The brand new REBELLION R-One LMP1-L race cars will compete for the first time this weekend during the 6 Hours of Spa, round two of the 2014 FIA World Endurance Championship. With only 5 days of testing prior to the Belgian event, the Swiss team will focus on development and testing of the cars in race conditions.
After the first race at Silverstone, where the team ran 2013 spec Lola-Toyotas, securing a fourth place overall, the team went directly to the Paul Ricard HTTT to start testing the R-One and build the cars ready to race at Spa-Francorchamps. It's been a huge effort to get the cars ready to race with late nights and some « all nighters » since Silverstone and the team flew directly from Nice to Brussels without being able to go back to the UK in between.
The Belgian enduro will constitute an extended test for the R-Ones rather than a race. REBELLION Racing is realistic in their expectation for the 6 Hours of Spa.
Bart Hayden, REBELLION Racing Team Manager : « Just getting to Spa with two new cars is already a massive achievement for the team. Everyone has given everything that they have to get these cars ready and I'm very proud of the work ethic and professionalism of everyone that has been involved. Our expectations for the race are quite modest, we anticipate new car teething problems, but we considered it to be crucial to be at Spa to give ourselves the very best preparation for Le Mans. We start a new chapter for the team this weekend and we hope that it will be a great continuation of what has already been a fantastic story for REBELLION Racing. »
Oreca 07s #31 and #13 crossed the finish line in second and fourth positions after 6 hours of fierce race on the German circuit.
At the end of the Qualifying Session, the two Oreca 07s finished in third and fourth position of the category LMP2.
This weekend will be the fourth and final race in Europe on the famous German circuit of Nürburgring before moving on to America and Asia for the rest of the World Endurance Championship.
Two weeks before the fourth race of the season in the FIA WEC, we are pleased to announce the arrival of Filipe Albuquerque and Pipo Derani within the team Vaillante REBELLION.