Krumm and Luhr take 2011 FIA GT1 World Championship
Britain's JRM drivers Michael Krumm and Lucas Luhr were crowned FIA GT1 world champions this weekend when they raced to victory for Nissan and wrapped up the titles in the first of the two hour-long races at the Potrero de los Funes circuit in Argentina.
The pair had already amassed enough points on Saturday to seal the title, and a massive start line crash that saw Luhr's Nissan GT-R hit the wall failed to dent his lead. After a slow start from the Corvette in pole, the cars bunched up at the back and a number of them touched and caused some cars to spin out and block the track.
After the closest rivals to the Driver's titles, Darren Turner and Stefan Mucke, withdrew when their Aston Martin slammed into a wall, the pressure eased on Krumm and Luhr and they were able to take the titles comfortably.
Michael Krumm reflected on his eventful year, saying: "This has been a very big weekend for me and it hasn't really sunk in yet that we are World Champions. It's been a fantastic year. It didn't start so well and for a while things didn't look so good. But then, to win the championship here in Argentina is just incredible."
The starting crash scuppered Team JRM's chances of a championship title in their first season under the new name. The team were clearly annoyed that the race continued through the debris left on track, leaving JRM with one car to fight for the title.
On his crash, Luhr explained: "Sunday's race was simple. I started, had just shifted into fourth and then was hit on the left side of the car and ended up in the wall. Even so, we've had a great year and having four wins is more than everyone else, which of course has been the key to the championship."
Nigel Stepney, Team Manager and Chief Engineer added: "Unfortunately, our bid for the Teams' Championship was taken out of our hands by the actions of others at the start of the Championship Race. But even so, we should not be disappointed with second place.
"It's still a great achievement and, if things had been just a little different – such as the race being red-flagged and restarted as it should have been– then we might well be going home with two world titles."