Alessandro Pier Guidi confirmed at AF Corse for WEC

Long time Ferrari GT driver Alessandro Pier Guidi has been confirmed at AF Corse for the 2017 FIA World Endurance Championship season, replacing Gianmaria Bruni who has been announced as a Porsche GT driver.

Pier Guidi has been a regular Ferrari racer but his move to the WEC will be his first factory contract as he joins James Calado in one of AF Corse’s GTE Pro Ferrari 488 GTEs.

The Italian was one of four drivers to test for the seat at the Italian manufacturer’s Fiorano base, as it had been known for some time that Bruni would be moving on.

A brief statement from Ferrari welcomed Pier Guidi to the team, praising his past achievements in the brand’s machinery including a Rolex 24 at Daytona triumph in 2014.

Coming on the back of this, Porsche has announced Bruni will join the team at the end of June – specifically for Porsche North America’s GTLM campaign in the IMSA WeatherTech SportsCar Championship.

He will join the team so late into the year because of a period of gardening leave Ferrari has reportedly inserted into the Le Mans 24 Hour winner’s contract, according to Autosport, to stop him racing in the 2017 WEC season and only being able to join Porsche halfway through the year.