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FIA GT1 2010: Podium Finish for Nissan GT-R at Brno for Round 3

May 23rd, 2010

A great weekend for the Sumo Power GT team as they bring home another podium finish for the #23 FIA GT1 Nissan GT-R at Brno in the Czech Republic. The drivers Michael Krumm and Peter Dumbreck were able to pull off a superb double podium weekend in fact after they finished the main event in third place after also taking third place honors in the qualifying race.

At the start of the race Krumm found himself in front as the Aston Martin DB9 in second spot on the grid fell back with trouble and the first place Maserati MC12 was penalized for jumping the gun. With this unexpected breathing room he tried to open up some space behind but the safety car ended that idea quickly.

Almost every team and almost every car on the track pitted under that safety car period which caused a traffic jam in the pits. Nevertheless the #23 GT-R still made it out in good shape, 3rd place behind the Matech Ford and the Aston DB9.

It was a battle for the top three places now with evenly matched machines and superb drivers who gave Dumbreck very little opportunity to work with. They crossed the line in a very respectable third place. Congratulations to team Sumo Power GT and the drivers for a job well done!

The #22 Sumo Power GT GT-R of Hughes / Campbell-Walter didn’t have such a great weekend in contrast. Firstly they were lumped with success ballast after their win in round 2. Next they suffered a mechanical issue in qualifying, finally, they were hit and required two different pit stops which took away their chances during the final race. Next round they go back to the standard race weight so will be gunning for those points.

Swiss Racing Team sound like they’re feeling far more positive about the GT-R’s race performance this round and have found the pace they need. The Wendlinger / Moser #3 GT-R even managed a 10th place points scoring finish. After the pit stop traffic jam however their hopes of finishing higher faded.

Click the read more link for a full race report with quotes from the drivers and teams thanks to Nissan…

Pos Car Drivers Car Time
1 5 Grosjean / Mutsch Ford GT Matech 1:00:46.852
2 7 Enge / Turner Aston Martin DB9 1:00:47.569
3 23 Krumm / Dumbreck NISSAN GT-R 1:00:47.818
4 10 Hirschi / Piccione Aston Martin DB9 1:00:48.405
5 1 Bertolini / Bartels Maserati MC12 1:00:48.618
6 2 Bernoldi / Ramos Maserati MC12 1:00:55.909
7 38 Pastorelli / Schwager Lamborghini Murciélago R-SV 1:01:00.137
8 13 Rosina / Hennerici Corvette Z06 1:01:03.565
9 9 Makowiecki / Sarrazin Aston Martin DB9 1:01:07.726
10 3 Wendlinger / Moser NISSAN GT-R 1:01:09.514
15 4 Ara / Nilsson NISSAN GT-R 1:02:09.183
17 22 Hughes / Campbell-Walter NISSAN GT-R 1:01:00.391

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GTROC Sponsors Seiji Ara of GT1 World Championship Swiss Racing Team

May 18th, 2010

The Japan based GTROC (GT-R Owner’s Club) has announced their sponsorship of Swiss Racing Team GT-R driver Seiji Ara today. The Japan born driver has had a long career in GT racing and won the 24hrs of Le Mans in 2004. He was a logical choice to step into the 2010 GT1 Nissan GT-R after spending 2008 and 2009 driving the GT500 Nissan GT-R in the Japanese SuperGT Championships.

The GTROC also took this opportunity to show off their updated club logo. The GT-R club that has been in existence since 1996 has featured the silhouette of the venerable R32 GT-R. The updated logo now features the outline of the R35 GT-R.

As I too am an owner and a big fan of the GT-R, I’m very glad to have strong support from GTROC, Japan’s most reputable GT-R owner’s club. I will do my best in the FIA GT1 World Championship to bring brilliant news to the supporters!

– Seiji Ara, Swiss Racing Team Driver

Link: GTROC Website
Link: Swiss Racing Team Website
Link: FIA GT1 World Championships Website

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