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Callaway Corvette Wins Race 1 in Austria

Keilwitz, Kirchoeffer claim honors for Callaway Corvette at Red Bull Ring…

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Daniel Keilwitz and Marvin Kirchhoefer claimed victory in the opening race of the ADAC GT Masters weekend at the Red Bull Ring, to chalk up Callaway Competition’s first win of the season.

The Corvette C7 GT3 R pair won Saturday’s hour-long contest after Kirchoeffer claimed his maiden pole in the morning and led the opening stint, before handing over to Keilwitz around halfway. 

Two-time DTM champion Timo Scheider closed in over the final 11 minutes after the field was bunched up by a safety car, but the BMW Team Schnitzer driver was unable to find a way past.

Keilwitz ultimately crossed the line 0.615 seconds ahead of Scheider’s M6 GT3, sealing his seventh GT Masters win for Corvette and the first for Kirchhoefer after two podiums last time out at Autodrom Most.

The two Schnitzer BMWs offered the most potent challenge to the otherwise dominant Callaway Corvette duo, with Dennis Marschall moving up to third behind Scheider’s team-mate Mikkel Jensen in the opening stint.

Marschall then handed duties over to Victor Bouveng, who on to take the final podium spot despite pressure from Kelvin van der Linde in the best of the Land Motorsport Audi R8 LMS GT3s, as Keilwitz continued up front.

Kevin Estre, driving the No. 17 KUS Team75 Bernhard Porsche 911 GT3 R, then relegated Van der Linde to fifth after side-by-side contact between the two at the final restart.

Estre had taken over from Timo Bernhard, who started eighth, but the Frenchman worked his way into the top five with a string of exciting overtakes, including one on the championship-leading Herberth Motorsport Porsche shortly after the driver swap.

Robert Renauer and Mathieu Jaminet nonetheless maintained their points lead with a sixth-place finish, while Luca Ludwig and Alfred Renauer took seventh in the HB Racing Ferrari 488 GT3.

In eighth was the Phoenix Racing Audi driven by round one winners Philip Ellis and Max Hofer, ahead of the highest-placed Mercedes AMG-GT3 of Maximilian Buhk and Indy Dontje.

Sunday’s second race gets underway at 1:08 p.m local time.


Daniel Lloyd is a UK-based reporter for Sportscar365 and e-racing365, with a focus on the FIA World Endurance Championship and various electric racing series.



  1. JK of Miami

    June 9, 2018 at 8:52 am

    Great job Team Callaway Corvette!!

  2. jaysfan

    June 9, 2018 at 12:44 pm

    So, is it okay to say they’re likely done and won’t be racing in the States/World Challenge?

  3. Andy Flinn

    June 9, 2018 at 2:30 pm

    Again, why are we so eager to scatter dirt on Callaway USA?

    GM is not interested in building GT3 cars. They’re even less interested in selling them to customers.

    Case in point, GM shut down the Caddy PWC program instead of selling the GT3 cars to PWC privateers.

    • callagoaway

      June 9, 2018 at 4:22 pm

      when GM started building the ATS.V.R GT3, it wasn’t required to sell GT3 cars to customers. With everything that went into building that car, it would have cost a TON of money to change their processes to build more cars for customers. Also, GM didn’t choose to shut down the Caddy GT3 program. Also, Callaway USA sucks.

      • Roman1984

        June 11, 2018 at 6:40 pm

        Also you can’t cheat when there are privateer cars to be compared with yours.

    • jaysfan

      June 9, 2018 at 5:56 pm

      I didn’t scatter any dirt on Callaway USA, all I did was ask a simple question, So, is it okay to say they’re likely done and won’t be racing in the States/World Challenge? Tell me where is the scattering of dirt part comes in? The team only raced 2 or 3 races in USA, before they decided to take “sabbatical” from World Challenge and instead, focus on their program in ADAC GT series

  4. speedy

    June 9, 2018 at 4:08 pm

    Gm ended these Cadillac PWC GT3 program because of people wanted Callaway Corvette to race here in these states, so gm did. Were is Callaway at? There not going to race this year, if ever here in these states.

    • Dan

      June 9, 2018 at 5:55 pm

      The notion that GM ended the gt3 program so Callaway could come over is laughable at best delusional if anyone really believes that.

  5. Russ Adams

    June 10, 2018 at 5:33 pm

    I scattered dirt on them …..they never lived up to what they said Andy you drink the stuff .There a low class organization, Thats why gm never wanted them here ….

  6. Brian

    June 13, 2018 at 2:04 pm

    Lol, huh? It was ALWAYS required to sell to customers. More so when GM built a GT3 based car instead of their tube framed bespoke car. I’m happy they left. If a series cant survive based on one brand, then they need to look at themselves…not others for this reason. Callaway USA while well intentioned is nothing like the German outfit. Which sucks….

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