After ending the 2017 season with the title of LMP2 World Champion, the REBELLION Racing team will return to the top category of the World Endurance Championship next season, just one year after leaving it.
As usual, two cars will be lined up by the Swiss team in 2018. At the wheel, 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 the Le Petit Le Mans on October 7th, the American Gustavo Menezes will be part of the crew for this 2018-2019 super season.
Rookie of the year 2017 and 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 on 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.”
After today's qualifying session for the 2015 FIA WEC 6 Hours of Nurburgring race, Nick Heidfeld and Nicolas Prost secured their second Pole position of the season in the LMP1 Privateer class with the #12 Rebellion R-One AER. They achieved an average lap time of 1:42.513 and a fastest lap of 1:41.759. The Rebellion R-One AER #12 car will start sunday's race from the fourth row, seventh on the grid.