The major privateer force in the LMP1 class, Rebellion Racing is always in the center of the discussion of the stability of the class along with the manufacturers, as the Automobile Club de l'Ouest and the FIA are always trying to balance the fortunes and future of both manufacturers and privateers. The Swiss team gave us some good news these days as they confirmed their commitment to the FIA World Endurance Championship with few changes in the team.
This time, unlike previous seasons, Rebellion is expected to start the season with their full time package from the first FIA WEC race, the 6 Hours of Silverstone, as the combination of the ORECA-built Rebellion R-ONE and the AER P60 engine will remain unchanged from 2014, while the change comes from what links the car with the asphalt, as Michelin is replaced by Dunlop as their tire supplier. Dunlop is famous for becoming benchmark in terms of tires for the LMP2 class in recent years, and this partnership makes them return to the LMP1 class for the first time since the debut FIA WEC season in 2012, the only year of the competition where privateer efforts were in larger number than manufacturer teams.
The other part that suffers a slight change is the drivers department, as Daniel Abt left the team to focus on his commitments with Audi Sport Abt in the FIA Formula E, and young Swiss driver Mathéo Tuscher gets in full time, after spending the 2015 season in GP3 and two participations in the FIA WEC with the same Rebellion Racing team. Outside that, the lineups remain the same, with Nick Heidfeld, Nicolas Prost, Mathias Beche, Dominik Kraihamer and Alexandre Imaperatori as the other drivers.
According with team boss Bart Hayden, testing will be made to tweak the car before the Prologue test at Paul Ricard and the 2016 season.
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