, is now in tenth place in the ADAC GT Masters standings.

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

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

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

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

More Lausitzring Racing News to follow . . .

May 2, 2016 –
CALLAWAY COMPETITION WINS AT SACHSENRING
Corvette C7 GT3/R victorious in second 2016 ADAC GT Masters race weekend

 

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

Race Summary:

Saturday 4/30, Race 1 –

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

Sunday 5/1, Race 2 –

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

Quotes:

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

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

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

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

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

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ADAC GT Masters – 2016 Calendar

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

 

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

 

For More Information
Link to Callaway Cars Inc.
Link to Callaway Competition
Link to ADAC GT Masters

 


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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Driver Quotes –

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

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

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

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

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ADAC GT Masters – 2016 Calendar –

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

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


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

Oschersleben Shakedown

by Walt Thurn

Whelen Callaway Corvette C7 GT3/R

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

– Callaway Competition Computational Fluid Dynamics Study Optimizes Vehicle Airflow Management

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

– Eric Curran and Boris Said to Pilot Callaway Competition Racer

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Download Whelen Sponsorship/Driver Announcement Press Release
Download Callaway Competition C7 GT3/R Brochure – English
Press Contact
Mike Vendetto
Callaway Cars Inc.
3 High Street
Old Lyme CT 06371
860 501 3792
mvendetto@callawaycars.com

Related Links
Whelen Engineering Inc.
www.whelen.com
Eric Curran Racing
www.ericcurran.com
Callaway Competition
www.callaway-cars.de


October 3, 2015 –
Callaway Corvette C7 GT3/R World Debut at Hockenheim

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Press Contact
Mike Vendetto
Callaway Cars Inc.
3 High Street
Old Lyme CT 06371
860 501 3792