Strakka Racing has announced it will switch to Dunlop tyres on its LMP2 entry for Le Mans 24 Hours and the remainder of the World Endurance Championship.

The British team has made the change from Michelin to Dunlop and Strakka Racing technical director Jay Davenport says it was a calculated move to close the gap on its rivals. At the last round of the WEC in Spa every other LMP2 car used Dunlop compounds.

"We've been looking at every opportunity we have to close the gap we have to the front-running P2 cars," says technical director Jay Davenport. "We were the sole runners on Michelin in WEC and by switching to Dunlop it takes away a key variable.

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"The Spa test provides a good comparison with our pace over the recent race weekend and offers a chance to optimise set up for the new tyres ahead of Le Mans. Our priority now is to understand how we can maximise it for our car."

Strakka Racing's DOME S103 machine will get to run on Dunlop rubber at the Le Mans test day at the end of the month. British trio of Nick Leventis, Danny Webb and Jonny Kane are set to co-drive at Le Mans so the test will be vital for the drivers to get used to the new tyres and its degradation patterns.

"We would like to thank Michelin for all the support and success it has given to us over many years and we will continue that relationship with Strakka Racing" Davenport adds.

"We are also very excited about the potential of working with Dunlop's engineers, the relationship is already progressing well in a very short space of time and we think this is the right way to go to move up the order and keep challenging for the championship."