Derani set for Rebellion Nurburgring WEC seat
Pipo Derani is set for a return to the FIA World Endurance Championship with the Rebellion LMP2 squad at the forthcoming Nurburgring round.
Nelson Piquet Jr and Nicolas Prost will both skip the Nurburgring 6 Hours to contest the clashing New York City Formula E race, leaving Rebellion with two seats to fill in Germany.
The Anglo-Swiss team is believed to have targeted Derani, whose agreement with the Chip Ganassi-run Ford GTE Pro squad ended after Le Mans, to fill in for one of the teams’ regular drivers.
"I’m working hard to be back in the WEC,” Derani told Motorsport.com at Le Mans. “Of course my main ambition is to continue as a factory driver in the future after having achieved some good results with Ford, including a win [at Silverstone].”
Derani has two full WEC campaigns under his belt in LMP2 with G-Drive in 2015 and ESM in 2016, with the latter team pulling out of the series last year.
Although he would not comment directly on links with Rebellion, Derani did express his desire to race again in LMP2, as well as pursue possibilities with major manufacturers for 2018.
"LMP2 is not off the cards and is a category where I know I can contribute immediately and successfully,” continued Derani.
"It’s a class that has shown its growth in competition from last year so I’m really open to that. If I can get back in LMP2 for the remainder of the season then that would be great.”
Rebellion is expected to announce its two new drivers for the Nurburgring this week.
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