The Silverstone-based squad will initially field one car to be campaigned by Britons Lewis Williamson and Nick Leventis in the Renault Sport Trophy’s ‘Elite’ and ‘Prestige’ categories respectively.
The championship begins in mid-April with its races taking place alongside the European Le Mans Series and Eurocup Formula Renault 2.0 category. Out of six events, five are at past or present Formula 1 venues…
Strakka also runs cars in the World Endurance Championship and clearly sees the Renault Sport Trophy as a stepping stone to WEC stardom for young drivers.
The Renault Sport Trophy is a ‘single-model’ championship for some truly sensational race-developed Renaultsport models – in recent history the Spider sportscar, Clio V6 and Mégane have all been used as the base model. Its roots, though, go right back to the early Eighties when 5 GT Turbos filled the grid…
The R.S 0.1 however is by far the most exotic machine to be used. Firstly it boasts considerably more power than anything before – 550hp – while its downforce levels, cornering and braking are utterly staggering, as testified by pretty much everyone who has ever driven it.
And said Strakka Team Prinicipal Dan Walmsley: “We are seeing more and more young drivers disillusioned with the single-seater ladder and asking about drives in sportscar racing. They see a chance for a real career in sportscars. This affordable series is a great platform to give young drivers more experience and is a perfect fit between our WEC and single-seater efforts.”
Williamson, notably the runner-up in the UK Formula Renault 2.0 standings in 2010, said: “For me the R.S.01 is the perfect stepping stone to progress into sportscars which is where I want to be. This is a fantastic chance to get my career kick-started again and I really appreciate the chances that drivers in the Strakka family receive.”