Nissan looks to build on Navarra positives as GT1 World Championship comes to Paul Ricard

Posted on 12. Jul, 2011 by in Nissan Canada


, Paul Ricard Circuit, Le Castellet, France

Nissan looks to build on Navarra positives as GT1 World Championship comes to Paul Ricard

JRM Racing and Sumo Power GT, a dual teams using a Nissan GT-R in this year’s FIA GT1 World Championship, will be streamer into a final European competition of a 2011 array during France’s famous Paul Ricard Circuit full of certainty after a comparatively successful Nissan tour final time spin in Spain.

Nine days ago, David Brabham and Jamie Campbell-Walter took an glorious third place in a Navarra Championship Race behind a circle of a no.21 Sumo Power GT, while dual of a other 3 GT-Rs on a grid also claimed top-ten finishes in a race, defying some pre-weekend expectations that a twisty and comparatively delayed Spanish circuit would not during all be lucky to a Nissan’s strengths.

There were some low-points to a weekend, not slightest a set-back of Michael Krumm and Lucas Luhr, whose no.23 JRM was a plant of opening path incidents in both a Qualifying and Championship Races. However, there is a feeling that with a small some-more fitness this time, a repeat of final year’s Paul Ricard Championship Race (when Krumm and Peter Dumbreck took second place in a no.23 Sumo Power GT) is a some-more than picturesque aim.

Built in La Castellet, Southern France in 1969 by a French drinks lord after that it is named, a Paul Ricard Circuit was creatively dominated by a 1.8km prolonged true (the Mistral straight) that followed immediately into a high-speed Signes corner. The straight’s length was reduced by 600m as partial of a series of safety-conscious changes after a genocide of Formula One motorist Elio de Angelis during Paul Ricard in 1986, though notwithstanding this, a circuit is still eminent for being quick and with abundant intensity overtaking points: attributes that positively play to a Nissan GT-R’s strengths. At 5.81km (3.63 miles), a march is a full mile longer than Navarra, with one reduction spin than a Spanish reflection (14 to Navarra’s 15).

Speaking brazen of a race, Michael Krumm said: “It was enlivening to have had a comparatively good gait during Navarra, on a circuit that did not unequivocally foster us. we finished second final year during Paul Ricard, and it’s privately one of my favourite circuits. The GT-R should perform good here and we don’t see because Lucas and we or one of a team-mates shouldn’t be means to get into a tip 3 during least.”

David Brabham added: “I like a Paul Ricard circuit. we raced there in an Opel Lotus in 1988 and F1 in 1990. I’ve also tested there many times in credentials for Le Mans. Our good outcome during Navarra doesn’t unequivocally change a approach, though it does give us some-more certainty that we are creation a right kind of progress.

“I suspicion we could envision when a Nissan will be quick during opposite tracks, though it’s not so easy. However, we feel we will have a clever competition this weekend. The implausible volume of tough work by a boys in a group is starting to come together, so we are looking brazen to stability where we left off in Spain.”

Notes to editors:

Paul Ricard competition timings
Qualifying Race: 16.15 – 17.15pm (CEST), Saturday 16th July
Championship Race: 15.15 – 16.15pm (CEST), Sunday 17th July
Races can be followed live during

2011 Nissan drivers

Sumo Power GT
Nissan GT-R No.20: Nick Catsburg (NL) Enrique Bernoldi (Bra)
Nissan GT-R No.21: Jamie Campbell-Walter (GB) David Brabham (Aus)

JRM Racing
Nissan GT-R No.22: Peter Dumbreck (GB) Richard Westbrook (GB)
Nissan GT-R No.23: Michael Krumm (Ger) Lucas Luhr (Ger)


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