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Le Mans 24 Hours: Rebellion takes Dunlop gains to Le Mans attack

Two consecutive podiums in 2016 for Rebellion Racing since its new partnership with Dunlop has given the privateer squad optimism to attack its manufacturer rivals.
Rebellion Racing is aiming to continue its strong start with Dunlop at Le Mans 24 Hours and hopes to add to its two straight rostrum results from Silverstone and Spa.

Rebellion's #13 driver trio of Dominik Kraihamer, Alexandre Imperatori and Matheo Tuscher currently sits second in the World Endurance Drivers' Championship thanks to its two consecutive third place podiums at the opening two rounds – beating a number of manufacturer entries from Toyota, Porsche and Audi in the process.

The Swiss privateer LMP1 squad's upturn in recent results has coincided with its switch to Dunlop tyres for this season which began at a first tyre test in Bahrain after the 2015 season finale.

The Bahrain test gave the team the chance to run Dunlop rubber on the same track in similar conditions to the race and saw remarkable performance levels despite effectively zero set-up refinements which prompted Rebellion boss Bart Hayden to make the change for 2016.

The switch appears inspired. After profiting from the reliability issues its LMP1 Hybrid-powered rivals have suffered, the #13 Rebelllion R-One has taken two straight overall third places while the #12 has matched performance levels with two fourth place finishes.

Rebellion has also exploited Dunlop's ability to design, simulate and test tyres throughout the year – while in LMP2 for example the tyre specifications are fixed from the season opener – which has enabled Dunlop to produce the best suited specification compounds to each circuit.

With Dunlop's extensive experience in LMP1 with privateer rivals ByKolles Racing plus its domination of LMP2, the two have run a designated testing programme to prepare for Le Mans and is duly targeting a third straight rostrum of the season at the blue riband endurance event.



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