Disappointment in the Dunes-Callaway Competition Difficulties at Zandvoort
Difficult weekend in Zandvoort, Netherlands. After the races at the Nürburgring and on the Dutch North Sea coast, Callaway Competition remains without points and slips into third place in the overall ranking of the ADAC GT Masters.
As the leader in the ADAC "League of Super Sports Cars", Callaway Competition traveled to Circuit Zandvoort with optimistic expectations last weekend (August 18-19) for the ninth and tenth races of the season.
Already disappointed during free practice. The first qualifying session resulted in grid position 18, too far back from the front of the field. In the race on Saturday, the two Callaway Corvette drivers Daniel Keilwitz (28/Villingen) and Marvin Kirchhöfer (24/Markkleeberg) advanced one position, but ultimately finished in 17th place, outside the points.
Challengers for the championship, Pommer and Götz (MANN-Filter Mercedes-AMG), scored plenty of points with a sixth place finish in Saturday's race and took over the lead in overall ranking.
Sunday morning's qualifying was nearly an exact replay of the day before. Daniel Keilwitz did not even get past P19. In the second race through the dunes, Keilwitz and Kirchhöfer fought hard, but finished 13th, again out of the points.
As if everything was not bitter enough. The Sunday race was won by the team of Renauer and Jaminet (Precote-Porsche), consequently overtaking Keilwitz and Kirchhöfer in championship points. Plus, Pommer and Götz were able to expand their championship lead with a fourth place finish.
"We can't hide the disappointment of the weekend in Zandvoort. The team gives us a great car, there are no technical problems and we drivers do a flawless job, then the results are just disappointing." – driver Daniel Keilwitz
"A second race weekend without points is clearly not enough in the title fight that we're in. We gave everything, but it just wasn't enough. And in my upcoming home race at the Sachsenring, it won't be easy for us. A lot can happen in the last four races, as the past has shown." – driver Marvin Kirchhöfer
"The results and the performance at Zandvoort were as expected, a setback of this magnitude should not be and is not normal in the GT Masters." – team boss Mike Gramke.
From the Dutch North Sea coast, it's back to Germany for the "League of Super Sports Cars": The sixth and penultimate round of the season will take place on September 7-9 at the Sachsenring, where the Corvette team wants to regain team boss Mike Gramke's confidence.
Text: A.Dannenberg / Motorsport-Karriere.de
Foto: Burkhard Kasan