Yesterday’s announcement of the four chosen chassis manufacturers in LMP2 from 2017 (WEC-Magazin reported) has laid the foundations for the ACO’s second category moving forward. However, a number of chassis manufacturers appear to have been left out in the cold. One of them, the Strakka-Dome partnership, has now announced its plans to switch to the LMP1 category of the WEC in two years’ time.
The news comes as a big boost for the FIA WEC. Not only will Strakka remain a part of the endurance racing scene, they will also be a welcome addition to the ailing privateer LMP1 market, which currently only has two representatives in the shape of Rebellion Racing and ByKolles. Strakka themselves are no strangers to the LMP1 grid, having run HPD ARX-03 LMP1 cars at Le Mans and in the WEC as recently as 2012 and 2013.
The change in plans also mean that Strakka will switch to the Gibson chassis for the remainder of the 2015 season, as well as for 2016. This will allow Strakka and Dome to use the S103 as a test mule for the 2017 LMP1 car. Strakka intend to run the rule over the Gibson chassis at the upcoming test at the Nürburgring in late July, ready for the six-hour race there in late August.
Source: Strakka Racing press release
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