ByKolles Racing has announced former Formula 1 driver Christian Klien is set to return to the squad for 6 Hours of Spa in the World Endurance Championship after initially only signing up for Silverstone three weeks ago.

The Austrian driver had agreed to race for Swiss team Team SARD Morand in LMP2 for the 2015 WEC, but after they were hit by financial difficulties it appears Klien has been looking elsewhere.

When Team SARD Morand confirmed its absence from the WEC curtain raiser, the 6 Hours of Silverstone race, Klien joined ByKolles Racing in the LMP1 privateer class. The number 4 CLM P1/01 car suffered problems midway through the race and was forced to retire with 116 laps completed.

"I had to learn fast in Silverstone as it was the first time I'd experienced the CLM P1/01 and although I have a huge amount of LMP experience each car is different," Klien said.

Despite the team's problems at the Northamptonshire track Klien is remaining positive and feels the Austrian team will bounce back at Spa-Francorchamps.

"I think the car will thrive at Spa, the challenging track style suits it much better," the former F1 Jaguar and Red Bull driver added. "I really enjoy racing at Spa, I scored my first F1 points there and I won the 1000km event with Peugeot Sport LMP1 back in 2009.

"It's a pure drivers track, it's extraordinarily challenging and it takes everything out of you, I'm really pleased to be driving for ByKolles again."

The ByKolles driver list will once again see ex-Red Bull team-mates partner up, as Tonio Liuzzi will join Klien in the car. Young Swiss driver Simon Trummer completes the line up as they hunt an improvement on the disappointment at Silverstone three weeks ago.

"Winning at Spa is the most amazing feeling, I tasted victory there with touring cars so it has a special place in my heart," Liuzzi added. "I'm glad we have ironed out some of the issues we experienced in Silverstone and I'm really looking forward to getting the most out of the updated car and hopefully closing the gap on our main competitors over the coming days."

Team SARD Morand has confirmed is ready to race at Spa but in a reduced capacity with just one Morgan Evo machine which will be driven by Pierre Ragues, Oliver Webb and Zoel Amberg.

Klien is yet to announce his racing plans for the remainder of the season but is expected to remain at ByKolles Racing so he has plenty of preparation for Le Mans in June.



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