Lamborghini names first drivers for 2024 LMDh campaign

Lamborghini never competed in motorsports for most of its history, generally owing to the needs of corporation founder Feruccio Lamborghini but also for sensible causes, like confined cash.

The scenario eventually modified early last decade when Lamborghini set up its personal motorsports division, Squadra Corse, and begun competing in GT competitiveness. Now it’s on the verge of competing at the leading amount of endurance racing with planned entries in both the IMSA SportsCar Championship and FIA World Endurance Championship, competing with a Le Mans Daytona hybrid (LMDh) race car or truck.

Lamborghini’s LMDh campaign, very first declared in May possibly, will kick off in 2024, a person year following the inaugural period for the new LMDh race cars and trucks, and Lamborghini on Thursday named Andrea Caldarelli and Mirko Bortolotti as its very first drivers for the marketing campaign. They’ve also been picked as examination drivers and will help establish Lamborghini’s LMDh race motor vehicle, a teaser of which is proven over.

Equally are manufacturing unit drivers for Lamborghini, possessing beforehand competed in many GT competitions behind the wheel of the Huracan GT3, either with Lamborghini or customer groups.

Andrea Caldarelli (left) and Mirko Bortolotti

Andrea Caldarelli (still left) and Mirko Bortolotti

“We are specially very pleased to announce Mirko and Andrea as the first drivers for the LMDh system,” Giorgio Sanna, Lamborghini’s motorsports main, claimed in a statement. “Both have contributed considerably to reaching historic outcomes for Lamborghini in GT racing and their addition to the LMDh venture also benefits their ongoing motivation to the Squadra Corse relatives.”

LMDh and its companion Le Mans Hypercar (LMH) race automobile classification were being established to unite the top course in worldwide athletics motor vehicle racing. They enable makers to compete in the best lessons of the SportsCar Championship and World Endurance Championship, utilizing the exact automobile, with Stability of General performance guidelines to assure an even participating in discipline.

A Hypercar class replaced the LMP1 class as the top course of the Globe Endurance Championship in 2021. A GTP course will substitute the recent DPi class as the premier course of the SportsCar Championship in 2023. As outlined previously mentioned, each courses will be open up to LMDh and LMH race autos.

Whilst Lamborghini’s LMDh will only start racing in 2024, Acura, Alpine, Audi (perhaps), BMW, Cadillac and Porsche will all industry LMDh race cars and trucks in the inaugural 2023 period. ByKolles, Ferrari, Glickenhaus, Peugeot and Toyota are all committed to LMH.