Christian Hohenadel made it. One day before his 34th birthday, the Corvette driver presented the biggest present to himself with securing the driver's title of the 2010 FIA GT3 European Championship in the penultimate round of the championship at...
Christian Hohenadel made it. One day before his 34th birthday, the Corvette driver presented the biggest present to himself with securing the driver's title of the 2010 FIA GT3 European Championship in the penultimate round of the championship at Portimão in Portugal. In the two races at the wonderful Algarve coast, Hohenadel took a second place with teammate Daniel Keilwitz in their Callaway Competition-Corvette Z06.R GT3 in the first race and claimed the title in style with a victory in Sunday's second race. "This is my most famous title in motorsport", Hohenadel was happy after Sunday's race. "My teammate and my team did a perfect job since the start of the season."
Hohenadel and Keilwitz drove clever and tactically in both races at the scenic Portimão track, knowing that they only need to finish in front of their title rivals to clinch the championship. In Saturday's race, Hohenadel took the white Corvette in second position from Keilwitz halfway through the race and secured a second place finish. "Our goal today was not to take the victory, but to collect big points for the championship and stay in front of our title rivals. Both just went perfect today."
In Sunday's race, Hohenadel was in eight place and saved the tires of the Corvette in the first part of the race. "I saw that many of the other cars ruined their tires in the first half of the race. I had the feeling when I would save the tires, Daniel will be able to attack in the latter part of the race. I knew that we would have good chances for a win, even better chances then Saturday, because unlike many of the other drivers in the second group, Daniel has no problems to race on used tires.
"Before this weekend, it didn't expect that we would be so strong here, considering the recent "balance of performance"change and the success ballast we had to carry. I didn't expect to be on the podium here in both races, but after Saturday's race, I knew that we were able to claim the title here."The Callaway-crew thanked Hohenadel and Keilwitz in their very own style and started the party celebration for the 2010 FIA GT3 European Champions when they throw the fresh crowned new champions into the paddock pool, after spraying champagne on the podium. After claiming the European Championship, the next goal for Hohenadel is now to win the team title for Callaway Competition in the final round at Zolder.