- 4th and 5th places overall at
the 2012 6 Hours of Bahrain
- 2nd and 3rd in the FIA Endurance Trophy for
- Nicolas Prost and Neel Jani move to 4th in the
FIA WEC Drivers World Championship
After the toughest race of the season due to
extreme heat and high humidity, REBELLION Racing
finishes the 6 Hours of Bahrain in fourth and
fifth place overall, 2nd and 3rd in the FIA
Endurance Trophy for LMP1 Teams.
The 6 Hours of Bahrain saw for the sixth time in
six races both Lola B12/60 Toyotas taking the
chequered flag proving the high level of
reliability of the REBELLION Racing cars.
In endurance racing, minor issues can have a big
impact on the final race result. Along with many
other competitors (including Audi Sport and
Toyota Racing), REBELLION Racing had to deal
with minor electrical problems during the race
that prevented the Swiss team from making it
onto the third step of the overall podium.
Problems with the illuminated side number panels
on both cars forced the team to stop for
repairs, costing precious time in the pits.
The Lola-Toyota #12 car driven by Neel Jani and
Nicolas Prost was strongly running in third
place overall with one lap over the #21
HPD-Honda when the Race Director instructed the
car to pit for repair after the three hour mark.
The sister car, #13 driven by Andrea Belicchi
and Harold Primat was successfully recovering
after starting from the back of the grid and was
P6 overall when same issue checked its
In these stressfull and demanding conditions,
the Toyota RV8KLM engines from Toyota Motorsport
GmbH proved once again their performance and
Michelin provided a first class service with
quick, consistant and durable tyres even with
extreme heat and harsh track conditions.
REBELLION Racing now heads to the 6 Hours of
Fuji in Japan with the aim of securing the win
in the FIA Endurance Trophy for LMP1 Teams.
After the 6 Hours of Bahrain, REBELLION Racing
has a 37 point lead over Stakka Racing and a
maximum of 50 points is available in the last
two rounds of the FIA World Endurance
Championship in Japan and China.
Bart Hayden REBELLION Racing Team manager :
« It could have been a slightly better result
for the team, but the weekend in Bahrain has
positives in many ways.
We had both cars on the LMP1 Privateer podium,
that rewards the hard work of the whole team.
The team endured extreme conditions throughout
the week, the guys made no mistakes during the
pit stops and had a lot of work to do in
rebulding a complete car in only 24 hours prior
to the warm-up.
We are closer than ever to winning the FIA
Endurance Trophy for LMP1 Teams. Both cars
finished the race in good condition and that is
important for the next fly-away races in Japan
and the USA. #12 and the spare car will fly to
Fuji. The spare car will be repaired and rebuilt
in Japan to race there as #13. The #13 that we
raced here in Bahrain will fly to Atlanta for
Petit Le Mans where it will run as #12. »