NISSAN AT THE NURBURGRING The two Nissan GT-R teams, Sumo Power GT and Swiss Racing Team, were back on track today for the FIA GT1 World Championship qualifying race at the Nurburgring in Germany. After showing great pace throughout the ...
NISSAN AT THE NURBURGRING
The two Nissan GT-R teams, Sumo Power GT and Swiss Racing Team, were back on track today for the FIA GT1 World Championship qualifying race at the Nurburgring in Germany. After showing great pace throughout the weekend today's race result was ultimately disappointing but it has fired all eight Nissan GT-R drivers up for a good showing in the main race tomorrow.
The No.23 Nissan GT-R of Peter Dumbreck and Michael Krumm had a short race today. Dumbreck made a good start from seventh on the grid but was pushed wide, onto the grass, as the cars barrelled into turn one. Unfortunately for Peter as he moved back onto the racing line all of the other drivers were on the brakes and he ran into the back of the No.7 Aston Martin. This spun him around and once he recovered all he could do was return to the pits with a damaged front corner and retire from the race.
"I missed my braking point while I was on the dirt," said Dumbreck. "It's unfortunate and I will put my hands up to say it's my error but once I was pushed wide there was nothing I could do."
Jamie Campbell-Walter and Warren Hughes knew they had a mountain to climb in today's race after qualifying in 19th place. Hughes drove the car in the first qualifying session but after working hard to try to get the front tyres up to temperature on what has been a very cold day at the Nurburgring, he caught traffic on both of his good runs and had to settle for 19th.
Campbell-Walter was tasked with the race start today and was going great guns until he came across the No.33 Maserati.
"I got a good start but there was a bottleneck going into turn one," he said. "Everyone who went left gained a few places and everyone who went right lost a few. I went right. I then got stuck behind Alex Muller and there was no way he was letting me through."
After handing the No.22 Nissan GT-R over to Hughes it began to rain but the team decided to leave Warren out on slicks in the hope that the track would dry quickly. The gamble didn't pay off though as a further rain shower on the other side of the circuit stopped a dry line from forming and the duo finished in 16th place.
Karl Wendlinger and Henri Moser demonstrated the pace that Swiss Racing Team has found recently. Moser had a great run at the start of today's race, running in tenth place for most of his stint. Wendlinger clocked the ninth fastest time in the first part of qualifying this morning and when he took over from Moser in the race stayed out on slicks when most cars pitted for wets. He finished the race in 14th place.
"We are making progress now, as we showed in the practice sessions and also in qualifying this morning," he said. "We took a gamble in the race to stay on slicks when the rain came as the track can dry very quickly here. Unfortunately even though the pit straight dried up it rained again on the other side of the circuit so the gamble didn't pay off. Overall though the performance is better and we were unlucky in the race."
Seiji Ara and Max Nilsson in the No.4 Swiss Racing Team Nissan GT-R struggled with understeer during the qualifying session this morning but after changing the set-up they both showed good pace in the race and finished 17th.
"Our pace was good when Max was out on slicks during his run," said Ara. "When I joined the race, again on slicks, it suddenly rained while I was on my out lap. I came in for wet tyres and the car was quicker in the wet than it was yesterday. I think that everything is moving in the right direction now. We just need to move up the order."
All four Nissan GT-Rs will be trying to move up the order in the championship race when it gets underway at 1515hrs tomorrow.