Strakka Racing has been forced to pull out of the 2014 Le Mans 24 Hours after an off during testing left the team with no time to repair its new car.
Having already been forced to skip the opening two rounds of the FIA World Endurance Championship at Silverstone and Spa in a race to get the all-new S103 DOME LMP2 up to speed, a crash during testing in Belgium has left the outfit on the back foot.
With no chance to repair the chassis before the Le Mans event gets underway with testing this weekend, Strakka Racing has confirmed it will withdraw.
“It happened on the first day's running at Eau Rouge and if you leave the track there, it is going to result in damage,” said team manager Karl Patman. “Danny Watts was driving at the time. Crucially, he's absolutely fine but we don't have the time to be able to assess, repair the car and acquire sufficient spares in time. It has been a tight programme and this put any chance of competing out of the window.”
“Strakka Racing would like to apologise to the organisers, technical partners and our fans for both the unfortunate timing and impact of withdrawing from the Le Mans 24 Hours race,” says team founder Nick Leventis. “Everybody has worked tirelessly to get this car to where it needs to be and we are really sorry that we won't be out this year. We owe it to everyone involved in the project to make this a success and we will.”
Strakka Racing is confident it will return to competition for the fourth round of the FIA WEC at Austin in September.
In the meantime, Strakka Racing's place on the grid will be assumed by Krohn Racing, which will run a Ferrari 458GT in the LM GTE Am class.