Derbyshire manufacturer renews endurance racing engine deal

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Gibson Technology, the Derbyshire manufacturer, has signed a new contract with ByKolles Racing to supply LMP1 engines for the World Endurance Championship (WEC) Super Season.

The privateer LMP1 team will be running a ByKolles designed and built chassis, powered by the Gibson GL458 engine. This top category of WEC includes competing in the gruelling, world famous Le Mans 24 hours.

The new LMP1 engine supplied by Gibson is bulilt at Gibson’s Repton facility, with the first engine being scheduled for delivery to ByKolles Racing during April for a shakedown and then competing at Spa WEC in May.

All LMP2 teams in WEC, ELMS, Le Mans 24 Hour and IMSA in the USA are currently powered by Gibson engines, with over 1.1 million kms covered so far with the GK428 engines.

ByKolles team principal Manfredi Ravetto, said: “Everyone saw the tough time we suffered in recent race weekends and it’s time to move on to a new chapter. 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: “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.”

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