Just when you thought the grid for the Le Mans 24 hours was finally complete Strakka added one final blow by withdrawing its entry from LMP2.
The British squad, which was due to field a single Dome S103 for the first time at La Sarthe made the announcement just days before the traditional test day this Saturday.
The team had been testing recently at Spa…but left the test two days early without an explanation.
But today it revealed the new chassis had been damaged in a crash at the Belgian track and they and manufacturer Dome have decided they have no choice but to withdraw.
Karl Patman, team manager, said:
It happened on the first day’s running at Eau Rouge and if you leave the track there, it is going to result in damage.
Danny Watts was driving at the time. Crucially, he’s absolutely fine but we don’t have the time to be able to assess, repair the car and acquire sufficient spares in time. It has been a tight programme and this put any chance of competing out of the window.
Owner and founder Nick Leventis added:
Strakka Racing would like to apologise to the organisers, technical partners and our fans for both the unfortunate timing and impact of withdrawing from the Le Mans 24 Hours race.
Everybody has worked tirelessly to get this car to where it needs to be and we are really sorry that we won’t be out this year. We owe it to everyone involved in the project to make this a success and we will.
The news brings a shock turnaround to GTE stalwarts Krohn racing, who had withdrawn their entry from the reserve list after believing it stood no chance of being given a spot.
But a record nine withdrawals has completely depleted the list and organisers the ACO offered Krohn the chance for their green machine to return.
The news comes too late for them to make the test day this weekend, but team owner Tracy Krohn, along with team mate Nic Jonsson will be joined by former Stig Ben Collins in France in two weeks time.
The move will mean Krohn races at the famous track for the ninth consecutive year. Strakka on the other hand now face a battle to be ready for the rest of the World Endurance Championship season.