FIA GT » 1 June 2011
Tourist Trophy target for Brabham, Sumo
David Brabham and Jamie Campbell-Walter will spearhead Sumo Power GT's attempt to retain the prestigious Tourist Trophy at Silverstone this weekend.
For the Sumo Power GT team, round five of the FIA GT1 World Championship at Silverstone is the most important event of the year, as not only does the UK-based team want to win its home event, but it will also be fighting to retain its grip on the RAC Tourist Trophy.
The race at Silverstone in 2010 was a landmark moment in the Sumo Power GT team's history, as it was also its first race victory. And, as if winning a round of the FIA GT1 World Championship in only its second ever event was not enough, the result also saw drivers Warren Hughes and Jamie Campbell-Walter claim the coveted Tourist Trophy, the longest-standing award in motorsport, having first been presented in 1902.
This weekend's event sees Hughes and Campbell-Walter return to defend their title, but in different cars and with different team-mates, as Campbell-Walter pairs up with David Brabham and Hughes with Enrique Bernoldi.
After finishing a more than respectable fifth on the technically demanding Sachsenring track, Brabham and Campbell-Walter are looking forward to the fast corners and even faster straights of Silverstone. Despite being Australian by nationality, Brabham lives in the UK and regards this weekend's round of the championship as his home event and would like nothing more to help his team-mate achieve his goal and, at the same time, get his own name on the trophy as well.
"The Silverstone circuit should suit the GT-R, and I am really looking forward to it, especially as it's our home event," Brabham commented, "Like all tracks, you have to push the car and yourself to the limit but, at Silverstone, you cannot afford any mistakes. It also really helps to get a clear lap here, without getting stuck in 'traffic' or involved in too many battles."
With many of Sumo Power's customers coming to watch the action – including the Nissan GT-R Owners Club – as well as doing its utmost to impress on the track with its two Nissan GT-Rs, the company will also be displaying a collection of its performance cars in the paddock. These will include some of its rally, race, drift, drag and track-day machines, together with a number of its modified and tuned road cars - plus a third Sumo Power GT GT1 Nissan GT-R which will be on static display.
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