ByKOLLES RACING has strong appearance with fast lap times at the 24 Hours of Le Mans
ByKOLLES Racing was unable to finish the 2017 24 Hours of Le Mans, nevertheless the private LMP1-Team from Greding returns from the race week in France with many positive impressions. Following the newest series of updates, the Enso CLM P1/01 Nismo showed substantial improvements in all areas. The drivers Oliver Webb (GB), Dominik Kraihamer (AUT) und Marco Bonanomi (ITA) all reported clearly improved driveability. The tremendous speed was showcased in Practise, Qualifying and the starting phase of the race, a top result being only prevented by lacking reliability.
„What would have been, if… - I had these thoughts just as often as our drivers and many other observers.” says Operations Manager Boris Bermes. „Unfortunately, it is pointless to occupy yourself with such theories. During the race week, we continued to have a reliability problem we didn’t have during the WEC races in Silverstone and Spa-Francorchamps. Unfortunately, it was not possible to implement a long term reliable solution during the race weekend. Under normal operating conditions during the race, our Enso CLM P1/01 would have been capable of lap times around 3:23/3:24 minutes. During Qualifying, unfortunately, we were only able to do single timed laps on which we incurred a lot of traffic, thus losing a lot of valuable testing time. Lap times in the area of 3:21/22 would have been absolutely realistic. The car was improved 12 seconds compared to last year. We have never been so close to the manufacturers and their LMP1-Hybrid cars. Taking into account the numerous problems the manufacturers encountered, it could have been our big moment. Of course, the disappointment over the failures with this big chance in mind was big, nevertheless we take the positive impressions and continue our consistent work. Already at the upcoming 6-Hour WEC Race at the Nürburgring, we want to turn the full potential of the car in a top result. Now more than ever.”