Team ByKolles – Burst Esport have unveiled their “strong” crew of drivers that will compete in the 24 Hours of Le Mans Virtual race on June 13-14.
The team have commitments in the FIA World Endurance Championship dating back to 2016, where they finish 9th at Le Mans in the #4 car.
Although having not competed in a full WEC (Season 8), which will conclude the LMP1 category, they have stated their interests in the Hypercar programme.
The #4 car will be driven by: Tom Dillmann (ByKolles LMP1 driver), Esteban Guerrieri (reigning FIA WTCR Vice-Champion), and sim-racers Jernej Simoncic (reigning Formula Sim WC & Virtual Endurance Champion [VEC] and Jesper Pedersen (168 sim-race wins, WC in 24H Endurance Racing).
Tom Dillmann gave his preview of the race: “I am excited to compete at the Le Mans Virtual in what is anticipated as a great event.
“We have put together a strong team with ByKolles partnering with Burst Esport. I look forward to fight at the front and put on a great show for the fans and the good cause.”
Esteban said: “Looking forward for my debut at the 24H Le Mans ironically taking place in the virtual world.
“Still I believe it will be a cool experience, we have a strong team and the commitment will be 100%. Plus the initiative of rising charity funds makes the event even more meaningful.”
The two sim-racers, who are more experienced in this field, gave their insight on the collaboration between ByKolles Racing and Burst Esport.
Jernej stated: “It is a sim-racer’s dream to be able to work with a real racing team, so I’m thrilled to have this opportunity of Burst Esport and ByKolles cooperation.
“It will be a great experience and I look forward to see real racing and sim racing experience complementing each other on the way to the victory.”
Jesper: “As a team manager for Burst Esport I’m very pleased that Burst Esport and ByKolles is teaming up for the virtual 24H of Le Mans.
“ByKolles is a very strong force in the real Le Mans race and have so much experience to bring to the virtual race.
“With the strong real life line-up and our top virtual drivers we are aiming for a top result together in the LMP class. I can’t wait to get the race started for my first ‘real’ Le Mans race.”