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Andrea Caldarelli archives his first 2013 SUPER GT race

Andrea Caldarelli archives his first 2013 SUPER GT race


Andrea Caldarelli archives the first 2013 event. The Italian driver raced in Okayama for the Round 1 of SUPER GT in LEXUS TEAM KeePer TOM’S. The rain was one of the mai factor of this race, because of a lot of heavy showers in qualifying the drivers took part just to Q1, with Q2 abolished. Starting grid was create on the Q1 results, in which Andrea has demontrated all his potetial, being the top drive on a LEXUS SC430 with Bridgestone tyres. He took the 10th position on the 5th row in the grid, in front of also the teammates car of Kazuki Nakajima and James Rossiter, behind him for 2 seconds.

In Sunday’s race Andrea, as all last season long, had the responsability to drive the car on the starting and for the first stint of the race. In just five laps, Caldarelli came to P6, until Kohei Hirate push him out of the line. Rejoing the race in P8, Andrea gives in the pit-stop the car to his coequiper Daisuke Ito. Unfortunately the team recive a drive-through penalty due to violation to the pit-work regulation. Just in the final lap of the race, when was possible to ends in P5, Ito retired due to trouble with the fuel-pump. Next SUPER GT event is scheduled for April 29 at Fuji, meanwhile Andrea will race already next week (April 14) in Suzuka, for opening race of SUPERFORMULA.

Andrea Caldarelli
“Even if our position was P10 after yesterday’s qualifying, I myself was satisfied having done my best, or whatever that I could have done for yesterday. But still, we are more than far from getting a PP in the wet condition – so I guess there is still a long way for us but we are making very strong work to achieve it. In the race today, I had a good start as overtaking 4 cars and drove with confidence even with the tyres not warmed up. But again, it was a pity being passed by two cars, after that contact from behind. In the last half, troubles occurred in our pit-work too, also with our fuel system, and today we ended with no points. But in spite of these regretful results, we will shift our attention over to the coming round in Fuji, and work hard toward the next challenge!”.

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