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Nato Completes Rebellion’s LMP1 Driver Crew

Senna and Menezes return as expected

Rebellion Racing has revealed the driver line-up for its single (#1) Rebellion R-13 Gibson ahead of the opening round of the 2019/20 FIA WEC season at Silverstone.

Bruno Senna and Gustavo Menezes return to the team after competing with it in LMP1 during the ‘Super Season’, and will be joined by Frenchman Norman Nato; all three are understood to be signed for the full season.

Nato will make his LMP1 debut as part of this deal. He will draw upon his experience in LMP2 to get up to speed, which includes an impressive debut year driving with Racing Engineering in the European Le Mans Series back in 2018, during which he finished third in the championship.

“This is a really strong line-up,” Menezes told DSC. “Bruno has a lot of experience and maturity, I have the desire to win races this year. I come into this season looking to extract the maximum pace we can from the R-13 and take the fight to the other cars in the class.

“Obviously I’m really excited to have Norman on board too, he’s a great guy. We’ve known him for a while now. He’s quick on track and good to work with. The working environment will be great.”

Rebellion has scaled back its LMP1 effort this season to just one full-season R-13. DSC understands though that team is planning for the second car to reappear for the 6 Hours of Spa and the season finale at Le Mans.

“We are very happy to have Gustavo (Menezes) for a new season and to let him express all his talent on the track,” said team owner Alex Pesci.

“The Team is extremely proud to always count on one of the best endurance drivers Bruno Senna. We are looking forward to seeing Norman Nato at the wheel of our car in the LMP1 category. He surprised us during the Barcelona Prologue by quickly understanding the Rebellion R-13 car.

“Now, we focus on Silverstone!”

Featured image courtesy of Rebellion Racing