REBELLION Racing Spa preview

Spa-Francorchamps

REBELLION Racing now heads to the legendary circuit of Spa-Francorchamps in Belgium for the 1000 km of Spa, second round of both the Intercontinental Le Mans Cup and the Le Mans Series.

The Swiss team will face extremely strong competition at Spa, which is the last "dress rehearsal" before next month's Le Mans 24 Hours with seven diesel-powered cars being present, including three factory Peugeots and three factory Audis, as well as the regular ILMC and LMS competitors.

Spa-Francorchamps, the historical home of the Belgian Formula 1 Grand Prix, is renowned as one of the drivers' favourite circuits in the world, featuring classic corners like Eau Rouge. The track is fast, hilly and twisty, and it is subject to a local climate that can make weather conditions extremely variable. With nearly 60 cars that will take the start of the race, traffic will add more spice to the challenge.

#12 Rebellion Racing Lola B10/60 Coupe Toyota: Nicolas Prost, Neel Jani, Jeroen Bleekemolen
#12 Rebellion Racing Lola B10/60 Coupe Toyota: Nicolas Prost, Neel Jani, Jeroen Bleekemolen

Photo by: Rainier Ehrhardt

With a good season debut, strong reliability from the new RV8KLM Toyota engine, the introduction of a brand new aerokit and upgrades during the Le Mans 24 Hours test day, REBELLION Racing is heading to the Belgian Ardennes with confidence.

The #12 and #13 Lola Toyota powered REBELLION Racing cars will aim for strong placings amongst the "factory" cars, in order to score maximum points for the Intercontinental Le Mans Cup and Le Mans Series championships.

REBELLION Racing is currently second in the LMS Teams’ classification, one point behind the leader, after achieving a double LMP1 podium at the 8 Hours of Le Castellet.

With REBELLION Racing cars, Lola-Toyota is leading the LMS Manufacturers’ classification with a ten points lead.

REBELLION Racing is fourth in the ILMC Teams’ classification, the first petrol team classified behind Peugeot’s and Audi teams after the 12 Hours of Sebring race.

The 1000 km of Spa race will take place on Saturday May 7 from 14:00 to 20:00. Eurosport and Eurosport 2 will broadcast live nearly 4 hours of the race, including the final hour.

Bart Hayden, REBELLION Racing Team Manage r:

“We are very much looking forward to seeing how our cars perform at Spa with the new aero package, the longer wheelbase, new front suspension and wider front tyres provided by Michelin. We will be facing most of the regular ILMC and LMS rivals in the same race event with six factory diesel-powered cars, but we're all feeling confident and upbeat as we head to Spa-Francorchamps, we will concentrate on our own race to target the best position overall.

After Le Mans 24 Hours test day, we will have a race to compare the equivalence between diesel and petrol engines. We hope that the ACO will have a close look at the data that all the cars are recording for them, to make the right decisions for next month’s Le Mans 24 Hours.”

-source: rebellion racing

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