Audi WEC refugee Lucas di Grassi to race at Le Mans with AF Corse
|By Mitchell Adam||Friday, March 31st 2017, 09:21 GMT|
Formula E racer and former Audi LMP1 driver Lucas di Grassi will contest the 2017 Le Mans 24 Hours with the AF Corse Ferrari GTE outfit.
Di Grassi, a three-time podium finisher in the French classic, had been targeting a drive in the race following Audi's World Endurance Championship withdrawal at the end of 2016.
The Brazilian has signed with Ferrari's factory outfit, and will partner James Calado and Alessandro Pier Guidi in its #51 entry.
"I'm very happy to be back at the 24 Hours of Le Mans," di Grassi said.
"Every professional racing driver wants to be part of history and to race for Ferrari means a lot to me.
"Manufacturer backed GTE-Pro is undoubtedly the best place to be after my four years in LMP1."
Pier Guidi is another Ferrari newcomer in 2017, signed to replace the Porsche-bound Gianmaria Bruni, while Audi DTM refugee Miguel Molina will partner Davide Rigon and Sam Bird in AF Corse's #71 entry at Le Mans.
It was announced earlier on Friday that Risi Competizione had signed Pierre Kaffer to join Giancarlo Fisichella and Toni Vilander in the US Ferrari squad's Le Mans line-up.