Sumo Power GT team exceeds target at Silverstone

The Sumo Power GT team came away from the first of two races in round two of the FIA GT1 World Championship at Silverstone, delighted that it had achieved its goal of bringing both its Nissan GT-Rs home in the top ten: Jamie Campbell-Walter and Warren Hughes in car number 22 finishing fifth and Peter Dumbreck/Michael Krumm crossing the line in a very close eighth place.

After getting back to the UK following the delayed return from round one in Abu Dhabi – due to the infamous volcanic ash cloud – the team has worked almost non-stop to prepare the cars in readiness for this weekend’s round two at Silverstone – especially as it is the only round of this global series in Britain and Sumo Power GT is the only UK-based team.

Things started well for the team even before they arrived at the track, with the FIA allowing the ballast that was added to the Nissan GT-Rs to be removed and consequently, both cars were running 50 kilos lighter than they did for the Yas Marina races two weeks ago.

The team used this Friday’s practice and pre-qualifying sessions to try different suspension set-ups and, although not completely happy with the way the cars were cornering around the new configuration of Silverstone’s Grand Prix circuit, the team were positive that a great deal of progress had been made since round one.

With the fastest 16 of the 23 cars in qualifying session one going through to compete in session two and then the fastest eight going on to contest the third, the team were delighted when both of its Nissan GT-Rs not only made it to final session, but had qualified in third and fifth positions – Dumbreck/Krumm  just under a second ahead of Campbell-Walter/Hughes. And, after such an impressive performance, the whole team was excited about the race and the prospect of running at the front of the field.

Both cars started well, although Dumbreck – who was first out in car 23 – opted to steer clear of an incident when a car pushed past to snatch third and, although Dumbreck didn’t lose any ground over the following laps, he didn’t quite have the pace to re-take the place.

This meant that the two Sumo Power GT cars were running fourth and fifth, with positions maintained until lap eight, when Campbell-Walter in car 22 felt his car’s tyres starting to lose grip and he dropped to sixth place. He was therefore the first to stop for new tyres and a change of drivers, Hughes then taking over and re-joining the race in seventh place.

However, two laps later Hughes moved up to sixth, when a string of cars were re-called the pits for a drive-through penalty for cutting across the white entry line when coming in for the mandatory stop, One such driver was Dumbreck, which meant that no sooner had Krumm began his stint behind the wheel he was back into the pits. Returning to the race in tenth place he set about making up for lost time and, on lap 22, moved up to ninth. Then on lap 24 Krumm gained another place and very soon was reeling in the car ahead, finally catching it on the 30th and final lap.

Trying to get past the slowing Corvette, he found that every move was blocked and, even getting alongside in the final corner, a sprint to the line saw him just miss out on seventh place by just one-tenth of a second. Further ahead, Hughes was going strong and made up another place on lap 28, crossing the line in 5th place after a consistent drive.

For the team, getting both of it’s cars home in the top ten was a hugely satisfying result, as it’s target before the race was to get at least one car into the final qualifying session and then to achieve a top-ten finish for both, a result that it had surpassed.

Sunday sees the FIA GT1 World Championship cars first take to the track at 9.30am for a warm up session, with the main Championship Race, when grid positions for are based on the finishing positions of today’s qualifying race, scheduled for 3.15pm.

Peter Dumbreck – Driver car 23
“The race started well and I was very pleased I could keep on the pace of the Masterati ahead of me. However, cutting across the line on the pit lane entry was a silly mistake and the first time it’s ever happened to me. I can only think that something has changed since the last time I raced here.”

Michael Krumm – Driver car 23
“Of course, having to start my stint with a drive-through the pits was not ideal, but when I got back on the circuit and realised I was still in the top ten, I decided to chase down the cars ahead of me. It’s always good to overtake – and the last lap was exciting – but I think a top four place would certainly have been possible if we didn’t have the penalty.”

Jamie Campbell-Walter – Driver car 22
‘The car felt really good at the start and I was delighted we could hold our position on the opening laps. They tyres started to go-off as I got closer to the pit stop so I had to back-off a bit, but it was great to be fighting for a top-five result.”

Warren Hughes – Driver car 22
“I was really pleased by the consistency of our pace today, both in qualifying and the race. The reduction in weight has in no doubt helped, but I also feel that we are getting close to finding the car’s ‘sweet-spot’ and I’m really encouraged by the result.”

Allen Orchard – Team Manager
“In qualifying we achieved our target of getting into the final session and finishing in the top ten – by a considerable margin too. It is interesting to see different cars running at the front of the field and to hear that other teams also had issues with tyre wear. I therefore believe that today’s performance is a reflection on the team’s hard work over the past few days.”

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WHAT an incredible race at Silverstone! 🔥

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Great battle👍🏻👍🏻👏🏻

Great great race yesterday .. great rins and great Marquez .. two great drivers ..😁🤙🏁

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I still think that overtake on finish line is the least thing Rins should do, after he get on Marquez's Rear wheel for thirty laps. Still, one of the borest race on MotoGP ever.

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Océane Duchemin regarde moi cette angle de malade 😍😍😍😍

Ludo Metz angle fort!

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Less than ecstatic after the race 👊

P2 for Marc Márquez on the day but P1 in the championship 💪

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Great to see him challenged. He's an amazing talent but even the greatest talent on the grid with no opponents means a boring race.

I love the whole sportsman ships these racers have for each other, 1 of the reasons to love Motogp ❤

Glad he talked about his concern for Dovi. That was good to hear. Sportsmanship is everything regardless of placings.

congratulations Alex Rins you made my day

Amazing race by amazing pilots.

Congrats MM u did very well fighting off Rins but at the end Rins was the winner. Well deserved win. Lets bounce back with the next race. Sad about Dovi hope he is doing ok.

20pt is better than nothing mm93! Congrats..👍💪🏼💪🏼💪🏼..!!!

MM i Love you 💙

Say what you like about this guy, but he is a true professional with a passion for winning.

Love you #MM93💗

He may lose a battle here and there, but always wins the war, its part of racing. His consistency in finishing on the podium has been unmatched in recent times. Great to see him pushed and challenged by Dovi, Rins, Vinales and Quartararo.

He seemed ok to me in that interview. Was a great race from start to finish.

What a fantastic young man. So sad that some supposed MotoGP fans can't see beyond their hateful bias against him. Ultimately blamed himself for making a mistake on the last corner, acknowledged Rins race craft for remaining in second, and disappointed that Dovi crashed out - what more do you want?

Strong opponents make for a strong champion. Marquez has the strongest opponents since I'm watching Motogp. I saw Doohan competing against one, maybe two strong opponents. Rossi had quite the same, winning one or two championships with virtualy no strong opponents. Marc has world champions and some that are way stroger: Rossi, Lorenzo, Dovi, Quartararo, Rins, Crutchlow. Lots of drivers can win races!

Hahahaha look at his face

I thought he handled himself reasonably well given that he would obviously disappointed

Spoilt child. He was at max for too long and wiped out his tyres, whereas Rins never looked anything other than at ease and riding within himself which kept his tyres fresh so he could get drive out of the final corner. Marc shot his tyres hence why he nearly lost it coming through Woodcote and why he had to throttle back and had no traction.

He got schooled 😂😂

One of the best race ever

marquez did loose the race.....only just, but he knows that when they showed his pit board of dovi out, that he did not have much to loose, but his competitive nature, would never allow him to settle for 2nd or third. if you want to get on the podium, you've got to out ride or out think him........


Glad to see mm eat some humble pie

Can't help but think if rear tyre had held up he would have disappeared

Won't be long till all the haters start gobbling some humble pie...please swallow slowly, don't want you to choke..we need you back next year!!!..

You see he is dissapointed!!! Not a way we see marquez much....

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I'm a Mercedes fan but have to say McLaren have done an amazing job this year considering their performance over the last few years.

I would say Williams for the most reliability and focused pit crew. They're only left to improve on pace.

Good to see that McLaren is performing well. I'm sure the team's ability to improve will be remarkable with every race from now on.

Must say McLaren, with the team spirit that they have, and results they managed to achieve... Definitely my favourites this season.

Williams have had the worst start to an F1 team in history. And I think with their tiny budget and willpower, the amount they’ve improved is impressive. They’re still far behind but I hope to see them fighting for podiums in 2021

McLaren has impressed the most because last season they where horrible and now they are best of the rest. Also Red Bull and Honda seem to be a nice match, would love to see Max finish what Jos started with Honda. Most disappointing this season are Haas and Renault. Renault because they wanted to close the gap to the top 3, but right now they are 6th. And they are the only unreliable engine in the field right now. Haas is having a horrible season, they seem to be getting worse during the season instead of improving.

If Bruce was still here he would be proud of his team. Mclaren improved the most.

McLaren. Consistent development and improvement over the season so far. Alfa Romeo has been somewhat of a surprise also.

Being on top is one thing but staying at the top is the art of the game. Kudos to Mercedes for getting it right so far.... #WeMakeItLookEasy

I’m super impressed with Toro Rosso, hard to believe this is the old Minardi team where both their drivers exceeded all expectations!!

Ferrari have been the most impressive, from being the slowest manufacturer in 2014 to being a reasonable threat and smashing McLaren and Williams comprehensibly. McLaren and Williams should just pack their bags and go home, Ferrari have nailed their coffin shut and it can be considered karma for their various indiscretions in 1990 (senna wiping out prost), 1994, 1997 (Villeneuve incident), 1998, 1999, 2007 (spygate), 2008... The British public couldn't care less about McLaren or Williams they only support whatever "British" team is winning, in this case Mercedes

Ferrari fan for life, but McLaren have done an incredible job so far, considering how far back they were

Redbull and Honda engineering. The aerodynamic has been sorted and the engine now also reliable. Watch that space, they could challenge for the title next year!

None the sport is finished and I've followed the sport since the early 80s

Mclaren, they have made a huge turn around this season. With andreas seidl at the helm, the only place they re going is up

Hi F1 and fans .... with all the media attention to the envirement and green thinking etc etc etc. Is there a research or developement posted in any magizine about the developemt of how clean the F1 is today. We all know that all top research of F1 is implemented in the modern cars but i like to read how clean F1 is now in 2019 .. 👍

McLaren (and I'm faraway from being a fan! If there was a person I didn't like in Formula 1, that person was Ron Dennis). Anyway I'm glad to see them finally getting together again and mainly without supposed big shot drivers who can't do nothing but complain! Now they need to find a good engine because with Renault it will be near impossible to go any further...

McLaren is the most impressive.. Mercedes just has luck week after week.. Hoping Ferrari will get their things together for the second half..

Red Bull / HONDA‼️ Young Max may be awesome, but so is the way Red Bull has adapted to Honda’s engine. The last 2 years of griping about the Renault power plant is (almost) justified...

Haas, they have surprised me on how bad they are this year. Compared to last year this year has been terrible. They were fighting Renault for top of the mid pack, this year they are fighting for points at all.

And yet no Ferrari or anyone else 1st with the exception of RB. Hybrid era is killing with the beyond dominance of Merc being so far ahead of everyone else’s pace. Some competition would be nice! Don’t give me that bullshit of everyone should bring it to the table, there’s some crazy advantage behind the scene that you Merc fanboys don’t know about. Yawn.

It would be nice to see Mclaren back up there permanently fighting for the title. Always was a fan

the gap between top three teams and the rest is too much

Quite a gap between 3rd and 4th also between 10th and racing cars.

Williams been sandbagging the first half of the season just to give the others a glimp of hope, beast mode on in second half of the season

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