Strakka Racing's new DOME LMP2 machine will miss the opening two rounds of the 2014 World Endurance Championship, it has been confirmed.

The machine made its belated test debut this weekend during a private outing at Paul Ricard this weekend, but teething issues and limited running have duly forced the outfit to withdraw from both this weekend's Silverstone, but the following Spa round too.

Strakka Racing, which switches to LMP2 in 2014 with its closed-cockpit DOME S103 chassis, had hoped to make good headway on the new car in France having been forced to miss the Prologue test day at Paul Ricard.

However, the difficult timeframe to specify, build and shake down the car has been met with issues that the team could not avoid.

"Everybody is hugely disappointed not to be out at Silverstone, particularly having seen a little of what the car is capable of," said Strakka Racing's Nick Leventis.

"It's also the home track for all the drivers and Strakka Racing's workshop is literally just around the corner, so debuting the car there would have been perfect. However, the simple fact is that the car is not yet ready to race and we need to do more testing."

"2014 remains our development year ahead of potential customer programmes so we want solve issues, not work around them. We would not be doing justice to all the hard work done by DOME and Strakka Racing if we raced the car at this stage in its development.

"Strakka Racing won't cut corners and will instead concentrate on testing not racing to unlock the speed we know the S103 is capable of. I would also like to apologise to Strakka Racing's fans that won't get to see the car at Silverstone but they know we are racers. We are doing this to ultimately be more competitive and to put us in a position to challenge later in the season and show what it can do."



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