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Andrea Caldarelli cruises to front row at Fuji

Andrea Caldarelli cruises to front row at Fuji


Andrea Caldarelli rounded out the 2012 season by scoring his best qualifying result of the year at Fuji. The Italian racer cruised to 2nd place overall in the SUPER GT qualifying session for the JAF Sprint Cup, a traditional grand finale for the Japanese motorsports season. Back with LEXUS TEAM KeePer Kraft, Andrea logged a best laptime of 1’30”925 in qualifying before being forced to settle for 2nd place, beaten by just 0.1 seconds by his fellow WEC and Le Mans team-mate Kazuki Nakajima. It's been a top result for Caldarelli, who continued in the great progression already displayed during his maiden Grand Touring season, with a completely different race format from his previous open-wheel experiences.

For the final round of the season, the usual driver duos were divided as the drivers entered one race each with no driver change. After having started well from the front row, Andrea was rear-ended by one of his opponents during the first lap and suffered from a broken rear diffuser. Despite the damage, he tried to make his way back to the front but hit troubles with his tires, which are still being developed by Bridgestone and Lexus. The Pescara-based man was forced to surrender several positions and eventually rounded out the top-10.

Andrea Caldarelli
“The results we scored in qualifying at Fuji proved how both Kraft RACING and I were able to grow up during this season as we successfully became top contenders. Back at Suzuka we were able to finish on the podium and now this great front-row start is a further accomplishment in the same direction. Unfortunately, an early contact and some tire troubles prevented me from fighting for a podium finish that would have definitely been in our frame as I clocked the third fastest lap of the day. I'm proud to have proved my potential and i want to thank my team, my sponsors, my management and my family as well for the awesome support throughout the 2012 season”.

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