Strakka DOME S103 LMP2 car debut delayed until 2015
- Chassis homologation issue means Strakka Racing will now return next season
- Strakka Racing remains fully committed to multi-year FIA WEC campaign
Strakka Racing has been forced to turn its attentions to the 2015 FIA World Endurance Championship after homologation issues surrounding the DOME-designed chassis meant the S103 LMP2 car might not have been able to compete in Brazil in the final round of the 2014 season.
A successful five-day test in Hungary last month where the car ran faultlessly, racking up over 3500km coupled with a final pre Brazil shakedown at Silverstone this week, confirmed the revised specification and updates led by Strakka have delivered a reliable and competitive car. Unfortunately, an issue with the DOME headrest mounting meant that the car might not have received FIA safety approval to race. Despite a huge push from the entire Strakka Racing team and its technical partners, it had no choice but to cancel the airfreight via Germany and refocus attention towards 2015.
“The season was a write-off with the issues we have faced,” says sportscar team manager Karl Patman, “We have seen the true performance in the car and know what it is capable of. Now we have to wait until 2015 to show everyone else.”
Strakka Racing would like to apologise to the FIA World Endurance Championship, its shareholders, technical partners and fans for not showing the car in action. “Despite all the setbacks this year, we remain committed to the FIA WEC. We are going to make sure 2015 makes up for the past 12 months,” adds Patman.
Strakka is now scheduling an intensive winter test programme in Europe ahead of next year’s championship, underlining the three year commitment it has made to the FIA WEC.
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From early domestic campaigns with BMWs and Aston Martins, Strakka Racing has evolved to become one of the most respected and successful privateer teams in the World Endurance Championship. In 2010 the Silverstone-based team achieved a class win, five circuit records and fifth overall in the iconic Le Mans 24 Hours. Ever developing, in 2013 Strakka Racing entered the Formula Renault 3.5 litre World Series single seater championship, regarded as one of the best training grounds before F1. In 2014 Strakka Racing joins forces with esteemed Japanese chassis manufacturer DOME to develop, market and race the Strakka DOME S103 LMP2 chassis. Alongside the racing teams, it also runs Strakka Performance, providing professional racing drivers with bespoke programmes aimed at enhancing their on-track performance with dedicated track time and coaching in World Series by Renault cars. It has also created Zanardi Strakka Kart racing team and a Formula Renault 2.0 team, putting in place the building blocks to enable racing drivers to develop and refine their skills right from the start of their career, with a support infrastructure that goes beyond any typical racing team.