As four time winners of the FIA World Endurance Championship Trophy for Private LMP1 Teams (and current leaders of this year’s Championship) Rebellion announce an end to their LMP1 programme with the switch to the new LMP2 spec cars. One team who remain firmly in the LMP1 class is the ByKOLLES team.
Rebellion Racing announced earlier today a switch to the LMP2 class from the start of 2017, leaving the only privater team in LMP1 as the ByKOLLES team. Rebellion are no strangers to the LMP2 class under their previous team name of Speedy Racing they competed in both the 2008 and 2009 24 Hours of Le Mans.
As yet the team are to announce which chassis they are planning to use, or in fact which series they plan to race in as with the new regulations the LMP2 cars are eligible to race in ELMS, WEC and IMSA championships, we could be heading towards quite an era for endurance racing.
Speaking to Prescott Motorsport this evening after the announcement Boris Bermes, ByKOLLES' Director of Racing Operations said that this would not change their plans for 2017 "We want to be part of the top category and our passion is to be a private car manufacturer". He added "it looks like there are potential entrants for LMP1 in the near future".
Read what you may into the ByKOLLES statement, but we think you may see more than one CLM/P1 on the grid next year, maybe as a customer car....?