CAN NISSAN BE LORDS OF THE 'RING THIS WEEKEND? With five events completed and five to go, the FIA GT1 World Championship has reached the halfway point of the season. It has been a baptism of fire for many of the teams as the series has been...
CAN NISSAN BE LORDS OF THE 'RING THIS WEEKEND?
With five events completed and five to go, the FIA GT1 World Championship has reached the halfway point of the season. It has been a baptism of fire for many of the teams as the series has been ultra competitive from the start, with the advantage moving from brand to brand with each race. As GT1 World arrives at the Nurburgring in Germany this weekend everyone is waiting to see who will be Lords of the 'Ring.
The Sumo Power GT team is riding high in third place in the Teams' Championship, after taking regular podium finishes and of course the victory at Silverstone. The target now is to get both Sumo Power GT Nissan GT-Rs into the top positions at the same time, as Team Manager Allen Orchard explains.
"We've had another good gap since the last race at Spa, which has given us the opportunity to do more testing," he said. "This allows us to refine our knowledge of the car and find even more set up information. We're looking forward to building on what we've already achieved in the championship and hopefully get two cars right up there this time."
Driver of the No.23 Sumo Power GT Nissan GT-R, Peter Dumbreck, knows the Nurburgring well as he is an ex-DTM racer. Along with his team-mate, Michael Krumm, who is looking forward to his home event, Dumbreck will be a strong competitor this weekend.
"We've been on the pace for the last few races now and I don't see that changing," he said. "We went into Spa thinking we could take just a couple of points and drop some of the weight but that all turned around and we were fighting for the top results. We've got everything to fight for at the Nurburgring. The car is light again so let's hope we can pick up a podium this time."
Dumbreck may face the toughest competition from the other side of the Sumo Power GT garage. Jamie Campbell-Walter, who shares the No.22 car with Warren Hughes, also knows this track very well. In fact, the last time the old FIA GT Championship raced at the Nurburgring was in 2001 and it was Campbell-Walter who won the race.
The Swiss Racing Team has again been working hard to catch the Sumo Power GT team since last time out at Spa. Team Principal, Othmar Welti, is determined to get his team onto the podium and will leave no stone unturned to achieve this.
"We made a lot of changes to car No.3 for the main race at Spa and Karl (Wendlinger) and Henri (Moser) both thought that the car was much better," he explained. "We have shown that we have the pace in the race but we still need to get qualifying right as it is so important. We must be successful so we have been working very hard since Spa, stripping the cars so everything is perfect. We are working to optimise everything for qualifying, to make the driver's jobs as easy as possible. We've had a lot to learn this year and I hope we can show the results of our labours at the Nurburgring."
GT1 World is back on a normal schedule this weekend. The two races are on Saturday at 1415hrs (CET) and Sunday at 1515hrs. You can keep track of all the action throughout the weekend at www.GT1World.