WEC
13 Jun
Race in
63 days
R
Monza
18 Jul
Race in
98 days
R
Fuji
26 Sep
Race in
167 days
R
Bahrain
20 Nov
Race in
223 days

ByKolles won't contest full 2019/20 WEC season

The ByKolles LMP1 team will not contest the full 2019/20 FIA World Endurance Championship season as it prepares its future hypercar project.

ByKolles won't contest full 2019/20 WEC season

Team owner Colin Kolles confirmed to Motorsport.com that his outfit, which has been a mainstay of the WEC’s LMP1 division since 2014, has not lodged an entry for the 2019/20 campaign that begins at Silverstone in August.

Kolles however expressed a desire for the current Gibson-powered ENSO CLM P1/01 to race in the Le Mans 24 Hours next season along with other potential one-off WEC outings.

ByKolles previously sat out the latter half of the 2017 campaign in order to prepare for the start of the 2018/19 superseason.

“We are working on a new car for the hypercar regulations,” Kolles told Motorsport.com.

“We will be running at some selected races [in 2019/20] with the current car, and obviously if we get the entry for Le Mans 2020, also at Le Mans.

“The aim is to have the hypercar running and have a presentation at Le Mans in 2020.”

Kolles couldn’t confirm the number of races the existing ENSO CLM P1/01 could contest, only saying: “For sure we want to run at Le Mans.

“Maybe [we will also race at] Spa or whatever races are before Le Mans. Maybe we would run also at run at Silverstone.”

Kolles explained that the team’s new hypercar will also feature a street-legal variant and a track-day variant, taking advantage of the rules for the new top class having been expanded to encompass machinery derived from road-going supercars.

It will not feature a hybrid system, although it has been designed to be able to fit one should this become available in future from an external supplier.

“We are happier with the latest version of the rules with the optional hybrid system,” Kolles added. “We will have the option [to add a system later].

“We are not able to develop a hybrid system, we are dependent on suppliers for hybrid systems. But currently there is no real supplier. This is a big question mark.

“Therefore we are in favour of the optional regulations, and if a hybrid system is available as a package at a reasonable price, then of course we have this option.”

An entry list for the 2019/20 WEC season will be revealed on Friday during the Automobile Club de l’Ouest’s annual Le Mans press conference, where the final hypercar regulations for 2020/21 are expected to be formally unveiled.

Toyota and SMP Racing have both committed to continuing in LMP1 in 2019/20 with their existing two-car squads, while Rebellion Racing is also understood to be likely to continue with its two R-13s, despite some speculation it could drop down to one car.

It means there are likely to be between six and eight LMP1s on the grid next season, depending on whether Ginetta’s efforts to get its G60-LT-P1 back in action are successful.

Ginetta boss Lawrence Tomlinson recently suggested that he would be prepared to fund at least a one-car programme in the event no customer to run the AER-powered machines, which haven’t raced since last year’s Le Mans, can be found.

Ginetta G60-LT-P1

Ginetta G60-LT-P1

Photo by: Uncredited

shares
comments
Hartley directly replaces Alonso in #8 Toyota line-up

Previous article

Hartley directly replaces Alonso in #8 Toyota line-up

Next article

WEC reveals 33-car entry list for 2019/20 season

WEC reveals 33-car entry list for 2019/20 season
Load comments

About this article

Series WEC
Teams Kolles Racing
Author Jamie Klein
How 'Brilliant' Bob Wollek lived up to his nickname Prime

How 'Brilliant' Bob Wollek lived up to his nickname

Sportscar racing lost one of it's greatest talents 20 years ago today when Bob Wollek was knocked from his bicycle prior to the Sebring 12 Hours. The enigmatic Frenchman never won the Le Mans 24 Hours, but many still remember today why 'Brilliant Bob' became a legend

WEC
Mar 16, 2021
How Ferrari's Hypercar project could bolster Leclerc's legacy Prime

How Ferrari's Hypercar project could bolster Leclerc's legacy

Ferrari's planned return to the top category at the Le Mans 24 Hours has further heightened anticipation for the 2023 race. Few concrete details are currently known, but already it has a high-profile superstar angling for involvement, which would make a refreshing change

WEC
Mar 5, 2021
Why Ferrari is ending its 50-year top-flight sportscar racing exile Prime

Why Ferrari is ending its 50-year top-flight sportscar racing exile

Making a return to top-flight sportscar racing after 50 years away, Ferrari will enter the Le Mans Hypercar ranks in 2023. The Italian marque denies the link with Formula 1's new cost cap that frees up resources, but it's certainly no coincidence...

WEC
Feb 25, 2021
The GTE dilemma that IMSA has created for the WEC Prime

The GTE dilemma that IMSA has created for the WEC

The IMSA WeatherTech SportsCar Championship’s decision to scrap its GT Le Mans class for 2022 raises the question of whether the FIA World Endurance Championship should phase out GTE cars. But it's a much harder decision than it appears on the surface.

WEC
Feb 3, 2021
The ground-up refresh behind Toyota's new Le Mans challenger Prime

The ground-up refresh behind Toyota's new Le Mans challenger

Toyota's new GR010 contender for the World Endurance Championship's Hypercar era has little in common with the LMP1 TS050 that preceded it. But within the confines of the scaled back new rules, its latest challenger will be no less formidable a prospect

WEC
Jan 22, 2021
The tiny increments that decided the final LMP1-era WEC Prime

The tiny increments that decided the final LMP1-era WEC

The system of success handicaps devised by the FIA World Endurance Championship to level the LMP1 playing field in the category's swansong season ended up having a counterproductive effect, as COVID cancellations also played in the champions' favour.

WEC
Dec 5, 2020
Why Audi’s shock return promises a new age for sportscars Prime

Why Audi’s shock return promises a new age for sportscars

OPINION: The news that Audi will return to Le Mans means we'll at last get to see the fight promised in 2012 against Peugeot and Toyota. It also gives LMDh a tangible form, which could open the floodgates for more like-minded marques to follow suit…

WEC
Dec 1, 2020
The eternal debate revived after the 2019/20 WEC season Prime

The eternal debate revived after the 2019/20 WEC season

It may have been missed amid the clamour over Lewis Hamilton's seventh F1 title, but Britain had another world champion crowned last weekend. Mike Conway's WEC crown raises an old conundrum - does title glory make up for the pain of Le Mans defeat?

WEC
Nov 19, 2020