ByKOLLES RACING have today unveiled the 2015 LMP1 race car livery for their LMP1 entry into the the FIA World Endurance Championship and the iconic 24 Hours of Le Mans, the first Austrian registered LMP Team to compete in both.
The striking white and yellow livery (seen here on the 2014 CLM P1/01 test car) is in part a tribute to ByKOLLES RACING’s lead partners, Austrian-based sports sponsorship company YELLOWWINGS. The exciting new enterprise opens up the world of big name sports sponsorship like never before with a unique digital platform offering unparalleled access.
Alongside YELLOWWINGS, ByKOLLES RACING have welcomed in a new partner, Jacques Lemans as official watch sponsor of the team.
The team has also today announced several additional key members of its 2015 driver line-up including Italian former F1 driver Vitantonio (Tonio) Liuzzi and a return to the team for Germany’s Pierre Kaffer. Both experienced and well respected drivers join the team’s driver pool alongside previously announced former GP2 driver Simon Trummer. Whilst Liuzzi and Kaffer will combine their appearances for ByKOLLES RACING alongside their other racing commitments, Trummer will drive the entire season for the team making him the only confirmed driver for the 24 Hours of Le Mans.
“The team management and I have been friends for years and we recognise that WEC is difficult and LMP1 in particular is not an easy challenge.” Luizzi said in an interview on his appointment.
“I’m seriously impressed with the work the team has done to improve the car and I welcome the opportunity to support ByKOLLES RACING and hopefully help a private team move forward and get some great results on the race track.
“I really enjoy the challenge of endurance racing, every lap feels like qualifying to me and I have always loved pushing myself to the limit.”
Although the team name, ByKOLLES RACING and livery are new, the experienced driving force behind the team is not. KOAL Racing Engineering has been competing in motorsport as a racing and engineering service provider for many years and has a wealth of experience and knowledge gained from successful participation not only in WEC but also F1, DTM and other formula series.
ByKOLLES RACING Director of Operations, Boris Bermes said: “The new car is testimony to the hard work and dedication of the team over the past five months.
“We have made major weight reductions to the car and with the combination of aerodynamic modifications coupled with a new gear box and new suspension geometries and performance upgrades throughout – I’m really looking forward to seeing what our drivers can do with it.”.
Details of the 2015 car and pictures will be released in the coming weeks prior to the official WEC test, The Prologue, at Paul Ricard at the end of March.