Tyre Change for Strakka Racing
Strakka Racing switches to Dunlop ahead of Le Mans 24 Hours
Strakka Racing will switch to running Dunlop tyres on its S103 for both Le Mans and the remainder of the FIA World Endurance Championship. The team is testing the Dunlop rubber, used by all other entrants in the WEC LMP2 category at Spa this week and will again at the Le Mans Test Day later this month.
“We’ve been looking at every opportunity we have to close the gap we have to the front-running P2 cars,” says technical director Jay Davenport. “We were the sole runners on Michelin in WEC and by switching to Dunlop it takes away a key variable. The Spa test provides a good comparison with our pace over the recent race weekend and offers a chance to optimise set up for the new tyres ahead of Le Mans. Our priority now is to understand how we can maximise it for our car.
“We would like to thank Michelin for all the support and success it has given to us over many years and we will continue that relationship with our Strakka Racing World Series teams, adds Davenport. “We are also very excited about the potential of working with Dunlop’s engineers, the relationship is already progressing well in a very short space of time and we think this is the right way to go to move up the order and keep challenging for the championship.”
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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.