Strakka Racing has confirmed it will contest the 2014 FIA World Endurance Championship with an unchanged team for the fifth consecutive year – with Nick Leventis (London), Danny Watts (Buckingham) and Jonny Kane (Thame) driving the DOME Strakka S103.
In addition to racing in all eight rounds of the WEC, the Automobile Club de I’Ouest confirmed today that Strakka Racing’s entry to this year's 24 Heures du Mans (14-15 June) has been accepted. The confirmed entry means the British team will compete in its seventh successive year at the famous Le Mans endurance race.
Based at Silverstone, in the heart of the UK’s motorsport valley, Strakka Racing has a rich history in sportscar racing, winning the LMP1 Privateers’ trophy at the 24 Heures du Mans last year.
In 2014 Strakka Racing will return to LMP2 prototype racing with the DOME Strakka S103. The team has previously enjoyed success in the class, winning the LMP2 trophy at the 24 Heures du Mans in 2010 and finished as runners-up in the European Le Mans Series in 2010 and 2011.
The triumphant trio will contest the 2014 FIA WEC and the 24 Heures du Mans in the DOME Strakka S103, powered by a Nissan VK45 4.5-litre V8 LMP2 petrol engine.
Nick Leventis: “This year is a new challenge for Strakka Racing. We’ll be fighting against strong and established teams in LMP2 prototype racing, but we’re confident in the development of the DOME Strakka S103. Our previous success in the class certainly makes us determined to win similar accolades and achieve the best possible result at each race, yet with the strength of other competitors on the track it won’t be an easy task.”
Jonny Kane: “Throughout the winter season we’ve spent a lot of time in our internal simulator working alongside Strakka Performance developing the DOME Strakka S103 to try to optimise our set-up ahead of testing and the first race. When the season begins and we’re racing on-track against some of the leading teams, we’ll have access to in-depth data, and based on what we know at this stage, we’re in for a very exciting season.”
Danny Watts: “Strakka Racing has the stability of a consistent team and that will play to our advantage in the 2014 season. Last year’s highlight of winning the LMP1 Privateers’ award at the 24 Heures du Mans is a reflection of Strakka Racing’s ambition. We know each other inside and out, and we’re looking forward to building on both our LMP1 and LMP2 experience with our sights firmly set on consistent podium finishes.”
2014 FIA World Endurance Championship
28-29 March….Official Test, Paul Ricard
18-20 April….6 Hours of Silverstone
02-03 May….6 Hours of Spa-Francorchamps
01 June….24 Heures Du Mans test
14-15 June….24 Heures Du Mans
29-31 August….6 Hours of São Paulo
18-20 September….6 Hours of Americas
11-12 October….6 Hours of Fuji
31 October - 01 November….6 Hours of Shanghai
13-15 November….6 Hours of Bahrain