Rebellion confirms two-car WEC entry in LMP2 for 2017

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Rebellion Racing has confirmed that it will enter two Oreca 07 cars into the LMP2 class of the FIA World Endurance Championship for the 2017 season.

Rebellion has raced in LMP1 since the formation of the WEC in 2012, as well as entering the premier class at Le Mans with at least one car for the past eight years.

The team announced in October that it would be moving down to the LMP2 class for 2017, and has now confirmed its line-up for the new campaign.

Nicolas Prost and Mathias Beche will both continue with Rebellion, having been regular fixtures with the team in recent years.

The duo will be joined by Nelson Piquet Jr., who raced for Rebellion in the opening three races of the 2016 season, and Bruno Senna, who ran with RGR Sport by Morand in LMP2 this year.

“We are very pleased to confirm our plans to enter two Oreca 07 LMP2 cars in the 2017 World Endurance Championship alongside our already announced entry with a single car in the IMSA North American Endurance Cup races,” team chief Bart Hayden said.

“We are also very happy that Nico, Mathias and Nelson will be driving with us again in 2017 and I would like to welcome Bruno to the Rebellion Racing Team.

“We were impressed with the Oreca 07 when we tested it in Sebring last week, it should be a good car to go for race victories and the championship.

“We are putting together all the ingredients to run a strong campaign in 2017.”

Rebellion recently confirmed that it would be entering the North American Endurance Cup in 2017, fielding an Oreca 07 at Daytona, Sebring, Watkins Glen and Road Atlanta.

2016 WEC drivers’ championship winner Neel Jani will race at Daytona for Rebellion alongside defending Formula E champion Sebastien Buemi, ex-Formula 1 racer Nick Heidfeld and Venturi Formula E driver Stephane Sarrazin.