Strakka Racing out of remainder of 2016 season

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Strak­ka Rac­ing have been forced to with­draw from the remain­der of the 2016 FIA World Endurance Cham­pi­onship sea­son, cit­ing a lack of avail­able engine com­po­nents. The team has suf­fered from a con­sis­tent issue relat­ing to crank­shaft pres­sure build up this sea­son – most recent­ly at last weekend’s 6 Hours of Fuji – and has no spare units remain­ing. With just over a week until the start of Free Prac­tice 1 in Shang­hai, there is not enough time for a replace­ment engine to be shipped out.

WEC tech­ni­cal reg­u­la­tions pre­clude teams from using more than their allo­cat­ed num­ber of engines dur­ing the sea­son, and after prob­lems at the Pro­logue and the 6 Hours of Spa, Strak­ka Rac­ing have already exhaust­ed their quo­ta. Giv­en that a new engine in Bahrain would result in a three-minute stop-and-go penal­ty, tak­ing away any chance of vic­to­ry before the race even begins, Strak­ka Rac­ing have decid­ed to call time on the 2016 pre­ma­ture­ly.

It’s very sad that we have not been able to com­plete the cham­pi­onship due to issues beyond our con­trol,” says team prin­ci­pal Dan Walm­s­ley. “I’d like to thank the WEC organ­is­ers, the logis­tics team and the engi­neers at Gib­son for their efforts to try to get us back out on track but it just wasn’t fea­si­ble to get an engine to Chi­na and tak­ing the penal­ty in Bahrain would have seen us nowhere near the rest of the P2 run­ners. We’d like to apol­o­gise to our spon­sors, fans and sup­port­ers not to be out rac­ing but we will soon be announc­ing, before the end of Novem­ber, our plans for 2017.”

Source: Strak­ka Rac­ing
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