Sumo Power GT team races against time to compete in home event Following the opening round of the FIA GT1 World Championship at the Yas Marina Circuit in Abu Dhabi on 17th April, along with 1000s of other travellers, the Sumo Power GT team found...
Sumo Power GT team races against time to compete in home event
Following the opening round of the FIA GT1 World Championship at the Yas Marina Circuit in Abu Dhabi on 17th April, along with 1000s of other travellers, the Sumo Power GT team found that its overseas trip had been involuntarily extended due to the volcanic ash cloud that caused the closure of northern European airspace.
With flights back to the UK backed-up and return not confirmed until a few days before round two at Silverstone on 2nd May, the team, along with many others in a similar situation, had little choice but to make their own arrangements in order to give themselves enough time to prepare in time for the race. For the Sumo Power GT team this was critical, as it is the only UK-based round in the series and, with the team the only British entry, it did not want to miss its home event. The team therefore left Abu Dhabi in the early hours of Thursday morning and flew to Vienna before taking a coach to its base in Rye, East Sussex.
All of the cars taking part in round one were flown to Luxemburg before being transported by road directly to Silverstone, where they will be prepared in readiness for this weekend, This includes the two Sumo Power Nissan GT-Rs and where the team's engineers will use the data and experience gained from the first round in Abu Dhabi to good effect.
Round one saw the team fall victim to the pre-season Balance of Performance tests, where it chose to take part in the sessions as per the regulations and not falsify the speed of its cars. However, due to its honest approach, the team found themselves at the top of the time sheets and were consequently, together with the two Nissan GT-Rs of the Swiss Racing Team, allocated a weight penalty of 30 kilos per car.
Therefore, the two one-hour races were to be a challenge, the team's quest for a top-ten position not helped when, lying in sixth place on the first lap of the Championship race, Sumo Power GT driver Michael Krumm was spun-round after being hit from behind. After overcoming a series of problems that were not of its making - including punctures - the team's weekend ended with a credible 11th and 13th in the Qualifying race and 11th and 16th in the Championship race, both cars running perfectly throughout.
Its attentions now turn to Silverstone, when the team hopes that the FIA weight penalties will be removed and it can compete on a level playing field with the other 22 cars on the grid. The team's expectations of a good result are further raised as, for three of its four drivers, Silverstone represents the home event.
The GT1 cars will initially take to the track on Friday at 11.00 for Free Practice and then at 14.40 for Pre-Qualifying. Saturday sees Qualifying at 10.45 with the first 'Qualifying' race at 17.15, with Sunday hosting the Championship race at 15.15.
Peter Dumbreck - Driver Car 23
"I only live 20 minutes from Silverstone so I regard it as my local circuit. The track may suit our cars better than Yas Marina as there are not so many slow corners, but because it's faster it will be important that the extra weight we were penalised with following the balance of performance tests in Abu Dhabi is corrected. There's some revised sections at Silverstone that will be new to all drivers, so it's going to be interesting to see if the same cars are running at the front of the field."
Michael Krumm - Driver Car 23
"We need some better luck for this race. We know the cars can be quick as we were able to get into the top ten in Abu Dhabi. So if we can get a clear run without punctures - and don't have other cars running into us - then we stand a real chance of a good result."
Jamie Campbell-Walter - Driver Car 22
"I'm looking forward to Silverstone and seeing if we can be more competitive, especially if success ballast from the first round is applied as it should be. Being the only British team in the Championship this is our local event and therefore I hope we can do well in front of a home crowd. Plus it's the one opportunity of the year where friends and family can watch."
Warren Hughes - Driver Car 22
"I really like the Grand Prix circuit at Silverstone, it's a fantastic track. However, I'm curious about the news sections but this should make things interesting. This is my home race and one I'm looking forward to. I'm also keen to see how well our cars are suited to the track, as it's very different from that of the Yas Marina circuit."
Allen Orchard - Team Manager
"It's been a race in itself to get the cars, kit and all the team back from Abu Dhabi in time for this next race. With a few days still to go there's still a lot to be done and we, like all teams, will be working flat out to ensure we make it to the grid. After all we've been through over the past few days, I sincerely hope that the Balance of Performance will be corrected so we can compete on an equal basis and the Championship can put on a great show for the spectators."
-source: sumo power gt