Christian Hohenadel (33, Quierschied/Germany) extended his lead in the FIA GT3-European championship at the third round at Jarama in Spain. Hohenadel finished second and fourth in the two races at the former Formula One track near Madrid together...
Christian Hohenadel (33, Quierschied/Germany) extended his lead in the FIA GT3-European championship at the third round at Jarama in Spain. Hohenadel finished second and fourth in the two races at the former Formula One track near Madrid together with teammate Daniel Keilwitz (D) in his Callaway Competition-Corvette Z06.R GT3. After six of twelve races, Hohenadel/Keilwitz have a clear lead in the drivers championship of the FIA GT3-European Championship.
In the first race at Jarama on Sunday morning, Hohenadel only briefly missed the victory. The Corvette of Hohenadel lead the race until the ultimate lap, but then a problem with the fuel supply occurred and Hohenadel had to slow down a few hundreds metres before the finish line. Hohenadel/Keilwitz were faced with this problem, caused by a broken catch tank inside the main tank, already in the free practise and qualifying. During the race it occurred in the worst possible moment. The second place car passed Hohenadel with only a half lap to go, but Hohenadel still managed to see the chequered flag in second position.
In the second race in the afternoon, Hohenadel/Keilwitz had to start from eleventh position as the race stewards imposed a penalty of five starting to the Corvette boys, after Hohenadel had a contact with a Lamborghini in the first race when battling for the lead. "I had a fight with the Lamborghini, but he was two to three seconds slower than me and blocked me for several laps,"Hohenadel explained the incident. "When I followed him very close for several laps, we had eventually made a slight contact and he spun. For me it was a racing incident, but the stewards gave us a penalty."
From eleventh place on the grid, Hohenadel had a good start into race two and was already eight after the first lap. After the driver change, teammate Keilwitz climbed up to third position, when the fuel supply problem occurred again. And again on the very last lap. Keilwitz lost one position and finished fourth.
"Even if we missed one position in both races on the last lap, I'm still satisfied with the result of the two races", Hohenadel made a positive balance after round three in Spain. "In the second race we had a pretty good tactic, and stopped very early. That brought us in close contention to the leading car, so my teammate Daniel Keilwitz had a good position for the second half of the race. We could extend our lead in the championship this weekend, as we scored solid points, while our closest competitors failed to score big points. This was even more important for us then a victory or podium."