Lamborghini names first drivers for 2024 LMDh campaign


Lamborghini by no means competed in motorsports for many of its historical past, primarily as a result of needs of firm founder Feruccio Lamborghini but additionally for sensible causes, like restricted funds.

The state of affairs lastly modified early final decade when Lamborghini established its personal motorsports division, Squadra Corse, and began competing in GT competitors. Now it is on the verge of competing on the high degree of endurance racing with deliberate entries in each the IMSA SportsCar Championship and FIA World Endurance Championship, competing with a Le Mans Daytona hybrid (LMDh) race automotive.

Lamborghini’s LMDh marketing campaign, first introduced in Could, will kick off in 2024, one season after the inaugural season for the brand new LMDh race vehicles, and Lamborghini on Thursday named Andrea Caldarelli and Mirko Bortolotti as its first drivers for the marketing campaign. They’ve additionally been picked as check drivers and can assist develop Lamborghini’s LMDh race automotive, a teaser of which is proven above.

Each are manufacturing unit drivers for Lamborghini, having beforehand competed in numerous GT competitions behind the wheel of the Huracan GT3, both with Lamborghini or buyer groups.

Andrea Caldarelli (left) and Mirko Bortolotti

Andrea Caldarelli (left) and Mirko Bortolotti

“We’re particularly proud to announce Mirko and Andrea as the primary drivers for the LMDh program,” Giorgio Sanna, Lamborghini’s motorsports chief, mentioned in a press release. “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 household.”

LMDh and its companion Le Mans Hypercar (LMH) race automotive class have been created to unite the highest class in international sports activities automotive racing. They permit producers to compete within the high lessons of the SportsCar Championship and World Endurance Championship, utilizing the identical automotive, with Stability of Efficiency guidelines to make sure a fair enjoying area.

A Hypercar class changed the LMP1 class as the highest class of the World Endurance Championship in 2021. A GTP class will exchange the present DPi class because the premier class of the SportsCar Championship in 2023. As talked about above, each lessons shall be open to LMDh and LMH race vehicles.

Whereas Lamborghini’s LMDh will solely begin racing in 2024, Acura, Alpine, Audi (possibly), BMW, Cadillac and Porsche will all area LMDh race vehicles within the inaugural 2023 season. ByKolles, Ferrari, Glickenhaus, Peugeot and Toyota are all dedicated to LMH.


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