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ADAC GT Masters Nürburgring
ALL CLEAR FOR LAUNCH, TIME TO CATCH UP: CALLAWAY COMPETITION TO GET BACK ON TRACK ON THE NÜRBURGRING
The ADAC GT Masters series is making a stop in the Eifel: The second event of the “League of Super Sports Cars” season is scheduled for the legendary Nürburgring (August 14-16). For the Corvette team of Callaway Competition and its two drivers, Markus Pommer and Jeffrey Schmidt, here’s the chance to catch up – since the season opener at the Lausitzring did not go as expected.
Next weekend (August 14-16), the ADAC GT Masters will run the second race weekend of the season. With its two drivers, Markus Pommer (29 / Heilbronn) and Jeffrey Schmidt (26 / Liestal), the Callaway Competition team especially wants to shine at the legendary Nürburgring after starting the season with a severe setback in Niederlausitz two weeks ago.
After a best time in the first free practice session of the season, a strong eighth starting position followed for the Saturday race. Instead of a podium finish on Saturday, the first race of the 2020 season ended early with a crash. Despite a penalty of ten positions to start the second race on Sunday, the two Corvette drivers fought their way through the field from 24th on the grid and were able to take home a 12th place finish.
Offense is the best defense: At the Nürburgring, the Leingarten team wants to attack again with its Corvette C7 GT3-R in order to reduce the point deficit. “Cheer up, that's our motto now,” explains team manager André Zanke.
The Corvette duo of Pommer and Schmidt wants to leave the disastrous start of the season behind and now they’re hoping that the Eifel will not let the gap between them and the season leaders become even greater.
The races are driven on the Nürburgring’s 3.629 kilometer sprint track with the F1 chicane. As on most of the racetracks in the ADAC GT Masters schedule, Callaway Competition is one of the most successful teams of the series with five wins. In 2014, the team from Leingarten celebrated a place at the top of the podium with drivers Andreas Wirth and Daniel Keilwitz. The RWT customer team won the Saturday race the day before, also with a Callaway Corvette Z06.R GT3.
At the second round of the season of the top-class GT series, spectators will be admitted for the first time since the outbreak of the Corona pandemic, albeit subject to strict hygiene practices. Spectators will be allowed to watch the races from dedicated seats in the stands. However, entry into the paddock is not yet permitted.
The races are broadcast live in Europe by SPORT1 on Saturday and Sunday starting at 1:05 PM. They can also be viewed online via livestream at sport1.de, adac.de/motorsport and youtube.com/adac.
“After the missed podium opportunity two weeks ago, we want to make up for that. I'm extremely determined and looking forward to driving at the Nürburgring. It's a great track and I have many good memories of the Eifel. I had one of my first GT Masters podiums there. I also like to look back on my long-distance races on the Nordschleife. The course is something special with fans too. Of course I hope that, this coming weekend, spectators will be allowed again and that some will come too.” Jeffrey Schmidt (26/Liestal)
“After the start at the Lausitzring with its ups and downs, I’m really determined now and I’m looking forward to the coming weekend at the Nürburgring. Last year, we had a great comeback there. Maybe we'll be even luckier this year and get our first podium there. At the Lausitzring, you could see that the potential was there. Jeffrey and I are also well attuned to each other; everything progressed very quickly. Now we have to concentrate on trying to implement everything we have planned for the weekend.” Markus Pommer (29 / Heilbronn)
“The last race weekend is history and checked off. I hope the guys are clear-headed again and can pick up where they left off at the Lausitzring. The car's performance is good and we’re certainly optimistic. With faultless performance, good placements are possible.” Mike Gramke (Team Principal)
ADAC GT Masters 2020:
14.08. – 16.08.2020 Nürburgring
18.09. – 20.09.2020 Hockenheimring
02.10. – 04.10.2020 Sachsenring
16.10. – 18.10.2020 Red Bull Ring (AUT)
30.10. – 01.11.2020 Circuit Zandvoort (NED)
06.11. – 08.11.2020 Motorsport Arena Oschersleben FINALE
Text: A.Dannenberg / Motorsport-Karriere.de
Foto: Axel Weichert