Strakka Racing to make Le Mans return

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Whittlebury-based Strakka Racing has agreed a long-term sportscar partnership with the Japanese DOME manufacturer, which will see it work together to develop, bring to the market and race a brand new cost-capped LMP2 coupe prototype endurance race car – the Strakka DOME S103.

The first Strakka DOME S103, which will be powered by a Nissan VK45 4.5-litre V8 LMP2 petrol engine, will contest the entire FIA World Endurance Championship next year, pending approval of the FIA and ACO Selection Committee.

Strakka Racing has a rich history in sportscar racing, having contested the Le Mans 24 Hour race for the last six years – winning the LMP2 trophy, finishing fifth overall in 2010 and securing the LMP1 Privateers’ award in 2013. In 2012 Strakka Racing was runners up in the LMP1 Privateers’ class in the FIA World Endurance Championship and finished as LMP2 runners up in 2010 and 2011 in the European Le Mans Series.

Dan Walmsley, Strakka Racing Team Manager, said: “Our new partnership with DOME signals an exciting new chapter in the history of Strakka Racing and reinforces our commitment to sportscar racing.

“Following the difficult decision not to compete in the remaining races of the 2013 FIA World Endurance Championship, we’ve focused on the engineering challenge of building and testing a brand new car ahead of the start of the 2014 season, with the opening race of the WEC only five months away.

“It’s a very tight schedule, but between Strakka Racing and DOME, we’re confident we have the best team of skilled engineers to hit our targets and to debut a fast, reliable and competitive car.”

Nick Leventis, the team’s owner, added: “Following the success Strakka Racing has achieved in sportscar racing, this partnership with DOME is an important and logical next step to develop the Strakka team as a global motorsport brand. It wasn’t an easy decision to withdraw from the remainder of the 2013 World Endurance Championship and we’d like to thank WEC and the Automobile Club de l’Ouest for their understanding.

“We’re looking to the future and the challenge that lies ahead of us, and we’re confident that the development we have planned for the Strakka DOME S103 demonstrates our future commitment to the World Endurance Championship.”