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R-Motorsport Signs Ghiotto, GT3 Rookie Caldwell for Bathurst

F2 frontrunner Luca Ghiotto and 17-yo GT3 debutant Olli Caldwell confirmed for Bathurst 12H…

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R-Motorsport has placed two newcomers to the team in its second car for next month’s Liqui-Moly Bathurst 12 Hour, with Luca Ghiotto and 17-year-old Olli Caldwell.

Formula 2 frontrunner Ghiotto (above, right) will make his debut appearance with the Swiss team alongside GT3 rookie Caldwell (above, center) and R-Motorsport regular Marvin Kirchhoefer.

They will share the No. 62 Aston Martin Vantage GT3 for the Intercontinental GT Challenge powered by Pirelli season-opener, joining the previously confirmed sister lineup of Scott Dixon, Rick Kelly and Jake Dennis

Caldwell finished third in the Italian Formula 4 Championship in 2018 before winning the GT4 category at the Gulf 12 Hours later that year. He stepped up to Formula 3 last year and will make his GT3 debut at Bathurst.

Ghiotto, meanwhile, has already been confirmed for a full GT World Challenge Europe program with R-Motorsport.

“We are proud to enter our strongest GT3 driver lineup ever,” said team principal Dr. Florian Kamelger.

“With Luca Ghiotto and Olli Caldwell joining R-Motorsport GT3 Pro Marvin Kirchhoefer we welcome two young talents at the season opener at Bathurst.

“Together with the drivers squad of Scott Dixon, Rick Kelly and Jake Dennis in the Castrol liveried car they complete our formidable two-car team.”

“We are delighted to be returning ‘Down Under’ for the GT3 season opener with this fine driver lineup. The last time we competed at Bathurst we achieved a sensational second, the best result ever managed by Aston Martin in this famous event.

“The 12-hour race in Australia is one of the most important GT3 endurance races in the world, and achieving a top result in the classic at Mount Panorama is sure to be a big challenge for us again.”

R-Motorsport has long been linked with a full-season IGTC effort with Aston Martin but is yet to formally commit to the five-race series.

Jake Kilshaw is a UK-based journalist. He is a graduate of Politics and International Relations.

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