|A podium finish but not the hoped for glory for Rebellion Racing|
|Tuesday, 05 April 2011 08:57|
After good performances in free practice and the pole position secured by Neel Jani, the REBELLION Racing team had high hopes of victory at the 6 hours of Le Castellet, the first round of the 2011 Le Mans Series.
In the early laps, Neel Jani, driving the Lola-Toyota #12 kept the lead and quickly extended an advantage over the next car. But after half an hour of the race, Neel found himself unable to select any gears and the car was stuck in 5th. The Lola-Toyota was forced to come back to the pits to have the gearshift air compressor replaced. During the repair, Nicolas Prost took over behind the wheel and the car rejoined 12 laps behind the leader. Despite repeatedly posting the fastest lap, Nicolas and Neel were unable to catch up to the lead lap, although they had a good comeback drive from 28th to 7th position and in the process reduced the deficit by 2 laps to the victorious Pescarolo car. Nicolas Prost was credited with the fastest lap of 1'47''465 (vs 1'48''367 for Emmanuel Collard in the Pescarolo #16 race winning car).