Gianmaria Bruni has signed for Porsche as a GT works driver for 2017.
As one of the most successful and experienced sports car drivers, the 35-year-old Italian has left Ferrari and will start testing for Porsche in June and racing in the USA from July. The ex-Formula 1 driver (Minardi 2004) celebrated his greatest success at Le Mans as well as in the World Endurance Championship WEC: At the world’s most famous long-distance classic, he clinched the GT victory in 2008, 2012 and 2014.
In the WEC he won the GTE-Pro championship title with Ferrari in 2013 and 2014. On top of these came more successes at long-distance races such as the 12 Hours of Sebring (2010) and the Spa 24 Hours (2015). He also took home the Intercontinental Le Mans Cup in the years 2011 and 2012 as well as title victories in the Le Mans Series (2011) and the GT Open (2012).
“We’re delighted to welcome Gianmaria Bruni, one of the world’s top GT pilots, into our squad,” says Head of Porsche Motorsport, Dr Frank-Steffen Walliser. “He fits perfectly into our strong circle of works drivers and will join us for the second half of the season.”
A Ferrari press release stated “After a collaboration started in 2007, Bruni will leave Ferrari at the end of June of this year. Ferrari thanks to Gianmaria Bruni for his professional contribution and wishes him the best of luck for his new challenges.”
One would imagine that this was a hard decision for Bruni to make following ten years with the Italian marque. Still, their loss is Porsche’s gain, I’m certain he will be competitive straight out of the box.