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Rebellion Confirms LMP1 Return; Lotterer, Jani Headline Lineup

Andre Lotterer, Neel Jani headline two-car Rebellion Racing LMP1 lineup for 2018/19…

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Rebellion Racing has confirmed it will return to LMP1 competition, featuring a star-studded lineup led by Porsche LMP1 refugees Andre Lotterer and Neel Jani.

Lotterer and Jani will join the returning Mathias Beche and Bruno Senna, alongside 2016 FIA World Endurance LMP2 Champion Gustavo Menezes and this year’s standout LMP2 rookie Thomas Laurent in the new-look lineup.

It will mark Lotterer’s debut with the Anglo-Swiss squad, with the German the only driver to have completed every LMP1 race to date in the history of the WEC, between his stints at Audi and Porsche.

“The LMP1 project is very exciting and to be able to go on with the 24 Hours of Le Mans and the FIA WEC challenge is something I did not want to miss,” Lotterer said. “I am motivated and looking forward to have a great time with great people there.”

Jani, meanwhile, makes his full-season return to the team since joining Porsche in 2014.

The 2016 World Champion having made sporadic starts with Rebellion since, including at this year’s Rolex 24 at Daytona and Mobil 1 Twelve Hours of Sebring in the team’s Oreca 07 Gibson LMP2 car.

“I am looking forward to coming back where my endurance career started nine years ago,” Jani said. “Rebellion Racing played a huge role in my career and also helped me become a factory driver for Porsche.

“When Porsche stopped in LMP1, it was clear for me that I wanted to race again for Rebellion.”

Both 19-year-old Laurent and American Menezes, meanwhile, step up to LMP1 competition for the first time.

“Riding in the LMP1 category championship is a dream come true,” Laurent said. “I think the team will do everything they can to play at the forefront, so we have to live up to expectations.”

Menezes added: “It’s a great opportunity and it’s going to be incredible.”

The team has yet to reveal its chassis or engine choice, only confirming a two-car program for the 2018/19 ‘Super Season.’

Sportscar365 understands the team is likely to remain with longtime partner ORECA, which also designed and built its Rebellion R-Ones, which the team ran in LMP1 from 2014-16.

The car will be revealed at the Geneva Motor Show in March.

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

25 Comments

25 Comments

  1. GrimBrother One

    December 13, 2017 at 1:24 pm

    Great news!

  2. vanillachinchilla

    December 13, 2017 at 1:25 pm

    What would the status of the R-One be under the 2018 regulations? Is it still eligible?

    • John Dagys

      December 13, 2017 at 1:38 pm

      It’s not being considered.

  3. Hubert

    December 13, 2017 at 1:46 pm

    Chassis Oreca et moteur V10 Judd serait super !

  4. Michael Sørensen

    December 13, 2017 at 1:54 pm

    morelikely to be Gibson engines

  5. Kyle

    December 13, 2017 at 1:54 pm

    WEC is going to be fun to watch again next season.

    • jason

      December 13, 2017 at 3:20 pm

      Because of GTE Pro mostly. Toyota will still be favorites to win LMP1 every time.

      • Blaneysellstrashbags@Ring24

        December 13, 2017 at 4:36 pm

        Just like at LM24 last June

      • Carefull with that Eugene, axe.

        December 14, 2017 at 6:17 am

        Let’s face the truth, nobody cares about GTE.

        • Harry Manback

          December 14, 2017 at 11:51 am

          waaaaaaaaaaait, w-whaaaaaaaahhht? Yes, because EVERYONE LOVES watching rich guys spec racing I mean LMP2, that’s why PC did so well in IMSA and is still around today.

          • EDH

            December 16, 2017 at 11:47 am

            Note, I’m not supporting the other side here but what a load of nonsense. Especially considering the competitive LMP2 teams eschew “rich guys” in favor of young silvers. Rich guys also won Daytona, Sebring, and Petit in 2016.

          • Carefull with that Eugene, axe.

            December 18, 2017 at 7:14 am

            Nobody loves slow cars, and that is what GTEs are.

  6. Tyler Sanders

    December 13, 2017 at 3:14 pm

    The LMP1 class is going to be great this season.

  7. TailsLeMans722

    December 13, 2017 at 3:37 pm

    So they will unveil the car in March at the Geneva Motor Show? How much testing will they have completed by then? Will the car be race-ready by Spa in May? Has the car even been built yet?

    Excellent drivers aside I wonder if Rebellion will be competitive, or even reliable, next season because by the sounds of it they are putting this programme together in a very short space of time.

    • Steven

      December 13, 2017 at 5:22 pm

      It’s Oreca. 100% positive it will be race-ready. Rebellion is getting an exclusive deal with Oreca on the LMP1 chassis.

    • Max

      December 13, 2017 at 5:48 pm

      Since the R-One evolved into the -05 and the -07 is the evolution of that and the top LMP2 car…. I’m guessing they’ll do just fine.

      • KW

        December 14, 2017 at 2:33 pm

        Exactly. Practically this is a Oreca 07-Gibson “Evo Kit”, which will be fast and reliable right from the start.

  8. Antonio Desmond Miles

    December 13, 2017 at 11:41 pm

    Most likely they’ll use the new Gibson LMP1 engine but it would awesome if they choose the new AIM-Judd V10. I’d love to hear that beautiful engine sound again!

  9. Dave

    December 14, 2017 at 2:25 am

    Do not know why you keep calling it a Anglo Swiss team It carries the Swiss flag and is registered as a Swiss team . Why is the Bentley not called Anglo German as it is part of the Volkswagen group or the Toyota LMP1 Japanese German as it is based in Germany Take to the next step Aston Martin will not be British as it uses a Mercedes engine

    • Anonymous

      December 14, 2017 at 4:20 am

      The team has its headquarters at Breaston in Derbyshire, UK!

      Technicalities aside this is great news for LMP1, I do hope that they at least release information regarding the car. Name of car, engine, a CG render would be nice, but I doubt that will happen.

    • thomas

      December 14, 2017 at 5:21 am

      I’m pretty sure it’s Anglo-Swiss as it’s ownership is a combination of Speedy Racing (Swiss) and Team Sebah Automotice (English)

      • Dave

        December 14, 2017 at 9:22 am

        Them Bentley must be Anglo German as it is a subsidiary of Volkswagen AG

        • Dave

          December 14, 2017 at 9:28 am

          sorry about spelling error

  10. JamieR

    December 15, 2017 at 5:10 am

    That is an insane line-up. Lotterer and Jani are potentially the 2 quickest P1 drivers on the grid.

  11. Evan

    December 19, 2017 at 9:14 pm

    Go Rebellion!

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