Callaway Competition brought five Corvettes to the Nürburgring for Round 4 of the ADAC GT Masters series with winning in mind. The team tested their C6 Corvette Z06.R GT3 extensively during the seven-week summer break. The goal was to improve the Corvette’s performance with the new Yokohama spec tires. Clearly testing was successful because they captured the pole position for both weekend races. In the professional category driver Diego Alessi captured the pole position with a 1:25.920 for race one. In race two Jeroen Bleekemolen took pole in the Seiler Racing Corvette and pole position for the amateur classification with a 1:25.650. Team owner Toni Seiler is competing for the ADAC amateur championship. He is allowed to team up with a pro driver and Bleekemolen was his wise choice. Six manufacturers were represented in the twenty-five-car field on a blistering hot weekend at the 'Ring.
Race one saw Alessi jump out into a strong lead and Andreas Wirth moved his Callaway Corvette up into second place before the mandatory pit stops began halfway through the one hour race. The two Seiler Racing Corvettes were first and second in the amateur category. Alessi pitted first and handed his Corvette over to Keilwitz who shot out of the pits still in the race lead. Wirth pitted next and Christian Hohenadel took command of the Corvette. As Hohenadel exited the pits, Keilwitz flashed by and both entered turn one at the same time. Unfortunately they collided and both cars spun and handed the lead to a Mercedes SLS GT3. Hohenadel retired a short while later with a broken transmission and Keliwitz finished fourth. The Seiler Racing Corvettes finished first and second in the amateur class, thirteenth and sixteenth overall. Without the pit exit incident both Corvettes probably would have finished one-two.
In race two Jeroen Bleekemolen demonstrated just how competitive the Callaway Competition Corvette is. At the end of ten minutes Jeroen built up a nine second lead over the rest of the field! His braking was excellent and his corner exits were perfect. There was no stopping this pro driver in a well-driven Corvette Z06.R. Jeroen was leading the amateur classification and the race. Hohenadel started fourth and moved up to second. Keilwitz started seventh and moved up to fourth behind a Porsche. Keilwitz tried passing the Porsche, but was unable to complete the pass and overheated his tires. This forced him to fall back and let the Porsche maintain third position. After the pit stops were completed, Seiler took over from Bleekemolen and held the lead briefly, but was passed by a BMW Z4. Alessi passed Wirth to take over third and was soon hounded by a very aggressive Ford GT. Their battle lasted for ten minutes until the Ford spun trying to pass the Corvette. During this incident, a BMW Z4 and Porsche were able to slip by the Corvette, dropping Alessi to fifth at the checkered flag. Wirth finished seventh overall. Seiler held on to second and the Swiss driver gave Bleekemolen a huge hug in victory circle. In the amateur category, Seiler racing captured first and third place positions in race two. Team drivers Remo Lips and Lennart Marioneck finished second and fourteenth overall. With four rounds remaining, we hope the Callaway team will be able to avoid future incidents and reach the top of the podium.