Callaway’s new racecars and team ready for ADAC GT Masters’ Opener.

No. 31, Whelen Motorsports C7 GT3-R – Americans Boris Said and Eric Curran, with Loris Hezemans substituting for Curran in selected races, including Oschersleben.

The ADAC GT Masters series begins its 10th anniversary season this weekend at Motorsport Arena Oschersleben. The tough, 3.7-km (2.3-mile) German road course will host the first of seven events on the 2016 ADAC GT Masters calendar, with race weekends scheduled this summer at prominent German, Austrian and Dutch racetracks. The series features the world’s premier GT sports cars and drivers, with 33 cars competing for manufacturer and driver championships.

Callaway Competition brought three new C7 GT3-Rs to Oschersleben, as they have exclusive permission from Chevrolet to construct Corvette racecars for GT3 racing worldwide, except for North America. In pre-season testing, the Callaway Competition team’s C7 GT3-Rs have exhibited tremendous potential, achieving top-5 lap times, including recording a second-fastest lap time. Other new-for-2016 GT3 models include Audi’s R8, BMW’s M6, Mercedes’ AMG, Lamborghini’s Huracán and Porsche’s 911.

Boris is a veteran driver with an extensive history in sports car racing as well as in NASCAR. He has driven a variety of Callaway racecars since 1991. Eric joins the Callaway team this season, following success in World Challenge, Continental/Koni, Grand Am/Rolex and IMSA WeatherTech series. Filling in for Eric on weekends when he pilots the Whelen Motorsports Daytona Prototype Corvette, Loris Hezemans has competed in several series, including the Renault Clio Cup Benelux, SEAT León Eurocup and Audi Sport TT Cup.

No. 69, C7 GT3-R – Patrick Assenheimer, Domenik Schwager.

Patrick has driven for the Callaway Competition team and since 2014. He has also piloted a Mercedes in the 24 Hours of Nürburgring each year since 2011. Domenik also returns to the Callaway team this season. His formidable résumé includes competing in the German Formula Three Championship, International Formula 3000, Formula Nippon, Porsche Carrera Cup, VLN and American Le Mans.

No. 77, Valvoline C7 GT3-R – Daniel Keilwitz, Jules Gounon.

Daniel has driven for Callaway Competition in the ADAC GT Masters series since 2011, winning the 2013 Drivers’ Championship. He also won the 2010 FIA GT3 championship in a Callaway Corvette, following three successful seasons in the MINI Challenge. The son of Formula 1 racer, Jean-Marc Gounon, Jules began his racing career winning several European kart racing championships, subsequently progressing to open wheel sportscar series. Since 2015, he has competed in Porsche Carrera Cup.

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