Christian Hohenadel (33, Quierschied/GER) returns as new championship leader from the second round of the FIA GT3 European Championship at Brno. Together with teammate Daniel Keilwitz (GER), Hohenadel claimed two podiums positions in the Czech...
Christian Hohenadel (33, Quierschied/GER) returns as new championship leader from the second round of the FIA GT3 European Championship at Brno. Together with teammate Daniel Keilwitz (GER), Hohenadel claimed two podiums positions in the Czech round of the European Championship in a Callaway Competition-Corvette Z06.R GT3.
The up- and downhill track in Brno proved to be a perfect hunting ground for the Callaway-Corvette of Hohenadel/Keilwitz. Daniel Keilwitz started third on the grid into Saturday's first race in very difficult track conditions. The 5,4km track was wet after a heavy shower just before the race. Keilwitz gained one position at the start and subsequently passed the leader in the second lap. The white #101 Corvette, sporting a brand new football design, led until the mandatory driver change, but then Hohenadel/Keilwitz lost the lead in the pits to the French Graff-Corvette of Parisy/Lambotte. Hohenadel took over the Corvette for the second half of the race on a drying track and secured the second place finish.
Hohenadel: "At the end of the race the conditions were really difficult, as I still had wet weather tires on the car and the track was almost dry. Daniel brought us in a good position in the first half of the race, but I couldn't challenge the leading Corvette. They were just too fast today."
The second race held on Sunday started with a drama for Hohenadel, who started from the front row. Two spark plug cables of the Corvette engine burnt within the first few laps. Hohenadel lost engine power, as the V8-engine was only running on six cylinders. Hohenadel didn't give up and carefully drove the Corvette as fast as possible and waited for the pit stop-window to open. At the pit stop, the Callaway mechanics quickly changed the cables and Keilwitz returned to the track with full engine power. Keilwitz was almost at the back of the field, but a battled up to the front. Within only 30 Minutes, he overtook all cars on the track, beside two, meaning he finally saw the chequered flag in brilliant third place! With their two podiums finishes at Brno, Hohenadel and Keilwitz took the lead in the driver's championship of the FIA GT3 European Championship.
Hohenadel: "With the engine problem, I tried to be as quick, but also as careful as possible. I didn't want to loose so much time until the pit stop window opened. That was really difficult, as the engine lacked really much power. I could exactly describe the problem to our engineers on the radio, so they could prepare everything for the pit stop and change the defect parts. After that, Daniel drove a really great race."