Whittlebury team turn heads in French test

Nick Leventis at the wheel of the Strakka Racing Gibson 015S leads an SMP Racing BR01-Nissan at Paul Ricard last week. Photo Jakob Ebrey/Beckett
Nick Leventis at the wheel of the Strakka Racing Gibson 015S leads an SMP Racing BR01-Nissan at Paul Ricard last week. Photo Jakob Ebrey/Beckett
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Whittlebury’s Strakka Racing emerged from last week’s FIA World Endurance Championship Prologue at the Circuit Paul Ricard as the second-fastest LMP2 car entrants, write Colin and James Beckett.

The team’s Gibson 015S-Nissan, driven by Thornborough’s Danny Watts, Jonny Kane and Stowe’s Nick Leventis, demonstrated a blend of reliability and performance to underline a strong start and a return to the track for the start of the approaching 2016 season.

Dan Walmsley, Strakka’s crew chief, said: “It follows constructive tests at both Bahrain at the end of last year and Aragon this year, and for all of us is a welcome change from the disruptions we have encountered at the start of the last three seasons.”

Leventis added: “It was an excellent start to 2016 for us. We topped the timesheets at the end of day one for LMP2 cars, and only narrowly failed to do so again on day two. We are really looking forward to the season and our first race of the year at Silverstone on April 17th.”

Danny Watts said: “It was great to be back in action, and the team did an amazing job. I am obviously looking forward to our home race in just a couple of weeks time at Silverstone, and I think we will be in a good position to battle for LMP2 class victory.”