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Tuscher Replaces Abt at Rebellion for Rest of FIA WEC Season

Mathéo Tuscher joins Rebellion Racing for final two FIA WEC races of season…

Photo: Rebellion Racing

Photo: Rebellion Racing

Rebellion Racing has swapped Daniel Abt for Mathéo Tuscher to conclude the FIA World Endurance Championship season in Shanghai and Bahrain, the last two rounds of the year.

Tuscher will join Alexandre Imperatori and Dominik Kraihamer in the No. 13 Rebellion R-One AER, while Abt will focus solely on his ABT Schaeffler Audi Sport commitments in the FIA Formula E Championship.

That season kicked off this past weekend in Beijing, and featured a number of FIA WEC drivers in the field.

Tuscher, an 18-year-old Swiss open-wheel prospect exploring the possibility of sports cars, sits 12th in the GP3 standings this year with a best finish of fourth, and two race weekends remaining in November (Bahrain and Abu Dhabi).

With GP3 racing on the Bahrain weekend, Tuscher could theoretically pull double duty between the two series, although the LMP1 opportunity may take priority.

“I feel so honored to be able to drive the two remaining FIA WEC races of 2015 for Rebellion Racing,” he said.

“Endurance racing has interested me since I can remember, and I truly admire how Rebellion Racing as a Swiss private team is so successful in this strong international platform.

“This is going to be my first experience with such a car, and I have a lot of respect for it. Pit stops are going to be a new experience, as well as the traffic with cars at different speeds.”

“We would like to welcome Mathéo to our team,” added Rebellion Racing team manager Bart Hayden.

“It will be quite a learning curve for Mathéo stepping into the LMP1 car for the first time at a race weekend, but he is a confident character and he knows the circuit having raced at Shanghai previously, so we are sure that he will quickly find his feet.

“As a Swiss team, we like to give a chance to Swiss drivers when the opportunity arises and Mathéo has had some good results in single seaters, so it is good that he is now gaining experience in sports cars.”

Tony DiZinno (@tonydizinno) is Sportscar365's North American Editor, focusing on coverage of the IMSA-sanctioned championships as well as Pirelli World Challenge. DiZinno also contributes to and other motorsports outlets. Contact Tony

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