Monday, February 6, 2023

Olli Caldwell steps up to FIA WEC with Alpine Elf Endurance Team

Olli Caldwell proudly joins Alpine Elf Endurance Team for 2023 FIA World Endurance Championship. The British driver will take to the wheel of the #35 Alpine A470 prototype machine alongside team-mates Brazil’s André Negrão and Mexican driver Memo Rojas, as the talented trio challenge for the LMP2 Endurance Trophy.

Graduating from the Alpine Academy, this marks a significant step in Olli’s young career as he tackles the premier sportscar championship and makes his full season debut in the world of endurance racing. Competing in the World Endurance Championship which takes place across North America, Europe, Asia and the Middle East, including the infamous 24 Hours of Le Mans. 

A winner in nearly all the levels he competed in single-seater racing, the British driver impressed the team during the rookie tests last November with his potential and philosophy, perfectly in sync with the values of Alpine, Signatech and the world of endurance racing. 2023 provides the talented rookie with the exciting opportunity to prove himself in a prototype, rapidly tuning his skills and working together with his two experienced teammates. 

Olli Caldwell:

"I am really excited to be joining Alpine Elf Endurance Team for the 2023 FIA World Endurance Championship. This is a big change of direction for my career, but I'm looking forward to taking on a new challenge, alongside the familiarity of being part of the Alpine programme and continuing to develop my relationship with the global Alpine brand. 
I can’t wait to get out on track for the first race in Sebring, plus racing on new tracks such as Fuji and Le Mans is going to be a real highlight for me. 
I’d like to thank everyone at Alpine for this opportunity, I’m sure together with my new teammates we can push to achieve some great results."

Competing as part of the two-car Alpine Elf Endurance outfit, this season promises to be key for the team before it returns to the premier category of the World Endurance Championship in 2024. Olli’s role in the team will be integral to the development of the new Alpine Hypercar prototype.

Philippe Sinault, Alpine Elf Endurance Team Principal: 

"We are racers, and it was unthinkable for Alpine not to be part of the 24 Hours of Le Mans Centenary celebrations. We absolutely wanted to be a part of it as competition runs in our blood and DNA, and it also allows us to get ourselves in working order with most of the technical staff who will take up the challenge that awaits us in 2024. 
We are also fully committed to leading Olli to a successful transition to Endurance, as we have done with André and many others in the past. There is a superb field with an incredible level of competition awaiting us, but we are looking forward to the challenge and can't wait to get to Sebring!"

Olli Caldwell and his new teammates will kick off the season at Sebring International Circuit (USA) in the FIA WEC Prologue (11-12 March) before the opening race of the season at the same track on 17 March.