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WEC Drivers in All-New Inter Europol LMP2 Lineup

Inter Europol sets all-new driver lineup for LMP2 program in European Le Mans Series…

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Inter Europol Competition has set an all-new lineup for the European Le Mans Series with FIA World Endurance Championship drivers Olli Caldwell and Rui Andrade forming part of the crew.

Caldwell and Andrade, who race for Alpine Elf Team and Team WRT in the WEC respectively, will share the Polish team’s No. 43 Oreca 07 Gibson with Jonathan Aberdein.

South African driver Aberdein represented JOTA in the LMP2 class of the WEC last year, after finishing runner-up in the 2021 ELMS standings with United Autosports.

Inter Europol’s new trio is completely different from the LMP2 lineup it ran in ELMS last season.

Pietro Fittipaldi and David Heinemeier Hansson switched to JOTA for a full-season WEC program, while Fabio Scherer stayed with Inter Europol for its world championship effort.

Caldwell is set for his ELMS debut after graduating from Alpine’s single-seater academy program to become a contracted sports car driver with the Renault brand in WEC.

“I’m really looking forward to competing in European Le Mans Series this season with Inter Europol Competition,” he said.

“Having made the transition to sports cars this year, combining ELMS alongside my full-season campaign in WEC provides me with the opportunity to get plenty of experience in my first full season in LMP2.

“I can’t wait to get started with the team as they have proven themselves to be a race-winning team and I’m confident that we can continue that success this season as we challenge for the ELMS title.”

Andrade, meanwhile, is making his ELMS return after contesting the 2021 season with G-Drive Racing. The Angolan-Portuguese driver also made a one-off appearance with Duqueine Team at Portimao last season.

“I’m mega excited about the season ahead, and I’m looking forward to racing with a team I have raced against a lot in the past,” he said.

“ELMS provides great competition; we race at some of the very best tracks and the cars – with full downforce – are amazing.

“Inter Europol Competition are a great team, I know [technical director] Andi well – he has worked with me in the past – and he’ll be looking into every detail to provide the ultimate performance. It’s going to be a great season and we will get strong results.”

In addition to announcing its LMP2 lineup, Inter Europol has also confirmed that it will run a single Ligier JS P320 Nissan in the LMP3 class.

Three drivers from the team’s recent Asian Le Mans Series campaign —  Kai Askey, Wyatt Brichacek and Miguel Cristovao — will drive the Ligier in the six-round series.

Again, the LMP3 crew is different from the one that Inter Europol assembled last season when Charles Crews, Nico Pino and Guilherme de Oliveira narrowly missed out on the title when their car encountered a steering arm failure with 12 minutes remaining

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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