Ahead of the debut of the Lamborghini SC63 LMDh in the 2024 FIA World Endurance Championship and IMSA WeatherTech SportsCar Championship, Lamborghini Iron Lynx has confirmed its driver line-ups for the two entries.
The FIA WEC entry will see Mirko Bortolotti and Daniil Kvyat joined by Edoardo Mortara. 36-year-old Swiss-Italian-French pilot Mortara has enjoyed a busy 2023 with a full season in the ABB FIA Formula E World Championship with Maserati MSG Racing where he finished 14th in the drivers’ standings. In a season that was disrupted with seven retirements, Mortara enjoyed his best finish in Rome where he finished 4th place.
Known as ‘Mr Macau’ for his success around the Asian street circuit, Mortara finished second in the 2023 running of the FIA GT World Cup, driving the #40 Audi Sport Asia Team Absolute Audi R8 and taking the chequered flag just over 2.5 seconds Raffaele Marciello.
“I am super happy to be joining Lamborghini Squadra Corse, which is allowing me this incredible opportunity to compete in the Le Mans 24 Hours and the World Endurance Championship, both of which I have wanted to take part in for a long time,” said Mortara. “It is a very proud moment for me and I hope we can achieve some good results next season.”
For the IMSA WeatherTech SportsCar Championship entry, drivers Andrea Caldarelli and Roman Grosjean who had been previously announced will be joined by Matteo Cairoli.
Cairoli is well known to Andrea Piccini’s Emilia-Romagna-based squad, having just completed the European Le Mans Series season driving the team’s #60 Porsche 911-RSR alongside teammates Claudio Schiavoni and Matteo Cressoni. The trio finished third in the drivers standings after a season that included victory at the Spa-Francorchamps round.
Speaking after test sessions with the new Lamborghini SCg3 at the Circuit of the Americas in Austin, Texas, Piccini was excited about the upcoming season.
“First of all, I am really excited to be here in Austin for my second proper outing with the LMDh car and I want to thank Lamborghini Squadra Corse, Giorgio and the Iron Lynx family for this amazing opportunity and for believing in me,” said Cairoli. “I am ready to give the best of myself next year; clearly, it’s a dream I have been chasing for a long time and to do it with an Italian brand as an Italian driver has given me even more motivation.
“The aim is to learn as much as possible about the car for next year but I am already pumped for the start of the season.”
Iron Lynx CEO Andrea Piccini is looking forward to the new season with entries in both major sportscar racings series.
“Coming from two positive tests in Daytona and COTA, where the car proved competitive and consistent, it’s amazing to announce a line-up made of many talented drivers,” said Piccini. “We cannot wait to welcome Matteo and Eduardo to the ream as Lamborghini Squadra Corsa Factory Drivers and we are sure they will be an instant fit within our operation. They are fast, experienced, and professional and these are consistent features across the whole driver roster so we couldn’t be happier with how it shaped up.
“We have a lot of work still to do to be ready but we are looking forward to the final preparations and to the start of the season.”
The FIA World Endurance Championship gets underway in Qatar with the Prologue on February 24th and 25th followed by the opening round of the 2024 season on March the 2nd.