Rebellion Racing Consolidates Its Positions In Both ILMC & LMS Championships
After a very strong race, the two cars of Rebellion Racing, Lolas-Toyota #12 & #13 finished in 7th and 9th place in the 1000 km of Spa-Francorchamps. The "virtual first" petrol car position was missed because of damaged bodywork issues that forced both cars to lose precious time in the pits. Nevertheless, Rebellion Racing scored valuable points for both ILMC and LMS championships.
First petrol car on the grid with Lola-Toyota #12, Nicolas Prost started the race from the 3rd row. After his first scheduled pitstop, Nico had to stop again to replace the rear-end of the car after a contact with a GT in Eau Rouge. With total commitment, the two drivers, Neel Jani and Nicolas Prost, were able to recover to 7th place overall, half a lap behind #16, which was the first petrol car.
Starting from the back of the grid, Andrea Belicchi in Lola-Toyota #13 had a very good opening double stint and went from 50th to 11th place. Jean-Christophe Boullion continued the effort but was forced to stop twice due to official marshall's decision to repair the left rear end of the bodywork of the car. At the end of the race, #13 was passed by a recovering Peugeot #9 and finished in 9th place.
Bart Hayden, Team Manager:
"Appart from some minor bodywork issues following little knocks in the traffic, both cars ran faultlessly and showed strong mechanical reliability. With Le Mans 24 Hours in only four weeks time, this is the main positive that we take from this week-end.
The final classification could have been slightly better for both cars but the points they have scored today in both the ILMC and LMS championships are very important. In ILMC, we have strenghened our fourth place in the Teams' Classification and the first petrol car team. In LMS, we are strongly in a position to contest for the championship win in both Teams' and Drivers' Classifications. In the LMS Manufacturers' Championship, we have extended Lola-Toyota's lead. The team have shown this week-end their professionalism, skill and ability in the face of difficulties, like having to rebuild the car overnight on day one."
Nicolas Prost, Lola-Toyota #12:
"We had a litle lack of luck today. Because of the trafic, the contact with the Ferrari was unaviodable. Neel and I did a very good race. With our good position on the grid and our pace during the race, we have shown that we have the faster petrol car. Both Rebellion Racing cars were reliable and scored good points today."
Neel Jani, Lola-Toyota #12:
"In a way, I have the same feeling that I had at the 6 Hours of Le Castellet. We have the fastest petrol car but we haven't finished in the position of the first petrol car. We had a problem with the bodywork at the rear-end of the car that cost us the best result we could have expected. I'm satisfied by our race, but not by the result."
Jean-Christophe Boullion, Lola-Toyota #13:
"Once again, we have missed a good result because of a detail. I'm not satisfied by finishing in the 9th place. Of course we did a strong race but it was not enough. I'm sure that we can have better result in the forthcoming races."
Andrea Belicchi, Lola-Toyota #13:
"We are happy because we have finished the race without a mistake. We had a problem with bodywork that's why we lost our good position. Anyway, that's the race. After the Thursday crash, we were not expecting to be in position to score good points for the championship. The team did fantastically well to repair the car, they deserved a decent result!"
-source: rebellion racing