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ByKolles announces 2015 LMP1 programme in WEC

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Since 2014 has been a difficult season for the Lotus LMP project, the renamed ByKolles team has announced it will race a full season in the LMP1-L class this year in the World Endurance Championship, with a revised version of it's CLM racer from last year.

The team have claimed to have completely re-worked the car for this year, as they will look to challenge the Rebellion Racing team for LMP1-L class honours this year. The team will also be looking to improve the overall reliability of the car, something with which the team struggled with during it's half season debut in the WEC late last year.

The announcement came with comments from ByKolles Director of Operations, Boris Bermes who stated "We learnt a lot last year, we faced many challenges but we made very good progress against the odds however we were aware that significant improvements needed to be made for the 2015 season. The team has worked hard since the end of least season to produce, what I believe to be a highly competitive car. As always, I’m cautiously optimistic about this year but let’s see what testing brings. " The reworked car will also look vastly different as the team has ended it's association with Lotus, therefore the black and gold livery will be replaced with the yellow, black and grey of Austrian sponsors YELLOWWINGS.

Team Principal Colin Kolles also commented "Our new partnership enables companies with smaller budgets or new start-ups to become involved in the exciting world of motorsport. YELLOWINGS simple yet brilliant technology opens the doors to an area formerly the reserve of big-budget businesses and gives organisations greater accessibility to this proven brand communications platform."

The car will be unveiled before the pre-season WEC test at the French Paul Richard circuit, although as yet no drivers have been confirmed for this year. The team will be hoping they can make dramatic steps forward this year after a difficult debut half year for the team last year.

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