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ADAC GT Masters 2020
CALLAWAY COMPETITION READY FOR THE ADAC GT MASTERS SERIES IN 2020
The Corvette team of Callaway Competition is ready to start the 2020 ADAC GT Masters season with a new C7 GT3-R. For the 14th consecutive season in the top-class GT3 championship, the team from Leingarten acquired a new driver, the Swiss racer Jeffrey Schmidt. He will replace Marvin Kirchhöfer, who won’t be available for the 2020 season. Jeffrey will form a new driver duo with Markus Pommer (D).
It’s not an ADAC GT Masters season without Callaway Competition: In 2020, the longest-serving team in the “Super Sports Car League” will compete in the ADAC GT Masters again. The Corvette team from Leingarten has been an integral part of the starting field since the ADAC GT Masters’ 2007 season. With 33 victories and two titles in the driver and team rankings, team manager Mike Gramke’s group is not only one of the most experienced, but also one of the most successful teams in the competitive racing series.
Despite a successful start to last year’s season with three victories, the season and the team’s championship ambitions had to be laid to rest early last year after the penultimate race in Hockenheim. Two violent collisions damaged the Corvette of Markus Pommer (29 / Heilbronn) and Marvin Kirchhöfer (26 / Lucerne) so badly at the home race in Hockenheim that the Callaway team was unable to continue racing for the first time in its ADAC GT Masters history.
After the season, however, it quickly became clear that they would build a new race car during the winter break and return in 2020.
At the beginning of the new year, however, numerous conflicts with other racing series and, more recently, the Coronavirus (COVID-19), which is currently causing uncertainty worldwide, made it difficult for the drivers to plan. Ultimately, Marvin Kirchhöfer, who is contractually bound by R-Motorsport, did not get approval and Callaway had to find a new driver to team with Markus Pommer.
For the 14th season in a row, Callaway Competition was able to acquire another fast driver to team with Markus Pommer. The new team member, Jeffrey Schmidt (26 / Liestal), had previously driven an Audi R8 LMS in the ADAC GT Masters for three seasons and was able to record one win, one pole position and a total of 7 podium finishes.in his 42 races.
Markus Pommer and Jeffrey Schmidt will share driving duties in the Corvette C7 GT3-R, developed and rebuilt by Callaway Competition. The car will be designated with the traditional number #77 and the team has set the goal in 2020 of being at the front again.
When, where and how the ADAC GT Masters 2020 season will start is still uncertain due to the current, precarious situation caused by the Coronavirus pandemic.
WELCOME AND HAPPY BIRTHDAY
The entire team warmly welcomes his new addition Jeffrey Schmidt and wishes him a happy 26th birthday and good luck for the coming season.
“I thank Ernst Wöhr, Giovanni Ciccone and the Callaway Competition Team for the trust they’ve placed in me. After a disappointing 2019 season, I’m now looking forward to the new challenge and the promising collaboration with the experienced team from Leingarten and my new teammate Markus Pommer. We’re well positioned and we’ve set ambitious goals for ourselves.” Jeffrey Schmidt (26 / Liestal)
“I’m pleased that I’m back with Callaway Competition this year. Last year, we celebrated great success together and, unfortunately, we suffered some setbacks. After the two accidents in Hockenheim last year, I’m happy that the car is in top condition again and that we can attack the Series again. I would like to thank the entire team for this as they worked very hard during the winter to put together a good package. With Jeffrey, I have a very quick teammate who also has a lot of experience in the ADAC GT Masters. We’re all motivated and we want to be at the front again.” Markus Pommer (29 / Heilbronn)
“The team accomplished a lot over the winter months. We mastered the hurdles well and we’re happy that we were able to get a new fast driver with Jeffrey Schmidt. With Markus Pommer and Jeffrey Schmidt, we’re very well positioned for the coming season and I think we can make a charge to the front again. However, it’s uncertain exactly when this season will start. Naturally, we hope that we’ll have an exciting championship again this year. However, the top priority is the health of every single team member, all of our drivers and our fans. So now we have no choice but to wait.” Mike Gramke (Team Manager)
Text: A.Dannenberg / Motorsport-Karriere.de