Rebellion Racing

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Rebellion Racing's two cars at the 2011 24 Hours of Le Mans.
Rebellion Racing's Lola B10/60 Toyota engined race car.
Rebellion Racing's driver Andrea Belicchi.

Rebellion Racing is a Swiss racing team that competes in endurance racing. The team competed in the 2011 Intercontinental Le Mans Cup season and won the LMP1 teams' title in the 2011 Le Mans Series season. The team started as an association between Speedy Racing and Sebah Racing, which began in 2008. Rebellion Racing's team principal is Alexandre Pesci and the team manager is Bart Hayden.[1]

2011 season[edit]

In 2011, Rebellion Racing and Toyota Motorsport GmbH confirmed their plans for a Le Mans Prototype LMP1 engine supply partnership. Two Rebellion Racing Lola LMP1 cars powered by Toyota engines in LMP1. At the end of October 2010, Rebellion Racing and Toyota Motorsport engineers conducted an evaluation test programme at Portimao, Portugal and Monteblanco, Spain. The team have renewed the contracts of its regular 2010 drivers. Neel Jani / Nicolas Prost and Andrea Belicchi /Jean-Christophe Boullion will again spearhead the Rebellion Racing attack.[1]

24 Hours of Le Mans[edit]

At the 2011 24 Hours of Le Mans, the no. 12 car of Nicolas Prost/Neel Jani/Jeroen Bleekemolen qualified 8th and finished 6th overall. It was the first gasoline finisher. The no. 13 car of Andrea Belicchi/Jean-Christophe Boullion and Guy Smith retired after 190 laps.

Le Mans Series[edit]

Rebellion won the LMP1 teams' title with 51 points, 1 point more than Pescarolo Team, which came courtesy of Neel Jani's pole position.[2]

Intercontinental Le Mans Cup[edit]

In the season finale in Zhuhai, the top gasoline-powered LMP1 car was the Rebellion team's Toyota-engined Lola coupe driven by Neel Jani and Nicolas Prost. It came back from an unscheduled stop to change front and rear bodywork, after Jani ran into the back of Allan McNish's Audi R18, to overhaul the OAK Racing OAK-Pescarolo driven by Alexandre Premat, Olivier Pla and Jacques Nicolet for fourth position and[3] scored the points needed to secure third place in the Team classification in LM P1 of the Intercontinental Le Mans Cup, behind the turbo diesels of the Peugeot and Audi factory teams.[4]

2012 season[edit]

World Endurance Championship[edit]

On 1 February 2012, it was announced that German driver Nick Heidfeld would drive a Rebellion Lola-Toyota in select rounds of the FIA World Endurance Championship. Heidfeld will share the wheel of the Anglo-Swiss squad's No. 12 LMP1 entry with Neel Jani and Nicolas Prost at the Twelve Hours of Sebring, Six Hours of Spa and 24 Hours of Le Mans. He completes Rebellion's lineup, with Jeroen Bleekemolen having been announced on 31 January as the third driver in the No. 13 Lola-Toyota with Andrea Belicchi and Harold Primat.[5]

Petit Le Mans[edit]

Rebellion Racing entered the 2012 24 Hours of Le Mans to attempt to score an overall victory at the race since Audi chose to not enter the race. After early battling with Muscle Milk Pickett Racing, the latter crashed when attempting to pass a GT car, allowing Rebellion to lead the rest of the race and win Petit Le Mans.

2013 season[edit]

Rebellion Racing participated in both the 2013 FIA World Endurance Championship season and 2013 American Le Mans Series season. But in July, mid-way through the season, the team decided to end its ALMS programme and focus on the WEC. After that, it only contested the Petit Le Mans series finale at Road Atlanta in October.[6] Rebellion Racing took their second consecutive overall victory at Petit Le Mans, after Muscle Milk Pickett Racing again retired halfway through the race.[7]

2014 season[edit]

On 8 June 2013, Rebellion confirmed they have entered a partnership with Oreca to design and build their own LMP1 car, the Rebellion R-One. The car is destined to be ready for the 2014 FIA World Endurance Championship and will continue to use Toyota engines.[8]

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b Lola-Toyota for Rebellion Racing in 2011 News & Media - Lola News. Friday, 3 December 2010.
  2. ^ Le Mans Series: Pescarolo team claims LMP1 drivers' title in Portugal Autoweek. 26 September 2011.
  3. ^ Peugeot wins ILMC finale in China Autoweek. 13 November 2011.
  4. ^ Zhuhai 6 hours: Rebellion in top 3 of ILMC 2011 www.lemans.org. 14 November 2011.
  5. ^ LE MANS: Heidfeld Confirmed At Rebellion Speedtv.com. 1 February 2012.
  6. ^ Gary Watkins (23 July 2013). "Rebellion to shelve ALMS challenge". Racer.com. 
  7. ^ Smith, Steven Cole (11 November 2013). "Now It's Over". Autoweek: 76–77. 
  8. ^ R-ONE: Rebellion Racing to build an LMP1 car in partnership with Oreca News & Media - Rebellion News. 3 December 2010.

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