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ADAC GT Masters Hockenheimring
ATTACK ON THE PODIUM: CALLAWAY COMPETITION TO SETTLE OPEN ACCOUNT AT HOME TRACK
The upcoming round of the ADAC GT Masters at the Hockenheimring (September 18-20) will provide a double highlight for the Callaway Competition team. For the racing team from Leingarten, which will celebrate its 25th birthday in 2020, it's a “home game”. The Corvette team last won an ADAC GT Masters event in front of their home crowd in 2017 and, after the two horrible crashes from last year, they have an account to settle.
After a good performance at the last race at the Nürburgring, the Callaway Competition team is going to its home track at the Hockenheimring next weekend, September 18-20, highly motivated and full of confidence.
Callaway Competition and the Hockenheimring: an inseparable combination in the Company's 25-year history. The heart of the Leingarten race team is closer here than any other racetrack. Consequently, anticipation for the third race weekend in the ADAC GT Masters series is great.
After a difficult start to the season, the Callaway team and its two drivers Markus Pommer (29 / Heilbronn, Germany) and Jeffrey Schmidt (26 / Liestal, Switzerland) has picked up speed again. The racing team is based in Leingarten, only 60 kilometers from the track, and they plan to maintain the momentum from the Eifel to the Hockenheim racetrack in Baden-Württemberg, getting back on the road to success.
The last few years have shown that the ADAC GT Masters races at the Hockenheimring have been full of surprises for the Corvette team. With four wins on the historic race track, Callaway Competition is the most successful team in the “Super Sports Car League”. In 2013, the team celebrated the drivers' championship for the first time with Diego Alessi and Daniel Keilwitz at its home race. 2017 brought the greatest success in team history. Together with Jules Gounon, the team celebrated the second title in the drivers' and teams' championship at Hockenheim and, for the first time, they won the Pirelli Junior class.
The numerous successes have been offset by a terrible racing weekend, however. Last year, the Callaway Corvette was involved in violent accidents in both races. Not only the championship ambitions were dashed, but the season had to be cut short. Participation in the series finale at the Sachsenring was no longer possible due to the severity of the damage to the race car. There was simply not enough time to construct a new Corvette C7 GT3-R.
An unresolved matter that should be settled next weekend.
Spectators will not be on hand at the third round of the season of the top-class GT series to comply with the applicable official Corona-Virus requirements in Baden-Württemberg. For Callaway Competition, it’s an especially unfortunate situation, because friends, partners, sponsors and, not to forget, the numerous fans make a home race a very special event.
The races will be broadcast live in Europe via SPORT1 on Saturday and Sunday from 12:45 p.m. and 1 p.m. They can also be seen online in the livestream at sport1.de, adac.de/motorsport and on youtube.com/adac.
“I have many good memories of Hockenheim, both on and off the track. It's always nice when a lot of people are there and cheer. That's why Hockenheim is always a highlight for me. It feels like a home race because, since it’s so close to Switzerland, there are always many friends, sponsors and fans on hand. In addition, the Hockenheimring is a great circuit with a long history. Driving through the Sachskurve is a great feeling when you know that many of your fans are there. Unfortunately, we have to do without the fans again, which I really regret. Nevertheless, I’m highly motivated and I’ll be giving everything I have so that we can finally take our first podium.” – Jeffrey Schmidt (26 / Liestal)
“Hockenheim is the home race for both me and Callaway Competition. I and some team members can even sleep at home. Unfortunately, I had a lot of bad luck at Hockenheim recently – especially last year with two crashes on the first lap. While I wasn’t at fault, it was very unfortunate. So things can only get better now. Even if Hockenheim is Callaway's home track and, therefore, we know the track very well, I have a hard time assessing how strong we’ll be in the races. We didn't complete a race lap in 2019 and there are new tires this year. But most recently at the Nürburgring it went well, especially on Sunday, so I'm confident and can hardly wait for the race weekend, practically on my own doorstep.” – Markus Pommer (29 / Heilbronn)
“We’re looking forward to the two races at the Hockenheimring with great confidence. We’ve been able to prove our performance at the last few races. Unfortunately, everything has not worked one hundred percent yet, but that should change at our home track. You can feel that the whole team really wants to be successful. The boys know that they haven’t been able to show their stuff so far this season and now they want to turn the tables. I’m sure that we have the potential to do that. However, given how dense the talent is in the field, absolutely everything has to be right, otherwise you won't win in the ADAC GT Masters.” – Mike Gramke (Team Principal)
ADAC GT Masters 2020:
18.09. – 20.09.2020 Hockenheimring
02.10. – 04.10.2020 Sachsenring
16.10. – 18.10.2020 Red Bull Ring (AUT)
30.10. – 01.11.2020 Circuit Zandvoort (NED)
06.11. – 08.11.2020 Motorsport Arena Oschersleben FINALE
Text: A.Dannenberg / Motorsport-Karriere.de
Foto: Axel Weichert