NISSAN GT-R TEAMS BOUND FOR BRNO The FIA GT1 World Championship race at Silverstone two weeks ago resulted in contrasting fortunes for the two Nissan GT-R teams. The Sumo Power GT team took victory in the main race, securing a popular RAC...
NISSAN GT-R TEAMS BOUND FOR BRNO
The FIA GT1 World Championship race at Silverstone two weeks ago resulted in contrasting fortunes for the two Nissan GT-R teams. The Sumo Power GT team took victory in the main race, securing a popular RAC Tourist Trophy win for Jamie Campbell-Walter and Warren Hughes. The Swiss Racing team had a tough weekend but managed to take ninth place on Sunday with Seiji Ara and Max Nilsson. They will be looking to bounce back as GT1 World rolls into Brno in the Czech Republic this weekend.
Sumo Power GT's Team Manager, Allen Orchard, took his team to victory at Silverstone and is working round-the-clock to keep that momentum going as they head into the next event.
"The Silverstone win is only just starting to sink in," said Orchard. "Winning at home is always special and we all feel incredibly proud to have taken the first international win for the Nissan GT-R. Our job now is to keep up the good work. Being a new team we have had limited opportunity to test so with each race we increase our knowledge of the car which makes us a stronger competitor. We're enjoying the challenges that we face in GT1 World and we are looking forward to car No.23 also enjoying the spoils that they deserve at Brno."
Driver of the race-winning No.22 Nissan GT-R, along with Warren Hughes, Sumo Power's Jamie Campbell-Walter echoes the team manager's views.
"We had a test at Snetterton last week and on arrival I noticed there is a new buzz about the team," he said. "It comes from the top, from James (Rumsey) and Allen (Orchard) and spreads all the way down. We're a winning team now so the guys know they have the drive and determination to get the top results. For Warren and I we've had a good start, considering we came in late. We were the top Nissan GT-R in the main race in Abu Dhabi and we were top again at Silverstone. We'll carry that confidence onto Brno and race-by-race continue to do as well as we can. I know Brno very well; the circuit has a good flow and I've won there before so I hope we can have a good weekend."
The Swiss Racing Team, although happy to score points at Silverstone, was left with a mountain to climb to get ready for Brno, as team boss Othmar Welti explains.
"We scored our first points at Silverstone but we have suffered a big delay due to Henri Moser's accident," he said. "It was a huge accident and now we have seen the video footage we can see that Henri wasn't at fault. It's a big shame as that car could have had a good result but now we are having to work 24 hours a day just to be ready for Brno. The good news is that we got the set-up sorted out at Silverstone and managed to run very good lap times during the race, especially with Seiji Ara as he wasn't caught in traffic as much as the No.3 car. Our race performance has left us feeling very optimistic for Brno."
Austrian Karl Wendlinger, who shares the No.3 Swiss Racing Team Nissan GT-R with Henri Moser, is confident that the team will be at the sharp end of the action this weekend.
"Brno is a circuit I have raced at a lot and I like it very much," he said. "It has a bit of everything: mid to fast corners, twists and turns, and some elevation changes. I think most of the circuits on the GT1 World calendar will suit the Nissan, as long as we get the set-up right. At Silverstone our set-up wasn't right for qualifying and neither was my driving. We tried a different set-up for the race, which improved the car a lot and I was able to push hard. The trouble with sprint races though is that there is not a lot you can do if you qualify a long way back. We know what to do with the set-up now so I think we will be competitive at Brno."
The track action begins at Brno this Friday with the practice sessions, ahead of qualifying at 1115hrs local time and the qualifying race at 1730hrs on Saturday. The main championship race takes place on Sunday at 1415hrs.