TRIO OF BRITISH NISSAN GT-R DRIVERS OUT FOR HOME SUCCESS The 'Silverstone Supercar' featuring round two of the FIA GT1 World Championship takes place this weekend. Both Nissan GT-R teams, Sumo Power GT and Swiss Racing Team, have returned from a...
TRIO OF BRITISH NISSAN GT-R DRIVERS OUT FOR HOME SUCCESS
The 'Silverstone Supercar' featuring round two of the FIA GT1 World Championship takes place this weekend. Both Nissan GT-R teams, Sumo Power GT and Swiss Racing Team, have returned from a somewhat extended stay in Abu Dhabi and are now eager to sample the new Silverstone Grand Prix Circuit.
The three British Nissan GT-R drivers - Warren Hughes, Jamie Campbell-Walter and Peter Dumbreck - are all hoping for a good result in their home event where they will be cheered on by the home crowd and their own families and friends.
Warren Hughes has had many successes at the Northamptonshire track and will be looking for a top result in the No.22 Sumo Power Nissan GT-R this weekend.
"It's always good to race on the Grand Prix track at Silverstone," said Hughes. "Particularly this time as we are running on the new layout. I'm pretty curious to see what has been done and how it all flows together. I've always loved the track, as it's one of the ones that you look forward to getting your teeth into. I have had a lot of good results in the past at Silverstone. I have fond memories of many races there, especially when I won the F3 race in 1992. I hope we can get a good result in the Nissan GT-R at Sumo Power's home event."
"We have had one day of testing at Silverstone in the Nissan GT-R but it was an open test day so it was red flag city!" commented Hughes' team-mate, Jamie Campbell-Walter. "It's cool to be the first people racing on the new layout and it will be good to try it out. I've won an FIA GT race at Silverstone before so hopefully the track is a good omen for me. We have been making steady improvements with the car. It got better and better in Abu Dhabi so I'm looking forward to continuing that work and scoring Nissan's first FIA GT1 World Championship points."
Peter Dumbreck shares the No.23 Sumo Power Nissan GT-R with Germany's Michael Krumm. The British driver has already raced on the new circuit, albeit on foot.
"I did the Silverstone Half Marathon a few weeks ago," he said. "So I had the opportunity to do a very detailed track inspection! It will be interesting to get out there in the Nissan GT-R and see where we stand against the competition. The home race is always a big attraction and we will all have our family and friends there so we want to get the best possible result for them. Hopefully there will be a lot of home support for the team with three Brits."
The overall winner of the main championship race on Sunday will be presented with the RAC Tourist Trophy, one of the most prestigious prizes in sportscar racing. The trophy is very familiar to one of the Nissan GT-R drivers. Swiss Racing Team's Karl Wendlinger won the Tourist Trophy in 2008 and 2009 so a win at Silverstone will give the Austrian the hat trick. It remains to be seen how much weight the cars will all be running at Silverstone so it may yet be a tall order to repeat this form. The pace of all the cars will be revealed when qualifying takes place at Silverstone on Saturday morning. The qualifying race in run on Saturday afternoon at 1715hrs, ahead of Sunday's championship race which takes place at 1515hrs.