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Rebellion Reveals LMP1 Driver Pairings

Rebellion Racing confirms driver pairings for LMP1 program…

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Rebellion Racing has revealed its driver pairings for its LMP1 program following the FIA World Endurance Championship entry list reveal on Friday.

The team previously announced the six drivers that would be part of a two-car program with its new Rebellion R13 Gibson but has now revealed which drivers will pilot each car.

Former Porsche LMP1 drivers Andre Lotterer and Neel Jani will be joined by Bruno Senna in the No. 1 car while LMP2 standouts Mathias Beche, Gustavo Menezes and Thomas Laurent will pilot the No. 3 car.

Lotterer has three 24 Hours of Le Mans victories to his name while Jani won the race and WEC title in 2016.

Senna and the trio of drivers in the No. 3 car have all had success in LMP2 in recent seasons, with Thomas Laurent winning the class at Le Mans last year.

Menezes and Senna won the LMP2 WEC title in 2016 and 2017, respectively, with Senna’s success coming in a Rebellion-run Oreca 07 Gibson.

The Rebellion R13 Gibson’s livery and technical specifications will be announced on March 6 at the Geneva International Motor Show.

Algarve Pro to Run Rebellion ELMS LMP2 Entry

The Rebellion name will also return to the European Le Mans Series LMP2 ranks with an Oreca run as a junior team by Algarve Pro Racing.

The entry, which will be under the APR-Rebellion Racing banner, will be driven by Laurent, Harrison Newey and a currently unannounced third driver.

“For this season, we want to follow on from what Rebellion Racing did in last year’s WEC championship,” commented Algarve Pro team manager Stewart Cox.

“Thomas Laurent is outstanding, he is a very gifted young man that will continue to develop in the hands of our engineer Greg Wheeler. For me, Rebellion symbolizes performance, perfection and sophistication.”

Algarve Pro will also run a Ligier JS P217 Gibson with an all-Bronze lineup of Tacksung Kim, Mark Patterson and Ate De Jong.

Jake Kilshaw is a UK-based journalist who is Sportscar365's European News Editor/Reporter. Kilshaw is a student of Politics and International Relations and is a member of the Autosport Academy. Contact Jake

7 Comments

7 Comments

  1. Edo

    February 10, 2018 at 6:19 am

    They have the best lineup among this year p1 entries

  2. Azuma

    February 10, 2018 at 7:39 am

    Will Rebellion Racing still be sponsored by Vaillante?

  3. Kyle

    February 10, 2018 at 9:17 am

    I’d love to see Rebellion take down Toyota.

  4. Mike S

    February 10, 2018 at 12:39 pm

    Well hope Toyota doesn’t take down Toyota first. Been that the last 2 years at Le Mans. Hope non-hybrids arent pushing power envelope for reliability like they used to several years ago as well to keep up with Porsche, Audi, Toyota. Bykolles and Rebellion couldn’t even finish races to keep up.

    • Tyler Sanders

      February 10, 2018 at 7:22 pm

      The LMP1 privateer regs are different from the past couple of years.

  5. Mr. Underhill

    February 10, 2018 at 5:27 pm

    Wasn’t Richard Bradley already announced as the 3rd driver in that Laurent/Newey car?

    • Binky

      February 10, 2018 at 6:03 pm

      I saw that too. Would have been nice if APR could borrow a driver from their Oreca (all 3 are ‘professional’ race car drivers regardless of their FIA rating) to give to the bronze lineup in their Ligier.

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