REBELLION Racing have confirmed their drivers for the 1000-mile/10-hour flagship race, 6th round of the Intercontinental Le Mans Cup and finale of the American Le Mans Series.In the #12 Lola-Toyota LMP1, Italian Andrea Belicchi will join Swiss Neel Jani and Frenchman Nicolas Prost, reprising their lineup from the 2009 Le Mans 24 Hours edition, (Andrea is a regular driver of #13 sister Lola-Toyota).
With just 3 races to go in the ILMC championship, REBELLION Racing and Team Oreca-Matmut are in a close competition for a spot on the ILMC team classification podium, with just one point difference between the two teams.Petit Le Mans will be the third race in a one month period for REBELLION Racing.After the 6 Hours of Silverstone this weekend, REBELLION Racing will head to Portugal for the last round of the Le Mans Series with both #12 and #13 Lola-Toyotas. As soon as the Le Mans Series finale has ended, the drivers and crew will fly to the USA for Petit Le Mans race week where they will join up with an advance party of team members who travel ahead to oversee the unloading and set up of the third Lola-Toyota and equipment. Bart Hayden, REBELLION Racing Team Manager : « We will face a new challenge in Georgia as this race will be our first Petit Le Mans with a prototype, but we are confident with our ability to be competitive there.We can count on fast and experienced drivers to quickly adapt themselves to the Road Atlanta circuit.»Andrea Belicchi : «I'm pleased to be part of the driver team who will race at Road Atlanta. Petit Le Mans will be my first race in the U.S.A. Everybody says that racing in America is very different from what we know in Europe, so I can’t wait to see that ! I’m happy to be sharing the wheel of the Lola-Rebellion #12 with Nico and Neel, my team mates at Rebellion Racing. Neel Jani : «I always like to go racing in the US. I raced for a year in Champ Car, that’s why I know very well and appreciate American motorsport. I have never been to Road Atlanta though. I heard lots of good things about the circuit. The track seems to be my kind of track. I enjoyed the ambiance in Sebring last March but everybody said to me that the atmosphere at Road Atlanta races is really unique.» Nicolas Prost : «The race at Sebring was a very good experience for us. I am really happy to be going to Petit Le Mans. In this way, Neel and I will have raced in both the American rounds of the ILMC. We have made strong improvments during the season so we should be more competitive than we were at Sebring. Petit Le Mans will be a good place to compare the pace of our Lola-Toyota with the best competitors of the ALMS, the Lola-Aston Martin from Cytosport and Lola-Mazda from Dyson racing.»