ADAC GT Masters at Spielberg, Austria RED BULL RING: CALLAWAY COMPETITION GETS THIRD VICTORY OF THE SEASON
Callaway Competition remains the “measure of all things” in 2019 with their ninth win at the Red Bull Ring. Last year's winner, Marvin Kirchhöfer, together with Markus Pommer, clinched the third victory of the season in the third race of the ADAC GT Masters series and has tightened the gap to the top of team standings.
The Red Bull Ring in Styria, Austria has always been a good outing for Callaway Competition. The Corvette team from Leingarten clinched their ninth victory on the Formula 1 racetrack last weekend (June 7-9). It is the third victory after three races this season.
Last weekend, Callaway Competition traveled to the Red Bull Ring with its two drivers Markus Pommer (28 / Neckarsulm) and Marvin Kirchhöfer (25 / Lucerne) as favorites for the third round of the ADAC GT Masters series and, on Sunday, lived up to its role.
The two Corvette drivers, who won both races last year with Daniel Keilwitz at the 4.326 kilometers Alpine track, decisively won the third race in the sixth race of the season.
On Saturday, in the first race of the weekend, the Corvette duo started from fifth position, and finished with a valuable, point-rich fifth place.
In Sunday morning qualifying, Marvin Kirchhöfer managed a time of 1.28.374 minutes with a perfect lap and secured pole position, just as he had done a year earlier. The second starting position went to fellow Corvette driver David Jahn, who drives with Sven Barth for RWT Racing.
In the race, the Corvette duo of Kirchhöfer and Pommer put on a remarkable performance. The start was very close and quite hectic. Kirchhöfer, who was able to claim the lead right after the start, fended off his pursuers until the driver change. After the mid-race pit stop, Markus Pommer took over the Corvette C7 GT3-R with a slight advantage and was able to extend his lead further during the second half. Pommer held the lead to the end and brought home the 33rd victory of a Callaway Corvette in the ADAC GT Masters series.
After six out of fourteen races this year, Marvin Kirchhöfer and Markus Pommer are in second place in the drivers' standings with 90 points in the overall ranking of the "League of Super Sports Cars". In the team ranking, Callaway Competition is also in second place due to the successful weekend at Red Bull Ring and is only five points behind the series leaders.
The ADAC GT Masters series is now in its summer break, and will resume August 9th to 11th with races seven and eight, conducting the fourth round of the season at Zandvoort on the Dutch North Sea coast.
"Of course we knew our Corvette would be very strong at the Red Bull Ring, but it wasn’t as easy as it might’ve looked. We had to push really hard to stay in the lead. On the whole, we can be happy with the weekend; we got the maximum that we could. Now we will use the season break to prepare ourselves for the upcoming challenge. Now there are tracks that are not that good for us.” Marvin Kirchhöfer
"It was a good weekend and I think we can be happy with the results. I would not have expected to start this season so strongly in my first year with Corvette and win three of the first six races. It was really fun driving the Corvette at the Red Bull Ring. The team did a great job again. Now let’s go to the summer break where we can all regroup and get fresh and focused for the upcoming races." Markus Pommer
“We're highly satisfied with the results at the Red Bull Ring, and although we were the favorites for the weekend, it was clear to everyone in the team that the goal was going to be to score maximum points before the second half of the season. As successful as the first half of the season was for us, that’s how difficult the second half of the season will be, because of the completely different characteristics of the racetracks. We know the situation only too well but we’ll try our best to prepare for the upcoming tasks. We still have a long way to go to get to the Sachsenring.” Mike Gramke, Team Boss