LMP1 program, driver line-up tipped for Rebellion

LMP1 program, driver line-up tipped for Rebellion

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LMP1 program, driver line-up tipped for Rebellion

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Swiss-flagged team Rebellion Racing’s 2018/19 FIA World Endurance Championship driver line-up is coming together, according to a French media report.

Auto Hebdo lists six drivers, including three drivers with extensive experience with the team: Bruno Senna and Mathias Beche, who raced with Rebellion’s LMP2 squad in 2017 (pictured), together with potential team returnee and 2016 FIA WEC drivers champion Neel Jani. Also linked to the team’s ‘Super Season’ program is the team’s Petit Le Mans star and 2016 LMP2 drivers champion Gustavo Menezes, multiple Le Mans winner and former WEC champion Andre Lotterer and 2017 Le Mans LMP2 class winner Thomas Laurent.

All six drivers are either Gold or Platinum rated, pointing firmly to confirmation of an LMP1 program for the outfit.

RACER sources in the driver market point to just two of the drivers being fully confirmed, Senna and Jani seemingly already contracted to the team for 2018/19.

Confirmation of the team’s plans is most likely to come on Wednesday with the team’s end-of-year party and sponsor event in Switzerland, but the cat may already be out of the bag after the Auto Hebdo story was retweeted by a senior member of Rebellion management.

If the expected announcement of a two-car LMP1 effort is confirmed it will see the current number of 2018/19 LMP1 entrants rise to nine. Currently Toyota Gazoo Racing and SMP Racing are set to race with two cars apiece, in addition to TRS Racing/Manor, DragonSpeed and ByKolles’ previously confirmed single-car efforts.

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