Fisi back with Fer­rari for Le Mans, Bruni out

Motor Sport News - - Racing News -

Ex-for­mula 1 driver Gian­carlo Fisichella will re­turn to the Le Mans 24 Hours for an eighth as­sault on the French en­duro, while for­mer team-mate Gian­maria Bruni won’t be able to com­pete in the WEC at all this year af­ter sign­ing for Porsche.

Fisichella, a two-time class win­ner at the 24 Hours, has been con­firmed along­side IMSA Sportscar Cham­pi­onship team-mate Toni Vi­lan­der in Risi Com­pe­tizione’s Fer­rari 488 GTE for the dou­ble-points World En­durance Cham­pi­onship Le Mans round on June 17/18.

Risi re­turned to Le Mans in 2016 af­ter a five-year ab­sence and led the chal­lenge to the dom­i­nant Chip Ganassi Fords in GTE Pro.

Mean­while Bruni – who of­fi­cially ter­mi­nated his Fer­rari con­tract in or­der to move to ri­val GT firm Porsche – has been placed on gardening leave which stops him com­pet­ing with the Ger­man squad in any ca­pac­ity in the WEC.

Ac­cord­ing to a Porsche state­ment re­leased on Sun­day, he “will un­der­take tests from June and con­test races in the USA from July”.

With Bruni on the side­lines, it is ex­pected ei­ther Ro­main Du­mas or Sven Muller will join the al­ready-an­nounced trio of Richard Li­etz, Michael Chris­tensen and Fred­eric Makowiecki as Porsche’s fourth works driver in the WEC’S GTE Pro divi­sion.

Porsche’s new chal­lenger is mid-en­gined and new-for-2017.

Fisichella (cen­tre) will re­turn

Newspapers in English

Newspapers from UK

© PressReader. All rights reserved.