Following the recent news from REBELLION Racing that they will be competing in the LMP2 category of world endurance racing in 2017, the team is pleased to announce a continuation of their relationship with chassis constructor ORECA.
In 2014, after six seasons of successfully running Lola chassis in world endurance racing events, new technical regulations led REBELLION Racing to build their own LMP1 cars, the Rebellion R-Ones in association with ORECA. Just six weeks after the first R-One tested on track in 2014, REBELLION Racing took a historic result with their R-One LMP1 car at Le Mans when they finished in fourth place overall in the famous Le Mans 24 Hour race.
The R-One cars have claimed 18 LMP1 Privateer victories (out of 21 races) since then and have been crowned three times as winners of the FIA World Endurance Trophy for LMP1 Privateers from 2014 to 2016 (to add to the two titles that REBELLION Racing had won previously with their Lola cars in 2012 and 2013).
The success of the Rebellion R-One LMP1 cars seeded the development of ORECA’s first closed top LMP2 car a year later (the ORECA “05” coupe) and the next evolution of that car, the ORECA “07” is poised to continue the winning pedigree.
Designed and optimised for the new LMP2 technical regulations which come into force from 2017, the ORECA “07” LMP2 car had its first on track tests a few days ago and right from the first moment on the circuit, the ORECA design team were pleased to see the car achieve its predicted performance.
For 2017, REBELLION Racing have ordered two ORECA “07” cars and in the ultra competitive LMP2 category, the team will be aiming to build upon the success that it has enjoyed over the years.
Alexandre Pesci – REBELLION Racing Team Principal : « After our decision to quit the LMP1 privateer class after many years of success, we have carefully weighted all the available chassis options. Very soon it appeared that ORECA was the best choice for us to make, we are very happy with the Rebellion R-One they built for us and our working relationship was second to none, an ORECA chassis has won the LMP2 WEC class this year and I am confident that the new ORECA 07 will continue to dominate the LMP2 category in the near future.»
Hugues de Chaunac – ORECA : « We are pleased to continue our collaboration with Rebellion Racing. After the success and the great challenge with the R-One, it was logical and natural to continue the excellent relationship of work built up over the past years. The arrival of the team in LM P2 is very good news for the category. Rebellion Racing is a team of great quality, with a lot of experience, and it strengthens significantly the LM P2. I thank Alexandre Pesci and Bart Hayden for their trust and their choice to run the ORECA 07. »
Bart Hayden – REBELLION Racing Team Manager : « The 2017 LMP2 races are going to be ultra competitive and that makes choosing the right chassis partner very important. With the R-Ones, we have appreciated the skill of the ORECA designers and we have witnessed the success of their “05” LMP2 chassis, so it was almost a logical choice for us to continue our association together. We are excited by this new challenge and are looking forward to getting our hands on the first of our new cars. »
For this first meeting of the FIA WEC Super Season, REBELLION Racing performed for its return to the LMP1 category. Both R-13 cars dominated the LMP1 thermal classification from the free practice to the 6 hours of racing, Toyota hybrids remain unreachable with the current EOT.
REBELLION Racing is going to start the first race of the Super Super at Spa-Francorchamps circuit with two R-13 cars entered in LMP1 category.
The first meeting of the Super Season took place on April 6th and 7th at the Paul Ricard circuit for the World Endurance Championship Prologue.
REBELLION Racing continues its implication in Endurance by a LMP2 car in the European Le Mans Series. The ORECA 07 will be composed of an ambitious crew with Thomas Laurent at the wheel.