Rebellion confirms LMP1 move for 2018/19 WEC season

Rebellion Racing has confirmed it will return to the LMP1 class for the 2018/19 FIA World Endurance Championship superseason.

As reported by Motorsport.com this week, Porsche LMP1 refugees Andre Lotterer and Neel Jani will form part of the Swiss squad's driver line-up on its return to the top flight after one season in LMP2.

Current drivers Bruno Senna and Mathias Beche will remain with the team, with Gustavo Menezes and Thomas Laurent joining from Signatech Alpine and Jackie Chan DC Racing respectively to complete the line-up.

Rebellion has yet to confirm what car it will use, but it's expected it will continue its title-winning partnership with French constructor Oreca, with a Gibson the likely choice of power unit.

A return to the R-One it used in 2016 prior to dropping down to LMP2 has already been ruled out by team boss Bart Hayden.

"I am looking forward to coming back where my endurance career started nine years ago," said Jani, who raced with Rebellion in WEC before joining the factory Porsche squad in 2014.

"Rebellion Racing played a huge role in my career and also helped me become a factory driver for Porsche. When Porsche stopped in LMP1, it was clear for me that I wanted to race again for Rebellion.

"With the new regulations, I hope we can reach the overall podium at Le Mans and with a bit of luck, maybe we can even grab some wins during the superseason of WEC.”

Lotterer, who last raced a privateer LMP1 car in 2009 for Kolles, added: ”The LMP1 project is very exciting and to be able to go on with the 24 Hours of Le Mans and the FIA WEC challenge is something I did not want to miss.

"I am motivated and looking forward to have a great time with great people there!”

Rebellion will reveal its LMP1 cars in March at the Geneva Motor Show.

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Series WEC
Drivers Andre Lotterer , Neel Jani
Article type Breaking news