Strakka qualifies 2nd Privateer in São Paulo

Strakka Racing’s Honda Performance Development ARX-03a will start tomorrow’s 6 Hours of São Paulo 2nd in the Privateers’ category and 5th position overall (out of a field of 28 cars) after a nail-biting qualifying session at Interlagos today.

#21 Strakka Racing HPD ARX 03a Honda: Nick Leventis, Danny Watts, Jonny Kane
#21 Strakka Racing HPD ARX 03a Honda: Nick Leventis, Danny Watts, Jonny Kane

Photo by: xpb.cc

In an effort to secure good track position the team chose to send Danny Watts out of the pits as soon as the 20-minute qualifying session went live at 14.30 local time. With a window of just four flying laps Danny set a stunning 1.24.181 on his first attempt, the team’s time quickest of the weekend so far. His second lap then had to be aborted due to traffic but a clear track on his third saw him better his time to set a 1.24.089 securing 3rd fastest time behind the two Audi works cars. From then on it was just a waiting game as the team pitted to watch as the other privateers completed their laps.

Just six minutes before the end of the session the #12 Rebellion Racing car driven by Neel Jani pipped Danny to the Privateers’ pole by just 0.127secs.

The Michelin-shod 3.4-litre normally aspirated V8 engined HPD ARX-03a has performed faultlessly throughout all practice sessions and all three drivers Danny, Nick Leventis and Jonny Kane, are satisfied they have a good race-ready car heading into tomorrow’s race.

Danny: “We chose to go out early to try and get as good a track position as possible. My first flying lap was good although I made a couple of small mistakes that cost me a bit of time. Then as I attempted my second I got caught up behind a LMP2 car and had no choice to abort the lap. Luckily I managed to find a bit of space for my third and final flying lap and managed to go one better. I was a little bit unlucky as I didn’t manage to get the best out of the tyres at the right time but it’s encouraging that we were only one and a half tenths off the Privateers’ pole. The most important thing is that the car’s looking good and we’re happy that we’ve got a really strong package for the race tomorrow.”

Race day tomorrow begins with a 20-minute warm-up at 08.00, before the start of the race at 12.00 local time (16.00 GMT). British Eurosport 1 will broadcast live coverage of the race, beginning at 16.00.

Source: Strakka Racing

Write a comment
Show comments
About this article
Series WEC
Article type Qualifying reports
Tags honda, hpd, interlagos, kane, leventis, sao paulo, strakka, watts, wec

User photos

Lombardi1
WEC

Lombardi1

15 photos
Paulre
WEC

Paulre

4 photos
EuroRacer
WEC

EuroRacer

6 photos
TMURRAY
WEC

TMURRAY

1 photos
Smokinrico
WEC

Smokinrico

1 photos
erikjunius
WEC

erikjunius

4 photos
Mids
WEC

Mids

50 photos
Upload photo