The 35-year old from Northampton will oversee the engineering of the Silverstone-based team’s Honda Performance Development ARX-03c in the 2013 FIA World Endurance Championship and lead the engineering department for Strakka Performance – Strakka Racing’s driver development programme for young racing drivers, which involves developing their skills of interpreting data and understanding the engineering of a race car.
Since then, he has gained extensive motorsport experience in both design and trackside engineering from Formula BMW through to Formula 1.
He began engineering single-seaters and sportscars before switching to front-wheel drive touring cars with SEAT Sport UK where he spent nearly four years winning races in the BTCC, ETCC and WTCC.
Jay returned to single-seaters with Ultimate Motorsport Ltd as Race Engineer in World Series by Renault and Superleague Formula, before becoming Team Manager at Arden, where he set up the Arden Caterham World Series by Renault team and finishing 2nd in its first championship campaign in 2012 with Antonio Felix Da Costa and Alexander Rossi.
Most recently Jay engineered Mitch Evans to the 2012 GP3 drivers’ title with MW Arden.
Jay is also Technical Director of Equilibrium Motorsport Dynamics Ltd, which he set up in order to provide performance and race engineering support for various race teams.
Jay Davenport: “I’m really happy to be joining Strakka Racing to oversee the engineering on its sportscar programme. It’s a great team with a proven history of success in the top flight of endurance racing, and we’ll be striving to improve on last year’s results and bring the FIA World Endurance Championship for Privateers’ trophy back to Silverstone.”
Dan Walmsley, Strakka Racing Team Manager: “We’re delighted to welcome Jay to Strakka Racing. As a team we pride ourselves on our technical strength, and with Jay’s experience and proven success, we feel these strengths have been bolstered by his arrival.
Jay will bring additional engineering expertise to our FIA World Endurance Championship sportscar programme and enhance our Strakka Performance driver development programme, as his most recent work in helping Mitch Evans win the 2012 GP3 series title illustrates.”