ORECA founder and president Hugues de Chaunac says he’s thankful for the “beautiful collaboration” with Rebellion over the last six years, which is set to come to an end following this year’s 24 Hours of Le Mans.
The Swiss company announced on Thursday its withdrawal from motorsport following the 2018-19 FIA World Endurance Championship season, which has also seen its planned involvement with Peugeot’s top-class prototype return also axed.
The partnership between ORECA and Rebellion began in 2014 with the Rebellion R-One, which was designed, developed and built by the French constructor, followed by the R13 in 2018, which then also saw ORECA largely take over operations of the Rebellion team in the WEC.
A total of 20 wins and three LMP1 privateer titles were achieved between this time period, including overall victories in Silverstone 2018 as well as last year’s round in Shanghai.
“I would like to warmly thank Rebellion Corporation President Alexandre Pesci for having engaged in endurance racing with much passion and commitment, allowing Rebellion Racing to establish itself as one of the major teams of the discipline,” de Chaunac said.
“This beautiful collaboration, which began in 2014, has been marked by numerous successes and has been a wonderful journey, on both human and sporting aspects, with Rebellion staff and Rebellion Corporation CEO Calim Boudhadra as well as in house for ORECA.
“Together, our common goal will be to shine in the last four challenges ahead of us.”
In what appears to have been unrelated to Rebellion’s exit, ORECA no longer appears to be in the mix for a partnership with Peugeot, which has reportedly opted for a technical alliance with Ligier Automotive instead.