Hi Oliver, thank you for taking the time out to talk to us. By now I’m sure many people have seen the trip yourself and Mr JWW took to the UAE, can you just describe to us what it was like being out there filming.
It was an incredible trip in which my partners and sponsors for that weekend Ras Al Khamiah and Pure Drive automotive laid on for us. Bringing James out with me for some fun was a great addition and always fun to catch up, especially in such a stunning location with such great cars. It was surreal and a week I’ll never forget.
Let’s talk plans for 2017, what have you got in the pipeline this year with regards to your racing career as well as the YouTube side of things?
So I’ll be in LMP1 this year for the FIA WEC along with Robert Kubica and soon to be announced other championship driver. There is potential plans for me to have a side championship in GT as well which I look forward to announcing soon if we can get everything lined up.
With no other privateer LMP1 cars to race against, what are ByKolles’ aims for 2017?
The aim is to use the year to test, beat all LMP2 cars and compete against the Hybrids on reliability to try and get a great overall result at Le Mans. Obvisouly 2018 is the main year and we are using the first half of this year to test and work together with Robert to make sure the team are in a good place for 2018.
What has been your biggest challenge within motorsport to date?
I would say Formula 3, leading the championship and competing against the likes of James Calado, Jean eric Vergne, Felipe Nasr and so on and then getting some good contacts with F1 after that year but not making it quite into the ranks was tough for me. F1 is a tough world to crack but moving into LMP and winning my first ever year in the European Le Mans Championship was amazing.
Now you’re at what many would argue is the pinnacle of endurance racing within motorsport, what would your next career step be? Do you have your eyes set on Formula One or moving up the LMP1 grid to a team such as Porsche?
For me it would be to stay in LMP, a top F1 seat of course I wouldn’t say no to, but LMP1 factory drives is where my heart and head is at. Its what im pushing for and the reason I’m in the FIA WEC.
Thank you for your time, and we hope to catch up with you when the WEC comes to Silverstone in a couple of months’ time.
See you there!