IMSA • August 02, 2016
The German based Callaway Competition ADAC GT Masters Team returned for Round 4 after a thrilling battle last time out at the Lausitzring. This time, the hills of Austria set the stage for what would be another fierce showdown between the world's best GT3 manufactures and teams. Callaway Competition once again brought their Corvette C7 GT3-R, refreshed and ready. Due to the teams overall success at the previous race (which included 2 podiums and a win by their sister entries), a 10kg weight increase and 1mm less restrictor was provided. Despite both these changes, the C7 GT3-R still proved to be very competitive.
The weekend saw the ADAC GT race debut for driver Eric Curran in the Number 31 Whelen Engineering backed machine. Curran, a regular in the IMSA backed Weather Tech Championship, is partnering this season with the German based outfit for a select number of events alongside fellow countryman Boris Said. The Whelen drivers proved to be a formidable duo, posting solid lap times in both Qualifying and races. For Race 1, Curran and Said vaulted in to the top 10 (of 34 Entries) after Qualifying in the top 15. Qualifying two saw Curran Qualify 9th (only 0.172 off pole!). During a strong run in Race 2, an unfortunate issue with a spark plug wire pushed the nr31 to the back of the pack. Despite this setback, the American duo clawed back to 12th overall before the issue returned for a second time.
Despite the unfortunate luck in race two, Curran was overall very satisfied with the weekend: "Overall it was a really fun weekend." Explains the American. "The Whelen Red and White Callaway Corvette was really fast all weekend. Boris and I got comfortable really quick. We finished 10th in the first race Saturday and had a great run in Sundays race running in the 8th place until a spark plug wire came loose and we had to pit and went back to last place. It's too bad because I qualified only .17 of a second off the pole and ran the fastest race lap in Sunday's race. I think we could have had a solid top 5 finish. I still had a great time in the Whelen Corvette and am looking forward to the next race I'll be doing at Zandvoort in ADAC GT masters." Callaway now lead all Championship categories in the ADAC GT Masters.
The next outing for the Whelen Engineering Callaway Corvette, is the Zandvoort on the 19th of August.
Giovanni Ciccone (Team Principal Callaway Competition): "I am very pleased to see the development of this season, that all our hard work and our efforts are paying off and that all this is being reflected in us leading all championships now. Besides our leading car, our other drivers impressed with top performances as well and we can be proud of the whole´s team's performance. But we should not rest on our laurels now, to ensure we can use this momentum for the remainder of the season."
Eric Curran (Nr 31 Whelen Engineering C7 GT3): "All in all, it was a good weekend, it was just a shame that we did not finish in the second race. We started from P9 and we could have had an even better result than in the race on Saturday. There were a lot of firsts this weekend. This was the first race that I had done in the New Callaway Corvette GT3-R, the first race at Red Bull Ring, and my first ADAC GT Masters race."
Boris Said (Nr 31 Whelen Engineering C7 GT3): "We really enjoyed the weekend, the track is great and the team did a really good job. It was a good feeling to finish in the Top-10 on Saturday. Overall, the weekend was a success for the whole team."
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