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Bortolotti Rejoins Lamborghini; Mitchell Promoted to Factory

Mirko Bortolotti back with Lambo after one year at Audi; Sandy Mitchell also joins factory squad…

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Lamborghini has announced its factory driver lineup for 2021 with Mirko Bortolotti rejoining the Italian marque from Audi and Sandy Mitchell gaining promotion from the Squadra Corse junior development program.

Bortolotti, 30, will return to the manufacturer with which he won the Endurance and overall Blancpain GT (now GT World Challenge Europe) championships in 2017.

The Italian became one of Lamborghini’s lead drivers during his initial three-year term before being picked up by fellow Volkswagen brand Audi for the 2020 season.

During his brief spell with Audi, Bortolotti competed in a wide range of GT3 series and achieved podium results in the Rolex 24 at Daytona and the Nürburgring 24.

He also finished second in last weekend’s Kyalami 9 Hour, before announcing straight after the race that it was to be his final appearance as an Audi factory driver.

Bortolotti’s new race program with Lamborghini has yet to be announced.

The second addition to the factory lineup is Mitchell, who won this year’s Intelligent Money British GT Championship with Rob Collard in a Lamborghini Huracan GT3 Evo.

The 20-year-old Scottish racer progresses from the GT3 Junior rung of Lamborghini’s two-tier driver development system, which also includes Young Driver status for Super Trofeo prospects.

In addition to his British GT title success with Barwell Motorsport, Mitchell was a part of the team’s Pro-Am class-winning lineup at the Total 24 Hours of Spa in October.

Lamborghini’s factory roster has increased from seven members to eight for 2021, with two drivers joining and Dennis Lind being dropped after two years on the program.

Andrea Caldarelli, Marco Mapelli, Giovanni Venturini, Giacomo Altoe, Franck Perera and Albert Costa all remain on board.

After impressing Lamborghini during its annual young driver assessment, Super Trofeo Europe ace Raul Guzman has been assigned to a GT3 test and development role.

Daniel Lloyd is a UK-based reporter for Sportscar365, covering the FIA World Endurance Championship, Fanatec GT World Challenge Europe powered by AWS and the IMSA WeatherTech SportsCar Championship, among other series.

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