ByKolles confirms switch from Nissan to Gibson engines
The ByKolles Racing team has confirmed that it will switch from Nissan to Gibson Technology engines for the remainder of the 2018/19 World Endurance Championship 'Super Season'.
The LMP1 team was forced to pull out of the upcoming Sebring 1000 Miles round due to an unspecified supplier issue, which is believed to relate to Nissan and this news would further support those claims.
There isn't time for ByKolles to make Sebring and the team is therefore targeting a return for the Spa 6 Hours in May and the Le Mans 24 Hours in June, which brings down the curtain on the 2018/19 WEC season.
"Everyone saw the tough time we suffered in recent race weekends and it’s time to move on to a new chapter," commented team principal Manfredi Ravetto.
"We are very confident that a Gibson-powered ByKolles Enso will reward us with the results that our relentless work and investment deserve. It’s a massive challenge to be ready for Spa but our small and dedicated team in Greding loves these challenges as we’ve proven before in F1 and WEC."
John Manchester, Gibson Technology’s operations director, added: "Everyone at Gibson Technology is delighted that our engines have been chosen by yet another top-flight team.
"We are all looking forward to being part of this new phase in ByKolles Racing history, which will further enable us to develop our engine technology to compete against some of the top sportscar and engine manufacturers in world sportscar racing."
ByKolles has used Nissan engines since 2017, but will switch from the 3L V6 turbocharged units to Gibson's 4.5L V8 naturally-aspirated powerplants.
Gibson currently supplies all LMP2 teams in WEC, ELMS and IMSA, with over 1.1 million kms covered so far with the GK428 engines.