FIA GT1 – Round 5 : Silverstone : Brief Results

I was there at the Tourist Trophy to witness JRM Nissan claiming a thrilling victory in the Championship Race at Silverstone. The top three were so competitive, can you imagine less than half a second separated the top three cars at the finish? No.7 Young Driver Aston Martin and No.11 Exim Bank Team China Corvette was biting the back of each other. But the lead JRM Nissan held on to win the prestigious Royal Automobile Club Tourist Trophy. It was a sight to behold, Im still recovering from it. Stay tuned while I sort out my pictures and penned down my story.

Michael Krumm

nr23 JR Motorsports Nissan GT-R
“I think it’s amazing. We can both be very proud to be on the list with such famous and historic names. I felt very jealous last year when Jamie Campbell-Walter won it, so we are very proud to win it this year. It has a great meaning and this is one of the most important victories in my career. At the start I didn’t quite manage to overtake Tomas on the outside of turn one, so I slotted in behind and I was pleased we got away without accidents. Then I tried to follow Tomas but he was very quick, so we both drove away from the field and I closed a little bit before the Safety Car came out. The target then was to stay really close to Tomas before we pitted and try to jump them in the pitlane. It worked but then of course all the distance we had to the rest of the field was nullified when the Safety Car came out, so it was a bit frustrating to have done all that work and then come into the pits with the whole pack. It was a little bit stressful for the mechanics and then for Lucas obviously to get out of the pits.”

Lucas Luhr

nr23 JR Motorsports Nissan GT-R
“Well, first of all thanks to the boys for a perfect pit stop, which was fantastic and allowed us to come out in the lead. Then the first corner I think he (Alex Muller) dived down the inside immediately and I opened the gap up because I didn’t want to have an accident or unnecessary contact, but on the same lap I was able to go back and make a move. It was quite difficult – sometimes you see raindrops on your screen and you think ‘should I slow a bit?’. I enjoyed it though, I think we had a few taps with the Aston Martin but everything was clean and fair. I’m pretty happy obviously for myself but also for the whole team, they did a fantastic job. Thanks to Nissan as well, for providing us with this really wonderful GT-R. Obviously we are in England, and as an English team they have had a lot of family, friends and sponsors here. To give them a victory is very sweet. I can’t remember in my career when I screamed so loud on the radio.”

Editorial : Julien / gt1world

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