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Andrea Caldarelli to start a new challenge

Andrea Caldarelli to start a new challenge

31-01-2018

An era comes to an end. Andrea Caldarelli leaves the sporting programme of LEXUS RACING since the end of this year. The Italian, has won the 2017 Blancpain GT Series Endurance Cup in his maiden season with Lamborghini Squadra Corse, fighting also for champion honours in the SUPER GT in Japan, where he was one of the LEXUS RACING top drivers since 2012. The relationship with Toyota traces back even further: Andrea was chosen to join the Toyota Driver Program and debut in Formula 3 in 2007, when he was racing in Formula Renault 2.0. The plan foresaw to bring him up to Formula 1, after having appointed him in 2008 as Test Driver, at a time when that role was still meaningful in Formula 1 and had concrete effectiveness in the car development work. The folding down of the Formula 1 programme of the Japanese maker in 2010 changed the plans, with Andrea redirected to other activities. In 2011, Italian is called to race in Formula Nippon, besides being included in the recently-launched Endurance programme in view of the Le Mans 24 Hours. It is the tester on simulator of Caldarelli that lead Toyota to elect him for developing the new Super Formula single-seater designed and built by Dallara. In parallel, the Italian is tasked with being part of top line-ups both in SUPER GT and SUPER FORMULA. In 2018, Andrea ceases to be a LEXUS RACING driver, after having collected a total of 3 wins and 14 podium finishes.

Andrea Caldarelli
“All beautiful stories come to an end. I am extremely grateful to Toyota for the support given to my career since I was just a boy. Thanks to them I become not only a winning driver but also a man, a person which has grown-up and evolved. I want to thank every person worked with me, since the first evaluating test with a single-seater up to the last race of this year in Motegi. I would have wished to say goodbye with a title, but circumstances out of our control prevented it. Despite being all these years in inferior technical conditions with respect to the competition, I have been fighting for the title until the very end every year, against all odds and even being supporting line-ups for other teams. I have gone through a number of new strategy launches, changes and reorganizations, always bringing home the results sought. I wish the whole LEXUS RACING the best of lucks for their future programmes, and, never say never, maybe race together again in future. I will announce my future programs shortly and I am already extremely excited”.

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