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SuperGT 2009: Michael Krumm Back Onboard for Pokka GT Rd 6 at Suzuka

August 5, 2009 Comments off

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Michael Krumm will return to the MOTUL Autech #1 Nismo GT500 Nissan GT-R hot seat in two weeks time to sit in for regular driver Benoit Treluyer. Krumm who, in the past would be piloting the second team Nismo GT500 GT-R (if there was one this year) has taken the year out to drive for Nismo’s FIA GT team in Europe while development continues of the 2010 specification FIA GT1 GT-R. He will co-drive the Round 6 Pokka International Summer Special race at Suzuka Circuit, a race that has traditionally been known as the Pokka 1000 due to being a 1,000 km race. The rename comes after the event is shortened to 700km this year.

Krumm started the 2008 Pokka 1000km at Suzuka on pole position but faces a tough challenge to repeat it. The car is burdened with “success ballast” since team Nismo is leading the championship. To top it off, he will only have a short few laps to reacquaint himself with the car which has changed in terms of aero package since 2008.

Treluyer has to skip the round after receiving what is known as a “Moral Hazard Penalty”. Yeah… Veteran and 2008 champion, Satoshi Motoyama will be co-driving with Michael.

The Pokka GT Summer Special begins Saturday 22nd of August for qualifying with the final on Sunday 23rd of August. After this, it’s back to Europe where he will drive in the final FIA GT round for the GT-R’s 2009 season on 25th October 2009 at Zolder in Brussels.

Link: SuperGT Official Website