Former Ferrari man Nigel Stepney, one of the men at the centre of the infamous 'Spygate' saga, has been appointed as the new team manager for Sumo Power GT, the outfit confirmed today.

Stepney takes over the post from Allen Orchard, who resigned earlier this week, and he will now lead the team for the remaining five rounds in this year's FIA GT1 World Championship.

"I am delighted that Nigel has accepted the position of team manager and see this as a significant step in the progression of Sumo Power GT," said James Rumsey, Sumo Power GT's executive director and team principal. "I am sure that with the experience he brings with him, we will be able to build on the considerable success the team has already achieved.

"We are [of course] disappointed to lose Allen, but I understand his wish to further his career in other areas of motorsport.

"I would like to thank him for all the work he has done during his time with us and wish him every success for the future."

Stepney takes on his new role this weekend at round six of the global GT Championship at Nurburgring in Germany. He had worked with NISMO (Nissan Motorsports International Co. Ltd.), Sumo Power GT's partner in the GT1 project, since its specially constructed Nissan GT-Rs started racing in 2009. He then joined Sumo Power GT when it acquired the cars in January this year.

"The GT programme has been a new challenge for me and I'm therefore delighted to be offered the team manager's position," Stepney added.

"I look forward to continuing to develop the cars and the team as a whole and to build on the success we've already achieved in what is a relatively short space of time," he concluded.



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