After a couple of strong races at the Algarve and Sachsenring, we now move onto the FIA GT1 round at Silverstone for the RAC Tourist Trophy race. I am really looking forward to this weekend as it is my first home race since 2006, when I was driving for Team Modena in the Aston Martin DBR9.

I have fond memories of Silverstone. It's where I had my first F3 championship win in 1989, followed by my first test in the Brabham F1 car, which of course was a special moment. I have seen the circuit take on different shapes over the years and this new track layout will be something different again.

In 2005, I finished second in the Tourist Trophy alongside Darren Turner in the works Aston Martin DBR9. We lost by just 1.9secs and it was a race we should have won. I got pole from the sister car of Peter Kox, setting a qualifying record, and I led the first stint of the race. Darren got in and we were looking good until he had a rear tyre issue and we got passed for the lead.

It was a great one-two result for the team and that is what we are aiming for this year in the Sumo Power GT Nissan GTR team, but with car #21 in front!

My team-mate, Jamie Campbell-Walter, won last year's race and I know he is keen to repeat that feat again, so the will to win this weekend is really strong. It would certainly mean a lot for me to take my first FIA GT1 win on home soil.

Our focus is even stronger than ever now that our race-engineering issues have been sorted and we have the same engineer for the rest of the year. Without doubt, that will make car #21 stronger and it gives me even more confidence for the races ahead.

Everything is really starting to come together for the team as recent results have shown. After our double third-place podium in Portugal, we're ready to go to the next level and win.

Silverstone will suit the Nissan GT-R better than the tight and twisty track of the last round at Sachsenring, so I expect all four Nissans to be right up there. The JRM Racing car #22 of Peter Dumbreck and Richard Westbrook will also be keen to win on home ground, so it will make for an interesting weekend.

It will be the first international race for the massive new Wing and pit complex and all the teams are keen to see and work out of it. Silverstone and the BRDC have pushed the boat out on this one, at Bernie's request, but it will be something special for future generations to come.

For the majority of drivers, including myself, it will be the first time around the 3.666-mile Arena circuit, so I'm really looking forward to getting to grips with the new section which consists of a series of three corners: Village, The Loop and Aintree. I'm told Abbey, the fast right-hander past the pits, is quite challenging in a GT so that should be fun.

As it is also the home race for the Sumo Power GT team, it's going to be a busy week with promotional commitments. Jamie and I are doing a talk to the Silverstone marshals on Thursday night and it will be great to have lots of Nissan guests and team sponsors attending the race weekend.

I will also have a lot of friends and family as well as my son, Sam's, karting sponsors coming along. It will be pretty special to have that level of support and we'll be aiming to put on our best show yet and take the home spoils.

See you at Silverstone!




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