Strakka Racing has confirmed its driver line up for the 2018 Blancpain GT Series Endurance Cup. An impressive roster will give the Silverstone-based team a strong chance to fight for the overall championship and PRO-AM titles. Strakka will be debuting their Mercedes-AMG GT3 chassis’ after securing a partnership as an IGTC Performance Team with the German marque, and will contest the full Blancpain Endurance Series in 2018.
Two-time Le Mans winner Nick Leventis will be joined in a PRO-AM car by highly rated Strakka driver Lewis Williamson. The duo will be partnered by ex Le Mans driver Chris Buncombe with experienced Blancpain GT driver David Fumanelli joining them at Spa 24h, in a four-driver line-up in the PRO-AM category.
An all PRO car is set to be driven by 2013 Blancpain Endurance Series Champion Maxi Buhk, who will partner ex-DTM driver and fellow Mercedes-AMG works driver, Max Götz. 2017 Strakka driver Alvaro Parente will also slot into the seat of the PRO car, although due to PWC commitments, Parente is unable to attend the Silverstone round in May. Instead, the seat will be filled by Fumanelli.
Strakka’s Racing Director, Jay Davenport, comments: “We are delighted to have secured such a formidable line-up of talented and successful drivers for Strakka’s debut year with the Mercedes-AMG GT3s.”
“I think we’ve got all the ingredients for a successful season in both the Blancpain Endurance Series and Intercontinental GT Challenge. We have enjoyed getting to grips with our move to Mercedes-AMG and will be pushing hard for podiums and wins.”
Team founder and driver Nick Leventis added: “After achieving a podium result at the Bathurst 12 hour for the opening race of the Intercontinental GT Challenge earlier in February, we are determined to push even harder and claim the top step.”
“We were able to get to know the cars better and hopefully we can use this knowledge to our advantage.”
The team are set to race at all five rounds of the 2018 Blancpain Endurance Cup, which kicks off at Monza on the 21st-22nd April 2018. Strakka Racing will also be competing in the Intercontinental GT Challenge with two further rounds at Suzuka and Laguna Seca later on in the year.