Andrea Caldarelli, veteran of six seasons in Super GT, announced via his Instagram on Wednesday that he will not return to Lexus Team Wako’s LeMans, or the Autobacs Super GT Series, in 2018.
Caldarelli, who turns 28 in two weeks’ time, will be moving on to focus solely on his duties as a factory racing driver for Lamborghini Squadra Corse across the world, after a decade-long relationship with Toyota that dates back to his time in the European ladder to Formula 1.
He leaves the series as a two-time GT500 championship runner-up in 2014 and in 2016, a perennial title contender throughout his career, and a legacy as one of the most passionate and rapid drivers in recent memory.
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Autobacs Super GT Series alumni Loïc Duval, Romain Dumas, and Andrea Caldarelli were among the drivers who stood on the podium at the end of a record-breaking running of the Rolex 24 Hours at Daytona.
As the race-winning #5 Mustang Sampling Racing Cadillac DPI-V.R of Filipe Albuquerque, João Barbosa, and Christian Fittipaldi took the overall victory and obliterated the 24-hour distance record, Duval and Dumas, driving the #54 CORE Autosport Oreca 07-Gibson with Jon Bennett and Colin Braun, took third place, completing a record 808 laps and finishing as the top Pro-Am team in the race.
Caldarelli, driving the #48 Paul Miller Racing Lamborghini Huracán GT3 in the GT Daytona sub-class, took a podium finish as Lamborghini scored their first-ever victory in a major 24 hour endurance race.
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The Rolex 24 Hours of Daytona, on January 27-28 from Daytona International Speedway, might very well be the most star-studded 24 hour endurance race of 2018, even more so than the 24 Hours of Le Mans. With a deep premier category featuring two active Formula 1 drivers and countless former winners at this race, and Le Mans, and all over the world, it’s truly a global marquee event.
Across the 50 cars, and nearly 200 drivers of all skill levels, nine drivers who’ve raced in Super GT up through the 2017 season will take part, from the star-studded Prototype class, to the all-out brawls in the GT Le Mans and GT Daytona classes. They’re headed up by the most recent Super GT drivers of that group – and one that is set to join the grid in 2018.
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Five current and former drivers from the Autobacs Super GT Series took part in the ABB FIA Formula E Championship’s rookie test, held the day after the Marrakesh ePrix at the street circuit in Morocco.
Nissan factory driver Mitsunori Takaboshi, the reigning All-Japan Formula Three champion, was the marquee driver of the group – which also featured Lexus Team au TOM’s driver James Rossiter, Lexus Team Wako’s LeMans driver Andrea Caldarelli, plus former GT500 race winner Frédéric Makowiecki and former GT300 race winner Alexandre Imperatori.
Of the five drivers, it was Rossiter who had the best showing, placing fifth overall out of the twenty drivers taking part.
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