Fresh from securing the LMP1 teams’ title in the FIA World Endurance Championship (WEC) Rebellion Racing are aiming to add a first overall win at Petit Le Mans to their collection, returning to Road Atlanta for a second time.
Having finished in the 10-hour, 1,000 mile race in fifth place last year – behind the quartet of diesel coupes from Audi and Peugeot – the team return with a single Lola-Toyota car to try and best the best of the regular American Le Mans Series (ALMS) teams to victory with the dominant works cars from previous years opting out of a trip to Brasleton
“We are having a great season,” said team manager Bart Hayden. “We just won the FIA Endurance Trophy for LMP1 Teams last weekend in Japan after winning in five major events of the year at Spa, Le Mans, Silverstone, Sao Paulo and Fuji. But we always want more. Petit Le Mans is an unusual, complex, spectacular event; one of the most eagerly sought after endurance trophies, and we want to win it. Our target is clear, it is to race for the win.”
“Racing here at Petit Le Mans between two Asian rounds of the FIA WEC is a massive challenge for the team. Part of the team and two of our Lola-Toyota LMP1 cars and equipment are on their way to Shanghai, China, and we are a limited crew here at Road Atlanta with our third Lola-Toyota LMP1.”
Recreating the team who finished fifth last term Neel Jani and Nicolas Prost – who secured the team’s WEC crown at the Six Hours of Fuji – are joined in the entry by Andrea Belicchi – a regular in the second car through the WEC season, driving with Harold Primat.
“For Petit Le Mans race, I will share the driving with my teammates Neel and Nico who are used to racing in another car than mine in the WEC,” said Belicchi. “We know each other well because we raced together in the past and last year here at Petit Le Mans. I am happy too to race against Guy Smith who has been my teammate twice at Rebellion Racing at Le Mans in 2010 and 2011. The Petit Le Mans track is fast, hard and dangerous and I love that. I am really determined to win.”
“We have to quickly reacquaint ourselves with the ALMS rules,” adds Prost, “especially with the safety car process. At Road Atlanta, traffic is always an important element that could change the race. We have to make a strong race and see how we will be against the regular ALMS competitors. The Muscle Milk HPD will be difficult to beat, but we will do our best to succeed.”