Strakka Racing has withdrawn its entry to the final two rounds of the FIA World Endurance Championship in China and Bahrain due to an engine issue which has left the team without a logistical replacement.
The British squad suffered its fourth Nissan engine failure inside 12 months since the Bahrain rookie test last November, diagnosed to be a problem with a pressure build up in the crankshaft.
With not enough time to clear customs and ship a new engine to China, while the team would also incur a three minute stop-and-go penalty for exceeding the number of allowed engines per season, Strakka has opted to sit out the final two rounds of the 2016 season.
“It's very sad that we have not been able to complete the championship due to issues beyond our control,” Dan Walmsley, Strakka team principal, said. “I'd like to thank the WEC organisers, the logistics team and the engineers at Gibson for their efforts to try to get us back out on track but it just wasn't feasible to get an engine to China and taking the penalty in Bahrain would have seen us nowhere near the rest of the P2 runners.
“We did consider all options, including trying to borrow a unit from another team but the specific fitting kit for the Gibson and the fact we'd still have to take a penalty meant we had to take the tough decision not to race.
“We'd like to apologise to our sponsors, fans and supporters not to be out racing but we will soon be announcing, before the end of November, our plans for 2017.”
Strakka Racing currently sits fifth in the FIA Endurance Trophy LMP2 teams' championship with the best result of three fourth place finishes coming at Le Mans, Nurburgring and Mexico.