TOP TEN FOR KRUMM IN QUALIFYING Sumo Power GT's Michael Krumm qualified the No.23 Nissan GT-R in ninth place for tomorrow's qualifying race in Abu Dhabi. The Swiss Racing Team Nissan GT-Rs took 13th and 14th places respectively for Seiji Ara ...
TOP TEN FOR KRUMM IN QUALIFYING
Sumo Power GT's Michael Krumm qualified the No.23 Nissan GT-R in ninth place for tomorrow's qualifying race in Abu Dhabi. The Swiss Racing Team Nissan GT-Rs took 13th and 14th places respectively for Seiji Ara in the No.4 car and Karl Wendlinger in No.3. The second Sumo Power Nissan GT-R will line up in 19th place after struggling for grip in the foreshortened qualifying session.
All four Nissan GT-Rs went into qualifying with an additional 30kg in weight, more than any other car, as a result of Wednesday's balance of performance test. Qualifying for the first round of the 2010 FIA GT1 World Championship was set to provide the first indication of the pace of all of the GT1 manufacturers but it didn't make it past the first of the three sessions. With just two minutes to go Natacha Gachnang in the Matech Ford GT had a big accident, which brought out the red flags and subsequently stopped qualifying entirely.
The positions of the cars at the moment the session was red flagged are the grid positions for tomorrow's qualifying race. Michael Krumm was pleased that he put in a banker lap before the session was stopped, taking the best result of the Nissan GT-Rs.
"I am relieved to hear that Natacha is going to be okay," said Krumm. "Her accident was scary to see as that is the fastest part of the track. I went out on used tyres and decided to go for a time just so we had something in the bag. It definitely paid off for us as when I went out on the new tyres the accident happened. I'm sorry we couldn't be higher. It has been a tough winter for us, with limited testing and a very new team. Now I think we have a chance to score some points tomorrow. If we go away from here with points we will have done a good job."
Seiji Ara was the top Swiss Racing Team qualifier, taking his Nissan GT-R to 13th place on the grid.
"We used two sets of new tyres tonight," he said. "Just as I was ready to go for a time I came across a lot of traffic one lap after another so I came in for the second set. I tried one more attack and that's when I did the time. The car is getting better with every session and this is the best it has been so far this weekend. It would have been good to carry on with the other two sessions but we all hope Natacha is okay and that she will be back soon."
The FIA GT1 'Qualifying Race' gets underway tomorrow at 1600hrs local time. This will set the grid for the main 'Championship Race', which begins at 1945hrs.