(Motorsport-Total.com) – Mirko Bortolotti and Andrea Caldarelli are the first two drivers in Lamborghini’s LMDh project, which will see its first race in 2024. The Italian sports car manufacturer is therefore using its driver squad.
Andrea Caldarelli and Mirko Bortolotti are the LMDh test drivers for Lamborghini
The two Italians (although Bortolotti grew up in Austria and therefore speaks German well) will be the test drivers of the car that will be in the car. Ligier LMP2 chassis will build. Much of the development will take place in 2023, with the first competitive match coming a year later. Lamborghini ensures further growth in the growing hypercar/GTP class.
Lamborghini it will not start a self-funded team, but will continue with the familiar GT3 model. Here, customer teams are given top-notch support.
The choice of driver is not accidental: Bortolotti is considered the fastest Lamborghini driver ever and can look back on a long career in single-seaters, during which he was even a Ferrari guy at one point. Among other things, he became Formula 2 champion in 2011.
This is a series by Jonathan Palmer. Not to be confused with today’s Formula 2, which evolved from GP2. Monoposto’s experience is worth its weight in gold when developing a model, because these are also output cars. GT cars and touring cars, on the other hand, offer more grip through mechanical components.
His registration came as no surprise, of course, as Bortolotti already took part in the 24 Hours of Le Mans this year as an addition to Team WRT’s Oreca 07, which he already drove in GT3 races during his year-long Audi. the end of 2020 is.
“I’m really looking forward to continuing my career with Lamborghini and starting an exciting new chapter,” said the 32-year-old, the current DTM points leader. “I am very grateful to Lamborghini Squadra Corse for making the LMDh project a success and for placing their unconditional trust in me since 2024.”
“It is a great honor and responsibility to represent this brand in the battle for overall victory in the most important endurance race.”
Caldarelli brings experience from Super GT. The GT500 cars are very similar to the Le Mans prototypes. He also drove in Super Formula for four years. In 2019, together with Marco Mapelli, he became the champion of all three Blancpain GT championships in Europe (today GTWC Europe) and the FFF Championship, of which he is also the team boss.
“When I became a Lamborghini driver in 2017, I always had the goal of fulfilling my childhood dream: to drive in a prestigious endurance race with the brand I love,” says the 32-year-old. “I am excited about the new look and will bring all my experience on this project to get new cool trophies.”
Lamborghini Motorsport Director Giorgio Sanna adds: “We are very proud to announce Mirko and Andrea as the first drivers of the LMDh program. Both have contributed significantly to Lamborghini’s historic results in GT racing.”
“I am sure their talent and experience will greatly help us to be competitive in the highest endurance category.”