ByKolles has signed Esteban Muth to the role of test and reserve driver for its FIA World Endurance Championship program with a Vanwall-badged LMH car.
Muth drove the Vanwall Vandervell 680 in back-to-back tests at Barcelona Aragon in December and is now set to continue working with the German constructor this year.
The ByKolles-built Vanwall prototype will be raced in the WEC by Tom Dillmann, Esteban Guerrieri and 1997 Formula 1 world champion Jacques Villeneuve.
According to ByKolles, Muth’s reserve driver position will see the 21-year-old Belgian become “immersed with the team both trackside and at the factory in Greding.”
“We’re delighted to welcome Esteban to our team,” said ByKolles head of operations Boris Bermes.
“Esteban’s natural ability behind the wheel convinced us and he will demonstrate what he’s capable of in the years to come. We look forward to working closely with Esteban to support his development as a driver.”
Muth made his DTM debut when the series switched to GT3 rules in 2021 and claimed nine points finishes in a T3 Motorsport Lamborghini Huracan GT3 Evo.
He then switched to BMW squad Walkenhorst Motorsport but his second season was cut short when he needed to have a surgical operation.
“It is clear that endurance racing is on the up and that for any driver who wants to shine on the international scene, the FIA WEC is a discipline that cannot be ignored,” said Muth.
“With the introduction of the FIA Hypercar regulations, the future looks bright! The renaissance of a brand like Vanwall is just something very special. It is an absolute pleasure to be invited to join this team as official test and reserve driver.
“Obviously my hope is to find myself one day in a race at the wheel of this superb Vanwall Vandervell 680. It is the beginning of a great adventure, which I will combine with another program.”