Nick Leventis

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Nick Leventis
Nick Leventis
Spa-Francorchamps 2017
Born (1980-01-31)31 January 1980
London
Residence Silverstone
Nationality English
Occupation Racing driver
Website nickleventis.com

Nick Leventis (born 31 January 1980) is a successful British racing driver and founder of Strakka Racing. One of his most memorable successes was winning the 2010 24 Hours of Le Mans in the LMP2 category with Danny Watts and Jonny Kane, breaking five records in the process.[1]

In addition to his own racing career, Nick is dedicated to helping young and aspiring driving talent through Strakka Performance – a bespoke driver development programme he created in 2012 that has seen graduates reach WEC and F1.

Nick is an active fundraiser and has raised large sums of money by abseiling down The Shard in London (Western Europe's tallest skyscraper) for the Commando Spirit Appeal on behalf of the Royal Marines Charitable Trust Fund and has sky-dived from 30,000 ft above Mount Everest for the Global Angels charity.

Early Life[edit]

Nick Leventis was born in Kensington, London and educated at Harrow School. Leventis initially competed in downhill alpine skiing until a serious back injury in 2003 forced him to quit the sport at a professional level. From here, he turned his focus to motorsports.

Racing[edit]

2004 - Start of racing career, driving a BMW M3 in the BMW LMA Euro Saloon Championship, dominating Class B and finishing runner-up in the overall standings. He proved his merit in endurance racing and achieved a class win and 6th overall in the first-ever Silverstone Britcar 24 Hour.

2005 - Nick competed in the Ferrari Historic Challenge and Le Mans Classic, driving a rare Ferrari Dino 246 and scoring encouraging results.

2006 and 2007 - Victories in the Roy Salvadori Trophy at the Silverstone Classic meeting with a 1957 Aston Martin DBR1. In 2007 he reached a personal landmark with a Le Mans podium in the Legends race driving a Ferrari P3.

Nick also competed in the Belgian and Italian Touring Car Series, gaining several podiums, two class victories at Spa and consecutive wins in the prestigious Vallelunga 6 Hour Silver Cup. Other successes included podium in the Epilogue of Brno 6 Hour race and a GT1 class win and 2nd overall in the highly competitive Vallelunga Gold Cup.

2007 - Created Strakka Racing, one of Britain's leading independent racing teams.

2008 - Strakka Racing and Nick progressed to the iconic Le Mans 24 Hours with an Aston Martin DBR9 GT1.

2009 - Nick and Strakka Racing stepped up to a Ginetta-Zytek GZ09S LMP1 sports prototype in the Le Mans Series. Partnered by Danny Watts and Peter Hardman, Nick and the team claimed an impressive pole in Barcelona and finished 14th in LMP1 in the Le Mans 24 Hours.

2010 - Raced an LMP2 twin-turbo V6 engined HPD ARX-01c in the Le Mans Series, recording one of the most remarkable seasons in sportscar racing, scoring an LMP2 victory at the Le Mans 24 Hour race, breaking five records. Memorably the team also achieved the first ever LMS outright win for an LMP2 chassis, with victory at the 1,000 km race at the Hungaroring.

2012 and 2013 - Raced in the FIA World Endurance Championship with an LMP1 class HPD ARX-03a with Johnny Kane and Danny Watts. The team finished on the FIA Endurance Trophy for Private LMP1 Teams' podium in all eight races – achieving the 100% record with an outstanding final stint in Shanghai by Nick when he took the car from 4th to 3rd in the closing stages of the race. The highlight of the season was a 3rd overall finish at the 6 Hours of Bahrain.

2012 - Nick was the brainchild behind the creation of Strakka Performance in 2012, a driver development programme designed to nurture young talent to the best they can.

2015 – Leventis spearheaded the design and production of Strakka’s own car, the DOME S103 at the 6 Hours of Silverstone, claiming a third place on its debut.

2016 – Nick became a member of the prestigious BRDC (British Racing Drivers’ Club), home to the most successful racing drivers from Great Britain and the Commonwealth.

With the Gibson-Nissan, Strakka’s team consisting of Leventis, Jonny Kane and Danny Watts came fourth in the LMP2 class (eight overall) at the 24 Hours of Le Mans. Nick accepted the BRDC Woolf Barnato Trophy awarded to the highest placed British driver at the 24 Hours of Le Mans.

2017 – Nick and Strakka Racing started working with one of the most successful and prestigious GT3 manufacturers, McLaren. They entered the challenging Blancpain GT Series with an impressive four McLaren 650S GT3.

Extreme Sports[edit]

After his skiing accident, Nick has channelled his adrenaline to help good causes.

This include completing a 30,000 ft tandem skydive over Mount Everest with jump partner Tom Noonan in what was a new Himalayan record.[2] The jump was made in aid of the Global Angels foundation, a children's charity working with disadvantaged children.The Everest jump is considered to be the most dangerous in the world, given the high altitude and thick air.

Nick has also abseiled down the outside of The Shard in London, the UK's tallest building in the company of Prince Andrew on behalf of the Royal Marines Charitable Trust Fund.

Preparations are in progress for another exciting attempt to be announced in 2018.

Racing Record[edit]

24 Hours of Le Mans results[edit]

Year Team Co-Drivers Car Class Laps Pos. Class
Pos.
2008 Germany Vitaphone Racing Team
United Kingdom Strakka Racing
United Kingdom Peter Hardman
Brazil Alexandre Sarnes Negrão
Aston Martin DBR9 GT1 82 DNF DNF
2009 United Kingdom Strakka Racing United Kingdom Peter Hardman
United Kingdom Danny Watts
Ginetta-Zytek GZ09S LMP1 325 21st 14th
2010 United Kingdom Strakka Racing United Kingdom Jonny Kane
United Kingdom Danny Watts
HPD ARX-01C LMP2 367 5th 1st
2011 United Kingdom Strakka Racing United Kingdom Jonny Kane
United Kingdom Danny Watts
HPD ARX-01d LMP2 144 DNF DNF
2012 United Kingdom Strakka Racing United Kingdom Jonny Kane
United Kingdom Danny Watts
HPD ARX-03a LMP1 303 30th 8th
2013 United Kingdom Strakka Racing United Kingdom Jonny Kane
United Kingdom Danny Watts
HPD ARX-03c LMP1 332 6th 6th
2015 United Kingdom Strakka Racing United Kingdom Jonny Kane
United Kingdom Danny Watts
Strakka Dome S103-Nissan LMP2 264 DNF DNF
2016 United Kingdom Strakka Racing United Kingdom Jonny Kane
United Kingdom Danny Watts
Gibson 015S-Nissan LMP2 351 8th 4th

Complete FIA World Endurance Championship results[edit]

Year Entrant Class Car Engine 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 Rank Points
2012 Strakka Racing LMP1 HPD ARX-03a Honda LM-V8 3.4 L V8 SEB
8
SPA
6
LMS
22
SIL
5
SÃO
5
BHR
3
FUJ
6
SHA
6
7th 64
2013 Strakka Racing LMP1 HPD ARX-03c Honda LM-V8 3.4 L V8 SIL
Ret
SPA
7
LMS
6
SÃO COA FUJ SHA BHR 15th 22
2015 Strakka Racing LMP2 Strakka DOME S103 Nissan VK45DE 4.5 L V8 SIL
3
SPA
5
LMS
ret
NÜR
7
COA
7
FUJ
6
SHA
6
BHR
5
6th 63
2016 Strakka Racing LMP2 Gibson 015S Nissan VK45DE 4.5 L V8 SIL
5
SPA
ret
LMS
4
NÜR
11
MEX
4
COA
ret
FUJ
6
SHA BHR 7th 66

References[edit]

  1. ^ "EVO". 14 June 2010. 
  2. ^ "Nick Leventis skydives Everest". motorsport.com. 5 November 2010. 

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