Promise and disappointment for Oli Webb and the Bykolles team

by Vince Pettit

Oli Webb had a roller-coaster weekend that ultimately ended in disappointment as he returned to driving duties for the Bykolles team in the FIA World Endurance Championship as it visited Europe for the last time this season.

Following testing Webb along with team-mates Simon Trummer and Pierre Kaffer were confident as it was clear they had made progress on their rivals Rebellion Racing, this was confirmed as Webb and Kaffer secured second place in class on the grid for the 2016 6 hours of Nurburgring.

Kaffer and Trummer shared driving duties for the opening of the race, with Trummer carrying out a double stint. A full course yellow disrupted the progress for the team as they dropped down to third place as Webb took over.

Webb looked strong and was potentially in a good position to take the teams first victory of the season as the Rebellion cars run in to trouble, unfortunately of the British driver his luck would run out as he lost power and a fire ensued.

“We’re all hugely disappointed, it feels like we’ve had a victory taken away” said Webb. “The balance and speed felt really good all weekend and the team have done an amazing job to give us a car that is capable of wins but we were hit again with reliability problems.

“I was absolutely gutted to lose power and see flames again coming from our car. We’re so close to a big result and I’m really hoping that Mexico will be where our season turns around.”

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