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Kirchhöfer Joins Callaway For ADAC GT Title Defence

Kelwitz returns, but not for the full season

Callaway Competition has revealed the driver line-up for its 2018 ADAC GT Masters title defence.

This year, the team will race with new driver Marvin Kirchhöfer, who will share the team’s Corvette C7 GT3-R with Frank Kechele and with former champion Daniel Keilwitz.

“Marvin Kirchhöfer showed his class throughout his debut year in the ADAC GT Masters in 2017,” says Mike Gramke, who, after a long period of time acting as Callaway’s technical director, will also take on the role of Team Principal for the 2018 season.

“He will have two very strong team-mates in Frank Kechele and Daniel Keilwitz, from whose experience he can benefit. Frank will stand in for Daniel at Oschersleben and Most, as Daniel has racing commitments elsewhere. Frank has always been one of the fastest in the field, and Daniel’s track record in the ADAC GT Masters is simply outstanding.”

“I’m very happy to be racing for Callaway Competition this year,” said 24-year-old German, Kirchhöfer, who is racing in Jules Gounon’s seat. “I’ve already had a brief test outing in the Corvette in France and it immediately made a very positive impression on me. I’m really looking forward to pre-season testing at the end of March in Oschersleben.

“I definitely want to secure my maiden win in the ADAC GT Masters and rack up as many points as possible. That’s my goal, for sure! As regards the overall standings, we’ll have to wait and see how the season develops.

“There were a lot of new things I had to deal with last year as a newcomer from formula racing, but I’m now more accustomed to GT motor racing and can concentrate on what’s important, which makes me feel very confident.”

Kirchhöfer will be partnered by Kechele and later Callaway veteran Daniel Keilwitz from the third meeting onwards at the Red Bull Ring.