READY FOR A ROLLERCOASTER RIDE? This weekend brings the toughest challenge yet for the Nissan GT1 teams as the FIA GT1 World Championship moves to Spa in Belgium to race on one of the most thrilling racing circuits in the world. The ...
READY FOR A ROLLERCOASTER RIDE?
This weekend brings the toughest challenge yet for the Nissan GT1 teams as the FIA GT1 World Championship moves to Spa in Belgium to race on one of the most thrilling racing circuits in the world. The Spa-Francorchamps track is best described as a rollercoaster for racing cars. It is a firm favourite of the Nissan drivers as it is a real test of their skill and, of course, the Nissan GT-R.
The Sumo Power GT team's target for the last round at Paul Ricard was to get strong finishes for both of their Nissan GT-Rs. They achieved this with a third place in the qualifying race for Jamie Campbell-Walter and Warren Hughes and second place in the main championship race for Michael Krumm and Peter Dumbreck. The target remains for Spa and Team Manager, Allen Orchard, has made sure that Sumo Power GT is well prepared for the weekend ahead.
"We did some good work at the Spa test day," commented Orchard. "We worked methodically through various damper settings and ride heights, working on finding the right set-up for the Spa races. Since then we have been doing a lot of simulation work so the mechanics have had plenty of time to work on the cars while the engineers have been busy with simulation. You never know where you're at until you start running but I am hoping for another solid performance."
After a second place finish in the main race at Paul Ricard, Peter Dumbreck and Michael Krumm will have success ballast to carry at Spa. This will give them a mountain to climb, or at least the steep hill that starts at the infamous Eau Rouge.
"I think those of us who got the good results at Ricard are going to have to race tactically this weekend," he said. "Fifty kilos is a lot of ballast to carry around Spa, especially with the long drag up through Eau Rouge and on from there. We're going to aim for the top ten so we get some points but also lose some of the weight. Having said that though if we get there and we're looking good there will be no stopping us going for the top results! Even with the weight the Nissan GT-R will still be strong through Spa's sweeping turns so let's go and see how it all pans out."
After a difficult weekend at Ricard, the Swiss Racing Team heads to Spa with two success ballast-free Nissan GT-Rs. The team got some good running at the recent Spa Test and have high hopes of a good showing this weekend.
"It's safe to say that we are not happy with our season so far," said Team Principal, Othmar Welti. "We know that the Nissan GT-R is capable of much more. We had a good Spa test, albeit with just one car as we had some repairs to do on the No.4 car after Ricard. All four drivers took part and we made many adjustments. I am an optimistic man and I expect to be on the pace at Spa. We have shown time and again that we have the race pace but we need to get it right throughout the whole weekend. When just a split second is the difference between success and failure you have to get it right."
As this event precedes the Spa 24 Hours, the timetable is different to normal. GT1 qualifying takes place on Friday morning at 0945hrs (CET), followed by the qualifying race at 1500hrs. The main championship race takes place on Saturday at 1205hrs. Don't forget you can follow the Nissan GT-Rs at www.GT1World.com where you will find live streaming and live timing during the sessions.