The Whittlebury-based Strakka Racing team shook down its new closed cockpit Strakka DOME S103 this week ahead of its official track debut during the FIA World Endurance Championship (WEC) Prologue at the Circuit Paul Ricard in France this weekend.
Jonny Kane was handed the job to drive the car during a short on-track session that allowed the local team to make sure everything was functioning properly with the coupe car before transporting it to France.
Strakka Racing return to the LMP2 category for the 2014 season, having contested the LMP1 division of the world championship last year, and in 2010 the team won the LMP2 division in the Le Mans 24-Hour Race. The Strakka Dome S103 is an all-new design for the 2014 season, and is powered by a 4.8-litre Nissan VK45 V8 engine.
Nick Leventis, the Strakka Racing team boss, said: “Straight out of the box we managed to get through all the systems checks, putting us in good shape for the official WEC test at Paul Ricard this weekend.
“Everyone in the team has worked tirelessly to get the car out ahead of the test and debug it. The results they have created are stunning and now we can go to the Prologue at Ricard and use the track time to find some speed in the car ahead of the opening round of the WEC at Silverstone next month.”
Alongside Leventis, Strakka Racing have retained their driver line-up for the 2014 season. Thornborough’s Danny Watts will lead the team’s assault, with former British Formula 3 champion, Jonny Kane, also driving for the squad.