Strakka Racing ready for Le Mans race return
All-British line-up returns to La Sarthe for DOME S103's Le Mans race debut
Following a trouble-free qualifying session, Strakka Racing heads into the Le Mans race weekend confident of the reliability of its DOME S103. Whilst still shy of the outright class pace, the team made progress with the car and Dunlop rubber, with Danny Watts and Nick Leventis who both drove during qualifying, declaring improvements in the car as the session progressed, thirty six years since DOME first appeared at La Sarthe in 1979.
“We have come safely through qualifying with no dramas or issues, exactly what we wanted ahead of a 24 hour race,” says technical director Jay Davenport. “Being closer to the front runners would have been our preference but we are experienced enough to know that Le Mans is a long race and a trouble-free and reliable run is what’s needed for a strong finish on Sunday. To date the car has demonstrated that it can do just that.”
“I got more seat time tonight, having not done the mandatory number of laps yesterday,” adds Danny Watts who starts his seventh Le Mans this weekend. “The changes we made improved the car as the session progressed. There’s more work to do for sure to be the head of P2 but it’s a long time until 3pm Sunday!”
Strakka Racing will start the race in 27th position of the 56 car field with the time of 3.42.237, competing against 18 other cars in the packed LMP2 field. “With such a large field, it’s going to be a competitive and hard fought category,” adds Nick Leventis. “It’s good to be back after missing last year and we hope we can reward the fans, friends and team that continue support us so passionately with a result on Sunday.”
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About Strakka Racing
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. In 2013, it secured a second Le Mans win in the LMP1 Privateers’ class. Ever developing, in 2013 Strakka Racing entered the Formula Renault 3.5 World Series single-seater championship, regarded as one of the best training grounds for F1. In 2014 Strakka Racing joined forces with esteemed Japanese chassis manufacturer DOME to develop, market and race the Strakka DOME S103 chassis. 2014 also saw Strakka Racing create the Zanardi Strakka Kart racing team, winning both prestigious FIA KF and KZ titles in 2014.