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ADAC GT Oschersleben

  • Oschersleben Motopark-Allee Oschersleben (Bode), SA, 39387 Germany (map)

Fooled and foiled by Fuel System problems at the Oscherlesben Racing Arena

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Persistent fuel system problems plagued the 2017 ADAC-GT champs in the opening round of the 2018 season.  The Callaway C7 GT3-R (re-numbered # 1) was forced to settle for mid-pack finishes both days.

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Daniel Keilwitz is joined by Marvin Kirchofer replacing the young phenom Jules Gounon, signed by Bentley to drive in the Blancpain GT Series Endurance Cup and Intercontinental GT Challenge.

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On Saturday the team was confronted by an unexpected override by an FIA mandated shut-off valve that destroyed a fuel pump.  Chalk it up to collateral damage from repair to a ruptured fuel line.  At Sunday’s pit stop, the car would not start as fuel pressure fell and the replacement fuel pump had to be re-set.

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On the positive side the car kept pace with the leaders and lap times should improve as the team comes to grips with the new for 2018 Pirelli tyres. 

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The RWT Team of Gerd Biesel based in Eberbach near Heidelberg also has a new lineup with regular Sven Barth, 37 joined by Claudia Hurtgen, 46.  She is the most successful woman in the ADAC-GT series appearing from 2009 to 2016.  She also helped develop the highly successful BMW Z4 GT3 among her other accomplishments.

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The winner on Sunday was the # 63 Lambo Hurácan GT3 GRT Grasser Orange 1 driven by Mirko Bortolotti & Andrea Caldarelli.

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The ADAC-GT Series is enjoying record entries (36); teams (23); marques (8); popularity at the gate (25,000); TV viewers (460,000 peak to 710,000) and downloads.

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Thanks to Callaway Competition International team principal Ernst Woehr for sharing his insights.

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The next ADAC-GT Series makes its first appearance in the Czech Republic at the Autodrom Most on April 28-29.    

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