The privateer LMP1 teams suffered a few changes from the last season, which go beyond the cars department, as they will represent Dunlop in the FIA World Endurance Championship’s main class. There were some slots to be filled in the driver lineups, and these confirmations came today.
Nelson Piquet Jr. joins Rebellion until Le Mans:
The FIA Formula E current champion Nelson Piquet Jr. will join Rebellion Racing for a limited time during this season, as he will partner up with Nick Heidfeld and Nicolas Prost, forming a crew only of drivers from the all-electric championship.
The Brazilian driver comes in as Mathias Beche will be loaned out to TDS Racing during this time as part of their collaboration for 2016. His experience at Le Mans dates back from 2006 with a Ferrari 550 Maranello GT1, but he raced in various kinds of machinery throughout the years, from GT, touring, open wheel and Daytona prototypes, and he has somewhat close relationships with his team mates, this will prove on favor of his adaptation to the Rebellion R-One LMP1 car.
Oliver Webb completes ByKolles lineup:
After using two driver lineups and feature a good amount of drivers changes in previous seasons, ByKolles Racing will finally go for a three driver lineup for the whole 2016 FIA WEC season, as Oliver Webb makes the leap from LMP2 to the LMP1 class, jumping into the cockpit of their CLM P1/01.
The 2014 European Le Mans Series champion in the LMP2 class and Project CARS tester will join Simon Trummer and all-round specialist Pierre Kaffer after two seasons in the lower prototype ranks, with a successful spell with Alpine in 2014 and drives with Team SARD Morand in the FIA WEC and Race Performance in the Asian Le Mans Series during the 2015 season.
PHOTOS: Rebellion Racing, SH Racing Rallycross, ByKolles Racing