Jonny Kane is to stay with Strakka Racing for the next three years.
Staying: Jonny Kane has sealed a renewed racing contract
The 37-year-old former British F3 champion, originally from Comber, has signed a three year contract with the Silverstone-based team and aims to build on an outstanding 2010 season in the European Le Mans sports car series.
“I’m thrilled that Strakka Racing has the faith in me to sign me up for the next three years,” said Kane who will continue to race alongside Danny Watts and team owner Nick Leventis.
“As a racing driver it’s great to have everything confirmed well in advance and for a team it’s important to have continuity and stability.”
Kane’s experience, which includes racing in America, an F1 test role with Arrows and a string of top sportscar teams from MG to Aston Martin, proved crucial to Strakka as they became the first team to win an LMS round outright in an LMP2 car at the Hungaroring last year.
They also made history in the Le Mans 24-hour race, finishing fifth overall in their HPD ARX-01 — the highest position ever achieved by LMP2 car — setting a new LMP2 lap record and covering the greatest distance recorded by a LMP2 car.
They also won at Paul Ricard in France and at Silverstone, Kane leading the way as the team’s number one driver choice for race starts and the difficult night stints.
“Jonny was the unsung hero of Strakka Racing in 2010, starting four races perfectly and driving faultlessly during the most challenging night stints,” said Piers Phillips, the team’s technical director.