Formula 3 race winner Olli Caldwell looks set to make his first start in the FIA World Endurance Championship in the Eight Hours of Bahrain with Slovakian squad ARC Bratislava.
Caldwell’s name was spotted on the doors of the team’s #44 ORECA 07-Gibson on Wednesday as it sat in the garage in preparation for this weekend’s WEC season finale.
The debut outing for Caldwell means the team will be going into the race with a near-complete overhaul of its line-up compared to last weekend’s six-hour round in Bahrain.
Nelson Panciatici had previously already been confirmed as part of the team’s line-up, but Caldwell had not been previously confirmed as the third man in the team alongside team owner Miroslav Konopka.
The 19-year-old is the latest in a rotating cast of drivers for the team throughout the season that previously included Oliver Webb, Tom Jackson and Darren Burke. Most recently, Kush Maini, younger brother of Arjun, also raced for the team in the Six Hours of Bahrain.
Caldwell will be making his first start in prototype racing during this Saturday’s race. The Briton has spent the past two seasons in the FIA F3 championship, first for Trident and later for Prema.
His resume in sportscar racing is limited, having come up through the junior single seater ranks. He did contest the 2018 Gulf 12 Hours in Abu Dhabi, taking a GT4 class win with Bullitt Racing.
ARC Bratislava currently sit last in the LMP2 Pro/Am standings with one championship round left. The team started the season with a Ligier chassis, before switching to ORECA for the 24 Hours of Le Mans.