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Dillman Gets First Laps with ByKolles; Team Planning WEC Return

Tom Dillman amongst drivers to test upgraded ByKolles car ahead of 2018-19 FIA WEC return…

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Tom Dillman has taken his first laps in the ENSO CLM P1/01 during a three-day test for the ByKolles Racing team in preparation for a FIA World Endurance Championship return.

The 2016 Formula V8 3.5 Series champion was one of several drivers, including Oliver Webb, James Rossiter, Edoardo Liberati and Mikael Grenier, to get behind the wheel of the car.

The three-day test took place at the MotorLand Aragon circuit in Spain to test new development parts on the team’s upgraded NISMO-powered car.

ByKolles is set to return to the FIA WEC for the 2018-19 ‘Super Season’ with a currently unconfirmed driver lineup.

“We are pleased with the progresses made on both reliability and performance,” said director of racing operations Boris Bermes.

“All drivers did a solid job and our team is happy to attract such young and competitive drivers.”

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4 Comments

4 Comments

  1. David Chaste

    November 24, 2017 at 2:23 am

    Never mind beating the leading P2 cars, they have to make a performance leap to real P1 speed. There will be actual pressure to perform now, since they will be compared against other P1 newcomers.

    That chassis needs all the bugs worked out. They’ve spent money over the years, now it’s time time to show it was all for something.

    • Tyler Sanders

      November 24, 2017 at 9:57 am

      There is a boost in Horsepower in LMP1 privateer to help them to try and compete with the hybrid Toyota. But overall I expect this to be the slowest of the LMP1 cars.

  2. Anonymous

    November 24, 2017 at 3:45 am

    I wonder if CLM will still make good of their word that this car is available to customers? I know they said that a year or so ago, but it might help the car’s overall development if more than one team was racing it. Nevertheless another LMP1 on the WEC grid will be very welcome.

  3. southcove

    November 24, 2017 at 8:50 am

    It makes no sense in the real world, but they need to have a high level pro team (like Joest w the new Mazda Dpi effort) come in, do the real world evaluations w true gold level drivers and see if the car and engine package can run at it’s real potential.
    Sad to see them just struggle and struggle…

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