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Kraihamer & Rossiter Fill Vacant ByKolles Seats

Kubica's replacement announced

James Rossiter and Dominik Kraihamer are set to join Oliver Webb in ByKolles Racing’s ENSO CLM P1/01 Nissan LMP1 car for the opening race of the year at Silverstone this weekend.

This follows ex-F1 driver Robert Kubica’s announcement yesterday that he has left the team, leaving two seats open alongside Webb. Kraihamer – who was set to test with the team at the Monza Prologue before it withdrew – drove in LMP1 last year with Rebellion Racing, Rossiter meanwhile rejoins ByKolles after making two appearances with it in 2016.

“At last we are back again,” said Webb. “I am looking forward to the start of the season with a great deal of anticipation, because Silverstone is my home race, and after the prologue of the WEC in Monza, I am very much looking forward to the progress we have made with the car.”

“I know ByKolles very well and I also drove the two races in Silverstone and Spa-Francorchamps for the team last year,” added Rossiter. “A race on home racing is always something special, especially since I have been driving almost only in Japan for years.

“Driving an LMP1 car round Silverstone is a very special challenge, we want to get through the race cleanly at the start of the new season, and then we’ll see what’s going on in the overall classification.”

It has not been confirmed whether or not Rossiter and Kraihamer will complete the full season with the Austrian team.

The car had a shunt during testing yesterday at Snetterton, though the extent of the damage is not yet known.