Rebellion Racing will compete in both the American Le Mans Series (ALMS) and the FIA World Endurance Championship this season the team have confirmed.
The Swiss outfit will enter a single Toyota powered LMP1 Lola coupe for the full season in each championship with the intention of adding a second car for the opening two WEC races at Silverstone and Spa-Francorchamps in preparation for the 24 Hours of Le Mans, the team having submitted and additional entry to the ACO for the June race.
While the exact driving assignments have yet to be announced – beyond the likely combination of Petit Le Mans winners Neel Jani, Andrea Belicchi and Nicolas Prost at the 12 Hours of Sebring – the team have confirmed that alongside the aforementioned threesome and Mathias Beche Nick Heidfeld and Cong Fu ‘Frankie’ Cheng will return to the team after making winning appearances for the team during 2012 – former F1 driver Heidfeld at Le Mans and Spa-Francorchamps, Cheng at his home WEC round in Shanghai.
Jeroen Bleekemolen and Harold Primat lose their drives with the team.
“We are looking forward to a great season of racing in 2013,” said team manager Bart Hayden. “In the ALMS, we definitely want to add some more overall victories to our resume. In the FIA World Endurance Championship, having won the FIA LMP1 Endurance Trophy for best privateer in 2012, it would be nice to win it twice in a row, and in June we hope to have another strong showing at Le Mans.”
“We are fortunate to benefit from a talented and experienced pool of drivers again this year, I’m convinced that they will all do a great job and work well together. Our first race this year will be one of the toughest races that we will face all year, but after a long and busy winter, all of us can’t wait to be in Sebring racing again, particularly as we will be up against some extremely strong rivals.”