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Rebellion announces driver line-up

Highlands Today
Published:   |   Updated: March 12, 2013 at 05:21 PM

Nick Heidfeld and Neel Jani will kick off Rebellion Racing's full-season effort in the 2013 American Le Mans Series presented by Tequila Patrón, the team announced. The pair is set to drive Rebellion's No. 12 Toyota powered Lola B12/60 coupe starting with the 61st Mobil 1 Twelve Hours of Sebring Fueled by Fresh from Florida.

"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," said Bart Hayden, team manager.

Two Rebellion entries will be on the grid at Sebring—Nicolas Prost joins Heidfeld and Jani in the No. 12; while Andrea Belicchi, Mathias Beche and Cong Fu Cheng team in the No. 13 Lola-Toyota. The same pairings in both cars will contest the first three rounds of the FIA World Endurance Championship, including the Le Mans 24 Hours.

"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," Hayden said.

For the Long Beach and Mazda Raceway Laguna Seca rounds of the ALMS, Heidfeld and Jani will drive the No. 13 Lola-Toyota. The driver lineup for the remainder of the season will be confirmed later.

Rebellion Racing enters 2013 off a season-ending victory at the 2012 Petit Le Mans powered by Mazda. Belicchi, Prost and Jani won the race after starting from pole position at Road Atlanta.

The Swiss team exceeded all expectations in 2012; they won the inaugural FIA LMP1 Endurance Trophy for best privateer in the FIA World Endurance Championship, they finished fourth overall at Le Mans 24 Hours, having been quickest of the privateer prototypes from start to finish in addition to winning Petit Le Mans.

In 2013, Rebellion Racing will be submitting entries for the American Le Mans Series, the FIA World Endurance Championship and the 24 Hours of Le Mans.

Rebellion has also submitted a full season entry application for one Toyota powered Lola B12/60 coupe in the 2013 FIA World Endurance Championship. The team will be looking to re-confirm its status as the best privateer sportscar team at the highest level of endurance racing. In addition, Rebellion will be seeking to enter a second Lola B12/60 coupe Toyota in the first two rounds of the FIA WEC (at Silverstone and Spa-Francorchamps) as a preparation for Le Mans 24 Hours.

Rebellion has submitted applications for two cars to the Automobile Club de l'Ouest for the 90th edition of the La Sarthe classic.

"We are looking forward to a great season of racing in 2013," Hayden said. "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."

REBELLION Racing will remain the exclusive partner of Toyota Motorsport GmbH for the petrol V8 3.4 liter RV8KLM engine program. In 2013, TMG will supply Rebellion with upgraded versions of the RV8KLM engines as the successful association between the Rebellion Racing team and TMG enters into its third year.


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