Frenchman Nathanael Berthon has joined Rebellion Racing’s LMP1 program for the remaining rounds of the 2018-19 WEC season as well as the 2019-20 campaign. This news, which sees Berthon join the team’s No. 3 R-13 crew, effectively confirms Rebellion Racing intention to participate in the next WEC season too.
“I am very happy that Rebellion’s LMP1 team trusts me,” said Berthon, who has past experience racing in both LMP1 and LMP2, as well as the World Touring Car Cup. “The idea of participating in the World Endurance Championship and the 24 Hours of Le Mans twice, in 2019 and in 2020, with a team and a car playing to win, is a great source of motivation for me! Rebellion’s ambitions are big, and to be a part of this project makes me feel proud and also brings strong responsibility.
“I want to thank everyone who made this possible. I can’t wait to be in Sebring to get to know the team, the proto R13 and work alongside my future teammates!”
At present, it’s unclear which seat in the No. 3 Berthon will fill for the final three races of the ‘Super Season’ at Sebring, Spa and Le Mans. So far this season Gustavo Menezes, Thomas Laurent and Mathias Beche have shared the No. 3, and enjoyed the best string of the results in the privateer LMP1 ranks, including an overall race win at Silverstone last year.
“We are delighted to welcome Nathanal Berthon to the Rebellion Racing family,” added team vp Calim Bouhadra. “I would like to thank Olivier Panis (Berthon’s manager) who allowed us to be in touch with Nathanal and to obtain his services. Personally, that’s exactly what I love about endurance: that spirit of fellowship and fraternity.
“Olivier knows Nathanael very well, knows his value, and that has convinced us that he is the right driver for us to be even stronger against tough opponents like Toyota. I am sure he will be successful with us.”