Strakka Racing wants to shine in Sakhir
As sun sets on a challenging year, Strakka Racing aims to shine in the desert
After qualifying eighth under the floodlights at Bahrain’s stunning Sakhir circuit, Strakka Racing is looking forward to what is set to be a highly competitive final round of the 2015 World Endurance Championship season. After a short delay to the evening’s activities due to a lack of circuit floodlighting, Strakka’s Nick Leventis and Jonny Kane headed out on track to deliver a combined time of 1:52.260 in temperatures that still reached 24°C.
With a strong emphasis on tyre management for the race, factoring in how much the track will ‘rubber in’ after more use, the team is confident of being able to race hard in the six hour enduro that sees nine cars taking part this time in the LMP2 class. “It’s been a character building year with a few more setbacks than we could have ever predicted,” says team principal Dan Walmsley. “My biggest disappointment is the on track results don’t reflect the effort and determination shown by everyone in the team, technical partners, suppliers and also, the fans this season. We’ve not given them much to cheer about but through social media and the support they bring to the tracks means we won’t give up until the end of the year. As an example, WEC fans have even cakes baked for us at nearly every round. Thank you for pushing us to do better and work hard for more in 2016.”
Tomorrow’s race will start at 3pm local time (12pm UK time) before the team prepares for the Rookie Test when Lewis Williamson and Tio Ellinas will take over the Gibson 015S. Spending time with the team today, Lewis was eager to make the most of his chance to drive an LMP2 car. “It’s my first time here but I’ve been on Strakka’s sim, read all the instructions and listened to the engineers to make sure I make the most of this opportunity.”
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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 2015 Strakka Racing is competing in the FIA World Endurance Championship in a Gibson 015S together with a two car campaign in World Series by Renault.