Kane On Shakedown Duties
April 2, 2014 by Tony Gregory
2014 LMP2 WEC contenders Strakka Racing has successfully completed a shakedown of its new Strakka Dome S103 chassis at Turweston Aerodrome. Driven by northern Irishman Jonny Kane and Danny Watts, the first of a new breed of LMP2 Chassis from the Strakka DOME Racing partnership is powered by Nissan’s VK45 4.5-litre V8.
The car completed a number of runs at the Northamptonshire airfield after final assembly at the team’s Silverstone workshop over the weekend. The S103 chassis is the first created by the partnership of Strakka Racing and Japanese race car manufacturer DOME just last year. Together, both parties will develop, build, race and market LMP2 cars eligible for WEC, European Le Mans Series, Asian Le Mans Series and the newly formed TUDOR United SportsCar Championship.
“Straight out of the box we managed to get through all the systems checks, putting us in good shape for the official WEC test at Paul Ricard later this month,” says Nick Leventis, who will also drive the LMP2 car this year. “Everyone in the team has worked tirelessly to get the car out ahead of the test and debug it. The results they have created are stunning. Now we can go to The Prologue at Ricard and use that track time to find some speed.”
Strakka Racing’s driver line up continues unchanged this season with Kane, Nick Leventis and Danny Watts contesting the 2014 FIA World Endurance Championship and the Le Mans 24 Hours. This year will mark the seventh time Strakka Racing has competed at the iconic La Sarthe circuit.
“Today was a final systems check as we head straight to the official test tomorrow,” says Karl Patman, Strakka Racing’s team manager. “It gave us a really good chance to get know our way around the car, learning all the small things that take time.”
“The design engineers at DOME have done an incredible job to produce a beautifully engineered car with real attention to detail,” adds Patman. “DOME brings incredible resources such as its windtunnel and CFD capability. Today’s test confirms its ability to create an effective race car.”
Unfortunately the new Strakka DOME S103 had to skip last week’s Prologue test at Paul Ricard after a late technical issue delayed its track debut. “Teething problems such as these are not unexpected with a brand new car,” says Hiroshi Yuchi, DOME’s chief designer. “Together with partner Strakka Racing, we have all worked extremely hard to have the Strakka DOME S103 out at the Prologue but we have to reschedule. DOME and Strakka Racing are now planning a private test in Europe where we can start to really develop and refine the car ahead of the first round of the FIA World Endurance Championship.”