Newly-crowned FIA WEC LMP2 champion Rebellion Racing is set to return to LMP1 competition in 2018, for what DSC understands will be a full-season two-car effort in the 2018/19 FIA WEC ‘Super Season’ with ORECA chassis (though this is not confirmed by the team as we go to press). ORECA are set to play a leading role on the engineering side of the effort and it is also understood that the new ORECA LMP1 car will be exclusively supplied to Rebellion for the 2018/19 season.
The team, which won the LMP1 Privateer Trophy in the FIA WEC each year from 2012 to 2016 during its time racing with Lola and Oreca designed and built Rebellion R-One chassis, brings the total number of declared LMP1 entires for next season to nine.
The team’s first announcwent of the programme confirms their six full season drivers and, as usual for Rebellion it is a star studded line-up
Bruno Senna and Mathias Beche will be joined by two current LMP1 drivers Neel Jani and André Lotterer.
After driving under the colors of REBELLION at the Petit Le Mans on October 7th, Gustavo Menezes will be part of the crew for the 2018-2019 super season.
FIA WEC Rookie of the year for 2017, 19-year-old Thomas Laurent will bring his energy and his youth after an amazing season with the Jackie Chan DC Racing.
Both cars will be revealed at the Geneva International Motor Show in March.
Bruno Senna: “I am very happy to be in LMP1 with REBELLION Racing for the 2018-2019 FIA WEC super season. The many changes in the rules will be a huge challenge, but we have drivers and a quality team to deal with them. We will push very hard for those these crucial Le Mans wins!”
Mathias Beche: “I am really happy to go on in the REBELLION family. The super season is going to be exciting and the team has recruited the best drivers. Winning Le Mans would be crazy, but it is definitely the REBELLION Racing way of acting! I think we’re going to live one of the craziest seasons the team has known and I can not wait to be there.”
Gustavo Menezes: “I would like to thank REBELLION Racing and especially Calim Bouhadra and Alexandre Pesci for their trust. I was an ambassador of REBELLION Timepieces this past year and now I’ve become an official driver of the team. I had a great time with Team Signature and now another adventure begins. I am 23 years old and now moving to the top category. It’s a great opportunity and it’s going to be incredible!”
Neel Jani: “I am looking forward to coming back where my endurance career started 9 years ago. REBELLION Racing played a huge role in my career and also helped me become a factory driver for Porsche. When Porsche stopped in LMP1, it was clear for me that I wanted to race again for REBELLION. With the new regulations, I hope we can reach the overall podium at Le Mans and with a bit of luck, maybe we can even grab some wins during the super season of WEC.”
André Lotterer: ”I am very happy to join the champion REBELLION team! The LMP1 project is very exciting and to be able to go on with the 24 Hours of Le Mans and the FIA WEC challenge is something I did not want to miss. I am motivated and looking forward to have a great time with great people there!”
Thomas Laurent: “I look forward to meeting the whole team and other drivers, seeing the car and getting in it for the first time! Riding in a LMP1-category championship is a dream come true. I think the team will do everything they can to play at the forefront, so we have to live up to expectations! I can’t wait to work with experienced drivers again, as I’ve been to do all year long.”