Whittlebury team unveil new car ahead of French outing

Strakka Racing will compete with their Dome 103-Nissan in the 2015 FIA World Endurance Championship
Strakka Racing will compete with their Dome 103-Nissan in the 2015 FIA World Endurance Championship

Strakka Racing have released images of their new Strakka Dome 103-Nissan which will be used during this year’s FIA World Endurance Championship.

The Whittlebury team will take the LMP2-specification car to France for next week’s pre-season WEC Prologue event at the Paul Ricard track, where it will be driven by Stowe’s Nick Leventis, Jonny Kane and Thornborough’s Danny Watts.

The team were forced to miss the entire season last year, including the Le Mans 24-Hour Race, after the car encountered eligibility problems from early in the season following a testing accident.

Strakka have carried out significant development work on the Dome-103 to enable the car to be ready for the 2015 season, and a number of productive tests at tracks in Europe have already taken place. The visit to Paul Ricard will enable the team to complete their build-up to the new season that starts during early April at Silverstone with the 6-Hours of Silverstone.

Watts, the team’s lead driver, said: “We are all really looking forward to the new season. After the disappointment of not competing in the FIA World Endurance Championship last year, it will be very good to be back on-track for the full 2015 season.

“ The entry list for the championship looks very good, and we hope to be in a position to challenge for class victory throughout the year – especially at Le Mans.”

Meanwhile, Marc Gene will miss the opening two rounds of the 2015 WEC after his Nissan team announced they would be delaying the start of their season due to complications with their radical front-engined LM-GTR Nismo prototype.

Gene and the Nissan team were forced to cut short a test at the Sebring track in Florida a fortnight ago after the manufacturers’ new Le Mans racer encountered problems. Further problems also arose with the car’s chassis following the mandatory FIA crash tests.

The team will now skip the pre-season prologue in France next week as well as the opening two races at Silverstone and Spa-Francorchamps to concentrate on further development.

Gene said this week: “This is a very important project for Nissan and we are all sorry that we will not be able to start the season at Silverstone. I really wanted to race at the track especially as I have so many friends in the Buckingham area.

“We will work hard now and we aim to be in a good position when we reach Le Mans for the test and for the 24-Hours itself.”

Elsewhere, the 2015 Historic Motor Racing season kicks-off this weekend with the 73rd Members’ Meeting taking place at Goodwood.

James Wood will be in action. He said: “It looks like being another great season for historic motor racing. The season start at Goodwood is now a major highlight and the Revival in September is an event you just can’t miss.

“Silverstone Classic will also be special this year as it celebrates its 25th anniversary. I enjoy racing at Silverstone very much and have numerous things planned for the year at Silverstone as well as other venues. 2015 is shaping up quite nicely and I hope it will be successful.”