Rebellion Racing

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Switzerland Rebellion Racing
Rebellion R-One - Rebellion racing bis.jpg
Founded 2010
Team principal(s) Alexandre Pesci
Current series FIA World Endurance Championship
WeatherTech SportsCar Championship
Former series American Le Mans Series
European Le Mans Series
Intercontinental Le Mans Cup
Noted drivers France Nicolas Prost
Germany Nick Heidfeld
Switzerland Mathias Beche
Switzerland Alexandre Imperatori
Austria Dominik Kraihamer
Germany Daniel Abt
Teams'
Championships
FIA Endurance LMP1-Trophy
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 Petit 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 debuted at the 2014 Spa 6 Hours in the 2014 FIA World Endurance Championship and continues to use Toyota engines.[8]

2015 Season[edit]

On 3 February 2015, Rebellion Racing announced a new engine partnership for the 2015 FIA World Endurance Championship season. The Rebellion R-One LMP-1 cars will be powered by twin-turbo engines from Advanced Engine Research. Rebellion Racing will use AER P60 V6 GDI twin-turbocharged power units.[9]

On 25 March 2015, it was announced that Alexandre Imperatori and Daniel Abt had signed up with the team to pilot the squad's second car alongside Dominik Kraihamer.[10]

2017 Season[edit]

After a four-year hiatus, Rebellion Racing participated in the North American SportsCar Championship which started at the 24 Hours of Daytona in January. The team also decided to switch to the LMP2-class in the 2017 FIA World Endurance Championship.

Racing record[edit]

24 Hours of Le Mans results[edit]

Year Entrant No Car Drivers Class Laps Pos. Class
Pos.
2008 Switzerland Speedy Racing Team
United Kingdom Sebah Automotive
33 Lola B08/80-Judd Switzerland Steve Zacchia
Italy Andrea Belicchi
France Xavier Pompidou
LMP2 194 DNF DNF
Switzerland Speedy Racing Team 94 Spyker C8 Laviolette GT2-R Switzerland Andrea Chiesa
Switzerland Iradj Alexander
Switzerland Benjamin Leuenberger
GT2 72 DNF DNF
2009 Switzerland Speedy Racing Team
United Kingdom Sebah Automotive
13 Lola B08/60-Aston Martin Italy Andrea Belicchi
France Nicolas Prost
Switzerland Neel Jani
LMP1 342 14th 12th
33 Lola B08/80-Judd Switzerland Benjamin Leuenberger
France Xavier Pompidou
United Kingdom Jonny Kane
LMP2 343 12th 2nd
2010 Switzerland Rebellion Racing 12 Lola B10/60-Rebellion France Nicolas Prost
Switzerland Neel Jani
United States Marco Andretti
LMP1 175 DNF DNF
13 Lola B10/60-Rebellion France Jean-Christophe Boullion
Italy Andrea Belicchi
United Kingdom Guy Smith
LMP1 143 DNF DNF
2011 Switzerland Rebellion Racing 12 Lola B10/60-Toyota France Nicolas Prost
Switzerland Neel Jani
Netherlands Jeroen Bleekemolen
LMP1 338 6th 6th
13 Lola B10/60-Toyota Italy Andrea Belicchi
France Jean-Christophe Boullion
United Kingdom Guy Smith
LMP1 190 DNF DNF
2012 Switzerland Rebellion Racing 12 Lola B12/60-Toyota France Nicolas Prost
Germany Nick Heidfeld
Switzerland Neel Jani
LMP1 367 4th 4th
13 Lola B12/60-Toyota Italy Andrea Belicchi
Netherlands Jeroen Bleekemolen
Switzerland Harold Primat
LMP1 350 11th 7th
2013 Switzerland Rebellion Racing 12 Lola B12/60-Toyota France Nicolas Prost
Germany Nick Heidfeld
Switzerland Neel Jani
LMP1 275 39th 7th
13 Lola B12/60-Toyota Switzerland Mathias Beche
Italy Andrea Belicchi
China Congfu Cheng
LMP1 275 40th 8th
2014 Switzerland Rebellion Racing 12 Rebellion R-One-Toyota France Nicolas Prost
Germany Nick Heidfeld
Switzerland Mathias Beche
LMP1-L 360 4th 1st
13 Rebellion R-One-Toyota Italy Andrea Belicchi
Switzerland Fabio Leimer
Austria Dominik Kraihamer
LMP1-L 73 DNF DNF
2015 Switzerland Rebellion Racing 12 Rebellion R-One-AER France Nicolas Prost
Germany Nick Heidfeld
Switzerland Mathias Beche
LMP1 330 23rd 10th
13 Rebellion R-One-AER Switzerland Alexandre Imperatori
Austria Dominik Kraihamer
Germany Daniel Abt
LMP1 336 18th 9th
2016 Switzerland Rebellion Racing 12 Rebellion R-One-AER France Nicolas Prost
Germany Nick Heidfeld
Brazil Nelson Piquet Jr.
LMP1 330 29th 6th
13 Rebellion R-One-AER Austria Dominik Kraihamer
Switzerland Alexandre Imperatori
Switzerland Mathéo Tuscher
LMP1 200 DNF DNF
2017 Switzerland Vaillante Rebellion 13 Oreca 07-Gibson Brazil Nelson Piquet Jr.
Switzerland Mathias Beche
Denmark David Heinemeier Hansson
LMP2 364 DSQ DSQ
31 Oreca 07-Gibson Brazil Bruno Senna
France Nicolas Prost
France Julien Canal
LMP2 340 16th 14th

Le Mans Series Results[edit]

Le Mans Series results[11]
Year Class Car No. Drivers Races Wins Poles Fast laps Points T.C.
2007 GT2 Spyker C8 Spyder GT2-R 94 United Kingdom Jonny Kane
Switzerland Andrea Chiesa
Italy Andrea Belicchi
5 0 0 0 14 6th
2008 LMP2 Lola B08/80-Judd 33 Italy Andrea Belicchi
France Xavier Pompidou
Switzerland Steve Zacchia
1 0 0 0 8 7th
GT2 Spyker C8 Laviolette GT2-R 94 Switzerland Andrea Chiesa
Switzerland Benjamin Leuenberger
Switzerland Iradj Alexander
5 0 0 0 11 7th
2009 LMP1 Lola B08/60-Aston Martin 13 Switzerland Marcel Fässler
Italy Andrea Belicchi
France Nicolas Prost
5 0 0 0 14 5th
LMP2 Lola B08/80-Judd 33 France Xavier Pompidou
United Kingdom Jonny Kane
Switzerland Benjamin Leuenberger
5 1 0 0 24 2nd
2010 LMP1 Lola B10/60-Rebellion 12 Switzerland Neel Jani
France Nicolas Prost
5 0 0 0 53 3rd
13 Italy Andrea Belicchi
France Jean-Christophe Boullion
United Kingdom Guy Smith
5 0 1 0 44 5th
2011 LMP1 Lola B10/60-Toyota 12
13
Switzerland Neel Jani
France Nicolas Prost
Italy Andrea Belicchi
France Jean-Christophe Boullion
5 0 2 2 51 1st

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.
  9. ^ "WEC: Rebellion Racing switches to AER turbo engine". Racer.com. 3 February 2015. 
  10. ^ "Rebellion LMP1 WEC squad signs Daniel Abt and Alexandre Imperatori". Autosport.com. 25 March 2015. 
  11. ^ LMS complete results wsrp.ic.cz

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