Sumo Power GT has signed Michael Krumm and Peter Dumbreck to lead its 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.”
Dumbreck meanwhile is also an extremely experienced driver in both GT and saloon cars, having famously raced at Le Mans before moving into DTM 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 in early March.