Rebellion Racing has chosen to say goodbye to the FIA World Endurance Championship, after they completed the 24 Hours of Le Mans.
The rumours have been around for a while, that they might already pull out after Le Mans, and that is now a fact.
The team only had a theoretical possibility of winning the drivers title, while the constructors’ title already has been won by Toyota Gazoo Racing.
That’s the end of 13 years of competition in sportscar racing for the watch manufacturer, who started working with the Speedy Sebah team, and later on turned more and more into ORECA. ORECA has built the last few LMP cars for the team, with more and more ORECA mechanics getting involved.
They have raced LMP1 cars for most of the years, but actually started out with a GT car back in 2008. They raced under the Vaillante Rebellion banner in 2017 with two LMP2 cars, before returning with the brand new Rebellion R13 in 2018.
Those care will live on, since Alpine has bought them for the 2021 season, where they will run a single car.
The team fought Toyota Gazoo Racing really hard in this year’s Le Mans. Toyota really had to fight at the start of the race, to stay in front of the Rebellion cars. Toyota got into issues with their #7 later on, which meant that Rebellion was running second and third for a long time, until Louis Deletraz had a trip through the gravel in Indianapolis, and then the car suddenly wouldn’t start again, following their next pitstop. that cost them the third place in the race, which they were on course to take.
Let’s say a huge Thank You to Rebellion, for everything they have given the sport as a sponsor since 2008. Their name has been on a lot of racing cars throughout the years – both their own team, but also other racing teams.