Le Mans 24 Hours: Strakka says result transforms WEC season
|By Scott Mitchell||Sunday, June 23rd 2013, 15:21 GMT|
Danny Watts believes Strakka's LMP1 privateer win in the Le Mans 24 Hours has transformed the team's World Endurance Championship battle with Rebellion.
The Strakka-HPD beat both Rebellion Racing entries after the #12 Lola hit technical problems and Andrea Belicchi crashed heavily in the sister #13 machine.
Despite engine worries of their own, British trio Watts, Jonny Kane and Nick Leventis were classified sixth, moving them ahead of both Rebellion line-ups in the WEC points.
Ex-Formula Renault UK champion Watts is optimistic the team can build on this result over the remainder of the WEC campaign.
"I think the key for this race is that it was double points," said Watts. "That's put us right back into play.
"I think we can kick on from here, and take the fight to the Rebellions."
The team non-scored in the season opener at Silverstone and finished seventh at Spa, and Watts reckons the next round of the championship - September's race at Interlagos, Strakka was fifth last year – will show whether Strakka is now a match for Rebellion.
"The next round in Brazil is a circuit we went well at last year," he added. "We need to knuckle down and I'm looking forward to it."