Rebellion to make LMP2 switch in 2017

World Endurance Championship team Rebellion Racing has confirmed it will switch from the privateer LMP1 class to LMP2 competition for 2017.

Rebellion to make LMP2 switch in 2017
#13 Rebellion Racing Rebellion R-One AER: Matheo Tuscher, Dominik Kraihamer, Alexandre Imperatori
#13 Rebellion Racing Rebellion R-One AER: Matheo Tuscher, Dominik Kraihamer, Alexandre Imperatori
#13 Rebellion Racing Rebellion R-One AER: Matheo Tuscher, Dominik Kraihamer, Alexandre Imperatori
#13 Rebellion Racing Rebellion R-One AER: Matheo Tuscher, Dominik Kraihamer, Alexandre Imperatori

Rebellion, which is comfortably on course to claim its fifth straight title in WEC's FIA Endurance Trophy for Private LMP1 Teams, had scaled down to just one car earlier this season.

It had begun the season with a pair of Rebellion R-One cars, the #12 car topping the LMP1 independents at Le Mans and the #13 winning the other five rounds - with the #4 car of ByKolles stood as its only competition within the category.

"Manufacturer development has significantly pushed the boundaries of LMP1 and, after having been the main flag bearer for privateer entrants in the category for the past seven seasons, Rebellion Racing will next year move to the new-style LMP2," the team's statement read.

Rebellion is yet to confirm the chassis supplier for its LMP2 challenge next year, the number of cars that it will field or which championships it will enter.

"It is an exciting time for LMP2 as new specification cars, which will be eligible to race in all the top sportscar championships around the world, are currently being unveiled by the chassis suppliers," the statement continued.

"The pace of these new LMP2 cars is forecast to be significantly quicker than the current cars and with high levels of competition between the teams and the cars, the challenge is very attractive to Rebellion Racing."

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