ADAC: Sachsenring Preview
The 2012 ADAC GT Masters has been anything but predictable, with four different winners in the four races so far contested. BMW ALPINA, Porsche, Corvette and BMW have each chalked up a victory. The Super Sports Car League now moves on to the rollercoaster circuit in Saxony. With possibly more at stake than most of the other contestants on the third race weekend of 2012 will be local teams Schulze Motorsport (based near Leipzig) and YACO Racing powered by Jochen Schweizer (based in the Vogtland). Also determined to break a run of bad luck will be ex-Formula 1 and DTM driver Heinz-Harald Frentzen; the Callaway Competition driver has been agonisingly close to a podium finish on several occasions already this year, and together with co-driver Andreas Wirth, he will be aiming to rectify the deficit this time round.
One of Callaway Competitions ADAC GT Masters goals has been ticked off with their first win of the season by Diego Alessi and Daniel Keilwitz at Zandvoort. The pilots achieved their victory in a Leingarten built Corvette Z06.R GT3, which has put them into the ACAC championship lead. The team is one point behind In the team standings in second place. For Alessi / Keilwitz their next race will be at the Sachsenring next weekend. Their goal will be to successfully defend their championship lead. Team mates Heinz-Harald Frentzen and Andreas Wirth have their first podium finish in their sights.
The third race weekend of the season will be on the challenging Sachsenring. The race course is not the only challenge for Alessi / Keilwitz and Frentzen. The ADAC imposed a performance reduction on the winning Corvettes that takes away their top speed. "This is obviously anything but pleasant," says Callaway team leader Ernst Wöhr. "After running well at Zandvoort, and not being too dominant, we were hit with a reduced performance penalty. This is especially bad at the Sachsenring where you need power. We are not sure how this power reduction will effect us. In any case, we will have to deal with much less top speed for the race."
"I hope that we can with a good result at the Sachsenring to defend our championship lead," said leader Daniel Keilwitz. "Between the races at Zandvoort and at the Sachsenring with the Corvette, we have also taken part in the 24h-race at the Nurburgring, and we learned a lot about the new car. I hope we can put this to good use at the Sachsenring."
The former Formula 1 driver Heinz-Harald Frentzen and Andreas Wirth are hoping for a breakthrough in the two upcoming races. In the first two race weekends of the season in Oschersleben and Zandvoort, the Bookbinding Corvette was on course for a podium. However in the end they had bad luck. After Frentzen / Wirth collected their first points at Zandvoort a podium at Sachsenring is a clear goal.
When the Callaway Corvettes compete at the Sachsenring, a Saxon company also provides expertise for fast lap times. Callaway Competition relies on high-tech M & M exhaust system. The company is located in nearby Erzgebirge, a few kilometers away from the Sachsenring.
Two other Corvette Z06.R's built by Callaway Competition will also compete. They are entered by Toni Seiler Racing and driven by Toni Seiler / Frank Kechele and Remo Lips / Frank Schmickler.