Austrian-flagged LMP1 privateer team ByKolles Racing looks set to miss Round 6 of the 2018/19 FIA World Endurance Championship — the 1000 Miles of Sebring — next month.
The team is understood to be in dispute with NISMO over the performance of, and payment for, its VRX 30A Evo 3-liter V6 engines after a season that. thus far has yielded only two race finishes.
The engine supply issue saw the team miss a planned endurance test at Aragon, Spain last month and with no apparent thawing of the relationship between ByKolles and NISMO, it is understood that the Sebring race is now not logistically possible.
One well placed source told RACER that the team was in the process of sourcing an alternative engine supplier.
The ByKolles team has also spoken publicly of its wish to develop an in-house ‘Hypercar’ LMP1 design in time for the commencement of the new regulations in 2020/2.