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Lotterer Set to Miss Sebring

Andre Lotterer appears set to miss Sebring due to Formula E sim testing commitments…

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Andre Lotterer will miss next month’s FIA World Endurance Championship round at Sebring, in a further shakeup to Rebellion Racing’s driver lineup for the 1000-mile race.

Sportscar365 has learned that the German will not contest the sixth round of the 2018-19 season due to clashing ABB FIA Formula E commitments with DS Techeetah, which has scheduled a simulator test session on the same week.

It will result in Lotterer missing his first-ever WEC race, having been one of two drivers to contest every round since the championship’s inception in 2012.

The former Audi LMP1 factory driver, along with Proton Racing team owner/driver Christian Ried have contested all 55 races to date.

Mathias Beche, who was replaced by Nathanael Berthon in the No. 3 Rebellion R13 Gibson for the remainder of the ‘Super Season’ and 2019-20 season, will fill Lotterer’s seat for Sebring alongside Bruno Senna and Neel Jani in the No. 1 car.

A further driver change, meanwhile, could be made by the team for the penultimate round of the season at Spa.

The shakeup comes amid the start of the 2019 calendar year, which has seen a number of driver changes within the WEC paddock, including an all-new lineup for the No. 37 Jackie Chan DC Racing Oreca 07 Gibson in LMP2.

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

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