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Great news, congratulations to all at Sumo. Looks like 2010 is going to be a great year for you guys, best of luck with it all.
 

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Fair play to them. Massive ammount of work involced their. Well done
 

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It was amazing to see it today at Autosport. A lot of development has gone on since it first raced at Silverstone last year. The rear undertray and back end are completely different with lots more carbon fibre. Also some major differences to the side, front wings, exhaust and a lot more. And that's just what you can see!

It's definitely designed to go out and compete this year (the 2009 car was built to 2010 spec anyway). Nothing official on Le Mans yet but if you're interested then the GTROC has a group going down and our own large pitch. I have a feeling it might get busy ;), so you'd better reserve yourself a spot: http://www.gtr.co.uk/forum/126306-le-mans-2010-a.html
 

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Written by John Brooks

I could not get an answer to the question of what other races would the team undertake. I got the impression that Le Mans was definitely on the radar. That may seem ambitious for a new team to international motorsport but another story in the ether was that the team had recruited ace team manager, Nigel Stepney. If that is true than the team will soon be able to match the very best.
 

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I tried to get Rob to open up on the Le Mans subject today - he just pointed at Andy and said "He's the man to ask" :chuckle:

I'm sure whatever they do enter it in, they will do well with it - it's an amazing car :bowdown1:
 

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Huge well done to James,Andy, Rob & co - will be fantastic to see how things progress & fingers crossed a British team do well :cool:
 

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Had a good chat with them yesterday.
The problem with Le Mans is it is not part of the FIA GT1 Championship which is all 1 hour sprint races.

It's a pretty tall order to develop a car to succeed at both disciplines particularly in its first year...

Anyway, couple of my pics here and a new write up is now on the front cover of Auto-Journals.com.



 

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Fantastic looking car. Missed the FIA gt race at Sliverstone last year so it was the first time i saw it in the flesh. What really struck me was the fit and finish of it. Absolutely fantastic. As for the championship, 24 cars have been confirmed so should be an interesting one. Roll on Silverstone!!!!!!
 

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The Sumo Power GT is pleased to announce the appointment

The Sumo Power GT is pleased to announce the appointment of its first two drivers, Michael Krumm and Peter Dumbreck, who will lead the team’s assault on this year’s FIA GT1 World Championship in one of its two Nissan GT-Rs.

German-born and Tokyo-based Michael Krumm is no stranger to the car he will be driving this year, having helped NISMO (Nissan Motorsports International Co. Ltd.) develop the Nissan GT-R during 2009, in which he contested four races.

"I'm really looking forward to being part of the Sumo Power GT team this season. And, after having had the opportunity to drive the car last year, I am confident that we will be competitive”, said Krumm. “I am also pleased to have Peter as my team-mate, as I know him very well from our years of racing together in Japan. This, combined with the new team should give us an excellent package.”

A highly experienced GT-car driver, 39-year old Krumm commented that he is excited about racing at some of the venues featured in the 2010 FIA GT World Championship calendar, such as the Yas Marina Circuit in Abu Dhabi which hosts round one of this inaugural series. “I think that with all of the drivers racing on tracks they have never visited before, it will provide a level playing field for everyone.”

36-year old Peter Dumbreck from Kirckaldy in Scotland is also an extremely experienced driver in both GT and saloon cars, having famously raced at Le Mans before moving into DTM (German Touring Cars) as a factory driver and then more recently having competed in Japanese Super GT racing.

“I am delighted to have the opportunity of driving for Sumo Power GT this season”, said Dumbreck. “I had been looking to secure a serious world championship programme especially one that is associated with a manufacturer. Therefore, in return for putting their faith in me, I intend to go out there and reward the team with some excellent results.”

Although yet to drive the car, Dumbreck is certain that a good year lies ahead: “The Nissan GT-R is the kind of car that attracts a lot of attention. And, being successful will attract even more attention, which is good for the team, good for the sponsors and good for Nissan. I can’t wait to get started!”

The team’s two Nissan GT-Rs are currently being prepared in readiness for the first test later this month, when they will appear in their new Sumo Power GT livery for the first time. The announcement regarding the two drivers for the team’s second car is now due to be made early March.
 
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