Despite a spin on the first corner, Strakka Racing fought back throughout the 2015 FIA World Endurance Championship opener on Sunday. They finished the 6 Hours of Silverstone 4th in class, before being promoted to 3rd.
The race debut of the new DOME S103 was very successful, with the Strakka Racing team finishing the race 4th in the LMP2 class. However, due to the disqualification of the #30 Extreme Speed Motorsports car, for failing to pass the post-race inspection, the Strakka team was promoted to third position after the race.
The first lap saw driver Danny Watts spin at the first corner, immediately demoting the car to last place. Watts skilfully made his way back up to his starting position of overall P13 within 40 minutes.
The new S103 proved very reliable over 10,000km of winter testing, and the race was no exception. Once Jonny Kane had taken over, the team was able to move up to P9 overall. With two-and-a-half hours remaining, Nick Leventis took over and kept their position. The last stint saw Watts return to the car and finish the race 4th in the LMP2 class.
During the post-race inspection, the #30 HPD ARX-03b of Extreme Speed Motorsports was excluded from the final standings as the front and rear planks on the car did not meet the minimum required thickness. This car had finished 3rd in class, meaning that Strakka Racing’s #42 was promoted to 3rd in LMP2, and 8th overall.
“Though we didn’t get a chance to celebrate this at the track, Strakka is delighted to achieve a podium finish first time out in the new car,” says Dan Walmsley, Strakka Team Principal.
The following race for the Strakka Racing team in the LMP2 class will be the 6 Hours of Spa-Francorchamps, on May 2.