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Rebellion Adds Second Car for Silverstone

Pipo Derani, Loic Duval, Nathanael Berthon confirmed in second Rebellion for Silverstone…

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Rebellion Racing has added a second LMP1 entry for next weekend’s FIA World Endurance Championship season-opening 4 Hours of Silverstone.

Confirmed in the latest version of the entry list, released on Tuesday, the No. 3 Rebellion R13 Gibson will be driven by Pipo Derani, Loic Duval and Nathanael Berthon.

It joins the already-confirmed full-season No. 1 entry for Bruno Senna, Gustavo Menezes and Norman Nato.

Duval will make his debut with the Swiss squad, while Derani is set for his second start with Rebellion after serving as a substitute for Formula E-bound Nelson Piquet Jr. in the Nürburgring round in 2017.

Berthon, meanwhile, is set for a continuation of his contract that saw the Frenchman join the team at the beginning of the calendar year.

According to team owner Alex Pesci, the deal for the No. 3 car is currently for Silverstone-only, although could be extended for the final two races of the season.

It’s believed the car has remained a full-season entry.

“At the end of many negotiations, the team managed to enter a second car for this first round of the World Endurance Championship and keeps on working to be able to line up two cars in each round of the WEC, although priority will be given to Spa-Francorchamps and the 24 Hours of Le Mans 2020,” Pesci said.

The last-minute addition brings the LMP1 grid up to six cars and the total entry to 31 for the Sept. 1 race.

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Other updates to the entry list include Riccardo Pera confirmed in the No. 77 Dempsey-Proton Racing Porsche 911 RSR alongside Matt Campbell and Christian Ried, and Andrew Watson in Gulf Racing’s Porsche after having tested with the British squad at the Prologue.

Kei Cozzolino has replaced Eddie Cheever III in the No. 70 MR Racing Ferrari 488 GTE Evo, meanwhile.

Two to-be-confirmed seats remain on the entry list in the No. 88 Proton entry alongside Porsche Junior Thomas Preining.

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