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Strakka confirms WEC withdrawal

Strakka Racing withdraws from the remainder of the 2013 World Endurance Championship season to focus on its 2014 plans
Despite being first privateer home in the Le Mans 24 Hours, Strakka Racing has announced that it is to withdraw from the remainder of the World Endurance Championship season.

The British team has taken the decision in order to 'finalise its long-term sportscar racing plans', which include an 'exciting new 2014 campaign'.

The announcement comes on the back of an accident during qualifying at Le Mans, which left the team with a limited number of spares for its HPD ARX-03c.

With that car needing to be replaced for 2014, when new regulations in the premier LMP1 class come into force, the team will instead focus its attentions on next year rather than investing in parts for a car that it will no longer be able to run at the end of the current season.

The car will make its final public appearance at this weekend's Goodwood Festival of Speed, with Jonny Kane taking the car up the famous hillclimb over the course of the event.

“We are currently considering a number of very exciting opportunities that will commit Strakka Racing to top level sportscar racing well into the future, so it's imperative we focus all our efforts on this important decision-making process,” team manager Dan Walmsley said.

“It was a very difficult decision not to contest the remaining rounds of this year's FIA World Endurance Championship, but a decision that was taken in the best interests of the team's long-term sportscar racing future. We hope to be able to announce our exciting new plans very soon.”

Strakka will continue to run in Formula Renault 3.5 through the remainder of the season, where it runs cars for Will Stevens and Matias Laine under the P1 by Strakka Racing banner while it will also continue to run its Strakka Performance driver development programme.

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