Supplier Spotlight

Video Exclusives

Formula E, Season four

New drivers, regulations and tracks: Formula E breaks down what to expect in the forthcoming season of the all-electric championship




Aerodynamics at altitude

McLaren explains the nuances of racing in Mexico City, and what effect the thinner air has on overall car performance

Are the proposed 2020 Formula 1 regulation changes a step in the right direction?

News

Strakka Racing gains Mercedes-AMG Performance Team status

The UK's Strakka Racing has announced it will expand its GT activities beyond Europe in 2018; forming a new partnership with Mercedes-AMG which will see them carry Performance Team status for the German marque.

The Silverstone-based team will run three new Mercedes-AMG GT3s in the Intercontinental GT Challenge alongside Blancpain GT Series Endurance Cup. Strakka will debut with the Mercedes-AMG GT3 in February at the opening round of the Intercontinental GT Challenge at Bathurst, Australia with subsequent rounds at Spa-Francorchamps, Belgium, Suzuka, Japan and Laguna Seca, USA. It marks a return to racing beyond Europe for the team after a season competing in Blancpain GT Series Sprint and Endurance Cups.

"It’s great for Strakka to be back on the world stage and competing at venues such as Bathurst and Laguna Seca," explained team founder Nick Leventis. "Together with a return to the Endurance Cup, we’ve a got an exciting calendar next season and a partner in Mercedes-AMG that will enable us to fight for podiums and wins."

The switch to the Mercedes-AMG GT3 follows a challenging debut season in the GT3 category running a quartet of McLaren 650S GT3s. “Regrettably, we suffered a range of issues that prevented us from being competitive in 2017 and despite a desire for stability, a change was necessary. After a thorough review, we feel the opportunity to become a Performance Team for Mercedes-AMG is the perfect platform for the future of Strakka.”

The first of the three 2018 chassis will be delivered to the Strakka Racing workshops in November before testing begins at the end of the year.

“We recently tested the Mercedes-AMG GT3 at Paul Ricard and I instantly felt at home, it gives you everything you need in an endurance car. I’m looking forward to getting underway with our winter testing plan,” adds Leventis. “From what we saw this year, the Mercedes-AMG GT3 has been quick across a range of circuits and has shown supreme reliability in the long-distance events that will make up our programme in 2018.”

"From initial discussions, there is real interest in the programme, especially with the Intercontinental GT Challenge," explained racing director Jay Davenport. "Our tie up with Mercedes-AMG is something which we have kept extremely close to our chest. To be able to announce this today means we now have the full package in place."

"It is a pleasure to welcome Strakka Racing in our Mercedes-AMG Customer Racing family," added Stefan Wendl, head of Mercedes-AMG Motorsport Customer Racing. "I am fully convinced this team has everything in place to build up a successful future with the Mercedes-AMG GT3. Strakka Racing will be a great ambassador for our brand at race events worldwide, especially competing in the increasingly significant Intercontinental GT Challenge.”


RECEIVE THE
LATEST NEWS


Your email address:



Read Latest Issue

Web Exclusives

With one week left until the doors open in Cologne, we've rounded up the best testing, measurement and data capture technologies, from the biggest motorsport suppliers that you can expect to see at the show!
Click here to read more

Ahead of the 2018 season, IMSA ponders on ten of the biggest questions that are being hotly debated ahead of the forthcoming GT campaign
Click here to read more

With just over one week left until the doors open, we've rounded up some of the biggest names in engine and engine component technologies, to help you organise your trip to Cologne!
Click here to read more


Supplier Spotlight

Supplier SpotlightWe are building a list of leading suppliers covering all aspects of the professional motorsport industry. Want to see your company included? Contact aboobaker.tayub@ukimediaevents.com for more details.

فروشگاه اینترنتی فروشگاه اینترنتی سیستم همکاری در فروش کانال تلگرام چت روم فال حافظ دانلود فیلم فروشگظ;ه اینترنتی

Submit your industry opinion

Industry BlogDo you have an opinion you'd like to share with the professional motorsport community? We'd like to hear your views and opinions on the leading issues shaping the industry. Share your comments by sending up to 500 words to john.obrien@ukimediaevents.com

Submit Your Recruitment Ad

Recruitment AdTo send us your recruitment advertising or to receive information on placing a banner please email john.obrien@ukimediaevents.com