Despite a result at the 6 Hours of Nurburgring below expectations, the Swiss team is pleased with the learning made during the german round of the 2015 FIA World Endurance Championship.
The fourth round of the championship was only the second race of the upgraded Rebellion R-One AER LMP1 team’s cars and the team want to build on the positive sides of the race misfortune.
The race started on a wrong with the Rebellion R-One AER #13 forced to rejoin the pits during the formation lap.
As the AER crew was trying repair the power unit OF CAR #13, the sister Rebellion R-One AER #12 driven by Nick Heidfeld was laying well and increasing his lead in the LMP1 Privateer at a steady 7th place overall.
After only 12 laps, the team had to call for an early pitstop and after refueling the Rebellion R-One AER #12, the car was pulled back in the garage for a quick intervention to provide more cooling to the oil system and Nick rejoined the race. On lap 29 the team sent back the Rebellion R-One AER #13 on track for a single lap, this will be his first and only of the race as the AER crew informed the Swiss team that no repair could done to the engine.
A few laps later, while being full throttle in the start/finish straight, Nick Heidfeld suddenly lost all power in the Rebellion R-One AER #12. A rubber ball of debris have hitted the master switch and shut down all power and releasing the extinguisher.
Nick was able to restart the car and rejoint the pits where the extinguisher was changed. Nicolas Prost took the wheel from Nick.
From that point the Rebellion R-One AER #12 didn’t faced any major issue. Mathias Beche completed a double stint before Nick Heidfeld drove car #12 to the finish flag.
The Rebellion R-One AER #12 secured the second place of the LMP1 Privateer, scoring important points for the championship, leading after this race to the Rebellion R-One AER #13, second in the classification.
Of course the drivers of the Rebellion R-One AER #13 were frustrated by how their no race, they all would have wanted more time in the car and build experience, the team is pleased of their attitude during the race expecting their car to be repaired.
For the next race the competitors of the FIA World Endurance Championship will head to the USA for the 6 Hours of the Circuit of the Americas at Austin, Texas.
Both the drivers line ups will remain unchanged, in the #12 Rebellion R-One AER are Nick Heidfeld, Nicolas Prost and Mathias Beche and the #13 Rebellion R-One AER is shared by Daniel Abt, Alexandre Imperatori and Dominik Kraihamer.
Bart Hayden - REBELLION Racing Team manager : « It’a was not a good day at the office ! Learning is part of motorsport and we are in that process with the Rebellion R-One AER. Despite the two cars finished the Le Mans 24 Hours race for their first outing we need to accumulate more mileage to improve reliability. We have a lot of work ahead with our engine and technical partners, it’s challenging but exiting. We learned a lot today with car #12, pace was consistant and without the issues we faced. Finishing second is a positive result under the circumstances, and it is important for the championship to score points at each race.
The guys have made a great job all weekend. We will stay a few days more at the Nurburgring circuit to prepare the freight for the overseas races. »
At the end of a strong race, Team No. 3 REBELLION Racing finishes third overall and first Team non-Hybrid. The REBELLION R-13 No. 1 finishes fourth overall.
At the end of the three qualifying sessions, the REBELLION R-13 cars #1 and #3 will start the 24 Hours of Le Mans in third and fifth positions on the starting grid.
After a good preparation, the REBELLION Racing Team is going to start the crazy Le Mans week!
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