Rebellion to field unchanged WEC line-up in 2016
Rebellion Racing will field an unchanged line-up for the 2016 FIA World Endurance Championship season after confirming its two-car entry in LMP1.
Rebellion once again led the LMP1 privateer standings in 2015, winning the sub-class at Le Mans, Fuji, Shanghai and Bahrain en route to its drivers finishing first and second in the LMP1 Private Teams Drivers' Trophy.
The Swiss team will race with an unchanged line-up in the new season, retaining Nick Heidfeld, Nicolas Prost, Mathias Beche, Dominik Kraihamer, Alexandre Imperatori and Matheo Tuscher.
"Rebellion Racing is pleased to confirm that their 2016 racing programme will centre around running a pair of upgraded Rebellion R-One AER LMP1 cars in the FIA World Endurance Championship, which includes the prestigious 24 Heures du Mans," a statement from the team read.
"Rebellion Racing have submitted their application forms for two cars to the FIA WEC and ACO. Rebellion Racing will be looking to re-confirm its status as the best privateer sportscar team at the highest level of endurance racing. In 2015, the Swiss team extended their domination in the category by winning their fourth straight FIA WEC Endurance Trophy for LMP1 Privateer Teams.
"The Rebellion Racing cars will continue to be powered by AER engines in 2016, for the second year in a row. Both AER and the team have gained experience and knowledge to improve reliability and efficiency of the P60 V6 twin turbo engines."
The team also confirmed that it is on track to make the pre-season WEC Prologue at Paul Ricard ahead of the opening race at Silverstone, having not debuted until the 24 Hours of Le Mans in 2015.
"We have submitted entries for two cars for the full FIA WEC and 24 Hours of Le Mans," team manager Bart Hayden confirmed. "We will continue to use the AER P60 engine; last season it was a new installation in the Rebellion R-One chassis and whilst we achieved our target of taking the titles, there was still a lot of room for improvement on the reliability of the package.
"Together with AER we have been working hard on addressing the issues that came up in 2015 and we will make the necessary steps forward. We have a testing programme scheduled already and, unlike last year where we missed the opening rounds of the season, this year we will be ready from the beginning and we will be at the WEC Prologue at Paul Ricard in March."
The 2016 FIA WEC season begins at Silverstone on April 17.