ADAC GT: Red Bull Ring Preview
Hot off the heels of the third Round of the season, the German ADAC GT Masters quickly returns for the fourth round. While the start of the season has not been the most positive for the Callaway Competition team, the Leingarten based squad arrive at arguably their strongest circuit of the season. Roughly 12 months ago, the Austrian circuit saw not one but two victories for the German built Z06.R GT3 by both margins of less than a second!
Despite the Red Bull Ring seemingly designed to suit that of the Z06.R, Callaway expects a tough weekend in Austria. In contrast to last year, the Corvette GT3 Z06.R must start with significantly less power according to the rules. The air restrictor on the V8 engine are missing about 15% cross-sectional area for breathing. "We're going to this circuit with less power, which will undoubtedly make a noticeable difference. But we still have a good amount of torque, from which we will benefit on the uphill sections," said Callaway Competition team boss Giovanni Ciccone. "However, It is clear after the events in the last few races, we do not have the biggest engine in the field. Camaro and Mercedes have more displacement than our Corvette."
Once again for this weekend, Reigning champion Daniel Keilwitz lines up with Factory Corvette driver Oliver Gavin. "Everyone expected after our success last year that we will win easily this weekend," said ADAC GT Masters champion Daniel Keilwitz. "I assume that we are competitive in the Red Bull Ring. It will certainly be a tough and very exciting weekend and after the recent changes to the classification, we certainly are not the favorites. A podium is therefore a clear objective and feasible. The main decisions for this weekend will take place Friday evening in qualifying, as we saw last year. This is due to the fact that whoever is on pole, has the highest chance of victory, due to the tough areas to overtake."
Patrick Assenheimer who arrives at this track for the first time in the ADAC GT this year, is looking forward to his debut in the Z06.R GT3: "I like the Red Bull Ring, as I was able to compete last year in the MINI Trophy Series. I'll be getting better with the car and am excited to see how far I can get there with Diego Alessi."
Joining Callaway Competition at the track again, is customer team Toni Seiler Racing. After Seiler was shot down in the last lap of the previous race, due to the SLS Mercedes driver, another dose of hard work was in store for the team before this weekend. "Giving up does not exist for Callaway Competition," explains Ciccone. "The whole team has worked hard over the past few days and skipped the recent holiday, so that Toni Seiler and Jeroen Bleekemolen can attack again in Austria and can hopefully bring back the position they had at the last race, which they lost due to an annoying manner." In the second Callaway/Toni Seiler Corvette lines up Remo Lips and Lennart Marioneck.
After a one race absence, the 5th Z06.R of customer team RWT return with drivers David Jahn and Sven Barth. "We hope that we can build on our good weekend in Oschersleben (last time out)," explains Barth. "In spite of the expected tough competition, the goal is clearly to drive among the top ten for both races." David Jahn remains positive for this weekends event. "The Red Bull Ring suits our Corvette better than most of the other tracks. The long straights and hard braking zones should prove to be an advantage, so we will hope for the best."