Thursday 1 June 2017

Le Mans 2017: ByKolles confirms Marco Bonanomi as third driver for Le Mans

ByKolles Racing confirmed their final driver line-up for the 24 Hours of Le Mans this afternoon. Marco Bonanomi will replace James Rossiter in the cockpit of the Enso CLM/P1/01 Nismo. 

ByKolles Racing changes its driver line-up for the 24 Hours of Le Mans (17/18 June) on short notice before the start of the endurance classic: Italian driver Marco Bonanomiwill replace James Rossiter. The team was forced to make an adjustment as Rossiter was summoned from his Japanese Toyota Super GT Team in order to carry out test duties and did not get the approval for the participation at Le Mans. Bonanomi, who tested the car last week at Spa-Francorchamps, will share the Enso CLM P1/01 Nismo with Oliver Webb and Dominik Kraihamer at Le Mans.

„We deeply regret that James had to call off his participation at Le Mans just to attend a test in Japan“, says Boris Bermes, ByKOLLES Director of Racing Operations. „We had to find a replacement on short notice. In Marco Bonanomi, we found a very fast and experienced LMP1 driver. Marco already was racing on the highest level at Le Mans as an Audi factory driver three times. During our test in Spa-Francorchamps last week, we were convinced by his unsurpassed qualities and we could make further progress with our car. We will be well positioned at Le Mans in regards to technic and drivers.“

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„I am very happy that I am allowed to climb into the ByKOLLES Racing car for the best and most important race of the year“, comments Marco Bonanomi. „In the course of my career, the participation in the 24 Hours of Le Mans was always a dream. Being on the podium at my debut in 2012 will stay in my memory forever. This race has so much history and holds a great fascination. You can feel the atmosphere in the cockpit and soak it up literally. I would like to thank the team for giving me this chance. I cannot wait to race a LMP1 car at the Sarthe again.“

Kristof Vermeulen.