Callaway Competition is representing Chevrolet and the C7 Corvette well in Germany’s ADAC GT Masters, jetting into the series’ lead after taking a win and a podium during the recent double header round at the Red Bull Ring in Austria.
The team has been strong all year, taking its first win in the second race of the second round of the ADAC GT Masters at the Sachsenring in Germany. They then followed that up with a third place finish and a 1-2 finish in the two races at Lausitzring before a strong outing to the Red Bull Ring.
For the team’s win in Austria, co-drivers of the No. 77 Corvette GT3, Jules Gounon and Daniel Keilwitz, successfully defended from pole position. Kellwitz started the race, keeping the Audi R8 of Laurens Vanthoor and Bentley Continental of Daniel Abt at bay before letting him squeeze by just ahead of the mandatory pit stop sequence.
Kellwitz forked driving duties over to Gounon following the stop, with the Frenchmach quickly getting to work and applying pressure to new race leader Florian Stoll. Gounon couldn’t hold onto Stoll, though, and the Audi eventually pulled away to cross the finish line a second clear of the Corvette. However the Audi failed post-race inspection and was disqualified by the ADAC, giving the Callaway team their third win of 2016.
Kellwitz and Gounon currently sit first in the driver’s championship and are a full 29 points clear of Audi drivers Connor De Phillippi and Christopher Mies in second. Additionally, Chevy’s Callaway Competiton leads the team standings by 27 points ahead of Audi’s Montaplast by Land-Motorsport in second. Mercedes-AMG team Zakspeed is close behind the Audi squad, sitting just 1 point away in third.
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