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'Banker lap' sees Strakka qualify 2nd at Le Mans

Strakka Racing has qualified 2nd in the LMP2 category at the Le Mans 24 hours, with it's single ‘banker lap' in the first of the three qualifying sessions enough to give it a strong starting position in the race - which begins tomorrow at 15.00 (local time).

Jonny Kane set a team best lap time of 3:42.615 around the 8.468 miles (13.629kms) Circuit La Sarthe on Wednesday night. Despite being delayed at the Porsche Curves by a slower car, it was good enough for provisional pole.

Following a heavy accident later in the session, the team spent 17 hours completely rebuilding the Relentless Energy Drink / The Sun backed HPD ARX-01d - each dedicated team member spending over 40 hours at the circuit.

The magnificent team spirit and professionalism saw the twin turbo V6 engined car one of the first to enter the track at the start of the second qualifying session, after an overnight rebuild. With the car now in full race specification, team drivers Jonny, Danny Watts and Nick Leventis treated second qualifying as a shakedown test, doing the minimum amount of medium speed laps required to make sure the car was perfect.

It ran faultlessly, allowing the team to park the car halfway through the second qualifying session and head back to the chateau, missing the third and final qualifying period in return for a well-earned rest.

By the end of the third and final qualifying session at midnight last night, Strakka Racing's best time set in Qualifying 1 had only been beaten by one car - the #26 Signatech Nissan, which set a 3:41.456.

This means that Strakka Racing will start the 2011 Le Mans 24 hours from 2nd in LMP2 and 16th overall - having bounced back from one of the biggest accidents it has ever experienced at a race meeting.

Strakka Racing FanZone members will have exclusive behind-the-scenes updates from the team via strakkaracing.com, twitter.com/#!/StrakkaRacing and on Facebook.

 


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