Oliver Webb will make the move to the LMP1 class for this year’s FIA World Endurance Championship, with the Englishman confirmed as the third driver in ByKolles’ CLM P1/01 AER.
The former European Le Mans Series LMP2 champion will join Pierre Kaffer and Simon Trummer at the wheel of the Austrian team’s P1 Privateer entry.
“After some good conversations with the team and the direction the car is going in I’m very excited to be involved in this project for 2016,” Webb said.
“It’s a big step forward and I’m looking forward to the challenge and joining my new team mates Simon Trummer and Pierre Kaffer.”
Webb took part in last year’s championship with Team SARD Morand, with the Benoit Morand-led team now operating the new RGR Sport by Morand entry, also in LMP2.
The ByKolles team had utilized a two-driver lineup for the majority of the 2015 season.
“We have been watching his career for a long time and were already impressed back when he was in single-seater open-wheel racing,” said ByKolles director of operations Boris Bermes.
“He fits perfectly with his new team-mates in terms of character and his approach and will support the team throughout the 2016 season to systematically continue the progress from last year.”