Ahead of the iconic 24 Hours of Le Mans on June 13th, Austrian LMP1 team ByKOLLES Racing is pleased to announce that former Portuguese F1 driver Tiago Monteiro will join ByKOLLES Racing drivers Simon Trummer (CHE) and Pierre Kaffer (DEU) to contest the LMP1 class in the CLM P1/01.
Commenting on his appointment Tiago Monteiro said: “I‘m delighted to join ByKOLLES Racing for Le Mans, it’s an honour to be asked and I’m very grateful to Honda for temporarily releasing me from my obligations so that I can participate. I’ve competed in the race multiple times in the past and I love the event. I know the challenges and opportunities that lie ahead and I’m confident that we will make the most of the race. Most of all I’m looking forward to testing in the car ahead of the race, we want to be as prepared as possible before the big day.”
The second round of the FIA World Endurance Championship (WEC) saw an early end for the Austrian LMP1-Team, ByKOLLES Racing, when the team had to retire due to technical problems a little over two hours into the race.
The team took the newly upgraded CLM P1/01 to Belgium to pitch it against the other LMP1 competitors at the 6 hour Spa-Francorchamps endurance event however technical issues marred the team’s performance.
The race kicked off at 14.30 (CET) in front of a crowd of over 50,000 spectators enjoying the exciting atmosphere at the world-famous track. ByKOLLES Racing driver Vitantonio (Tonio) Liuzzi (IT), began the race with a double-stint strategy in place but he was forced to shorten his time in the car: “The start was very good. Even if we had understeer at the beginning, we were really consistent. Unfortunately a problem with the temperature of the brakes meant I had to come in earlier,” said the Italian.
Austrian LMP1 team ByKOLLES RACING is looking forward to putting the newly upgraded CLM P1/01 to the test at Spa with drivers Simon Trummer (CHE), Vitantonio (Tonio) Liuzzi (ITA) and Christian Klien (AUT) behind the wheel.
Determined to take the most from the team’s debut at Silverstone, ByKOLLES RACING has instigated a number of major updates to the CLM P1/01 ahead of the second round of the FIA World Endurance Championship on Saturday (2nd May) in Belgium.
The iconic 7km long Circuit de Spa-Francorchamps plays host to the second leg of the FIA WEC over the course of three days kicking off on Thursday with free practice, qualifying on Friday and the race itself on Saturday from 14.30 (CET). It’s a well known fact that Spa is a driver’s track and with 20 turns spread out over the course if the track and plenty of room for action, it’s easy to understand why the world’s best drivers love to race there.
This weekend (11th/12th) marked the race debut of Austria’s first LMP team, ByKOLLES RACING, at the opening round of the FIA World Endurance Championship at Silverstone, UK. Despite the race finishing early for the team due to an unfortunate collision, ByKOLLES RACING remain positive and focussed, determined to take the most from the experience and use it to prepare for the races ahead.
The first six hour race of the FIA WEC Season started at 12pm on Sunday and Vitantonio (Tonio) Liuzzi (IT), who was behind the wheel of the CMP P1/01 for the rolling start, faced a huge challenge during the first lap: “It was a difficult start to the race. I was forced back at the very of the beginning”, said the Italian. To avoid an even bigger collision, the 33-year-old had to go on to the grass. The incident resulted in damages to the radiator and the underneath of the car, the aerodynamics of the car were also affected. The team’s mechanics pushed flat-out for over half an hour to get the CLM P1/01 back on the track.
Following the successful prologue at Paul Ricard, Austria’s first LMP team, ByKolles RACING is set to take on the world’s finest endurance teams at the FIA World Endurance Championship opener at Silverstone this weekend (10th-12th April).
With former F1 driver Vitantonio (Tonio) Liuzzi (IT) and former GP2 driver Simon Trummer (CH) at the wheel, the CLM P1/01 will be pitted against a field of 31 other cars at the six-hour endurance race on Sunday.
The first leg of the FIA World Endurance Championship represents the first competitive outing this year for the CLM P1/01 and the team have put in a huge amount of work following the prologue to ensure the best setup possible at the 5.89km British track.