ByKolles Racing has announced that Tom Dillmann and Esteban Guerrieri will be the test and development drivers for their PMC Project LMH machine. The duo will help ByKolles prepare the new Hypercar for an on-track debut in 2022.
As one of the teams to announce their commitment to the Hypercar class last year, it came as a surprise to many when they were absent from the FIA World Endurance Championship 2021 season entry list, but delays to the project have seen the team set their eyes on a 2022 roll out. Developments continue for the outfit this year, with Dillmann and Guerrieri on board to help with progress.
Dillmann has been a ByKolles driver since 2018 alongside Oliver Webb, and although Webb appears to have separated from the team Dillmann remains with the outfit. His fellow test/development driver Guerrieri comes from the FIA World Touring Car Cup, having raced with Münnich Motorsport for the last three years and always been a contender for wins at the top of the championship. The Argentinian has no WEC experience, but began his association with ByKolles at last year’s Virtural 24 Hours of Le Mans, the esports rendition of the race that took place on the weekend that should have hosted the live event before it was delayed by the Coronavirus pandemic.
“I’ve been driving for the ByKolles team for three years and I feel very much at home with the team.” said Dillmann. “The development of a new Hypercar for the top class of the WEC and the 24 Hours of Le Mans is a very exciting task.
“During my career I have been involved in the development of many different cars alongside racing. Most recently in LMP1 and Formula E. I look forward to bringing my experience to this project and help guide it from the very beginning.”
“From karting to almost all formula racing series to the fastest touring cars – in my career I have driven nearly everything that can be experienced in motorsport.” added Guerrieri. “Now I’m looking forward to this new project and the tests in the ByKolles Hypercar. I am sure that my extensive experience in a wide variety of cars will help us to consistently develop the PMC Project LMH Hypercar and make it successful.
“At the same time, it’s a way back to my roots. I still know some of the team members from our time together in Formula 3.”
Testing for the unnamed ByKolles Hypercar is said to be getting underway soon, with Dillmann and Guerrieri both prepared to step into their developmental roles. There has been no word on who will race the Hypercar in 2022, however, but the team have stated they are evaluating “talented young drivers” throughout this season.