• Double-victory at Lausitzring underlines outstanding performance
• Second win of the season for the Corvette C7 GT3-R in the ADAC GT Masters
Leingarten, 06th June 2016: Callaway Competition celebrates a superb double-victory at the motorsport festival of ADAC GT Masters and DTM in the second race at the Lausitzring. Following its first win of the season at the Sachsenring, it is already the second triumph of the season for the new Corvette C7 GT3-R for the team based in Leingarten.
Callaway Competition already proofed its ground in the first race held on Saturday with P3 for the #69 AutoArena Corvette of Patrick Assenheimer (GER) and Dominik Schwager (GER) and a fourth place for the sister #77 Roller/Valvoline Corvette of Jules Gounon (F) and Daniel Keilwitz (GER).
The second race went underway with more than 70.000 fans cheering around the Lausitzring. Schwager started the #69 Corvette from Pole Position into the race and defended his position also after the re-start following a Safety Car Period early on. But soon it was no other than his team-mate Keilwitz right behind him and the two Corvettes offered a great nose-to-tail battle for victory.
Assenheimer/Schwager kept their lead until the driver-change and pit-stops, but in the close fight Gounon in the #77 was able to snap the front position from their sister car.
At the finishing line, Gounon/Keilwitz raced to victory, with the Sister-Corvette C7 GT3-R closely behind in second place. Callaway Competition secured a superb double-victory. In addition, Gounon won the Junior Class as did his team-mate, Patrick Assenheimer, the day before.
On its second return to the championship, the Whelen Corvette with Loris Hezemans (NDL) and Boris Said (USA) behind the wheel had an impressive success. After continuing power-steering problems and no times in qualifying, the Dutch-American driver-pairing stormed to a great tenth place with their #31 Corvette in the second race, despite not having much track experience at the Lausitzring.
Callaway Competition is currently running in second place in the team´s ranking, the drivers ranking and also in second and third position in the Junior Class.
“The victory at the Sachsenring was surprising for us, but we knew prior to this weekend that we should be competitive at the Lausitzring, because the track suits our car”, say Giovanni Ciccone and Ernst Wöhr, Team Principals of Callaway Competition. “But we would have never thought that it would be that great. We proofed a great pace in qualifying and the double-victory on Sunday is the icing on the cake. It is a great achievement by everyone in the team and shows our dedication and continuing hard work we put into this project.”
The next ADAC GT Masters race takes place from 22nd until 24th July at the Red Bull Ring in Austria. For more information, please visit http://www.callaway-competition.de.
Jules Gounon - #77 Roller/Valvoline Corvette C7 GT3-R:
"It is going really well at the moment. As a Rookie, I am not looking at the championship standings, but focus more on each race. I feel more and more comfortable with the new Corvette. Thank you to the team for doing a great job. The race was a lot of fun and it is great to see the competitiveness within the field.”
Daniel Keilwitz - #77 Roller/Valvoline Corvette C7 GT3-R:
"Of course, we are happy with the victory. I had a good start and I just lined-up and drove behind. In the pit-stop window, I stayed out a little longer and pushed really hard, which I think was the key to success in the end.”
Patrick Assenheimer - #69 AutoArena Corvette C7 GT3-R:
"It was simply a perfect weekend. Two races, two podiums. Of course, it would have been nice to take victory on Sunday. Dominik (Schwager) handed the car over to me from the lead, but then there was an issue with the Lamborghini: It seemed that he did not stop for the minimum of 65 seconds and drove very slowly in the fast line. I was stuck behind him and lost valid time, allowing our sister car to overtake us on track. It was a bit of a shame.”
Dominik Schwager - #69 AutoArena Corvette C7 GT3-R:
"If someone had told me a week ago, that we would end up on the podium twice, I would have believed it. The Lausitzring is the right track for our Corvette. I was able to defend the lead coming from Pole Position. We suffered bad luck during the pit-stop with the Lamborghini blocking us. In the end it cost us two positions, but I am still happy with the result.”
Loris Hezemans - #31 Whelen Corvette C7 GT3-R:
„It was my first time at the Lausitzring and of course it was frustrating to have lost so much time in the practice sessions. But we managed a great finish with P10 on Sunday and I was able to set my lap-time within seven-tenth of the best lap.”
Boris Said - #31 Whelen Corvette C7 GT3-R:
„We had no time during practice and we did not get a timed lap during qualifying either. Our weekend actually started with the end of the second race. At this stage, we had completed enough laps to get a certain routine to start into normal race. Loris and I had never raced here before and it is therefore really great to finish in tenth place after the frustrating beginning.”