David Brabham and Jamie Campbell-Walter gave the Sumo Power GT team a well-deserved podium finish in round six of the FIA GT1 World championship, crossing the line in third palce as the series visited the relatively new circuit at Navarra in southern Spain.

Driving the #21 Nissan GT-R, the excellent result followed a fourth-place finish in Saturday's Qualifying Race and was a much-needed boost to the team in what was essentially a hard two days of competition.

The Sumo Power team was delighted with the pace of its two GT-Rs, which performed over and above expectation on the tight and twisty track, having been thought to prefer circuits with long, fast, sweeping corners, but could not replicate the #21's results with the #20 sister car.

Qualifying took place on Saturday morning and, with temperatures well into the 30s, tyre management was to be an important issue. Both the Sumo Power GT GT-Rs made it through to Q2, but only car #21 progressed to Q3, with Campbell-Walter setting an impressive fifth-fastest time.

However, because of the five-place grid penalty picked up at Silverstone - when Brabham made contact with another car - the pair started the Qualifying Race from tenth, ironically benefitting team-mates Enrique Bernoldi and Nick Catsburg, who were elevated one place to P8.

In even hotter conditions at race time, Brabham was first to drive in car #21, but the usual scenario of 16 cars trying to get through turn one at the same time saw the Australian driver having to brake and move off line far more than he would have liked in order to keep out of trouble, dropping to 13th by the end of the first lap.

Brabham, however, felt he had a better car than his position suggested, and quickly moved up to tenth, before closing on Catsburg by the time the pit-stop window opened after 25 minutes of competition.

A fantastic wheel change, carried out in a touch over 20 seconds, meant that Campbell-Walter rejoined the race in sixth place and then proceeded to catch and pass other cars ahead of him.

The Scot claimed fourth place with just a few laps to go, putting the team in an upbeat mood for Sunday's main race.

Due to the second-placed Lamborghini requiring an engine change - out of step with the Championship regulations' timetable - it meant that a five-place grid penalty was applied and, consequently, Campbell-Walter moved up a place to start the Championship Race from third on the grid. Capitalising on his slightly elevated position, he made a perfect start and tucked his GT-R neatly on the inside of the first corner to take second place - much to the delight of the team.

As the first half of the race unfolded, not only did Campbell-Walter consolidate his position, he also pulled out a comfortable margin of four seconds over the third-placed JRM Racing Nissan GT-R of Peter Dumbreck by the time the pit-stop window opened half-way through the race.

Unfortunately, both Nissans were to arrive in the pits together, which meant that #22 was so close to the front of #21 that, when it was time leave, Brabham had to be pushed back a few feet to enable him to get round Dumbreck's stationary GT-R. The resulting five-second delay meant that the Australian joined the race in third and was now behind the two Lamborghinis.

Although an opportunity to reclaim second place arose due to a pit-lane infringement for the leader, the All-Inkl Lamborghini was just far enough ahead to rejoin the race ahead of car #21 and Brabham remained in third.

As the one-hour race drew to an end, it was apparent that Braham was closing on the two leading cars, but it wasn't quite enough to make an impression.

"After Silverstone, I'm very pleased with the way things have gone this weekend," Brabham admitted, "We were able to keep out of trouble in both races and, other than the pit-stop in the Championship Race, things have gone according to plan.

"Jamie did a great job in the first stint and I was able to push towards the end of mine, but there was little chance of catching the Lamborghinis ahead of us, so fourth in race one and third in the second is a good result to take away from the weekend."

Third was indeed an excellent result on a track that was thought to be one of the least suitable for the GT-R, and allowed Sumo Power to repeatd the podium it achieved at the same venue last year.

"I think that to come away with a fourth and a third is a good outcome for us at this circuitteam manager Hiroki Furuse confirmed, "We did not come here thinking we would beat the Lamborghinis, but we almost did! The whole team has worked really hard this weekend to get the cars up to speed and keep them running and I'm delighted to see Jamie and David have a much more successful time of things."



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