Alessandro Pier Guidi has been confirmed as the fourth and final driver in AF Corse’s GTE-Pro full-season lineup in the FIA World Endurance Championship, replacing Gianmaria Bruni.
It has been understood for a while that Bruni will not continue with Ferrari this season, and a press release released on Sunday by the manufacturer confirmed this, stating that “by mutual consent” Ferrari and Bruni have “terminated their relationship”.
Bruni is set to leave Ferrari by the end of June, ending an 11-year career with the team.
It was announced on Saturday at Ferrari’s Competizioni GT awards ceremony that Pier Guidi will join James Calado in the No. 51 Ferrari 488 GTE for the WEC season, alongside Davide Rigon and Sam Bird in the No. 71 car.
Pier Guidi was one of four drivers to test at Vallelunga earlier this month, in a shootout to determine Bruni’s replacement. He competed for the seat against Alex Riberas, Nyck de Vries and Miguel Molina.
In 2016, 33-year-old Pier Guidi raced Ferraris in several GT series, including full-season efforts in the European Le Mans Series and Blancpain GT Series Endurance Cup.
He also entered several rounds of the IMSA WeatherTech SportsCar Championship in Scuderia Corsa’s partial season GT Le Mans entry, as well as joining Calado and Bruni as the third driver for the 24 Hours of Le Mans.
He has over 200 race starts to his name and more than 30 victories, including the 2014 Rolex 24 at Daytona GT Daytona class win.
Bruni is expected to make a move to Porsche’s GT ranks, with an announcement imminent.