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Broken Ankle Rules Di Grassi Out Of Le Mans

Michele Rugolo to replace ex-LMP1 ace in #51 Ferrari

Former works Audi LMP1 driver Lucas di Grassi will not make his GT-class debut with AF Corse Ferrari after a broken ankle suffered while playing football last week ruled him out of contesting the race.

Although the Brazilian competed in last weekend’s Formula E races in Berlin, the Le Mans medical delegate would not permit him to race in the #51 488 as planned.

“I’ll sadly miss this year’s [Le Mans] with a broken fibula that requires surgery,” Di Grassi tweeted. “This was a hard decision but I’m following medical advice.”

His place alongside James Calado and Alessandro Pier Guidi in the car will now be taken by Michele Rugolo.

The 34-year-old driver most recently won the Asian Le Mans Series with DH Racing and is currently third in the Blancpain Endurance Cup, where he’s sharing a 488 GT3 of with Pasin Lathouras and Pier Guidi.

This will be Rugolo’s fifth Le Mans, with his previous best result being third in GTE Am in 2012 in the Krohn entry.