1. October 2018
Strakka Racing are Blancpain GT Series Endurance Cup Pro-Am Champions
Strakka Racing wrapped up its first Blancpain GT Series Endurance Cup as a Mercedes-AMG Customer Racing team with Nick Leventis, Lewis Williamson and Chris Buncombe taking overall championship victory in the Pro-Am fight. The final race of the season took place today, the Barcelona 3 Hours, with Strakka fielding its three Mercedes-AMG GT3’s as part of a 52-car strong grid.
After a strong first season partnered with the German marque, Strakka Racing notched up three podiums between the #42 and #43 entries. Highlights came at the prestigious Spa 24 Hours when the #42 took second place in the Pro-Am championship, another second place at its home race at Silverstone and second place honours at the Monza 3 Hours with the #43 car.
The Pro-Am team’s runner-up accolade was the culmination of a season during which they improved their results steadily and were consistently in the top four in class in four of the five races. They opened with a fourth place at Paul Ricard, finished in the same position at Monza, then scored back-to-back podiums in Silverstone and Spa with a brace of second places. Despite a challenging day in Barcelona, previous results plus Pole and a points-scoring finish today sealed the title for Leventis, Buncombe and Williamson.
Strakka Racing will compete its last race for this year at the Intercontinental GT Challenge finale, the Laguna Seca Raceway California 8 Hours, on 28 October 2018
Car #43 (Pro, Mercedes-AMG Team Strakka Racing) – P17
Maxi Buhk, Alvaro Parente, Max Götz
The #43 crew equalled their best qualifying result of the year when they started today’s race from 5th position, the same place they secured in Monza earlier in the season. The squad ran as high as fourth during the three hour race and were maintaining position well until Parente had nowhere to go in the second stint, clipping a spinning McLaren and losing several positions. The problems then continued, with Götz handed a 60s stop and go penalty in the final stint and finally crossing the line in 17th.