5 June 2009
Strakka confident heading to Le Mans
Strakka Racing will hope to impress in the Le Mans 24 Hours as the British outfit prepares to contest the La Sarthe classic 'alone' for the first time.
The team competed in the GT1 class last season in association with Vitaphone Racing but will move up to the LMP1 category this season with its Ginetta-Zytek GZ09S.
Prior to heading to France, team chief Peter Hardman and Nick Leventis completed a morning of running with the car at Snetterton earlier this week, with Danny Watts completing the line-up.
Thanks to his double role, Hardman will face a hectic weekend but he said he was confident that his team can get the job done.
“It's a huge responsibility,” he admits. “The team's performance is always going to be judged by the guy running it, but I'm going to be out there on the track, strapped into the cockpit for a lot of the time, so it's good to know that I have a strong crew to back me up. Over the past few months we've gathered together an excellent group of experienced, capable people, and I'm confident we're up to the task; we're very well prepared; and we have the perfect car for the job.”
Ginetta factory driver Watts will have extra reason to look forward to the event, as his father was part of the TWR team that carried Jaguar to success at La Sarthe.
“Everyone says it, but the Le Mans 24 Hours is the biggest race you'll ever do,” he said. “It's such a massive event, but I'll still focus on treating it just like any other. My personal preparation won't change, although I'll approach the race itself a little differently. It's not another Le Mans Series six-hour, which is more like a sprint these days, and we certainly won't be pushing to the limit.
“Le Mans is such a very long and arduous race, and you've just got to keep going round at a sensible pace, making sure you don't make any mistakes, and looking after the car and tyres. You keep an eye out for variables, like rain and safety cars, but otherwise it's just a case of making sure you're still there at the end, aiming to finish as high up as possible.”
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