Portimao: REBELLION Racing preview

LEAD OF LE MANS SERIES CHAMPIONSHIP IN FOCUS REBBELLION Racing gears up for the third round of the 2010 Le Mans Series and heads to the Autodromo Internacional Algarve in Portugal. REBELLION Racing will field its regular two Lola-Rebellion...

LEAD OF LE MANS SERIES CHAMPIONSHIP IN FOCUS

REBBELLION Racing gears up for the third round of the 2010 Le Mans Series and heads to the Autodromo Internacional Algarve in Portugal. REBELLION Racing will field its regular two Lola-Rebellion LMP1 cars with a great chance to take the Championship lead in the teams' classification after the week-end. REBBELLION Racing is currently ranked second in the 2010 Le Mans Series behind the factory Audi entry car no.7.

REBELLION Racing is hoping to secure podium finishes for the #12 car of Neel Jani (CH) / Nicolas Prost (FRA)) and for the #13 car of Andrea Belicchi (ITA) and Jean-Christophe BOULLION (FRA).

The now iconic white and gold liveried Lola-Rebellions will take to the track on Friday 16 July for no less than three free practice sessions, allowing the team and drivers to prepare for Saturday's race :
12:00 - 13:00 Free Practice 1 (60 minutes)
17:00 - 18:00 Free Practice 2 (60 minutes)
21:30 - 23:00 Free Practice 3 (90 minutes)

On Saturday, the REBELLION Racing team and drivers will have a another busy day with the qualifying session, warm up and starting procedure all taking place within five hours:
10:20 - 10:40 LMP Qualifying (20 minutes)
13:10 - 13:30 Warm up (20 minutes)
15:30 "Ear of corn" starting procedure begins
17:00 LMS Round 3 Algarve race starts (215 laps or 6 hours).

To add to the occasion and new for this year, the organisers will enable the crowd at the 1000 km of Algarve to relive the "Le Mans" style start, with drivers running to their cars in the "Ear of corn" positions. It is one of the symbols of endurance racing and earned its name when it was used from 1925 until 1969 at Le Mans 24 Hours. It will be a prelude to the real flying start for the cars at 17h00 on Saturday.

Completed in 2008, the 4.65 kilometre/2.89 miles long Algarve circuit is one of the most modern in Europe. The undulating terrain lends itself to an exciting circuit packed with elevation changes and blind corners that will challenge all of the competitors.

Although relatively new, the Autodromo Internacional Algarve is familiar to the team as REBELLION Racing raced there last year (under the SPEEDY RACING TEAM SEBAH banner) and they held a private test at the track in February.

Four weeks on from Le Mans 24 Hours, REBELLION Racing Team Manager Bart Hayden is looking forward to competing at the Algarve circuit: "We are happy to be racing again. We are heading to Portugal with high expectations. We are focused on trying to win the Championship and also on winning the Le Mans Series " summer " races, which should be possible now with the factory diesel cars not being present. We are optimistic of getting both cars onto the podium."

-source: rebellion-racing.com

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Series European Le Mans
Drivers Neel Jani