David Heinemeier Hansson and Julien Canal will join the already announced Nicolas Prost, Mathias Beche, Nelson Piquet Jr and Bruno Senna to spearhead Rebellion Racing’s 2017 World Endurance Championship LMP2 campaign. The pair, both being Silver rated drivers, complete the team’s mandatory requirement for ‘gentlemen’ drivers.
Frenchman Canal has already made seven Le Mans 24 Hours starts and won three times in GT classes (GT1 and GTE) and secured a podium finish in LMP2 in 2015. He is also a regular competitor in the FIA WEC where he won the GTE-AM World title in 2012 (Corvette). He won the FIA WEC LMP2 World championship in 2015, and was runner-up in 2014. At Le Mans 24 Hours, Julien has won .
“Rebellion Racing is a leading team and as soon as they announced their LMP2 program I contacted them.” said Canal.
“I wanted to come back with a strong team, a team with the will to win and positive vibe. I cannot wait to drive the new Oreca “07” LMP2 car.
” A great 2017 season awaits us !”
Danish born David Heinemeier Hansson is also a WEC regular where he has raced for the last four years. In 2013 he finished second in the LMP2 drivers classification, he won the GTE-AM Championship with Aston Martin in 2014 (also winning the GTE-AM class at Le Mans) and finished runner-up in 2016 in the GTE-AM class with Porsche.
“I’m thrilled to be part of Rebellion Racing’s new focus on LMP2.” Heinemeier Hansson added.
“I couldn’t wish for a better team to begin my fifth full season in the FIA WEC and my sixth crack at the 24 hours of Le Mans.
“The competition is tougher than ever in LMP2, the cars are more exciting than ever, and together we will be ready as a team.”
In a slight change to their regular race numbers, the Swiss team will request race numbers 13 and 31 for the 2017 season; Mathias Beche, Nelson Piquet Jr and David Heinemeier Hansson will compete together in car #13 and in car #31, Nicolas Prost, Bruno Senna and Julien Canal will share driving duties.