Privateer racers are always admired at The Flaneur, and Rebellion Racing is one team that we’re going to follow this year. Last weekend was the first 24 hour race of the season – The Daytona 24 hours – and Rebellion were on their debut. Unfortunately the beginning of REBELLION Racing’s Daytona 24 Hours story was better than the ending.
Bart Hayden, team manager at Rebellion Racing explained: “This was a difficult debut at Daytona 24 for us and we’re disappointed because even though we finished the race, it wasn’t in the style that we wanted and we had hopes before the race of being on the podium. We performed well over much of the distance, but unfortunately we couldn’t turn this into a good result as we were hampered by unexpected technical problems. It’s part of the learning process with a new car and at a new racing event for the team. The race kind of turned into a 24 hour test, and we have identified areas that will need improving for the next events. The pace is in the car, and that is encouraging, so as soon as we get the reliability sorted, we will have a good chance of competing for victories at the coming events.
The #13 REBELLION Racing Oreca 07 took the chequered flag 8th in the prototype class. Being just a finisher at Daytona 24 was clearly not the aim of the team before the start of the 2017 Daytona 24 Hours, but the race provided valuable experience and areas to work on with their technical partners for the next race, the 12 Hours of Sebring, but also for the coming FIA WEC season and the 24 Hours of le Mans.
We look forward to seeing what Rebellion can do at the upcoming races in the WEC and in N America. Details of their season: here.