A Callaway Competition GT3 Corvette driven by Daniel Keilwitz and Oliver Gavin won both weekend ADAC GT Master races at the Red Bull Ring in Austria. The ADAC GT Masters is one of the most competitive GT racing series in Europe. Sixteen races are held each year over eight weekends that start in April and end in October. The series visits three countries, Holland, Austria and Germany and offers drivers an opportunity to showcase their talents on live TV. It is not unusual to see cars from eight to ten manufacturers at each ADAC race. The competition is fierce as evidenced by the Red Bull Ring’s qualifying results. For Race 1 Oliver Gavin qualified the No 1 Corvette on pole with a 1:30.484 and co-driver Daniel Keilwitz took pole position for Race 2 with a time of 1:30.272. The top 14 qualifiers were separated by 0.964 of a second! The race format requires a driver change during each one hour race and no fuel is allowed to be added. The stop must take a minimum of 75 seconds from pit in to pit out. If the stop is under that a 30 second stop and go penalty is assessed.
Gavin out qualified the second fastest Lamborghini Gallardo by 0.333 of a second. When the green flag fell Gavin slowly pulled away from the rest of the field as an epic battle took place for second between the Lamborghini, Camaro and Mercedes SLS. Reiter engineering is campaigning a monster GT3 Camaro that fellow competitors call the “Beast”. It is powered by a 481 cid engine that produces 650+ horsepower. The battle for second place allowed Gavin to slowly pull out a 5+ second lead in the C6 based Z06.R GT3 Corvette. When the pit stop window opened Gavin stayed out as long as possible to stretch his lead before handing the Corvette over to Keilwitz. Daniel didn’t disappoint the factory Corvette driver and held a 5.802 lead over the thundering Camaro at the checkered flag. The ADAC GT Masters also has a “Gentleman” classification championship and Toni Seiler Racing campaigns two Callaway Competition GT3 Corvettes in that class. Seiler co-drives with Jeroen Bleekemolen in the No 18 Corvette and Remo Lips and Lennart Marioneck drive the No 17 Corvette. Seiler/Bleekemolen took first in Gentleman and Lips/Marioneck were second. It was a great result for the Callaway Competition Corvettes.
Keilwitz out qualified Tomas Enge in his “Beast” Camaro by 0.062 of a second. When the green flag fell the always aggressive Enge took the lead on the first lap and began driving away. Jeroen Bleekemolen passed Keilwitz in his Toni Seiler Callaway Corvette and began closing the gap on the thundering Camaro. Keilwitz held down third some 5 seconds behind Jeroen. Right before the pit window opened the No 13 Callaway Corvette driven by Sven Barth was hit from behind by a Mercedes and spun into the wall. Sven could not continue and a Safety Car was called while the Corvette was removed. During the Safety Car period the pit window opened and the cars streamed into the pits. A big surprise happened when Enge’s Camaro and Bleekemolen’s Corvette were sent to the penalty box for jumping the start. When the Camaro was allowed to pit it broke a driveshaft and was out of the race. Gavin exited the pits with an Audi R8 LMS Ultra-right behind him. Gavin was able to keep the Audi about two seconds behind him for the remainder of the race. Daniel took Callaway Competition’s second weekend victory by 1.670 seconds ahead of the Audi. In the Gentleman class Seiler/Bleekemolen took second and Lips/Marioneck were fifth.
Gavin had to have a short victory circle celebration as he had to go to Vienna to catch a plane to Le Mans. But he did have enough time to congratulate everyone on the team for an outstanding effort that brought the veteran Corvette driver a double victory. The GT Master series will not take a summer break and the next race will be held in the Slovakia Republic on August 8th. Hopefully Callaway Competition will be able to begin building their much anticipated C7.R GT3 Corvette. Stay tuned! 702