Silverstone-based Strakka Racing has announced that Jay Davenport will oversee the engineering of the team’s Honda Performance Development ARX-03c car in the 2013 FIA World Endurance Championship. In addition to this role he will also be leading the engineering department for Strakka Performance – Strakka Racing’s driver development programme for young racing drivers, developing their skills of interpreting data and understanding the engineering of a race car.

Jay, a graduate of Oxford Brookes University, has gained extensive motorsport experience in both design and trackside engineering from Formula BMW through to Formula 1.

He began engineering single-seaters and sportscars before switching to front-wheel drive touring cars with SEAT Sport UK where he spent nearly four years in the BTCC, ETCC and WTCC. Jay returned to single-seaters with Ultimate Motorsport Ltd as Race Engineer in World Series by Renault and Superleague Formula, before becoming Team Manager at Arden. Whilst at Arden he set up Arden Caterham World Series by Renault team which finished 2nd in its first championship campaign in 2012. Most recently Jay engineered Mitch Evans to the 2012 GP3 drivers’ title with MW Arden.

Jay is also Technical Director of Equilibrium Motorsport Dynamics Ltd, which he set up in order to provide performance and race engineering support for various race teams.

Jay said of the appointment “I’m really happy to be joining Strakka Racing to oversee the engineering on its sportscar programme. It’s a great team with a proven history of success in the top flight of endurance racing and we’ll be striving to improve on last year’s results and bring the FIA World Endurance Championship for Privateers’ trophy back to Silverstone.”

“We’re delighted to welcome Jay to Strakka Racing”, said Dan Walmsley the Strakka Racing Team Manager. “As a team we pride ourselves on our technical strength, with Jay’s experience and proven success, we feel these strengths have been bolstered by his arrival.”