27. August 2018
Podium Honours for Strakka Racing at inaugural Suzuka 10 Hours
Strakka Racing‘s #43 Pro car scored a fantastic second placed podium and the team secured a double-points finish with the #44 coming home seventh at today’s Suzuka 10 Hours, the third round of the 2018 Intercontinental GT Challenge.
Following races in Australia (Bathurst 12 Hours) and Europe (Spa 24H), the championship moved to Asia this weekend. The inaugural Suzuka 10 Hours, which also marked the Intercontinental GT Challenge’s first ever race in Japan, was held in searing heat and humidity and brought together top level GT3 entries from around the world for the first time as the circuit’s legacy endurance event transformed into the longest race format in its 47-year history.
In the Manufacturer’s battle, the points haul from today’s race, contributed to by the Strakka Racing #43 has promoted Mercedes into the lead of the standings by nine points, after the German marque had entered the weekend seven points behind Audi.
Car #43 (Pro, Mercedes-AMG Team Strakka Racing) – P2
Max Götz, Alvaro Parente, Lewis Williamson
One of Strakka Racing’s two AMG-supported entries, the #43 started Sunday’s race from 12th position after making it through to the qualifying Pole Shoot Out. A combination of measured and competitive driving, clever team strategy and slick pitstop work saw the Götz, Parente and Williamson trio move into a podium scoring third place as they entered the third hour, and they then gained a further position to second as they approached the four-hour mark. Thereafter, their position was relatively untroubled and the #43 came home in a strong second place, behind the winning #888 Mercedes-AMG Team GruppeM entry, collecting 18 valuable championship points.
Maxi Götz, #43: “It’s been so nice coming back to Japan for my second time racing at Suzuka. We worked hard on getting a good balance in practice and qualifying but we still changed the car before the race and it ended up the right decision because the race pace was really good and we could push and overtake and we caught up to within four or five seconds of the lead and secured the podium. I’m really proud of the whole team effort and the double podium for Mercedes today is very important for us and shows that the car has pure performance on track and is working well.”
The final round of the Intercontinental GT Challenge will be the Laguna Seca Raceway California 8 Hours on 28 October. Ahead of that, Strakka Racing will be in action for the Blancpain GT Series Endurance Cup season finale at Circuit de Catalunya, Barcelona, Spain on 30 September.