The Callaway Competition team started the 2013 season with a victory in the season opening race at Oschersleben. However, during the next four races, the team struggled with their Yokohama tires and finished down in the order. As we reported to you in our Nurburgring Vette Web report, the team rectified their tire issue and finished second overall in Race 2. Because of this performance the organizers gave Corvette an additional 20 kilos (44 lbs) of penalty weight.
The team left the Nurburgring and headed back to their home base in Leingarten, Germany. The cars were inspected and repaired and two days later the team was on its way to the Red Bull Ring in Spielberg, Austria. Corvette driver Diego Alessi took the pole position for Race 1 and Andreas Wirth was second fastest in his Callaway Corvette. When the green flag fell, Diego pulled out a comfortable lead while Wirth battled a Porsche and Ford GT. The Ford slipped by and took off in pursuit of Alessi. After the mandatory pit stop and driver change, the Porsche slipped out of the pits first but Keilwitz quickly passed. The Ford GT did the same thing and kept closing in on the Corvette. Keilwitz took the checkered flag in first place only .08 of a second ahead of the Ford. Keliwitz and Alessi were jubilant over their hard won victory over the Ford GT.
Race 2 saw the Ford GT on the pole with Keilwitz .145 of a second behind in Second place. This was in spite of the organizers adding another 30 kilos (66 lbs) to the Corvette for their Saturday victory. When the green lights were displayed Keilwitz did not stay in second for long. He passed the Ford at Turn Two to take the overall lead and began pulling away. The APP Racing Engines-built LS engine had ample power on the straights. The added weight however really impacted the Corvette’s braking ability. This allowed the championship-leading Mercedes team of Buhk and Gotz to close on the Corvette’s rear bumper. Their Mercedes SLS GT3 was very strong under braking, but lacked the straight-line power to keep up with the Corvette. In one of the closest battles in the 2013 ADAC GT Masters season, Alessi crossed the finish line .02 of a second ahead of the SLS. First through Fourth positions were separated by 1.431 of a second! It was an amazing driving performance from Alessi and Keilwitz.
Callaway Competition is currently in second place in the ADAC GT Masters Driver’s Championship point standings and one point behind the leading Mercedes. The Toni Seiler team is Third and Fourth in the Amateur Championship. Callaway Competition is in Fourth place in the Team Championship and only one point behind Third place. This is shaping up to be another epic battle for the veritable C6 Z06. With three weekends and six races remaining in the season, it going to be a very exciting battle for the Corvette. 501