Rebellion Racing announces all-new LMP1 program for 2018 season

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Rebellion Racing, the 2017 LMP2 champion, has announced that for the 2018 season it will return to the LMP1 category of the World Endurance Championship, just one year after leaving it.

The Anglo-Swiss team is set to field a two-car campaign, with current drivers Bruno Senna and Mathias Beche being joined by Neel Jani and André Lotterer. Rounding out Rebellion’s team are the appointments of Gustavo Menezes and 19-year-old Thomas Laurent.

Rebellion states that both cars will be revealed at the Geneva International Motor Show in March of next year, but hasn’t named either chassis or engine supplier. It does, however, have a long-standing and successful partnership with Oreca who have supplied multiple cars to the team over the years. 

“I am looking forward to coming back where my endurance career started nine years ago,” explained Neel Jani, at the driver announcement. “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 the team. With the new regulations, I hope we can reach the overall podium at Le Mans and with a bit of luck, maybe we can even grab some wins during the super season of WEC.”

“I am very happy to join the champion Rebellion team,” Lotterer added. “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. I am motivated and looking forward to have a great time with great people there!”

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