The proposed entry list for the FIA GT1 World Championship will feature an interesting new addition after Sumo Power GT lodged a two-car entry for the 2010 season.
The team, an off-shoot of the JR Motorsports team which ran cars for David Bogie and Gwyndaf Evans in the British Rally Championship last year, will campaign a pair of Nissan GT-Rs for the season ahead concluding a late deal with NISMO to fill the slot left by the demise of Gigawave Motorsport earlier this month.
Sumo Power will join Swiss Racing Team in running the GT-R in the new-look series this year.
“These are pretty exciting times,” Sumo Power engineering manager Allen Orchard told Crash.net
. “I joined a company called JR Motorsports a year ago and the owner James Rumsey is pretty passionate about racing and is keen for – as he puts it - 'world domination'.
“We have all heard that so many times, but James is genuinely trying to structure things in a commercial way and he has a performance arm for road cars called Sumo Power. Through that, he has forged a relationship with NISMO and the opportunity has arisen due to changes in the GT market to sign a deal for two cars to compete in the new GT1 World Championship. We have lodged our entry and we now wait to see if that is accepted, but it has been interesting working with NISMO and they are very passionate and excited about it.”
One un-named driver has already been signed up for the programme with the remaining seats still to be filled, and Orchard admitted the team was now working hard to get everything in place for the opening round of the year.
“Time is against us and this is a clean sheet as a race team,” he said. “We are putting the right people together and purchasing equipment as we speak but shortly we will head to Portugal for the first balance of performance test and then it will be business as usual, testing the car and doing all the work needed.
“It's a pretty big step from what people have seen of the team, but there are some good people around and we have recruited people from some high-end teams already. You can't look at JRM and say that is where we are, as we are a very dynamic organisation and have a strong army of experienced people.”