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FIA GT 2010: GT-R Fourth in Algarve Final After Qualifying Race Win

September 20th, 2010

Team Sumo Power were on top of things this weekend for round 7 of the FIA GT1 World Championships 2010 after the #23 GT-R of Krumm/Dumbreck battled it out for the win in the qualifying race on Saturday. The strong performance put them on pole position for Sundays race, a position the held until the pit stop when an air hose broke away costing them precious seconds.

The team managed to fight back from this minor setback however into fourth position finish, a result that nets Sumo Power GT into third place in the championships but without the worry of having to run success ballast in round 8!

It was almost a non-start for the #22 Sumo GT-R though. Hit at the start of the race, they were forced to retire immediately.

Swiss Racing team’s weekend was again marred by issues, the #3 GT-R finishing in the pits and the #4 GT-R finishing in 18th place after a spin.

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Images: NISMO, (C) DPPI

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FIA GT 2010: Sumo Power GT Announce Drivers for Second GT-R

March 23rd, 2010

As we get closer and closer to the first race of the season, Sumo Power GT have confirmed their full driver lineup for the 2010 season. Along with Michael Krumm and Peter Dumbreck who were previously confirmed back in February, Warren Hughes and Jamie Campbell-Walter will also drive the 600 hp R35 2010 GT1 spec car this year.

Both drivers got to take the GT-R for a spin this week at Snetterton Circuit in Norfolk, England and immediately felt the potential of the new car.

Warren Hughes is a veteran GT racer who’s spent the past nine years in either GT or Touring car racing, won LeMans in the LMP2 category and entered another five 24 Hours of LeMans. A busy man no doubt and he’s excited to be on the team driving the GT-R.

“When I first heard about the FIA GT1 World Championship and the venues it visits I immediately wanted to be involved … Once I had been invited to test with the Sumo Power GT team I was really hoping that I would be offered a seat, so to finally secure a drive is a fantastic opportunity.”

– Warren Hughes, Sumo Power GT Driver

Jamie is no first timer either having spent the last 13 years racing in FIA GT, British GT Champs as well as five forays into the 24 Hours of LeMans race.

“I’m over the moon to be get the drive with Sumo Power GT this season and it’s great to be involved with a new championship and a new team right from the start. I’m looking forward to being back in a GT Championship, especially one which visits so many good circuits in so many different countries.”

– Jamie Campbell-Walter, Sumo Power GT Driver

The next outing for the new R35s and drivers is coming up at Silverstone Circuit next week during the last testing session before the teams pack up and head to Abu Dhabi for round one.

Link: Sumo Power GT Website
Link: FIA GT World Championships Website
Source: Planet LeMans

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SuperGT 2009: Nissan GT-R Second Place Finish for Round 6 Pokka GT at Suzuka

August 24th, 2009

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In only the second round of 2009 SuperGT season not to be won outright by a Nissan GT-R, the SC430 Toyota campaigning KRAFT team has pulled out a pole to win victory for the 700km Pokka GT 2009 race at Suzuka Circuit. Not to be forgotten however, the #3 Hasemi Tomica Ebbro Nissan GT-R GT500 entry was right behind it managing second place in the long day of racing.

The second place position for this round gives team Hasemi Motor Sport 18 total points for the weekend’s racing. This pushes them into 5th place overall in the team rankings due to their win in round 4. Not a bad thing at all considering their unlucky streak in other races of season 2009.

The #12 IMPUL Calsonic Nissan GT-R entry was the next best placed GT-R on Sunday, finishing in 5th. Surprisingly however, it was closely followed by the #1 MOTUL Autech GT-R which was weighed down with 86kg’s of success ballast making it the heaviest car on the circuit. They began the race from 12th place after a fuel problem in qualifying so to come away with 8 points all said and done is not a bad outcome.

Starting from P12 Motoyama had a tough first stint as he showed to have a good pace that would allow us to run quite at the front, but as he was stuck behind another car, we saw our race kind of slip away already. With over 80 kg of Handicap weight in the car (heaviest car in the field), there was no way to overtake today.

– Michael Krumm, #1 MOTUL Autech Driver – Team NISMO

The race itself was incredibly hot and sticky for the teams, drivers and cars. On track temps soared up to 50 degrees Celsius (122 F) and a fire in the pits involving the #8 ARTA NSX compounded the troubles with confusion and safety car periods.

The results overall for teams are positive however, team Nismo extends it’s lead out by two more points to be 7 in front of nearest rival Petronas TOM’s. Hasemi Motor Sport’s improvement means that two GT-R teams in the top 5 will make for a great latter part of the season as we count down just three more races to go.

Let’s hope the GT-R can make back to back championships for this year so fans get another big party at Nismo Festival 2009 at Fuji Speedway.

Speaking of Fuji Speedway, the next race, round 7 is headed back to Fuji for the second time this season for September 13th. We’ll keep you updated as always here on GTRBlog.com.

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FIA Championship 2009: Nissan GT-R in Practice for Round 1 This Weekend

May 2nd, 2009

Nissan 2010 GT1 GT-R - Practice - Silverstone Circuit

The 2010 GT1 specification Nissan GT-R’s first race for 2009 kicks off this weekend, Sunday the 3rd at Silverstone Circuit in the UK. Michael Krumm and Daren Turner will be driving the Nissan this season but Krumm has not driven Silverstone himself since 1991.

It has been a long time since I raced in England. I believe the last time was in the Opel Lotus Championship in Donington in 1991. Unfortunately the circuit in Silverstone has changed a lot and the first thing I have to do this weekend is to obviously learn the track.

Interestingly Michael learns tracks by both driving them in practice sessions and through some less conventional methods;

Luckily there are lots of onboard videos available on youtube, so that really helps.

In practice the GT-R has lapped 13th quickest out of the combined 2009 and 2010 specification field, behind the two 2010 GT1 spec Ford GTs. Qualifying is Saturday and the final race is coming up on Sunday.

For live coverage of Pre-Qualifying and Qualifying you can log into the Live Stream at GTRLive.tv between 09:40 – 11:00 UTC and 15:45 – 16:20 UTC on Saturday 2nd of May.

Photos: (C) DPPI via FIA GT

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