Rebellion will drop its second WEC LMP1 car until April 2020

Privateer LMP1 outfit Rebellion is set to drop back to a single entry for most of the remainder of the 2019/20 World Endurance Championship season

Rebellion will drop its second WEC LMP1 car until April 2020

The Swiss squad made a last-minute decision to run the second of the two Rebellion-Gibson R-13s that it had originally entered for the new campaign at Silverstone last weekend, with Nathanael Berthon, Pipo Derani and Loic Duval sharing driving duties.

Rebellion indicated at the time that it planned to field its #3 car at every race, but with priority given to next year's Spa 6 Hours and Le Mans 24 Hours.

But team owner Alexandre Pesci told Autosport that the second Rebellion entry will now not be appearing again before next April's Spa event.

That leaves the team with only its #1 entry for the races before then at Fuji, Shanghai, Bahrain, Sao Paulo and Sebring, before it returns to two cars for the final two races of the 2019/20 season.

Five LMP1s cars are set to contest the intervening rounds as a result.

Pesci downplayed the prospect of last-minute funding being found to field the #3 car, which was entered on a race-by-race basis at Silverstone, in additional races.

Berthon, who raced for Rebellion in the final three rounds of the 2018/19 season, Derani and Duval finished as the top privateer LMP1 squad in third, albeit a lap down on the dominant Toyotas after two late penalties for fuel-flow infringements.

The trio were not eligible to score drivers' points at Silverstone and the result did not count towards the teams' championship either.

It means Ginetta trio Egor Orudzhev, Ben Hanley and Charlie Robertson lie third in the drivers' standings, despite finishing fourth at Silverstone, while Team LNT holds second in the teams' classification behind Toyota.

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