Strakka Racing with Mercedes-AMG in 2018 Intercontinental GT Challenge

6 November 2017

Strakka Racing today announced it will run three new Mercedes-AMG GT3s in the Intercontinental GT Challenge alongside Blancpain GT Series Endurance Cup.

Strakka will debut with the Mercedes-AMG GT3 in February at the opening round of the Intercontinental GT Challenge, the Australian Liqui-Moly Bathurst 12 Hour, with subsequent rounds at the Total 24 Hours of Spa, the Suzuka 10 Hours and the Mazda Raceway California 8 Hours. It marks a return to racing beyond Europe for the team after a season competing in Blancpain GT Series Sprint and Endurance Cups.

Drivers have yet to be announced with racing director Jay Davenport confirming that the team is talking to both existing and new drivers for the programme, which will also include drivers from the factory Mercedes-AMG roster.

Nick Leventis: “It’s great for Strakka to be back on the world stage and competing at venues such as Bathurst and Laguna Seca. Together with a return to the Blancpain GT Series Endurance Cup, we’ve a got an exciting calendar next season and a partner in Mercedes-AMG that will enable us to fight for podiums and wins.”

Jay Davenport, racing director: “From initial discussions, there is real interest in the programme, especially with the Intercontinental GT Challenge. Our tie up with Mercedes-AMG is something which we have kept extremely close to our chest. To be able to announce this today means we now have the full package in place.”

Stefan Wendl, head of Mercedes-AMG Motorsport Customer Racing: “It is a pleasure to welcome Strakka Racing in our Mercedes-AMG Customer Racing family. I am fully convinced this team has everything in place to build up a successful future with the Mercedes-AMG GT3. Strakka Racing will be a great ambassador for our brand at race events worldwide, especially competing in the increasingly significant Intercontinental GT Challenge.”