Excitement builds as Whittlebury team gear up for Le Mans

Danny Watts and the Strakka Racing team will be in action at Le Mans this weekend. Photo Beckett/Ebrey
Danny Watts and the Strakka Racing team will be in action at Le Mans this weekend. Photo Beckett/Ebrey

Whittlebury’s Strakka Racing will be in action at the Circuit de la Sarthe in France this weekend when teams and drivers contesting the 2016 Le Mans 24-Hour Race will be on-track at the famous venue.

Sixty cars will contest the famous endurance race on June 18-19, and Sunday offers a rare opportunity for competitors to test their cars on the full Le Mans track ahead of the official practice and qualifying sessions.

Strakka Racing contest the full FIA World Endurance Championship, of which the Le Mans 24-Hours forms the third round. The team will field a Gibson 015S-Nissan LMP2 cars for their regular trio of drivers that include Thornborough’s Danny Watts, Stowe’s Nick Leventis and Jonny Kane. T

he team have vast experience of competing at Le Mans making their first appearance with an Aston Martin in 2008 before running their own car in the event since 2009.

Speaking this week, Watts said: “Le Mans is one of the most famous races in the world. The atmosphere is amazing and the crowds make it really something special.

“The test this weekend will allow us a great chance to test our car on the full Le Mans track, the only chance ahead of race week. It is important that we all have a good test and get time in the car.

“This weekend is not all about speed, it is about gaining a good balance with the car and placing ourselves in a strong position for race week.”

Sunday will offer competitors eight hours of track time, with two four hour sessions available. Testing starts at 9am. CB/JB