Sumo Power GT Interlagos and San Luis previews

Sumo Power GT goes for glory in South America FIA GT1 World Championship rounds nine and ten - Preview Interlagos, Sao Paulo, Brazil: 26th - 28th November 2010 Potrero de los Funes, San Luis, Argentina: 4th - 5th December 2010 It's the grand...

Sumo Power GT goes for glory in South America

FIA GT1 World Championship rounds nine and ten - Preview

Interlagos, Sao Paulo, Brazil: 26th - 28th November 2010
Potrero de los Funes, San Luis, Argentina: 4th - 5th December 2010

It's the grand finale to what has been an outstanding first year for the Sumo Power GT team in the FIA GT1 World Championship, as it prepares for the last two rounds of the season. Held on consecutive weekends in South America, the first sees the team travel to Brazil and the legendary Interlagos circuit on the outskirts of Sao Paulo. Then, following a 1600-mile journey southwest, the tenth and final round takes place at the unique Circuit Potrero de los Funes near San Luis in Argentina.

The eight-points that are awarded for winning each of the two Qualifying races, coupled with the 25-points scored for each of the two Championship races, means there are 114 teams' points still up for grabs. Therefore, with Sumo Power GT currently lying third in the Teams' Championship, 28 points behind Reiter Lamborghini in second and 46 points away from Vitaphone Maserati in first, the only UK-based entrant in this global series has vowed to 'give its all' for the remaining four races that make up the concluding two rounds of the season.

As for the team's four drivers; Michael Krumm and Peter Dumbreck in car 23 are currently 10th in the Drivers' standings, with Warren Hughes and Jamie Campbell-Walter in car 22 lying 11th. Consequently, with 66-points still available for each, good results in South America could see all four drivers finish in the top five.

In order to achieve this, the team has done all it can to prepare for the final two rounds, analysing its strategies, studying data and rehearsing its pit-stop procedures. Added to this, all of the drivers have practiced the tracks 'virtually' on a racing simulator based in the UK.

Having assessed the circuit layouts, the team is also hopeful that its two Nissan GT-Rs will be suited to the characteristics of the tracks, as history has shown that undulating topography coupled with fast sweeping corners, has suited the power-delivery and handling of its cars. However, even after achieving an impressive seven top-three finishes so far this year, the team is very aware that it is impossible to predict what the final outcome will be. It will therefore be doing all it possibly can to ensure the odds are stacked in favour of Sumo Power GT.

The Autodromo Jose Carlos Pace, named after Brazilian driver Carlos Pace who died in a plane crash in 1977, is still better known by the area in which it stands; Interlagos. The track was built in 1937 and inaugurated in 1940. The current 4.97-mile (7.96km) circuit was constructed in 1990 and now famously hosts the Brazilian Grand Prix. It is one of the world's few non-oval circuits that runs in an anti-clockwise direction.

San Luis
Nine-miles from the centre of San Luis, capital of the San Luis Province in the Cuyo region of Argentina, the circuit Circuit Potrero de los Funes was originally constructed in 1987 by modifying the 3.9-mile (6.27km) road that runs around the perimeter of a volcanic lake. It was later rebuilt in 2008 and is now capable of hosting all categories of racing outside of F1, with the FIA GT1 World Championship the highest status series to visit the circuit.

Team quotes

Michael Krumm - Driver Car 23
"I am very positive about Interlagos. The track should fit our Nissans well, whether it's wet or dry. The target will be to finish high in the points there, top three I hope, and then we will be set up nicely for Argentina. San Luis looks like a very difficult circuit, with blind corners and very few run-off areas. Grip also looks like it might be an issue, but I am really looking forward to the challenge of getting to know it and finishing the season with good results."

Peter Dumbreck - Driver Car 23
"Interlagos has a good mix of corners and its long up-hill start - finish straight should suit our cars. San Luis is a new experience through. I have been practicing on the Base Performance simulator and it looks like it's an older style track lined with walls and barriers, so there's absolutely no room for mistakes. Our goal will be to keep focussed and come away with as many championship points as possible from these last four races."

Warren Hughes - Driver Car 22
"The unpredictability of the weather in Sao Paulo coupled with Interlagos being a really good track should work well for us. Our objective has to be, as it always is, to win - but especially with the races in Brazil and Argentina being the last two of the season. San Luis will be a difficult track to learn from what I've seen, with no margin for error, but when the going gets tough the team responds well to the challenge."

Jamie Campbell-Walter - Driver Car 22
"I have raced at Interlagos several times and I'm really looking forward to going again. The track has such a good atmosphere. However, San Luis is completely new and, like the others in the team, I also went on the Base Performance simulator to try to get to know my way round. I would love to see car 22 and 23 on the podium in Brazil and Argentina, as it would be such a great end to the season for the whole team."

Nigel Stepney - Team Manager
"Our aim going into these final two rounds is to take all of the points that are available to us. What the other teams do is down to them and, as long as we do all we can do, we'll see what that brings at the end of the last race in Argentina. We've been honing our pit-stops as well, as Interlagos runs anti-clockwise and it's going to change things from what we've experienced previously. It's going to be a challenging end to the season. Bring it on!"

James Rumsey - Team Principal
"It has been a good year so far and, although we have made a few mistakes, I believe that we have performed well and grown as a team - and certainly better than anyone had expected. The fact of the matter is that there are 114 team-points available from the last two rounds and a maximum of 66 driver-points available. Mathematically we can still win the teams' title and see four of our drivers finish in the top five. Make no mistake: this is what are aiming for."

-source: sumo power gt

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Series Blancpain Sprint
Drivers Michael Krumm , Peter Dumbreck , Jamie Campbell-Walter , Warren Hughes
Teams Nissan Motorsport