With the signing of Gianmaria Bruni, Porsche has bolstered its GT works driver squad for 2017. The 35-year-old Italian will undertake tests from June and contest races in the USA from July for Porsche.
Gianmaria Bruni is one of the most successful and experienced sports car pilots. 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 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.”
The reigning world sports car champions Michael Christensen and Kévin Estre secured position two in qualifying for the fifth round of the Sports Car World Endurance Championship WEC on the Circuit of the Americas.