By Michael Oellers
Only a few weeks left until the highlight of endurance racing is going to be started in the French boondocks: The 24 hours of Le Mans! The world of motorsport will set their eyes from June 19th to 23rd 2013 on the most famous and toughest endurance race of the year, where dozens of cars will contest for the victory in different classes. Like 2012, the factory teams of Audi and Toyota are the favorites for the victory in the LMP1, but straight behind these hybrids Nick’s REBELLION racing team is highly profiled to win in the LMP1 privateer ranking. Nick will share the driver with Swiss pilot Neel Jarni and the son of the legendary Alain Prost, Nicholas.
REBELLION racing won this trophy in the same orchestration already in 2012 finishing distinguished fourth in the overall raking. Also in 2012, the 24h of Le Mans was part of the newly founded "World Endurance Championship" (WEC) for the first time, and it is again in 2013. First race of this year’s WEC season was the 6 hours of Silverstone (Great Britain) followed by the 6 hours of Spa on the legendary Ardennes course.
Both races ended very successful for Nick and his REBELLION racing team: Nick and his teammates finished fifth overall respectively behind the factory Audi and Toyota, but won the LMP1 Privateer Team Trophy in both races. This leads to the fact the team comes to Le Mans as distinct leader of this ranking, but regularly there is no cure against the factory teams and the chance of an overall podium is small – but a lot of things can happen in 24 hours!
Parallel to the WEC, Nick and Neel also contest for REBELLION in the ALMS (American Le Mans Series). Until today, three ALMS races have been completed so far, and the team could finish all three of them without any major incident. At the start of the season, Nick and Neel achieved a victory at the 12 hours of Sebring in Florida/USA, defeating Lucas Luhr and Klaus Graf in the Muscle Milk Pickett Racing, who finished second. But in Long Beach as well as in Laguna Seca, Luhr and Graf turned the tide and came in first after epic battles, leaving REBELLION left behind on P2.
In the overall standings, both team and drivers are now on the second place, but the season is still long: There are 10 races to pass in the ALMS 2013, so drivers as well as fans can look forward to a lot of interesting races. The overall standings are to be anybody’s guess.