Sumo Power GT Goodwood Festival Of Speed Summary

Goodwood Estate, Chichester

Sumo Power GT impresses at Goodwood

This weekend saw Sumo Power GT made an impressive debut at the world’s most prestigious annual gathering of the motorsport fraternity: the Goodwood Festival of Speed. Under sunny skies and in front of 1000s of spectators, one of the team’s GT1 Nissan GT-Rs performed two demonstration runs on each of the event’s three days.

Driving the team’s spare car on the 1.16-mile hill climb course was Alex Buncombe. Nissan’s FIA European GT4 Championship and GT Academy driver gave the crowd a taste of what the Sumo Power GT-R is capable of, with a series of fast runs punctuated by some spectacular tyre-smoke burn-outs. And, whilst it wasn’t being driven, the car was on display in the paddock, where spectators had a rare chance to see a GT1 Nissan close-up.

#20 Sumo Power GT Nissan GT-R GT1: Enrique Bernoldi, Warren Hughes
#20 Sumo Power GT Nissan GT-R GT1: Enrique Bernoldi, Warren Hughes

Photo by: Daniel James Smith

“I must admit that the sight and sound of one of our cars going past Goodwood House and up the famous hill was quite a proud moment for me – especially in front of so many people”, said Team Principal Andy Barnes. “It was great to see our car take its place alongside the legendary machinery that was on display and, as this was its first time at Goodwood, I’m sure that the Sumo Power GT-R made an impression.”

The car that appeared at Goodwood is one of only five of its kind in the world and, whilst it was being displayed in West Sussex, the remaining four were all at Navarra for round six of the FIA GT1 World Championship. Two of the cars competing in Spain were those of the Sumo Power GT racing team, who are delighted to report that Jamie Campbell-Walter and David Brabham - driving GT-R number 21 - scored the team’s second podium result of the season by finishing third in the main Championship Race.

The next event for Sumo Power GT takes place on 16th & 17th July, when the team heads to the French Riviera for round seven of the global sportscar championship at the Paul Ricard circuit near Marseille.

by: Sump Power GT

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Series Vintage
Drivers Enrique Bernoldi , David Brabham , Jamie Campbell-Walter , Warren Hughes , James Smith , Alex Buncombe
Tags buncombe, goodwood, sumo power