Team-Champions or not Team-Champions? FIA GT3-Team Championship not yet finally decided Leingarten, 11.10.2010. [FIA GT3 European Championship] One thing is for sure: Callaway Competition won the drivers title of the 2010 FIA ...
Team-Champions or not Team-Champions?
FIA GT3-Team Championship not yet finally decided
Leingarten, 11.10.2010. [FIA GT3 European Championship] One thing is for sure: Callaway Competition won the drivers title of the 2010 FIA GT3-European Championship with Christian Hohenadel and Daniel Keilwitz. However, the team championship of the FIA GT3-European Championship is not decided yet. As the Porsche of Callaway Competition's team championship title contender Prospeed was excluded from race two result after technical checks, and appealed this decision, the result of race tow remains provisional until the appeal has been heard.
The final round of the 2010 FIA GT3-European Championship was a though one for Callaway Competition. After the success in the European Championship, the Corvette Z06.R GT3 developed and built by Callaway Competition in Germany, was heavily penalised in form of weight and engine power throughout the season. At the final round at Zolder, a track know to be very hard on brakes, the Callaway Competition team led by Ernst Woehr and Giovanni Ciccone had to pay tribute to the handicaps imposed on the Corvette. However, despite these restrictions, a good performance of the new European Champions Christian Hohenadel and Daniel Keilwitz was not unrewarded.
The start of the first race went promising for Callaway. Christian Hohenadel, who started fifth on the grid, was third after the first lap. But during the driver change, an Audi, which pitted in the garage near to the Callaway pits, blocked the Hohenadel/Keilwitz-Corvette. 12 second and a few positions were lost due to that issue, Keilwitz tried to regain the lost positions in the second part of the race. But at the end of the race, the high weight and the heavy braking at Zolder came into play. Keilwitz struggled with tire performance and finally finished ninth. „After seven, eight laps, I had a huge drop in tire performance, there was almost no rubber left on the tires at the end of the race", Keilwitz explained. „So I wasn't really able to defend my position."
In the final race of the season, Hohenadel and Keilwitz also had a podium finish in sight. After a good pit strategy, Hohenadel was third in the second part of the race. But six laps before the end, the right front brake disc exploded and Hohenadel retired. „The brake disc exploded at a corner with a gravel bed behind. That was lucky for me, because I went in the gravel bed and that prevented heavy damage to the car", a disappointed Hohenadel said after the race. „Without the exploded brake disc, third place would have been no problem for us today. But this was the price we had to pay for the handicaps imposed on us."Marius Ritskes and Bernard van Oranje in the second Callaway-Corvette had bad luck at Zolder. The two Dutchman had to retire in both races.
Callaway Competition now awaits the outcome of the appeal of the Prospeed-Porsche team. Until the appeal will be heard, the result of the team championship deciding second race remains provisional. If the Court of Appeal confirms the exclusion of the Porsche from the race, Callaway Competition would claim the 2010 team title.