We have just heard that Strakka Racing have withdrawn from the 24 Hours of Le Mans which is due to take place on the 14th & 15th of June. Their website states;
Damage sustained at final pre Le Mans test leads team regretfully to withdraw from Le Mans race
Following a testing ‘off’ at Spa this week, Strakka Racing has made the very difficult decision to withdraw from this year’s Le Mans race. After an assessment of the damage and factoring the short timeframe ahead of the Le Mans Test Day, the team together with chassis manufacturer DOME has today confirmed it will unfortunately have to pull its entry.
“It happened on the first day’s running at Eau Rouge and if you leave the track there, it is going to result in damage,” says team manager Karl Patman. “Danny Watts was driving at the time. Crucially, he’s absolutely fine but we don’t have the time to be able to assess, repair the car and acquire sufficient spares in time. It has been a tight programme and this put any chance of competing out of the window.”
“Strakka Racing would like to apologise to the organisers, technical partners and our fans for both the unfortunate timing and impact of withdrawing from the Le Mans 24 Hours race,” says team founder Nick Leventis. “Everybody has worked tirelessly to get this car to where it needs to be and we are really sorry that we won’t be out this year. We owe it to everyone involved in the project to make this a success and we will.”
Strakka Racing remains very committed to the FIA World Endurance Championship and will be working closely with the organisers to ensure the team is back racing as soon as the issues from Spa have been resolved.
With people dropping out like flys, who will replace the Strakka team in the pit lane? Hopefully we will find out soon.