Christian Hohenadel experienced a though weekend at the final round of the 2010 FIA GT3 European Championship at Zolder. Hohenadel and his teammate Daniel Keilwitz already claimed the FIA GT3-European Championship honours at the penultimate round...
Christian Hohenadel experienced a though weekend at the final round of the 2010 FIA GT3 European Championship at Zolder. Hohenadel and his teammate Daniel Keilwitz already claimed the FIA GT3-European Championship honours at the penultimate round at Portimao with their Callaway Competition-Corvette Z06.R GT3, but nevertheless wanted to finish the 2010 season in style in Belgium.
But on the former Formula 1-track in Belgium, the heavy restrictions imposed by the organisers on the Callaway Competition built Corvette during the season came into play. Due to success of Hohenadel and Keilwitz in the European Championship, the Corvette was penalised with more weight and less power not less then five times during the 2010 season. At Zolder, a track known to be very hard on brakes, this heavy weight played a key role.
But despite all restrictions which were put on the Corvette, Hohenadel and Keilwitz once again showed a good performance in both races. In the first race, Hohenadel started fifth and was already third after the first lap. He kept third place until he handed the Corvette to teammate Keilwitz. In the second half of the race, Keilwitz struggled with tire performance and finally finished ninth. Also in the second race, Hohenadel was racing towards a podium finish. With only a couple of laps to go, Hohenadel was third, when the right front brake disc exploded with six laps before the finish and Hohenadel had to retire.
"After a great season in European Competition, it would have been nice to finish the season on the podium", Hohenadel said. "But if we have to start on a track like this with so much weight, it's really no wonder that we struggle with tire performance and have problems with brakes." While Hohenadel and Keilwitz claimed the title, the team championship is not decided yet. As the Porsche, which won the second race, was excluded after technical checks, Callaway Competition also won the team championship. However, as the Porsche-team appealed this decision, the result of race two and the outcome of the team championship remains provisional.
With one race to go for Christian Hohenadel, his 2010 season is not yet finished. "At the end of October we will start at the final VLN race at the Nuerburgring-Nordschleife with our Callaway-Corvette. I hope to conclude my racing season with a really good result."