Strakka Racing will be hoping that home support will propel them to a strong result at the six hours of Silverstone this weekend.
The team is based just three miles away from the Northamptonshire circuit, and will have plenty of friends, family and fans present at the fourth round of the WEC to cheer Nick Leventis, Danny Watts and Jonny Kane on.
Strakka is hoping to improve on its third place standing in the privateer’s championship in what promises to be a hotly contested race on the Grand Prix circuit. The team has spent the ten week break between the 24 Hours of Le Mans and Silverstone wisely, preparing the HPD for this six hour event.
“Out of all the races we go to on the WEC calendar, Silverstone is of course a very special place for us. We’re based a stone’s throw away from the track and myself and a lot of the team have grown up around the circuit, so it’s a very familiar place and we always have a lot of friends and family at the event. It’s always more important and special to have a good result there, and as we head towards the middle of the season we have everything to play for,” Leventis said.
“We had a very positive Le Mans in terms of performance and we were let down by things beyond our control, but heading into Silverstone we’ll be looking for a very strong points finish and the best result we can possibly get. It’s a good time to be in Britain at the moment and a good time to be a British sportsman, and as we’re the only all-British LMP1 team in the WEC, we hope some of the Olympic spirit and success will spill over at Silverstone!”
“It will be a completely different race to our last one, Le Mans, which now feels like a very long time ago. We’ll have a different aero and mechanical set-up, my mentality going into a six rather than twenty-four hour race will be very different, as each driver will have a lot less time in the car, and of course with the good old British summer you never know what the weather will throw up,” Danny Watts warned.
“It’s been a long time since we were last in the car and I haven’t driven anything apart from my road car since Le Mans! We were running really quick and the car felt fantastic at Le Mans, so we’re looking to continue that pace and performance at Silverstone,” Kane added.