Saturday, August 5 –
Callaway Corvette C7 GT3R finishes fifth at Nürburgring!
Sunday, August 6 –
Callaway Corvette C7 GT3R qualifies thirteenth, finishes eighth.
ADAC GT Masters, August 5-6, 2017, Nürburg, Germany
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.)
2017 ADAC GT Masters Season Schedule
• Apr 28-30 Oschersleben (Oschersleben, Germany)
• May 19-21 Lausitzring (Klettwitz, Germany)
• Jun 9-11 Red Bull Ring (Red Bull Ring, Austria)
• Jul 21-23 Zandvoort (Zandvoort, Netherlands)
• Aug 4-6 Nürburgring (Nürburg, Germany)
• Sep 15-17 Sachsenring (Hohenstein-Ernstthal, Germany)
• Sep 22-29 Hockenheimring (Hockenheim, Germany)