Rebellion Racing are leaving WEC after 13 years of endurance racing

Following an illustrious 13 years of endurance racing, Rebellion Racing are stepping back after the last race of the current season of WEC.

Competing in GT, LMP2 and more recently in LMP1 outfits, they became one of the major privateer teams to have put a fight against the likes of global manufacturers such as Porsche, Audi and Toyota.

Such highlights include their win in the LMP1 privateer category at the 2016 24 Hours of Le Mans in the hands of Nick Heidfeld, Nico Prost and Nelson Piquet Jr; they won three previous other times in the LMP1 privateer category.

In the current (Season 8) edition of the FIA World Endurance Championship, they were the first ever LMP1 privateer to win overall, claiming victory at the 4 Hours of Shanghai and repeated success at the 6 Hours of COTA/Lone Star Le Mans event.

Announced earlier this year, Rebellion have confirmed their departure from its most major participation in motorsport only to take part at the Dakar 2021 event (after taking part in Dakar 2020).

They released an official statement earlier in February on the matter.

Calim Boudhadra, CEO of the Rebellion Corporation said: “The Rebellion Corporation Brand strategy must change!

“…We will make it a point of honour to end the endurance adventure on a positive note and enrich an already excellent record of achievements.

“We would like to thank our partners for having trusted us and for having taken up so many challenges together with a rebellious spirit. As a private team, we are proud to have written a page in motorsport.

“I am convinced that the PEUGEOT Brand’s challenge in WEC will be a great success in the future, which I regret not being able to attend,” reflecting on Peugeot’s return to WEC in the upcoming Le Mans Hypercar class (replacing LMP1).

Alexandre Pesci, President of the Rebellion Corporation added: “We are giving ourselves time to redefine the contours of our business, but the effects of this decision will be immediate for the RACING department as soon as the WEC season ends.

“These are not easy decisions to make and we are saddened that we will not be able to meet our past commitments for the years to come.”

Their final race of this season will be the 8 Hours of Bahrain in November later this year.