Strakka Racing have ramped up their testing program for the new Strakka DOME S103 ahead of the 2014 Le Mans 24 Hours, with the team completing its first wet weather test for the new car this week.
Testing alongside the Avon Tyres British GT Championship field, the next generation Japanese-built LMP2 car racked up valuable mileage at a damp Silverstone, despite an alleged homologation issue that caused the team to miss the first two FIA World Endurance Championship rounds.
“We continue to follow our scheduled test plan and next week our aim is to get all drivers valuable seat time,” said Team Manager Karl Patman. “Although track conditions were quite extreme, in a lot of respects, it’s a great proving ground for what Le Mans sometimes has to offer and the car performed very well.”
The team have also been doing virtual mileage with the Nissan-powered car on the team’s bespoke LMP simulator, racking up 16,000km to date. “Every week, we receive new information from DOME and correlating this to the growing volume of data acquired on track, we now have an increasingly accurate model to accelerate development and driver acclimatisation,” added Patman.
The next test for the team will be at Spa, with Nick Leventis, Jonny Kane and Danny Watts running across three days, with the team then heading off to the Le Mans test day on May 30.