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Nissan squad raring to go in GT1

Nissan GT1 at Yas Marina circuit

With the opening races of the 2011 FIA GT1 World Championship at the Yas Marina circuit in Abu Dhabi just four days away, Nissan are feeling particularly confident in their latest press release.

Nissan, who arrive in Abu Dhabi after a strong 2010 season including victories and podium finishes, are hoping that last year’s successes will be replicated on an even greater scale this time around.

This year, a total of four GT-Rs will be participating in the FIA GT1 championship for two teams; the returning Sumo Power GT team, and new team JRM Racing, who replace Swiss Team Racing from last year.

Driver-wise, Nissan have a strong and experienced line-up. Scottish, or if he wins British, interest comes from the JRM Racing team’s Peter Dumbreck, who was part of the Sumo Power GT team in 2010. Peter will compete in the 22 car alongside Brit and ex-Porsche superstar driver, Richard Westbrook, who last year raced in GT1 for the Matech Ford team. The No. 23 car will be an all-German affair, with Michael Krumm and Lucas Luhr, who will be making his debut in GT1 having previously won several American Le Mans Series titles.

On the Sumo Power GT team, Jamie Campbell-Walter returns for a second season in the 21 car, partnered this time round by Australian David Brabham, who has enjoyed double-title winning success in the American Le Mans Series. Behind the wheel of the 20 car will be Brazilian ex-Formula One duo Ricardo Zonta and Enrique Bernoldi, both already GT1 race winners for Reiter Lamborghini and Vitaphone Maserati respectively in 2010.

Speaking about the upcoming race Jamie Campbell-Walter said:

Yas Marina is like a second home for me, and a circuit on which I spend a lot of time – it’s probably the best facility in the world and a great track. Going into the weekend I only have one objective, and that’s to win both races and come away from the weekend leading the championship!”

You can catch all the action on the FIA GT1 World Championship website.

F1 test beckons for British F3 Champ Jean-Eric Vergne

British F3 Champion Jean-Eric Vergne

The 2010 British F3 International Series Champion Jean-Eric Vergne, as well as several recent F3 graduates, will test Formula 1 cars in Abu Dhabi next week.

Vergne, his immediate British F3 title predecessor Daniel Ricciardo, and the others will be taking part in the F1 ‘young driver tests’ on Tuesday and Wednesday (16/17 Nov) on the circuit where the F1 World Championship will be decided this weekend. Australian Daniel Ricciardo will once again drive a Red Bull-Renault, he was the quickest of the young drivers who tested F1 cars in 2009, while Frenchman Vergne will go behind the wheel of a Ferrari-powered Toro Rosso.

For Jean-Eric, who won 13 British F3 races with Carlin on his way to the title, it’s an opportunity not only to show off his skills but also to provide Scuderia Toro Rosso with vital feedback in an era when testing mileage is limited. Speaking about the test Jean-Eric said:

It’s really important for me, but it’s going to be important for the team as well because they don’t have many testing days. I will try to do a good job for them, and for those two days to be helpful to them. I don’t know yet exactly what we will be doing but there will be things to try for next year’s car. It’s going to be a good test and I am really well prepared.