Nelson Piquet Jr. to race at Le Mans, select WEC rounds with Rebellion in 2016
Nelson Piquet Jr. has been confirmed at Rebellion Racing for the 2016 Le Mans 24 Hours, returning to the famous race for the first time since 2006.
The Brazilian racer previously competed at the Circuit de la Sarthe in an Aston Martin DBR9, finishing fourth in the GT1 class prior to his big break with Renault in Formula 1.
Piquet Jr, who currently races for NEXTEV TCR in Formula E and claimed the inaugural championship last season, will be part of the No.12 Rebellion R-One LMP1 driver line-up.
He will share the car with fellow Formula E drivers Nicolas Prost and Nick Heidfeld, debuting in the Rebellion machine at the FIA World Endurance Championship prologue later this month.
To prepare for Le Mans, Piquet Jr. will also compete in the No.12 car at the opening two rounds, the 6 Hours of Silverstone and 6 Hours of Spa.
"I am thrilled to be joining Rebellion Racing for several races this season including, of course, the Le Mans 24 Hours," he said.
"That race is one of the most special motorsport events in the world and I loved it so much when I raced there in 2006 that it has been very high on my list ever since to do it again.
"I couldn’t be happier than to be doing it with such a great team and together with Nico and Nick as my teammates. I can’t wait to get in the car at Paul Ricard later this month to begin our preparations."