Rebellion Racing preview

The REBELLION Racing team is heading to France for the 78th edition of the world famous 24 Heures du Mans. With two LMP1 Lola coupe - Rebellions entered for the race, REBELLION Racing will face new challenges in la Sarthe. The team will compete ...

Rebellion Racing preview

The REBELLION Racing team is heading to France for the 78th edition of the world famous 24 Heures du Mans.

With two LMP1 Lola coupe - Rebellions entered for the race, REBELLION Racing will face new challenges in la Sarthe. The team will compete at Le Mans with two LMP1 cars for their first time under the REBELLION Racing name. Last year, under the Speedy Racing Team Sebah banner the Swiss team entered one Lola Coupe - Aston Martin in LMP1 and a Lola Coupe Judd in LMP2. Both cars took the chequered flag with the #33 car finishing 2nd in LMP2. The Team's first appearance at la Sarthe was in 2005 (as Sebah Racing).

REBELLION Racing's aim for the forthcoming 24 Heures du Mans is no less than to be the first placed petrol car to be strongly placed amongst the diesel cars. REBELLION Racing will face extremely competitive opposition with 9 factory diesel Peugeots and Audis and 7 petrol cars including a pair of factory Aston Martins.

The diesel cars are still some way ahead of the petrol cars, so it will be tough to race against them. Diesel-powered cars have dominated the LMP1 category over for the past four years. A number of regulation changes have been introduced to try to bring the performance of the petrol cars closer to their diesel equivalents but REBELLION Racing, like other teams running petrol LMP1s, will still have a mountain to climb. Diesel race engine technology is relatively new compared to petrol, so bigger steps in performance can be achieved, making it easier to compensate for the changes imposed by the Automobile Club de l'Ouest. REBELLION Racing's pair of Lolas will be driven by 6 drivers mixing speed, experience and professionalism.

In car #12, the young and talented duo of the team's Le Mans Series regulars Neel Jani from Switzerland and Frenchman Nicolas Prost son of former Formula One World Champion Alain Prost is boosted by another legendary name from the world of motorsport, American Marco Andretti, grand-son of Former 1978 Formula One World Champion Mario and son of US legend Michael Andretti.

Marco commented : " when I was contacted by the Swiss Rebellion Racing team I thought, `why not?' I love those long stints even at night, therefore I immediately accepted the invitation. I met both Nicolas and Neel while I was competing in the A1GP Series two years ago and we became good friends. I am very excited to race at this famous track where my family has been very successful in the past."

Marco (Michael) Andretti was born March 13, 1987 in Nazareth, Pennsylvania in the USA. He won the 2004 Barber Formula Dodge National and Southern class. In 2005 he raced in the Star Mazda series and also competed in six races in the Indy Pro Series, winning three of them. Marco moved to Indy Racing League in 2006, earning the Rookie of the Year performance at Indianapolis 500 and finishing second in the race. From that time, Marco's career has been focused on Indy Racing League finishing 7th in the series in 2006 and 2008 and scoring another Indy 500 podium in 2008. Marco repeated the same performance last week with another third place at the 2010 Indy 500.

In car #13, the team's experienced and talented regular Le Mans Series drivers, Italian Andrea Belicchi and Frenchman Jean-Christophe Boullion, are joined by Guy Smith from Great Britain, winner of the 2003 edition of the 24 Heures du Mans with Bentley.

Guy joined his car #13 teammates at the 8 Hours of Le Castellet, the opening round of the 2010 Le Mans Series, where the team achieved a podium finish.

Andrea Belicchi and Jean-Christophe Boullion are curently third in the LMS drivers classification after the 1000 km of Spa. Team Manager, Bart Hayden said how much REBELLION Racing were looking forward to the event, "we head to Le Mans with great optimism, in spite of the challenge posed by the diesel powered cars in our category. The Le Mans Series races earlier this year have helped us in our preparations for the 24 hour race and we can't wait to get out there and pit our cars against the might of the factory teams. We have really strong driver line-ups and our technical partners at Lola, Engine Developments and Michelin have all worked hard to help us develop the cars. We will aim to deliver our optimum performance and with a little good fortune, we hope to figure strongly in the final classifications of the race."

The two Lola - Rebellion LMP1 cars will take to the legendary 13.4-kilometre Le Mans track for the first time on Wednesday afternoon, between 4pm and 8pm, for practice. The first qualifying session takes place between 10pm to midnight on Wednesday evening.

-source: rebellion

shares
comments
Sam Hancock to drive for Aston Martin

Previous article

Sam Hancock to drive for Aston Martin

Next article

Tom Kristensen's event countdown 2010-06-05

Tom Kristensen's event countdown 2010-06-05
Load comments
How an ingenious fix prevented Paul Newman from winning Le Mans Prime

How an ingenious fix prevented Paul Newman from winning Le Mans

It's one of the great what-if stories in Le Mans history. Paul Newman finished second in the 24 Hours in 1979, but it could easily have been a famous victory were it not for the resourcefulness of the late Manfred Kremer.

Le Mans
Apr 13, 2021
Why Ferrari is ending its 50-year top-flight sportscar racing exile Prime

Why Ferrari is ending its 50-year top-flight sportscar racing exile

Making a return to top-flight sportscar racing after 50 years away, Ferrari will enter the Le Mans Hypercar ranks in 2023. The Italian marque denies the link with Formula 1's new cost cap that frees up resources, but it's certainly no coincidence...

WEC
Feb 25, 2021
Oliver Gavin's Corvette Racing highlights Prime

Oliver Gavin's Corvette Racing highlights

Oliver Gavin has stepped down from the full-time Corvette Racing line-up after a stellar career with the team spanning nearly 20 years. He looks back on a stint that encompassed, among other successes, five Le Mans 24 Hours victories.

Le Mans
Jan 28, 2021
How Tandy joined an exclusive club of endurance legends Prime

How Tandy joined an exclusive club of endurance legends

Victory at last year's Spa 24 Hours meant Nick Tandy had completed the unofficial sextuple crown of the world's six biggest endurance races, becoming the first Briton to do so. Ahead of his fresh start with Corvette Racing, he explains how he did it…

Le Mans
Jan 24, 2021
The cherished curios kept by motorsport's professionals at home Prime

The cherished curios kept by motorsport's professionals at home

Keeping trophies and momentos of key triumphs is par for the course for motorsport professionals, but what are the most cherished souvenirs picked up by the drivers and engineers who have seen and done it all?

General
Dec 26, 2020
The Porsche icon that forged sportscar racing's greatest era Prime

The Porsche icon that forged sportscar racing's greatest era

Porsche is returning to the top class of Le Mans with an LMDh prototype that it hopes will write its next successful chapter in sportscar racing. But it will have to go some to emulate its 956/962, a car which defines the Group C age more than any other.

Le Mans
Dec 16, 2020
How Tom Kristensen forged his ‘Mr Le Mans’ legend Prime

How Tom Kristensen forged his ‘Mr Le Mans’ legend

He is synonymous with success at the Circuit de la Sarthe, but Tom Kristensen's sportscar legacy amounts to much more than his record-breaking nine Le Mans wins, as the most successful driver ever at Sebring and a world champion to boot…

Le Mans
Dec 7, 2020
Why Audi’s shock return promises a new age for sportscars Prime

Why Audi’s shock return promises a new age for sportscars

OPINION: The news that Audi will return to Le Mans means we'll at last get to see the fight promised in 2012 against Peugeot and Toyota. It also gives LMDh a tangible form, which could open the floodgates for more like-minded marques to follow suit…

WEC
Dec 1, 2020