Olympic ski-jumping champion Sven Hannawald will join former Formula 1 standout Heinz-Harald Frentzen to compete for the 2011 ADAC GT Masters championship. The team will drive the FIA Championship-winning Callaway Competition Corvette Z06.R GT3. This powerful lineup will be joined by ’10 FIA GT3 Driver Champion Daniel Keliwitz and Diego Alessi in a second Callaway. The team aims to ensure that America’s premier sports car is an ADAC sensation.
“Daniel and Diego are extremely fast and are competing to win. I am sure that both will be competitive this season,” said Callaway Competition team manager Ernst Woehr.
Frentzen is one of the most successful German F1 drivers of all time. He captured three F1 victories in 1997 and was crowned vice champion that same year. After completing 157 GP races, he moved to the popular German DTM touring-car series and drove there from 2004 to 2006. Next, he competed in long-distance races, including the 24 Hours of Le Mans and the 24 Hours of the Nürburgring. He retired from full-time racing in 2010 but decided to grab the steering wheel once again when the Callaway slot was offered.
“I want to help Sven and share my racing knowledge with him.,” he said.
Hannawald drove a Callaway Corvette last year in the ADAC GT Masters and finished Second in the amateur standings.
“It is my absolute honor to drive with Heinz on our new team,” he said. “I will learn every second I am with him.”
A record starting field of 38 entries will include a “who’s who” of sports-car manufacturers, with Audi, Mercedes-Benz, Lamborghini, Ferrari, Porsche, Aston Martin, and BMW all vying for the ADAC Masters title. Based on the cars’ past performance, we are sure the Callaway Corvettes will give all of these competitors a run for their money.
Here is the provisional calendar for the 2011 season:
04/25/2011 - Oschersleben, Germany
05/15/2011 - Sachsenring, Germany
06/12/2011 - Zolder, Belgium
07/10/2011 - Nürburgring, Germany
08/14/2011 - Red Bull Ring, Germany
09/04/2011 - Lausitzring, Germany
09/18/2011 - Assen, Germany
10/02/2011 - Hockenheim, Germany