ADAC GT: Nurburgring Round 4 Preview
This weekend Corvette returns to GT3 action during the next round of the German ADAC GT Masters at the Nurburgring. Callaway has used the summer break to conduct several in depth test sessions and expects a trend-setting weekend at the Nürburgring. After a two-month summer break, two races will take place on the short version of the Nürburgring. The Summer testing program primarily focused on the performance of the 2013 tyre compounds (which are a new compound for this year). Drivers Diego Alessi and Daniel Keilwitz are hoping for further success with their Leingarten built Corvette, after tasting victory at the season opener in Oschersleben. Drivers Andreas Wirth and Christian Hohenadel are also looking to improve as well.
"At the Nürburgring we will find out if we have succeeded in the past two months of testing," says Ciccone. "The results of our tests were encouraging, but at the test we drove without our competition and therefore have no reference values. The predicted high temperatures this weekend at the Nürburgring create another variable, because so far we have no experience with the tire wear in this particular heat, as the first three race weekends were cool and rainy. " Ciccone expected an improved race at the Nürburgring. "If we are doing well there, it should also bode well for the rest of the season."
Andreas Wirth is already victorious at the Nürburgring circuit. Four race wins in the ADAC GT Masters, the celebrated Heidelberg driver has previously won at the Eifel circuit and is looking to repeat this. "I hope that we are successful, as the results of our tests looked good, and we hope this will transition to the race weekend. We can drive on the Nürburgring with a little more power, a question mark though is the tyres. Weekend is very warm and we have only seen these warm temperatures when we have been at Hockenheim. But I like the Nürburgring and the Nürburgring likes me apparently (with my four wins here), so I'm optimistic for the weekend."
Toni Seiler returns from the summer break (in his native Switzerland) as well and he will have a new co-driver for his yellow Corvette Z06.R GT3. The longest-serving contestant in the series will be joined by ex-DTM driver and professional sportscar driver Jeroen Bleekemolen from the Netherlands, who earlier this year won the ADAC Zurich 24-hour race. For 31-year-old Bleekemolen, who has now made his home in Monaco, this will be the first time he has driven a Callaway Competition Corvette Z06.R GT3 in the ADAC GT Masters; he has previously contested the series on six occasions in either a Lamborghini or a Porsche and has one pole position to his credit (Nürburgring 2007). Last year, Bleekemolen put in a guest appearance in his home race at Zandvoort, sharing the third podium spot with Porsche co-driver Robert Renauer.
Toni Seiler will be hoping that Bleekemolen can help him secure his first win of the 2013 campaign in the Gentlemen stakes; in the last six ADAC GT Masters races, the two-time amateur champion has managed only two third-place podiums in the Gentlemen classification. Bleekemolen will be Seiler's third team-mate of the current season; the 55-year-old has previously partnered Niclas Kentenich and Gerhard Tweraser. Also present is the second Toni Seiler Corvette with Remo Lips and ADAC Stiftung Sport funding pilot Lennart Marioneck. The Callaway customer team RWT Racing rounds out the Corvette field (5 in total) in their Corvette GT3 Z06.R for Gerd Beisel and Sven Barth.
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