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LMP1 - 6 Hours of Bahrain 2013 - Race Report

Saturday, November 30, 2013 - 17:00
REBELLION Racing’s final race of the 2013 FIA World Endurance Championship season came to an early end with their first and only retirement of the year.

Nicolas Prost, Andrea Belicchi and Mathias Beche retired with a mechanical failure after 44 laps having started the race from fifth position.

The last round of the season, the 6 Hours of Bahrain saw an unusually high number of DNFs in the premier class of endurance as both factory teams from Toyota and Audi also lost a car with technical failure.

After the qualifying session, the Swiss team was optimistic about the final race for the Lola Coupé LMP1. Their best time in qualifying for the #12 car was 1.6 seconds quicker compared to their best qualifying time from a year ago, proving that the team have worked hard until the end to improve the pace of the Lola.

REBELLION Racing achieved all of their targets for this season in both the FIA World Endurance Championship and the American Le Mans Series.
REBELLION Racing won the FIA Endurance LMP1 Trophy for Privateer Teams for the second time (after the win in 2012). The Swiss squad won six of the eight rounds in the LMP1 Privateers adding a record total of 8 pole positions and, on top of that, REBELLION Racing achieved two overall podiums at Interlagos and Fuji.

REBELLION Racing won the closing race of the American Le Mans Series in a back-to-back victory at Petit Le Mans and secured a podium at the 12 Hours of Sebring, with a total of four podiums and three pole positions in four races in the USA.

Bart Hayden, REBELLION Racing Team Manager : "For sure, the retirement from the last WEC race of the season is a disappointing way to end what has been a great year for the team. Bahrain was the last race for the Lola and we were wishing for a better ending. But it's done and we will investigate further to know exactly what caused the failure. The parts were sent back to Europe on the Sunday after the race ready to be inspected.
On the other hand we can't really complain, it's been a fantastic season for the team.
We won the FIA Endurance LMP1 Trophy for the second time in two years, we recorded 6 class wins in the WEC, one overall win at Petit Le Mans and three overall podiums, including Sebring.
It's been a long season for us with twelve races in the FIA WEC and the ALMS, 8 countries, 5 races in the USA. For a European based team it was a big challenge for everyone involved.
I want to thank our drivers, they drove sensibly as well as quickly; the engineers and mechanics as they have tuned and prepared the cars to the highest level all year.