Daniel Keilwitz is unfortunately going to miss another round of the ADAC GT Masters.
The Callaway Competition #77 driver broke his leg during a test at Spa Francorchamps in June and had to skip round 7 and 8 at Zandvoort.
Keilwitz, who will celebrate his 28th birthday tomorrow, August third, had the initial hope of being ready for this weekend’s round at Nürburgring.
Callaway Competition will bring in 27 year-old Albert Costa Balboa (or mainly just known as Albert Costa) as a replacement this weekend, since last weekend’s replacement Renger van der Zande will drive in the IMSA series in USA, and thus can’t help the team in Germany.
Costa was a part of the Renault series for many years, where he won both the Formula Renault 2,0 WEC and Eurocup Championship titles in 2009. The prize was a full season in Formula Renault 3,5 where he participated for two seasons, with a fifth and fourth place in the standings. Then he went to Renault Megane Trophy in 2012, where he won the Championship. Since then he has participated in various GT Championships like GT Open and Blancpain.
Albert Costa will join the usual driver of the team, Jules Gounon, who currently leads the ADAC GT Masters Championship. Gounon, who won the Spa 24 Hours as well last weekend, has a 44-points lead over the nearest competitor in the Championship, Philipp Eng. Daniel Keilwitz is still second in the Championship, but a lot has to go wrong for his closest competitors to not overtake him this weekend. But it didn’t happen in Zandvoort where Callaway Competition won the Saturday race, while Land Motorsport won the wet Sunday race.
Nürburgring has been a Porsche and Audi track for the last two years, and if that repeats, Connor De Phillippi and Christopher Mies in Land Motorsport #1 plus Robert Renauer and Sven Müller in Precote Herberth Motorsport #99 in fourth and sixth respectively, have the chance to move much closer to the top and bring in some extra excitement.
The races this weekend will be live streamed on www.adac-motorsport.de both Saturday and Sunday afternoon, including the qualifying sessions in the morning.