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Rebellion to Start Season with Lola-Toyotas

Rebellion to run Lola B12/60 Toyotas at Six Hours of Silverstone…

Photo: John Dagys

Photo: John Dagys

Rebellion Racing will start the FIA World Endurance Championship season with their 2013-spec Lola-Toyotas, it has been revealed.

The Anglo-Swiss squad has been confirmed on the entry list for next month’s season-opening Six Hours of Silverstone with two of its previous-generation LMP1 cars, which are eligible to be grandfathered into competition for this year.

ENTRY LIST: Six Hours of Silverstone

It’s understood the build of the team’s new Rebellion R-One prototype has faced delays, with the ORECA-built LMP1-L car having been previously ruled out from taking part in “The Prologue” official pre-season test at Paul Ricard. The two Lola-Toyotas will instead be used.

Nicolas Prost and Matthias Beche are currently the only confirmed drivers on the official entry list for the two-car Rebellion effort at Silverstone, although both Nick Heidfeld and Dominik Kraihamer have also signed with the team for a full-season campaign.

The Lotus T129-AER, the only other LMP1-L entry for the season, is still listed, although there has also been delays in the Kodewa camp, which includes an ongoing court case. 

A total of 31 cars are listed to take part at Silverstone, representing all of the full-season entries.

A number of confirmed drivers have yet to be added to the entry list, although it provides confirmation of Tsuigo Matsuda as KCMG’s third driver in its Oreca 03 Nissan.

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

11 Comments

11 Comments

  1. Alms kid

    March 17, 2014 at 9:45 am

    10 months since they announced this program and they can’t even get one if the new cars on track

    • JAGLeMans

      March 17, 2014 at 3:00 pm

      The factory ’14 cars have all been in the works for at least a couple of years, if not longer. Ten months is nothing when developing a new car of this complexity, which also needs to take into account future opportunities for hybrid integration.

  2. Guest

    March 17, 2014 at 10:07 am

    Still can’t figure out the whole appeal of LMP1 for privateers. Just run in LMP2 already and call it a day. Don’t like the pro/am rule? Bring your LMP2 over to the US and run all pro.

    • RT

      March 17, 2014 at 10:11 am

      And get screwed over by the stewards and BoP in TUSC? Don’t think so.

      • Matt

        March 17, 2014 at 1:57 pm

        Its a new series… give it time.

      • steve

        March 18, 2014 at 2:41 pm

        Sebring’s BOP was pretty much spot on.

    • Adrian

      March 17, 2014 at 1:16 pm

      Very true. A privateer will NEVER win against the factory teams. Unless they all break down, which would almost never happen. And now that Porsche is in the game, Good luck with even a top 5 finish.

    • JAGLeMans

      March 17, 2014 at 3:25 pm

      Any team with ambitions of competing at the pinnacle of the sport will have P1 on their radar, whether that’s short, medium or long-term.

      1. A privateer P1 entry will receive far greater media/fan attention than even P2 class winners.

      2. A P1 privateer is guaranteed a Le Mans entry, even top tier P2 teams have no guarantee, which can make or break funding for the season.

      3. Many teams have ambitions to run all-pro driver line-up’s.

      4. Such teams also want to demonstrate their technical prowess to potential suiters, i.e major manufacturers and sponsors.

      Every such team wants to be the new Joest or ORECA, and to do so, you have to demonstrate your capability against the very best. As tough as this is, good performances relative to the factory competition are recognised, particularly over a number of seasons.

      The latest incarnation of P2 had a slow start, but as with most good ideas, the class showed it’s full potential in time. I believe the same will be the case for P1-L, it’s a class that can be a natural progression for the top P2 teams, who can battle amongst themselves for what could become an increasingly prestigious Privateer title.

      Like Joest and ORECA back in the day, these top privateers can also take the fight to the factories and capitalise on their misfortunes. The class is a major financial step-up from P2, but that’s the nature of competing at the top in any sport. No one should be expecting a flood of privateer P1-L teams, but six or more cars would be very respectable, and realistic, in the coming years.

  3. Jack

    March 17, 2014 at 10:31 am

    🙁

  4. Logan

    March 17, 2014 at 11:19 pm

    I like their lola cars they have anyway. They look beautiful in those liveries. 🙂

    • Kirk

      March 18, 2014 at 1:30 pm

      Agree. The Rebellion Lola-Toyota is one of the most beautiful race cars ever created. It’ll be nice to see it race again.

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