Swiss LMP1 team REBELLION Racing has claimed its second FIA WEC victory for the 2020 season after dominating the Lone Star Le Mans, round 5 of WEC Season 8.
The non-Hybrid REBELLION R13 Gibson car driven by Gustavo Menezes (USA), Norman Nato (France) and Bruno Senna (Brazil) led today’s 6-hour race from start to finish and in the doing so successfully closed in on championship leaders, Toyota Gazoo Racing. Rebellion now lie 33 points behind Toyota in the overall championship standings.
Toyota Gazoo Racing’s No. 8 and No. 7 Toyota TS050 Hybrid cars finished second and third respectively. The No. 8 crew driven by Sébastien Buemi, Kazuki Nakajima and Brendon Hartley eventually finishing 51.524s behind race leaders, REBELLION Racing.
Toyota’s strategy was to regain some of the time lost during their pitstops but a near-perfect performance from REBELLION dashed any hopes of the Japanese squad taking the competitive edge.
The No. 7 crew driven by Mike Conway, Kamui Kobayashi and Jose Maria Lopez rounded out the podium in LMP1, the crew eventually finishing two laps behind race victors, REBELLION.
REBELLION has also announced that after a 13-year history in motor sport, REBELLION will stop all of its racing activities after a final appearance at the legendary 24 Hours of Le Mans in June 2020.
Calim Boudhadra, CEO of REBELLION Corporation
“The REBELLION CORPORATION Brand strategy must change! The 24 Hours of Le Mans 2020 will be our last race and we will make it a point of honour to end the endurance adventure on a positive note and enrich an already excellent record of achievements.
We would like to thank our partners for having trusted us and for having taken up so many challenges together with a rebellious spirit. As a private team, we are proud to have written a page in motorsport. I am convinced that the PEUGEOT Brand’s challenge in WEC will be a great success in the future, which I regret not being able to attend.”
Source: FIA WEC