NISSAN GUNNING FOR DOUBLE TITLE GLORY AT GT1 WORLD CHAMPIONSHIP SEASON FINALE IN ARGENTINA
- the 2011 FIA GT1 World Championship - Round 10
Nissan will be heading to Argentina for the tenth and final
round of this year's FIA GT1 World Championship this
weekend aiming for nothing less than a double-Championship
victory, after emerging from September's tricky race
double-header in China with flying colours.
Michael Krumm and Lucas Luhr, in the no.23 JRM Racing
Nissan GT-R, enter the race weekend at the beautiful and
picturesque Lago Potrero de los Funes circuit in San Luis
as leaders in the GT1 Drivers' Championship standings,
whilst JRM sit a close second in the Teams'
Championship. With an expectation that the track should be
well favoured to the GT-R, and a successful trip to the Far
East fresh in the memory, confidence is high amongst the
In the first of the Chinese races, at Ordos International
Circuit in Inner Mongolia, Nissan was able to confound
pre-race predictions that the GT-Rs would not be suited to
the short and twisty track, as the no.22 JRM of Peter
Dumbreck and Richard Westbrook claimed second place in both
the Qualifying Race and the Championship Race.
A week later, at Beijing's Goldenport Park Circuit for
round nine, the GT-R's staged a fantastic recovery
after a poor Qualifying session in which Jamie
Campbell-Walter and David Brabham's no.21 Sumo Power GT
was the highest ranked Nissan in eighth. During the
Qualifying Race, the no.23 JRM made up 10 places to finish
in fourth, and things got even better in the Championship
Race when Krumm and Luhr placed third to maintain their
lead in the Drivers' standings, and the other three
GT-Rs all finished within the top eight.
Originally constructed in 1987, and rebuilt in 2008, the
Lago Potrero de los Funes circuit is a semi-permanent track
that encircles the scenic Lake Potrero de los Funes. At
6.270km (3.896 miles), the circuit is the longest used in
this year's Championship, and also houses the most
corners, with 22 - a far cry from the 2.4km (1.5 miles) and
14 turn Goldenport Park Circuit used last time out. The
Argentinian track is renowned for being a fast and
challenging course with numerous undulations, plenty of
high speed corners and many overtaking opportunities -
attributes that should, in theory, suit the Nissan GT-R.
Speaking ahead of the race, Michael Krumm, no.23 JRM
Racing, said: San Luis is an exciting track to drive, with
all its elevations and incredible scenery. But the walls
are hard and the track is slippery, so it's very easy
to make a mistake. We can prepare well this year, as we
have data from last year, so there are no surprises coming
this time round. Watching last year's races is also
very helpful, particularly the on-board videos of course.
We've had a fantastic year so far, with three
Championship Race victories, but nevertheless it would be
nice to win another one - especially this one! I think the
GT-R should be very competitive at this circuit and we will
do everything to achieve our goal of the Teams' and
Drivers' titles. Even though we are carrying 30kg of
success ballast, if we get everything perfect, then we
should have every chance.
Michael's team-mate, Lucas Luhr, added: This will be
the first time I have been to the San Luis circuit, so I
have looking at a lot of on-board video from last year.
This is the last race of the season and we are leading the
Championship, so my goal is to be at the front in
qualifying, race one and, of course, race two. We will do
everything we possibly can to make sure we end the season
as the Champions!