ADAC GT: Nurburgring Round 4 Qualifying Report
Callaway Competition began Round 4 of the ADAC GT Masters off in the best possible way. The teams Z06.R GT3 captured pole position for both races ahead of this weekends double race event at the Nurburgring. Diego Alessi pushed his Corvette to the limit during Race 1 qualifying to deliver pole, while Race two qualifying saw new team member Jeroen Bleekemolen on top for Race two. Corvette, BMW and Porsche delivered an excellent battle for top honours before the weekends races. Simon Knap in the BMW Z4 and Corvette driver Alessi took turns at the top, before Porsche factory driver Michael Christensen (in his first ADAC GT Masters start since the 2011 season) took the lead in the Porsche 911.
As the Dane thought to himself he was already on top, The Italian driver (Alessi) undercut the time before the end of qualifying. "I like the Nurburgring very much, in the past years I have had good results here," Alessi said after his third pole position in the ADAC GT Masters. "During the qualifying, the track temperature dropped slightly. Exactly what I observed, was that every degree counts and then I'm nearing the end again on track and was able to improve my time again." The second row is divided on Saturday between Knap (in the BMW) and Andreas Wirth in the other Callaway Corvette. This is followed by Maximilian Michel d'Avray, winner of the 24 Hours of Spa last weekend, the Mercedes-Benz SLS AMG GT3, and Christer Jöns in the fastest of the Audi R8's.
In the second qualifying session, Toni Seiler Racing driver Jeroen Bleekemolen fought to pole with Callaway driver Christian Hohenadel, Porsche driver Sean Edwards, and Dominik Baumann in the BMW Z4. All of them tried to beat the fastest time of the Dutchman, but in the end was unable to. Once the Dutchmens time was set, Bleekemolen then undercut his own time again, cementing his front row start for Sundays race. "I've already raced all of the other versions of Corvette (C5R, C6R, C6 GT4), but now I start here at the Nürburgring for the first time with the GT3 version," Bleekemolen said after qualifying. "The car has run great, even in the practise, we were very quick. That makes me confident for the two races, as well as my teammate Toni Seiler has been very fast." For Bleekemolen it is the second pole position in the ADAC GT Masters (in 2007) and was the first time the Dutch has captured pole position at the Nürburgring for the GT Masters. Besides Bleekemolen front row start on Sunday, Baumann in the BMW will line up second (on the front row). The second row is divided between Sean Edwards in the Porsche and Christian Hohenadel in his Corvette.