REBELLION RACING AIMING TO BE THE FIRST PETROL TEAM, WHAT ELSE ?
Following a sixth overall and highest petrol LMP finish at the 2011 Le Mans 24 Hour race, REBELLION Racing continues with the remaining rounds of both the Intercontinental Le Mans Cup and Le Mans Series as they head to Italy for the first ever « Le Mans » endurance race at Imola.
With the strong result that the team achieved at the Le Mans 24 Hours, the Swiss squad will arrive at Imola with more confidence and higher expectation of finishing ahead of the petrol LMP field and possibly on the overall podium.
A variation of the new aero package, introduced during the Le Mans Test Day in April, will be used by the team at Imola. This variation of the front aero was tested briefly at Spa in May, but was not scheduled to be used during the Belgian race.
The Toyota engines are not scheduled to receive major updates at Imola but have been optimised in some areas since Le Mans.
After being fully rebuilt after the Le Mans race, in a very short time period, the Swiss team will field two Lola-Toyota cars for their regular driver partnerships, the 12 car of Neel Jani (CH) and Nicolas Prost (F) and #13 of Andrea Belicchi (Italy) and Jean-Christophe Boullion (F).
The 6 Hours of Imola race will be the third round of the Le Mans Series and the fourth of the Intercontinental Le Mans Cup.
Most of the teams at not familiar with the Autodromo Internazionale Enzo e Dino Ferrari track, but the REBELLION Racing drivers have recent racing experience there. The 4,909 metre long circuit, one of the iconic Formula One tracks combines high-speed and slow sections. The circuit has recently undergone extensive revisions to the pit lane and its final corners. Imola is a very demanding track on both tyres and brakes. The endurance of the Michelin tyres and the brakes will be the key to keeping the performance during the last stages of the race.
Bart Hayden, Rebellion Racing Team Manager : « The team have once again put in a great effort to get the cars ready for this race, just 15 days after the trucks were back from the Le Mans 24 Hours. The result we had at Le Mans was the best that we could have expected due to the current regulations and equivalences and it shows that we are progressing as a Team. This memorable achievement provides us with even more determination to win the Le Mans Series and secure the third place in the ILMC team’s classification behind Peugeot and Audi as the first petrol and private team. Everybody is expecting another good result, we are ready to deliver it and a podium finish is an achievable target. »
by: rebellion racing