Teammate Christian Engelhart called it the key move. It was celebrating by the tv’s commentators as quite possibly the overtake of the race. When Andrea Caldarelli took the Lamborghini Huracán GT3 bull by the horns in the second stint of the Barcelona season finale and went past no less than three cars in one lap—two of them in one sweep—the Italian put the Grasser Racing Team right back on track to win the Blancpain GT championship.
“In [one lap] I overtook three cars, that was one of the best overtakes I ever did, I enjoyed doing that.
“I didn’t see anything in front of me and just went all inside and outbraked everyone. It was risky, but nice.”
With a bagload of experience in Japan’s Super GT championship, Caldarelli returned to Europe this year for his first foray into the Blancpain GT Series.
Despite having challenged for the title in the competitive Super GT series on multiple occasions, he didn’t underestimate the new adventure.
“Actually, I was expecting it to be hard, of course, because I’ve never raced in this series before and it’s the toughest in all of GT racing. I knew it would be difficult, but I felt really well within the team and with my teammates.
“In the end, I think, we did a good job together and that’s why I felt great since the beginning. I felt very comfortable.”
Although Lamborghini Squadra Corse has not yet set its 2018 drivers line-up, Caldarelli sounds hopeful to return as the reigning champion.
“We are still discussing with Lamborghini, but I think [we will return].”