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Rebellion Racing has won outright honours in the Lone Star Le Mans.
It seems winning is contagious for the privateer outfit, claiming only their second-ever World Endurance Championship LMP1 victory after winning in Shanghai last time round.
The six-hour affair held from the Circuit of the Americas in Texas was dominated from start to finish by the No.1 Rebellion.
In an LMP1 field made up of merely three entries, two of which were the factory Hybrid Toyota duo restrained by a success handicap, Rebellion dominated from the onset, ultimately claiming victory by 51s.
Kiwi Brendon Hartley was powerless in his team’s challenge to the Rebellion entry. Hartley brought the No.8 Toyota across the line languishing down in second place, making up for his error in qualifying that saw his lap time deleted due to abusing track limits.
Although the kiwi did experience a much better day compared to the sister Toyota. The No.7 finishing two laps down in third and last of the LMP1 runners.
Similarly, nobody could touch Aston Martin all day. Nicki Thiim and Marco Sorensen, piloting the No.95 Vantage, secured their third GTE Pro victory of the season after resisting a late surge from the No.92 Porsche.
The No.22 United Autosports Oreca team delivered a superb comeback victory in LMP2 after Paul di Resta dropped to the field within the opening hour courtesy of an unscheduled stop. The consistent pace all day paid dividends for the team who were able to crawl their way back to the lead and eventually claim victory by 24s.
The No.90 TF Sport Aston Martin Vantage stole top honours in GTE Am virtue of a well-executed final pitstop to take the lead with less than one hour on the clock remaining.
The next round for Season 8 of the World Endurance Championship is the 1000 Miles of Sebring on March 20.