Olli Caldwell to race in Bathurst 12 Hour

January 17, 2020

It was announced this week that YRDA Alumni driver, Olli Caldwell, will race in the World famous Bathurst 12 Hour race in February. Coming off the back of his debut season in the Formula Regional European Championship, which saw Olli take a win and seven podiums, he has landed a drive with R-Motorsport in the Aston Martin GT3 alongside Luca Ghiotto and Marvin Kirchhofer.

Olli is one of many YRDA drivers, past and present, to be shooting up the Motorsport ranks with Formula One his ultimate goal. After representing his country on the World stage in the Rotax Max Challenge Grand Finals in 2016, Olli has since gone on to race in British F4, Italian F4, ADAC F4 and most recently the Formula Regional European Championship.

During his Karting career and early stages of his singles seater career, Olli was part of the YRDA programme and raced for Arden Motorsport in British F4. In the five rounds he raced in during the 2017 season Olli took five wins and fourteen podiums in the Rookie class!

Despite competing in only one season in all of the afore mentioned Olli has taken wins and podiums and fought for the title in the 2018 season of Italian F4 which would go down to the wire with Olli ultimately finishing 3rd in the championship. The experience of being able to adapt quickly will come in useful as he prepares to take on the challenge of one of the most demanding races in the World.

However, it will not be Olli’s first race in a GT car. Back in 2018 the British driver won the Gulf 12 Hours in the GT4 class with Bullitt Racing. Driving the Mercedes AMG GT4 alongside Oleg Kharuk and Ian Loggie, Olli stormed to victory at the Yas Marina circuit in Abu Dhabi.

The Mount Panorama circuit is a different beast all together though. A track of two halves with a quick first and last sector separated by a middle sector which sees huge elevation changes and absolutely no run offs. One small mistake over twelve hours, will see you go straight into the barriers and could potentially ruin any chances of a win or podium finish.

Olli will certainly be calling upon his recent experience from the FIA F3 World Cup at Macau. A famous street circuit which is described by many as the toughest single seater race on the planet! A tough place to make your FIA F3 debut and it’s fair to say Olli has given himself another challenge making his GT3 debut at Bathurst.

Ever since he began racing Olli has always decided to throw himself in at the deep. No challenge has ever been to big and it is that attitude which will no doubt give him a chance at a good result on the 2nd February. He will be in good hands with FIA F2 driver Luca Ghiotto and reigning Vice Champion Marvin Kirchhofer who will doubt be keen to go back this year and go one better!

Olli Caldwell: “Super excited to announce that I will be racing at the Bathurst 12 Hour in the R-Motorsport Aston Martin GT3 car with Marvin Kirchhofer and Luca Ghiotto on the 1st/2nd of February! It will be a trio of firsts with my first time driving the Aston Martin, first time racing a GT3 and my first time around such a prestigious circuit so it will definitely be a steep learning curve but I’m looking forward to it.”

It is great to have one of our alumni drivers at the Bathurst 12 Hour and we wish Olli and the team the best of luck for the event!