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Sumo Power GT narrowly miss out on a podium finish!
FIA GT1 World Championship – Round One:
Yas Marina Circuit, Abu Dhabi
- 26 March 2011
The Sumo Power GT team returned for its second season in the FIA GT1 World Championship with a vengeance this weekend, its first 2011 encounter at the impressive Yas Marina Circuit in Abu Dhabi. The Brazilian paring of Enrique Bernoldi and Ricardo Zonta in Nissan GT-R #20 scored a fourth-place finish in Saturday morning’s race one, before Enrique went on to dominate the first-half of race two after a blistering start punched him into the lead. Sadly, after the obligatory pit stop a Ford GT crashed into teammate Ricardo as he was driving down the pit lane following the mid-race tyre and driver swap. The Ford earned a drive-through penalty for this move but for the Sumo car it meant a punctured tyre and slow lap round back to the pits, scuppering any chance of a decent finishing position…
Their team-mates David Brabham and Jamie Campbell-Walter in Nissan GT-R #21 had a mixed weekend as well: Although setting front-running times in qualifying and both races, technical problems meant that the highly experienced Anglo-Australian driver pairing came away from the event scoring eighth and ninth-place finishes in the two races.