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Dunlop Le Mans

Rebellion Racing Firms Up 2013 Plans

We already know part of the Rebellion plan for 2013 with the announcement that the Swiss owned but UK based team will enter a single Lola Toyota B12/60 coupe in the 2013 ALMS.

DSC has also reported too that the team intended to enter a single car for a full WEC season, with a second car for the three European races (should their entry be accepted for the June classic).

Those plans were publicly confirmed yesterday with a second car also confirmed for Sebring.

Rebellion have also confirmed their 2013 roster of six drivers as, hot on the heels of announcements confirming the retention of Andrea Belicchi, Neel Jani and Nicolas Prost and the hiring of Mathias Beche, the team have announced the return of Nick Heidfeld to the squad once again, Heidfeld taking LMP1 privateer victories for Rebellion in 2012 at Spa and Le Mans

The final link in the chain is Cong Fu (Frankie) Cheng, another returnee, and another man who has stood on the top step of the podium for the team after winning at his home race in Shanghai in 2012.

Rebellion Racing will (again as reported here in December) remain the exclusive partner of Toyota Motorsport GmbH for the petrol V8 3.4 litre RV8KLM engine programme. In 2013, TMG will supply Rebellion Racing with upgraded versions of the RV8KLM engines.

Bart Hayden, Rebellion Racing Team Manager:

“We are looking forward to a great season of racing in 2013. In the ALMS, we definitely want to add some more overall victories to our resume. In the FIA World Endurance Championship, having won the FIA LMP1 Endurance Trophy for best privateer in 2012, it would be nice to win it twice in a row, and in June we hope to have another strong showing at Le Mans.

We are fortunate to benefit from a talented and experienced pool of drivers again this year, I’m convinced that they will all do a great job and work well together.

“Our first race this year will be one of the toughest races that we will face all year, but after a long and busy winter, all of us can't wait to be in Sebring racing again, particularly as we will be up against some extremely strong rivals.

“I would like to take this opportunity to thank our departing drivers Harold Primat and Jeroen Bleekemolen for their good work over the past year and wish them the best of luck going forward.”