James Rossiter has joined the ByKolles LMP1 team for the opening two rounds of the FIA World Endurance Championship at Silverstone and Spa-Francorchamps.
Rossiter (pictured left) raced for the Colin Kolles-run WEC Lotus operation sporadically between 2012 and 2014 while also plying his trade in the Japanese Super Formula and Super GT series.
With regular driver Pierre Kaffer being tied to other events for the weekends of the first two six-hour races, Rossiter has been drafted in to join Oliver Webb and Simon Trummer in the no. 4 car.
“Pierre has other contractual racing duties. Therefore, we had to look for an adequate replacement for the first two races – and we found it in James Rossiter,” ByKolles racing director of operations Boris Bermes said.
“We know James very well from the past; he was racing in past for us in the LMP1 and LMP2 classes. James is technically competent and a very fast driver.
“Together with Simon Trummer and Oliver Webb he will make a strong driver line-up, and they will be able to fight for good results despite the strong competition in the WEC.
“Pierre Kaffer will be back at the wheel for the 24 hour race in Le Mans.
“I can’t wait to drive the LMP1 car,” Rossiter added. “I have raced in Le Mans prototypes many times. It’s fantastic to contest in the WEC again. The season opener will take place at Silverstone.
“It is my home race and therefore a very special event for me. I am looking forward to supporting the ByKOLLES Racing Team in the further development of the car.
“We aim for the best possible results at Silverstone and Spa; at the same time we want to prepare the car for the important race in Le Mans.”