BASILDON, ESSEX (November 19, 2016) – With the championship title already in hand, REBELLION Racing finished the FIA World Endurance Championship season on a high note in Bahrain. With a performance emblematic of the team’s five year domination of the LMP1 Privateer class, the #13 Rebellion R-One AER won the last race of the season, the 6 Hours of Bahrain.

It was a flawless performance, with no on-track incidents or technical issues interrupting the Rebellion R-One #13 AER car’s march to the chequered flag. Alexandre Imperatori, Dominik Kraihamer and Mathéo Tuscher secured the class victory by four laps over the second-place ByKolles #4 car, while placing seventh place overall.

“It’s fantastic that the last race for the R-One played out so well,” said team manager Bart Hayden. “No problems at all, great driving and smooth pit stops made it almost feel easy. The three seasons with the R-One cars have been very rewarding for Rebellion Racing, we’ve won many races and all the Championships. We’ve worked with different technical partners over the years, but this season’s success is shared by Dunlop tyres and Advanced Engine Research.”

The Bahrain race not only marked the finale of the 2016 season, but the conclusion of REBELLION’s five-year tenure in the LMP1 Privateer class. For 2017 the team turns its attention to the LMP2 class.

From the start until the sixth hour of the race, the Rebellion R-One #13 drivers built and extended their advantage over the ByKolles #4 car with a strong and safe pace. The right strategy from the pit wall and faultless pit stops from the crew helped to make the last race of the Rebellion R-One LMP1 car a perfect farewell and an illustration of the dominance of the Swiss team in the LMP1 Privateer category since 2012.

During the 2016 FIA WEC season, REBELLION Racing won eight of the nine races, including two overall podiums, a win at the legendary Le Mans 24 Hours and secured eight pole positions along the way. Rebellion Racing won their fifth straight FIA WEC Endurance Trophy for Private LMP1 Teams, winning in 2012, 2013, 2014, 2015 and 2016. It’s an achievement that the whole team is proud of.

After starting 22 races since 2014, the Rebellion R-One cars will now head to the museum. Developed and built in association with ORECA, the Rebellion R-One cars have claimed 19 LMP1 Privateer victories and have been crowned three times as winners of the FIA World Endurance Trophy for LMP1 Privateers from 2014 to 2016 (to add to the two titles that Rebellion Racing had won previously with their Lola cars in 2012 and 2013).

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ByKOLLES Racing Wins Shanghai WEC Round


BASILDON, ESSEX (November 8, 2016) – ByKOLLES Racing captured the LMP1 Privateer class win in the 6-hour race of the FIA World Endurance Championship (WEC) in Shanghai. The German team finished seventh overall in the penultimate round series races in 2016 taking its first class victory of the season. The driver trio of Simon Trummer, Switzerland; Oliver Webb, England; and Germany’s Pierre Kaffer performed strongly under difficult conditions at the wheel of the team’s AER-powered CLM P1/01.

“At last we were able to reap the fruits of our hard work. We have had to wait a long time for this,”said ByKOLLES’s operations manager, Boris Bermes. “During the weekend in Shanghai, we focused on preparing the race and never lost sight of our goal. The team did everything right in all the training sessions, in qualifying and on Sunday in the race. With a consistent performance we were able to survive the difficult competition. The result gives us a huge boost on the way to the season finale in Bahrain. ”

“We have had to wait so long for this success. Finally luck was also on our side,” said Trummer. “As always, we have made the most out of our possibilities ! The conditions on the track were extremely difficult. Little grip, a lot of tire wear and heavy traffic have given us a lot of work in the cockpit. We have mastered all these challenges with flying colors. ”

“It was my first race in the LMP1 car on the interesting Formula 1 circuit from Shanghai,” explained Webb. “The feeling of celebrating on the podium with champagne after this hard work is absolutely indescribable. I am especially pleased for all the mechanics and engineers of our team. The guys have been doing tremendous work for months, but they have always had setbacks. At last we earned one here. That’s how I like to go in Bahrain in the season finale. ”

“Take a deep breath,” said Kaffer. “We had great challenges throughout the weekend. Working with the tires was extremely complicated. In the race there was a lot of rubber collecting on the racing surface. Picking it up on your own tires meant you lost a lot of grip and therefore also time. So, there was always the question of where and when to make a maneuver without losing too much. In the end we had a great race and were rewarded for it. Our team has earned more than that. I hope we can win our class again in the finale in Bahrain. That would be a satisfying conclusion to a challenging 2016 season. ”

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BASILDON, ESSEX (October 16, 2016) – With two races still remaining on the schedule, REBELLION Racing achieved another milestone with its victory at Fuji Speedway clinching its fifth consecutive FIA World Endurance Championship Endurance Trophy for LMP1 Privateer teams.

Powered by AER’s P60 V-6 GDI twin-turbo engine, REBELLION Racing has confirmed once again their supremacy in the LMP1 Privateer class. Since 2011 in the then International Le Mans Championship and from 2012 until today in the FIA WEC, the Swiss team has been the best LMP1 private team at the end of each season. 2016 has seen the team achieve all of its objectives: first LMP1 Privateer at Le Mans 24 Hours and first LMP1 privateer in the FIA WEC.

In winning the 6 Hours of Fuji, Alexandre Imperatori, Dominik Kraihamer and Mathéo Tuscher have also secured the 2016 LMP1 Privateer Drivers’ Trophy.

“It’s a great result for us, the race win and the Championship win,” said Kraihamer. “I want to thank my team-mates and all the team for the incredible job they’ve done all year.”

REBELLION Racing’s #13 Rebellion R-One led the LMP1 Privateer race in the 6 Hours of Fuji from the start to the chequered flag, although in the early stages of the race the battle with the #4 ByKolles car was very close. Krailhamer noted that in the first lap of the race he made contact with the ByKolles car while contesting the lead.

With the retirement of the #7 Audi after 36 laps, the #13 Rebellion R-One took and held on strongly to sixth place overall until the end of the race.

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