Kaffer and Trummer celebrate first victory at Nürburgring
ByKOLLES Racing has reached an important milestone with a victory in the LMP1 privateer class at the 6 Hours of Nürburgring. It was an undeniably hard-earned and well deserved success after a challenging start to the season. With numerous technical improvements in terms of aerodynamics and reliability in tow, the Greding- based team has now been rewarded with silverware at the Nürburgring of all places.
After a successful “dress rehearsal“ during the tests at the end of July, the ByKOLLES Racing team travelled to the iconic German race track with certain expectations. Pierre Kaffer and Simon Trummer were able to improve the set-up of the CLM P1/01 in two trouble-free practices and laid the foundation for the race victory to follow.
For all racing teams the iconic 24 Hours of Le Mans event represents the highlight of the FIA World Endurance Championship however, for privateer LMP1 contenders ByKOLLES Racing the 2015 edition is extra special. History will be made at 15:00 CET on June 13th 2015 as the first ever Austrian LMP team competes in the world-class endurance challenge at Le Mans.
ByKOLLES Racing drivers Simon Trummer (CHE) and Pierre Kaffer (DEU) are joined by Portuguese former F1 driver Tiago Monteiro as they contest the highly competitive LMP1 class in the CLM P1/01. All three drivers have played a crucial role in the development of the car during the recent test at Spa and the official Le Mans track orientation last weekend.
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.