Strakka Racing have announced they will be making the step up to LMP1 from the 2017 WEC season as the team looks to join the growing LMP1 Privateer's category. The Strakka team, which currently competes in LMP2, announced their intention to switch categories on Friday morning with team principle Dan Walmsley being quoted as saying that "the LMP1 Privateer's category now offers the best arena to create our own car," and that, "Strakka Racing is continuing to develop and this will be another step forward to becoming a true sustainable motorsport business." Interestingly, the team has pointed towards the new restrictive LMP2 regulations, which are due to come into effect in 2017, to be the reason for the switch as they forced the team "to evaluate (their) current business strategy and seriously look at projects that would enable us to draw on the experiences we have from our LMP2 car." In addition the team also revealed they will complete the remainder of the 2015 WEC season using a recently sourced 2015-specification Gibson chassis. The reasoning behind this decision is that the team's original S103 2015 chassis is set to become the development car for the LMP1 project. The team intends to have the new Gibson chassis ready to go for the Nurburgring test at the end of July.