EU-GT3: Portimao: Callaway Competition preview

Match point for Callaway Competition Callaway-drivers on Pole-Position for European title The summer break in the FIA GT3 European Champion comes to an end this weekend with the penultimate round at the scenic Portimao track at the Algarve coast...

Match point for Callaway Competition Callaway-drivers on Pole-Position for European title

The summer break in the FIA GT3 European Champion comes to an end this weekend with the penultimate round at the scenic Portimao track at the Algarve coast in Portugal. Callaway Competition travels as leader in the drivers- and in team championship to the southwest of Europe, Callaway drivers Christian Hohenadel (GER) and Daniel Keilwitz (GER) have a good chance to claim the European title in their Callaway-Corvette Z06.R GT3, developed and built by Callaway Competition in Germany, already this weekend. In the second Callaway-Corvette, the two Dutchman Marius Ritskes and Dennis Retera will fight for points in the fifth round of the FIA GT3-European Championship.

Hohenadel and Keilwitz will have a real "heavy" job in the two races at Portimao. After two brilliant victories in the last round in France, the organisers changed the "balance of performance" of the Corvette. The Callaway built cars have to start with more weight and a smaller restrictor, which means less power. Additionally, Hohenadel/Keilwitz have to carry 40kg success ballast around the scenic track in the backcountry of the Algarve coast. "Unfortunately the new balance of performance of the Corvette seams not to be very objective", Callaway Competition boss Ernst Woehr says. "It looks like the organisers only took the brilliant performance of Christian and Daniel into account, and therefore took the whole Corvette brand in kin liability. I hope our two championship contenders will have two good races and will be able to clinch the title already this weekend."

Hohenadel and Keilwitz are actually 51 points in front of their closest rivals. If the Corvette-duo manages to conserve this gap during the two races in Portugal, they can nail the championship at Portimao. "I hope we will be able to clinch the title in Portugal", Christian Hohenadel says, "but it will be very difficult. It would be great to claim one or two podiums there, but we have to see how the changed "balance of performance" will effect our car. The track is new to me, so it's quite difficult to judge what to expect. Most important thing for us is to finish both races trouble free and see the chequered flag two times in front of our closest rivals."

"After a break of more then two month, I can't wait to race again", Daniel Keilwitz says. "The track should suit our car well, but the new "balance of performance" adds an question mark. We will try to drive two flawless races and will not take any risk, because at this time in the championship, points are the most important thing for us."

The second Callaway-Corvette will start with a slightly different driver line-up. Dennis Retera will replace regular driver Bernard van Oranje, who has a scheduling conflict. Former A1-GP-driver Retera will team up with Marius Ritskes. "Marius had a great run in the last races. I hope that will continue in Portugal, as we are also leading the team championship, and Marius and Dennis can add valuable points to this," Ernst Woehr explains.

-source: callawaycars.de

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Series Blancpain Sprint
Drivers Dennis Retera , Marius Ritskes , Christian Hohenadel , Daniel Keilwitz , Bernhard van Oranje