Strakka Racing will not give its already much delayed World Endurance Championship LMP2 entry its race debut until the very final round of the 2014 season after being hit by more development issues.
The British firm, which raced in LMP1 last season, entered into a partnership with Japanese firm DOME to create a new generation closed-roof LMP2 coupe to compete in this year's WEC series, but while testing did get underway back in May, its race debut has been put back on a number of occasions.
Having already been forced to miss the Le Mans 24 Hours after a crash in testing at Spa exposed issues with the S103, the necessary changes to the car – coupled with the long lead time for new parts – means it won't get its competition debut now until the 6 Hours of Sao Paolo, to be held at Brazil's Interlagos circuit on November 30th.
“After analysing the car post Spa, DOME wanted to make some revisions to the rear geometry to enable us to have the range of set up options we needed,” said team principal Dan Walmsley
“To accommodate the revised suspension pick up points the gearbox casing and bell-housing had to be redesigned and then retooled. This programme was always very tight and with a need to go and test these and other changes we are making, Brazil is the best option for a race debut.”
“As a race team, to be on the side lines for so long is actually really hard and we know it has been frustrating for our partners, the championship and our loyal supporters having the car spending more time in the workshop than on track. We are sorry to to only be out in one round but as a professional race team and a development partner for this car, Strakka will only ever race the car when it is proven and a competitive package.”
Despite the major set-back, Strakka says it remains committed to racing in 2015 and will use the time to develop a second chassis for testing in the meantime.
“Together with our LMP simulator, prospective drivers will be able to experience the car both virtually and for those serious in joining us for 2015, on track too”
The S103, which is being built to new regulations that will eventually see a full shift to closed-roof LMP2 machines, was due to be driven by Nick Leventis, Jonny Kane and Danny Watts.