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LMS win at Imola for REBELLION Racing!
Andrea Belicchi and Jean-Christophe Boullion won the Le Mans Series 6 Hours of Imola. A brilliant 1-2 for REBELLION Racing as the #12 Lola-Toyota drivers Neel Jani and Nicolas Prost achieved a strong second place after a six hour battle with the #13 sister car.
This result places REBELLION Racing joint first in the Le Mans Series Teams’ Championship with 28 points and only two rounds remaining.
I am very happy to have won here in Italy,...
Both REBELLION Racing cars were 5th and 6th in the overall classification of the 6 Hours of Imola as the two first petrol cars behind the four factory diesel cars from Peugeot and Audi.
REBELLION Racing is also in a strong 4th place in the Intercontinental Le Mans Cup Teams’ classification (and the first petrol powered team).
This achievement confirms that the team’s progress this season puts the Swiss team into the potential race winner club.
From the start to the checkered flag the two Lola-Toyotas managed to dominate the petrol cars field.
The battle between the two sister cars, turned two hours before the end, to the advantage of the #13 car of Belicchi-Boullion. The windscreen of car #12 was covered in oil coming from another competitor’s blown engine. Neel Jani was forced to stop to clean the windscreen, Nico Prost climbed into the car with fresh tyres and started to recover. At the checkered flag, the #13 car crossed the line only 17.6 seconds ahead of the #12 car!
Andrea Belicchi, Lola-Toyota #13 : "To be honest, from the beginning to the end, it has been a big, big fight. We had to push all the time and to keep our concentration to achieve this good result. I am very happy to have won here in Italy, close to my house in front of my familly, my friends and the fans."
Jean-Christophe Boullion, Lola-Toyota #13 : "We have to be proud of the team and the work we have done. From the beginning of the season, the cars are better and better. This result is very good for us."
Nicolas Prost, Lola-Toyota #12 : "Of course, for me, it's a slight dissapointment. We had good pace. With a car as good as we had, it's impossible not to be slightly dissapointed. We have the fastest petrol car of the championship but that's the third time we finished second ! This time, we lost time because of race incidents. I had to go off the track to avoid a FLM leaving the pit and another car blew its engine just in front of Neel who had to stop to clean the windscreen. It's a pity to fight so hard during 6 hours and to finish just 17seconds behind the winner."
Neel Jani, Lola-Toyota #12 : "It's a good result for the team. The team were 5th and 6th in the overall classification, but our car lost the 5th position, for sure. But we have given our best and if we are not at the first place of the LMS classification, it's only because of a lack of luck. All the more, all the team have to be satisfied with the work we did this week-end. The #13 did a great job. They were just behind us and it was their opportunity and they took it. If we are one behind the other fighting for the first place, it shows that all the team have done their job!"
Bart Hayden, REBELLION Racing Team Manager : "I am very proud of the guys. They have all done a fanstistic job this weekend. The cars were once again well prepared and showed good reliability, the pitstops were faultless and the drivers were amazing.
We are now in a really good position to fight for the win in the LMS championship as we are joint leader in the teams’ classification. Once again our partners at Toyota Motorsport, Lola and Michelin have helped us to achieve this result. Since the beginning of the season we’ve had the fastest petrol LMP car, but now we have proved twice in two races to be the best petrol team."
Alexandre Pesci, REBELLION Racing Team Principal : "I am delighted with today’s win in Le Mans Series Imola race. The conclusion of this week-end confirms on the track that our achievement at this year’s Le Mans 24 Hours was not due to the bad luck of our main competitor. I am pleased by the team’s progress and results this season. I am confident in our ability to win again in the future."