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Rebellion Set to Forgo Rolex 24; LMP1 Decision Looming

Rebellion Racing rules out Rolex 24 Daytona program for 2018; decision pending on possible LMP1 program…

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Rebellion Racing is unlikely to return to the Rolex 24 at Daytona, as the Anglo-Swiss squad focuses on its yet-to-be-decided 2018/19 FIA World Endurance Championship program, according to team manager Bart Hayden.

Hayden revealed to Sportscar365 that it has no active plans to compete in January’s Florida endurance classic, following a limited season IMSA WeatherTech SportsCar Championship program this year.

The team fielded a solo Oreca 07 Gibson at Daytona, Mobil 1 Twelve Hours of Sebring and Motul Petit Le Mans, with the LMP2 chassis having been sent back to its UK base following last month’s season finale.

Hayden, however, would not rule out a return to the WeatherTech Championship later in the season, potentially as early as Sebring in March.

LMP1 Decision by December

A decision on whether the team will step up to LMP1 competition in the WEC’s ‘Super Season’ will likely be taken by next month.

Despite reports linking the team to a two-car ORECA effort for next year, Hayden said they have yet to finalize its program, which would either be in LMP1 or LMP2.

The team made the switch to LMP2 competition this season as part of an initially planned two-year program, although has been up for re-evaluation in the wake of a restructured top prototype class following Porsche’s announced withdrawal from LMP1 competition.

A number of teams have since committed to LMP1 for 2018/19, including Manor and DragonSpeed.

John Dagys is the founder and Editor-in-Chief of Sportscar365 as well as the recently launched e-racing365 Web site for electric racing. Dagys spent eight years as a motorsports correspondent for FOXSports.com/SPEED Channel, and contributes to other publications worldwide. Contact John

9 Comments

9 Comments

  1. VictoryCB

    November 15, 2017 at 8:13 am

    As long as they keep the Vaillante sponsorship going, I’d love to see them in P1. BUt they are really really good in P2.

  2. Anonymous

    November 15, 2017 at 8:22 am

    Please return to LMP-1 Rebellion, please! Still doesn’t answer who has bought the Ginetta chassis though!
    Rebellion will almost certainly try and get an Oreca 09 LMP1. I say that because Oreca have stated that the 07 is designed to be “upgradable” to LMP1 class. My money on the Team that have bought those two Ginetta chassis plus a spare, sounds to me like a “manufacturer” effort so I’m gonna say Alpine with or without Signatech involvement. They are under serious time pressure to come up with a replacement for their LMP2 program and I can’t see them heading to DPi because Alpine have no presence in the U.S as far as I’m aware. That leaves LMP1 and if you look back over the last few years they have said time and again about a potential move up to the top class.

    • John Cray

      November 16, 2017 at 10:30 am

      Good synopsis of both situations. Rebellion always looked cautiously and quietly to move back up to P1. And who else realistically but Alpine as Ginetta’s other customer.
      There remains the possibility of a Chinese ‘manufacturer’ and/or Nissan (beyond selling engines to CLM) squeezing into P1 also, doesn’t there ?

      • Anonymous

        November 16, 2017 at 5:37 pm

        I suppose it is possible that Nissan might look, but when you’ve confirmed you’ll have a works team in Formula-e for the 2019/20 season; parent company Renault is back in F1 with a works effort then Alpine makes sense to be the brand that races in the WEC, after all the 1978 LM-24hr win was a Renault-Alpine A442b. And we need to address Nissan’s elephant in the room, the GT-R LM NISMO LMP1, a car I think Nissan won’t look upon with fond memories. Nissan need to distance themselves from that for a while and the best way to do that is to simply not be there. I have no doubt Nissan may attempt a top-class return in the future but that probably won’t be till we know the shape of the new LMP1 rules for 2020. I personally can’t see them coming back to WEC anytime soon in a “Works” capacity. But stranger things have happened.

  3. Roh

    November 15, 2017 at 1:07 pm

    More excellent news for real prototype racing!

    • Tyler Sanders

      November 15, 2017 at 1:59 pm

      That is definitely true.

  4. Steven

    November 15, 2017 at 4:53 pm

    Rebellion only left because there was no one to race them other than ByKolles. Now that more teams are entering and Oreca due to make an LMP1 next year, They may just bring the R-One back out for a season before getting the new car.

    • Tyler Sanders

      November 15, 2017 at 9:20 pm

      That makes sense the car will definitely need to be updated power wise.

  5. Gabe Docks

    November 16, 2017 at 12:10 am

    They’d just run into drivetrain/alternator problems or get punted off by a lower class anyway…

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