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    Lamborghini names Bortolotti and Caldarelli as first LMDh drivers

    The long-time members of the Italian producer’s GT roster will act as take a look at drivers for the brand new automobile developed at the side of French constructor Ligier in 2023, and be a part of its race line-up when the automobile enters competitors within the World Endurance Championship and the IMSA SportsCar Championship the next yr.

    Lamborghini head of motorsport Giorgio Sanna mentioned: “We’re particularly proud to announce Mirko and Andrea as the primary drivers for the LMDh programme.

    “Each have contributed considerably to attaining historic outcomes for Lamborghini in GT racing and their addition to the LMDh undertaking additionally rewards their continued dedication to the Squadra Corse [Lamborghini’s racing division] household.

    “I’m certain that their expertise and expertise shall be an added asset to our competitiveness within the premier endurance class.”

    Bortolotti’s successes with Lamborghini since he joined its manufacturing unit line-up in 2016 embody the general 2017 Blancpain GT Championship (now often known as the GT World Problem Europe) sharing a Grasser Lamborghini Huracan GT3 with Christian Engelhart, and a pair of GT Daytona class wins on the Daytona 24 Hours in 2018 and ’19.

    “I’m so comfortable to proceed my profession with Lamborghini and to begin an thrilling new chapter,” mentioned the 32-year-old Italian, who leads the DTM factors with Grasser this yr.

    “I’m very grateful to Squadra Corse for making the LMDh undertaking potential and for the unconditional belief they’ve put in me since 2014 [when he started racing Lamborghinis].

    “Representing the model on a very powerful endurance racing stage and competing for general victory within the nice endurance classics is each an honour and a accountability.”

    Andrea Caldarelli, Mirko Bortolotti, Lamborghini Factory Drivers

    Andrea Caldarelli, Mirko Bortolotti, Lamborghini Manufacturing unit Drivers

    Photograph by: Lamborghini S.p.A.

    Bortolotti, who spent a yr as manufacturing unit driver with Lamborghini sister marque Audi in 2020, made his Le Mans 24 Hours debut this yr on the wheel of WRT ORECA-Gibson 07 LMP2 in what was broadly interpreted as a precursor to a task within the LMDh programme.

    Caldarelli grew to become a manufacturing unit driver in 2017, the yr through which he shared with Bortolotti and Engelhart within the Endurance Cup rounds of the BGTS.

    The 32-year-old Italian claimed the general GTWCE and Dash Cup titles, in addition to the BGTS Endurance Cup crown, along with Marco Mapelli on the wheel of a Huracan GT3 Evo run by the FFF Racing Staff, of which he’s additionally workforce principal.

    “Again in 2017, after I began racing for Lamborghini, I had the objective of fulfilling my childhood dream: to race with my favorite model of automobile in essentially the most prestigious endurance races.

    “I’m actually enthusiastic about this new journey and do my greatest to deliver all my expertise to this undertaking and to win new and prestigious trophies.”

    Lamborghini won’t fund overt manufacturing unit groups in both the WEC or IMSA when its LMDh comes on stream.

    As a substitute, it’ll observe the mannequin it has adopted within the GT3 ranks with the Huracan, offering a excessive stage of help to buyer operations.

    Learn Additionally:

    The announcement of the Bortolotti and Caldarelli is the third tranche of LMDh information from Lamborghini.

    It took the lid of the programme in Might after which revealed Ligier Automotive as its chassis accomplice in June.

    The groups that can signify Lamborghini in WEC and IMSA have but to be confirmed.

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