Ron Dennis takes control of McLaren Group

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Ron Dennis is back in charge at McLaren.

Dennis, the former CEO of McLaren Group from 1982 to 2012 and former team principal for McLaren’s Formula One program from 1982 to 2009, has been appointed to the CEO post with immediate effect.

Saying that company shareholders have “mandated [him] to write an exciting new chapter in the story of McLaren,” Whitmarsh laid out some short-term plans for the Group in his statement.

“Over the coming weeks, I intend to undertake a thorough and objective review of each of our businesses with the intention of optimizing every aspect of our existing operations, whilst identifying new areas of growth that capitalize on our technologies, and where appropriate, further investing in them,” he said.

“During February, I will articulate a new Group strategy and implement the organizational structure best suited to achieving it. I am excited by the prospect of returning to the role of Group Chief Executive Officer and working with my many colleagues and fellow shareholders to fulfill our objective – which is to win at whatever we do.”

The news could have a major impact on the F1 side, as Dennis is replacing current team principal Martin Whitmarsh as CEO.

Considering Dennis’ comments on a new strategy for McLaren, Whitmarsh’s job may very well be in trouble at this time – although it must be stressed that he remains in the fold for now.

McLaren, as a whole, could be in for a major jolt after the team suffered through a woeful 2013 in which it failed to hit the podium for the first time since the 1980 season.

According to BBC F1 writer Andrew Benson, Dennis told the staff “there will be change” at a meeting today in the team’s Woking headquarters. He also said “we will win again.”

Rebellion confirms LMP1 return, all-star line-up for WEC super season

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Rebellion Racing has confirmed it will return to the LMP1 class of the FIA World Endurance Championship for the 2018/19 ‘super season’ with an all-star line-up featuring Le Mans winners Neel Jani and Andre Lotterer.

Rebellion raced in LMP1 as a privateer between 2009 and 2016 before stepping down to LMP2 for the most recent season, capturing the class titles at the first attempt.

Following a push from the WEC and Automobile Club de l’Ouest (ACO) to make LMP1 more appealing to privateer teams, Rebellion announced on Wednesday it would return to the premier class for the 2018/19 season with a two-car effort.

WEC LMP2 champion Bruno Senna will return with Rebellion next year, as will Mathias Beche, with the pair set to be joined by four new faces.

The most notable arrivals are Porsche factory drivers Lotterer and Jani, both of whom were left without an LMP1 drive following the closure of the German manufacturer’s program at the end of the season.

American racer Gustavo Menezes will also join Rebellion, stepping up after two years in LMP2, while outstanding 2017 rookie Thomas Laurent completes the Swiss team’s line-up.

“I am looking forward to coming back where my endurance career started nine years ago,” said Jani.

“Rebellion Racing played a huge role in my career and also helped me become a factory driver for Porsche. When Porsche stopped in LMP1, it was clear for me that I wanted to race again for Rebellion.

“With the new regulations, I hope we can reach the overall podium at Le Mans and with a bit of luck, maybe we can even grab some wins during the super season of WEC.”

“I am very happy to join the champion Rebellion team,” added three-time Le Mans winner Lotterer.

“The LMP1 project is very exciting and to be able to go on with the 24 Hours of Le Mans and the FIA WEC challenge is something I did not want to miss.

“I am motivated and looking forward to have a great time with great people there.”