Everyone at Strakka Racing is delighted to have received confirmation that the team's application to participate in this year's Le Mans 24 Hours has been accepted by the Automobile Club de l'Ouest.
The news came through on Thursday 4th February that the Strakka Racing entry for a single ARX-01c in the LMP2 category had been listed by the ACO. The car will carry the number 42, and will be co-driven by Nick Leventis, Danny Watts and Jonny Kane. The announcement came just two days after Strakka was pleased to confirm the appointment of Ulsterman Jonny Kane as the team's third driver for the 2010 season.
"We are naturally delighted to have been accepted to compete in the 2010 Vingt Quatre Heures du Mans, the world's greatest and toughest motor race," said Team Manager Piers Phillips. "The team is honoured to be representing the HPD brand alongside the world's best teams and manufacturers. We are also proud that HPD, Michelin and the ACO have recognised the significant strides that Strakka Racing has made over the last three years in infrastructure, professionalism and technical capability."
"We feel very privileged to be granted an entry for this prestigious race," said Nick Leventis, team driver at Strakka. "It will be our third participation in the 24 Hours, although only the second under our own name, but I feel we're in a much stronger position this year. We face the challenge from the foundation of having a better understanding of what it takes to compete at this level, and we also have the benefit of an even more experienced team of personnel. I hope we can demonstrate the strength of the HPD-Strakka partnership, and make the most of this opportunity at our third attempt."
Eight other cars are listed in the LMP2 category, as well as twenty-one LMP1 prototypes, eight GT1 entries, seventeen in GT2, and ten reserves. "The LMP2 category is fiercely competitive this year, with several teams fielding some exceptionally strong driver line-ups," added Piers. "Even so, we expect to take the fight to them, and to challenge for honours. We now have more experience, backed up by technical know-how, and our initial testing has shown the HPD ARX-01c to be both fast and reliable. Now we just can't wait for June to arrive!"
The team will have the opportunity to judge exactly how tough that competition is during the first two rounds of the Le Mans Series, including an eight-hour race at the Paul Ricard circuit (April 9-11) and in the Spa 1000 Kilometres (May 7-9).