As the curtain closes on the 2013 FIA World Endurance Championship season, Rebellion Racing will end a long-standing partnership with Lola.
The Six Hours of Bahrain will be the final race for Rebellion’s Lola LMP1 coupé, ending a six-season run of Lola Coupé chassis for the Rebellion squad, starting in LMP2 in 2008 and 2009 before moving to LMP1 from 2009 up to 2013.
Rebellion will enter the 2014 FIA World Endurance Championship with two new Rebellion R-One LMP1 prototypes, which will also compete at the 2014 24 Hours of Le Mans. The new R-One chassis will be designed by Oreca, as announced ahead of the 2013 edition of the Le Mans 24 Hours.
“An important era for Rebellion Racing reaches its conclusion with the final race for the Lola Coupé LMP1,” said team manager Bart Hayden. “The Team built its reputation with this car, we have recorded a lot of victories and championship wins in the Le Mans Series, in the American Le Mans Series and of course in the FIA World Endurance Championship through the FIA Endurance LMP1 Trophy. It would be fantastic if the Lola could finish its career with another podium at the 6 Hours of Bahrain.”
The old chassis will go out on a high no matter what happens in Bahrain, with Rebellion already successfully defended its 2012 Privateers’ Trophy crown, as well as two overall podiums in Brazil and Japan. The team also won the final ever round of the American Le Mans Series, scoring a back-to-back victory at Petit Le Mans.