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Gimmi Bruni, Prototype Driver!

From 2002

Whilst Gianmaria Bruni’s move later this year to Porsche does not include, we understand, any opportunity to test the Porsche 919 LMP1 car (though an earlier offer from Porsche ahead of the 2016 season and his now terminated multi-year deal with Ferrari is understood to have included the offer of a test in the Hybrid prototype) the Italian star does have just a little prototype racing experience in a career in endurance racing otherwise solely consisting of Ferrari starts.

2002 JB General

2002 JB General

Before his permanent move to GT racing Bruni raced three times in the Judd engined GMS Durango, a pair of starts in the FIA SCC (Magny Cours and Spa) and a race win in the 2002 Vallelunga 6 Hours alongside Michele Rugolo and Leonardo Maddalena.

2002 JB General

2002 JB General

Oh and Gimmi looked a little different back then too (but then didn’t we all!)

2002 JB General

2002 JB General

A decade passed before Bruni would race in a prototype again, this time a one-off at Paul Ricard in the (AF Corse-run) Pecom Oreca 03 Nissan LMP2 as a late replacement for the injured Soheil Ayari.

Gimmi-Bruni-Pecom-Oreca-03-Nissan-LMP2

With thanks to John Brooks for the 2002 FIA SCC shots