The Vanwall Racing Team is an Austrian-German auto racing team based in Greding, Germany. The team currently fields the No. 4 Vanwall Vandervell 680 in the FIA World Endurance Championship. It was founded in 2000 by Romulus Kolles and his son Colin Kolles as Kolles Racing. Prior to 2023, the team was known as ByKolles Racing before being rebranded into the Vanwall Racing Team.
The company initially participated in German Formula 3 before moving to the F3 Euro Series from 2003 to 2005. Colin Kolles left the team to become director of the Jordan Grand Prix Formula One team at the start of the 2005 season, a position he held until 2009. With his son away, Romulus moved the team to the Deutsche Tourenwagen Masters series with Audi under the sponsorship title Futurecom TME. The Kolles team shifted their interest to sports car racing by participating in the Le Mans Series and later the Intercontinental Le Mans Cup, again with customer Audi prototypes. Kolles returned to Formula One to helm the HRT F1 team in 2010, with Kodewa's workshop in Greding serving as a base of operations for the new team before HRT's new owners chose to release Kolles from the team and move their operations to Spain in 2012.
Kodewa participated in the 2013 FIA World Endurance Championship with the backing of Lotus Cars under the title Lotus LMP2. In 2014 they lost their Lotus backing and rebranded as ByKolles Racing with a new LMP1 prototype, the CLM P1/01.
On 2 April 2022, ByKolles successfully completed the roll-out of its Vanwall Le Mans Hypercar, as the team prepares for entry in the 2023 FIA World Endurance Championship. The team acquired the rights to use the Vanwall name and officially rebranded to become the Vanwall Racing Team. On 11 January 2023, their entry was accepted by the Automobile Club de l'Ouest (ACO) and the team will enter the 2023 FIA World Endurance Championship in the Hypercar class with Vanwall Vandervell 680, built to LMH specifications.
German Formula Three Championship results
|2000||AIL Team Kolles Racing||F300||Mugen-Honda||Elran Nijenhuis||14||18||18th|
|2001||Team Kolles Racing||F300||Mugen-Honda||Pierre Kaffer||20||156||4th|
|2002||Team Kolles Racing||F302||Mugen-Honda||João Paulo de Oliveira||14||16||12th|
|Charles Zwolsman Jr.||10||8||15th|
Formula 3 Euro Series results
|2003||Kolles||F303||Mercedes||Charles Zwolsman Jr.||20||7||19th|
|2004||Team Kolles||F303||Mercedes||Adrian Sutil||18||9||17th|
|2009||Kolles & Heinz Union||F309||Volkswagen||Robert Wickens||4||0||22nd|
|Carlo van Dam||4||0||31st|
Deutsche Tourenwagen Masters results
|2006||Futurecom TME||Audi A4 DTM 2004||Vanina Ickx||10||0||19th|
|2007||Futurecom TME||Audi A4 DTM 2005||Adam Carroll||5||0||18th|
|2008||Futurecom TME||Audi A4 DTM 2006||Christijan Albers||11||0||19th|
|2009||Kolles Futurecom||Audi A4 DTM 2007||Tomáš Kostka||10||0||17th|
Le Mans Series results
|2009||Kolles||Audi R10 TDI||Audi TDI 5.5 L Turbo V12 (Diesel)||Charles Zwolsman Jr.||5||12||7th|
FIA World Endurance Championship results
Le Mans 24 Hours Result
The series in which the team competed are listed:
|FIA World Endurance Championship||2012–2020, 2023|
|Le Mans Virtual Series||2021–|
|German Formula Three Championship||2000–2002|
|Formula 3 Euro Series||2003–2004, 2009|
|Deutsche Tourenwagen Masters||2006–2009|
|Le Mans Series||2009|
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- "Former F1 racer Robert Kubica gets LMP1 ride for le Mans, WEC". 5 February 2017.
- Loewenberg, Gabriel. "Robert Kubica Withdraws From WEC Season". The Drive. Retrieved 2018-02-25.
- "Ex-Caterham F1 boss Ravetto joins ByKolles squad". www.motorsport.com. Archived from the original on 2018-02-26.
- Rachit Thukral (2 April 2022). "ByKolles-built Vanwall Le Mans Hypercar rolled out". Motorsport.com.
- Daniel Lloyd (11 January 2023). "Record Top-Category Field Headlines 38-Car Season Entry". sportscar365.com. Retrieved 11 January 2023.