Rebellion accepts it made Le Mans "error of judgement"

The Rebellion LMP2 team has accepted the loss of its overall podium finish in the Le Mans 24 Hours for what has been described as an “error of judgement”.

Rebellion accepts it made Le Mans "error of judgement"
#13 Vaillante Rebellion Racing Oreca 07 Gibson: Mathias Beche, David Heinemeier Hansson, Nelson Piquet Jr.
Podium: race winners Timo Bernhard, Earl Bamber, Brendon Hartley, Porsche Team, second place Ho-Pin Tung, Oliver Jarvis, Thomas Laurent, DC Racing, third place Mathias Beche, David Heinemeier Hansson, Nelson Piquet Jr., Vaillante Rebellion Racing
#13 Vaillante Rebellion Racing Oreca 07 Gibson: Mathias Beche, David Heinemeier Hansson, Nelson Piquet Jr.
#13 Vaillante Rebellion Racing Oreca 07 Gibson: Mathias Beche, David Heinemeier Hansson, Nelson Piquet Jr.
Podium: race winners Timo Bernhard, Earl Bamber, Brendon Hartley, Porsche Team, second place Ho-Pin Tung, Oliver Jarvis, Thomas Laurent, DC Racing, third place Mathias Beche, David Heinemeier Hansson, Nelson Piquet Jr., Vaillante Rebellion Racing
#13 Vaillante Rebellion Racing Oreca 07 Gibson: Mathias Beche, David Heinemeier Hansson, Nelson Piquet Jr.
Checkered flag for #37 DC Racing Oreca 07 Gibson: David Cheng, Alex Brundle, Tristan Gommendy and #38 Jackie Chan DC Racing ORECA 07-Gibson: Ho-Pin Tung, Thomas Laurent, Oliver Jarvis
Listen to this article

Nelson Piquet Jr, David Heinemeier Hansson and Mathias Beche claimed Rebellion’s first outright podium at the Circuit de La Sarthe last Sunday, finishing three laps behind the winning Porsche LMP1 car and two behind the winning LMP2 car.

But the trio were excluded after the race when the stewards deemed Rebellion was guilty of a bodywork infringement on the #13 Oreca.

This related to a "hole that [had] been fashioned by the competitor in the right-hand side of the engine cover," which had been made to grant the Rebellion crew access to the car's starter motor without having to remove the engine cover and rear bodywork.

It came after the #13 car suffered starter motor issues earlier in the race, and effectively meant it ran the final part of the event with non-homologated bodywork.

On Friday the team released its first official comment on the disqualification, stating it “takes responsibility for what happened and accepts its consequences”.

It read: “Sports institutions must be respected. The team’s values are courage and bravery and this error of judgement must not spoil these.”

Rebellion president Alexandre Pesci added: “I would like to personally thank all of our fans for their unconditional support and express my deepest gratitude to our partners for their trust and for making this adventure so special.

“The team will have the opportunity to prove themselves as a great professional team at the next meeting of the WEC at Nurburgring already.”

Piquet, Heinemeier Hansson and Beche remain second in the LMP2 points despite the exclusion, although they are now 40 points behind class winners Ho-Pin Tung, Oliver Jarvis and Thomas Laurent.

That trio finished in second overall at Le Mans, leading a Jackie Chan DC Racing one-two in class after the Rebellion exclusion promoted Tristan Gommendy, Alex Brundle and David Cheng to second.

shares
comments
Top 20 photos from Le Mans 2017
Previous article

Top 20 photos from Le Mans 2017

Next article

McLaren targets Le Mans return if LMP1 gets rules reset

McLaren targets Le Mans return if LMP1 gets rules reset
Load comments
The remarkable fixes Toyota used to avert another Le Mans disaster Prime

The remarkable fixes Toyota used to avert another Le Mans disaster

The 1-2 finish achieved by Toyota at this year's Le Mans 24 Hours was a result that will have surprised few, given its status as pre-event favourite. But the result was anything but straightforward, as worsening fuel pressure concerns required the team's drivers and engineers to pursue "creative fixes" on the fly. Here is the full story of how it reached the end without a lengthy pit visit

Le Mans
Nov 3, 2021
Inside the Le Mans finish too barmy for Hollywood Prime

Inside the Le Mans finish too barmy for Hollywood

Team WRT has been at the forefront of GT racing for years and made a successful move to prototypes for 2021, capped by an LMP2 win on its Le Mans debut. It could've been even better had the race been one lap shorter, when its cars ran 1-2, but the stranger-than-fiction reality has spurred the team to reach greater heights.

Le Mans
Oct 16, 2021
Why Toyota's Le Mans victory was not as simple as it looked Prime

Why Toyota's Le Mans victory was not as simple as it looked

Toyota scored its fourth Le Mans 24 Hours victory and a 1-2, with the #7 car of Kamui Kobayashi, Mike Conway and Jose Maria Lopez beating the #8. But although it looked straightforward from the outside, Toyota faced serious problem that had to be solved with some quick-thinking and ingenuity.

Le Mans
Aug 24, 2021
What we've learned from the Le Mans 24 Hours so far Prime

What we've learned from the Le Mans 24 Hours so far

The new dawn for the FIA World Endurance Championship has arrived at Le Mans, as Hypercars prepare to duel for victory in the world's oldest endurance race. Motorsport.com picks out the 10 things we have learned in the build up to the race.

Le Mans
Aug 21, 2021
Le Mans 2021: The team-by-team guide Prime

Le Mans 2021: The team-by-team guide

After a two-month delay due to the ongoing impact of the COVID-19 pandemic, the 2021 Le Mans 24 Hours is set to get underway with the start of the Hypercar era at the Circuit de la Sarthe.

Le Mans
Aug 21, 2021
The ex-F1 drivers making a name for themselves in LMP2 at Le Mans Prime

The ex-F1 drivers making a name for themselves in LMP2 at Le Mans

Kevin Magnussen will make his Le Mans 24 Hours debut this weekend alongside father Jan in LMP2. But the Danes won't be the only ex-F1 drivers to appear in the hotly contested category this year.

Le Mans
Aug 20, 2021
Can Toyota's #7 crew break its Le Mans curse? Prime

Can Toyota's #7 crew break its Le Mans curse?

One Toyota, normally with the number 7 on the side, always seems to attract the bad luck in the Le Mans 24 Hours. Mike Conway, Kamui Kobayashi and Jose Maria Lopez are hoping for a change in fortune this time around, but face significantly more unknowns than in recent years

Le Mans
Aug 19, 2021
How to prepare an amateur for Le Mans sensory overload Prime

How to prepare an amateur for Le Mans sensory overload

The 23-car GTE Am field promises to be one of the most open in this year’s Le Mans 24 Hours, with the added jeopardy of managing the enthusiasm of amateur drivers to boot, as Absolute Racing Porsche driver Marco Seefried explains

Le Mans
Aug 19, 2021