East Sussex based Sumo Power GT raced in the inaugural FIA GT1 World Championship at Abu Dhabi last weekend. The team, which uses Nissan GT-Rs, is the sole UK team in the championship. The team was formed in January and it has been a busy few months for the outfit. Team focus: Sumo Power GT.
Sumo Power launched in 2002 as a performance car parts supplier for Japanese based cars. The company became specialists with Nissan’s Skyline and GT-R models in particular. Last year, Sumo Power was acquired by the JRM-Group, a Mitsubishi based race and rally car preparation business. With extensive work to Nissan models, a link was formed with the Japanese giant.
Sumo Power GT formed in January 2010 when the motorsports arm of Nissan (NISMO) announced its intentions on entering the new FIA GT1 World Championship with Sumo Power being its partner.
Sumo Power GT use the Nissan GT-R (R35 model).
Sumo Power has gone for two experienced driver lineups. The team has been assigned car numbers 22 and 23.
Car #22: Warren Hughes and Jamie Campbell-Walter
Car #23: Peter Dumbreck and Michael Krumm
For a new team, Sumo Power GT has been able to acquire a blend of experienced team staff. Team principal is James Rumsey, team manager is Allen Orchard but it will be Sumo Power GT’s chief engineer Nigel Stepney that will raise an eyebrow. It is unusual for a new team to have both the setup of experienced staff and drivers, albeit with Nissan backing.
Team Principal – James Rumsey
Team Manager – Allen Orchard
Chief Engineer – Nigel Stepney
Race Engineer – Geoff Kingston
No 1 mechanic – Les White