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Gianmaria "Gimmi" Bruni (born 30 May 1981) is an Italian Porsche factory auto racing driver who drove in the 2004 Formula One World Championship for Minardi. He is a GP2 Series race winner and is now racing in the FIA World Endurance Championship, in which he gained the 2013 and 2014 GT Drivers' Titles whilst driving as a factory Ferrari driver.[1] He won the 2008 FIA GT Championship, 2011 Le Mans Series and 2012 International GT Open and took three class victories at the 24 Hours of Le Mans, in 2008, 2012 and 2014. He also was successful at the 2009 and 2015 24 Hours of Spa-Francorchamps, 2010 12 Hours of Sebring and 2011 Petit Le Mans.

Gianmaria Bruni
Gianmaria Bruni 2012 WEC Fuji.jpg
Gianmaria Bruni in 2012
Born (1981-05-30) 30 May 1981 (age 37)
Rome, Italy
Formula One World Championship career
NationalityItaly Italian
Active years2004
TeamsMinardi
Entries18
Championships0
Wins0
Podiums0
Career points0
Pole positions0
Fastest laps0
First entry2004 Australian Grand Prix
Last entry2004 Brazilian Grand Prix
24 Hours of Le Mans career
Years2008 - 2016, 2018
TeamsRisi Competizione, AF Corse
Best finish13th (2011)
Class wins3 (2008, 2012, 2014)

Contents

CareerEdit

First wins in single-seatersEdit

Born in Rome, at age ten Bruni lied about his age to the director of La Pista d'Oro, a Go kart track in Italy, in order to begin an amateur Karting career (twelve was the minimum age to compete). His first experience with racing cars was in the Italian Formula Renault Campus in 1997; he won the Title in 1998. For the following season he moved on to the European Formula Renault Eurocup 2.0, taking another Title. Then he entered the British Formula 3, where he came fifth in 2000 and fourth in 2001. After he had raced in various similar European series like the Euro Formula 3000, finishing third in 2003, he caught the attention of Minardi.

Formula 1Edit

Bruni started testing for Minardi in 2003. However the biggest struggle of his career was finding enough sponsorship to compete for them in Formula 1 in 2004.

In fact Bruni did join Minardi for the 2004 Formula 1 season, though he struggled in a car which was considerably less developed than the rest of the grid. He was one of only two drivers to contest the majority of the season without scoring any points.

GP2 SeriesEdit

In 2005 Bruni competed in the GP2 Series, the single-seater Championship which is part of the Formula 1 support package and which is intended to be its feeder series. He won Race 1 at Barcelona and took second at Monaco driving for Coloni. The Italian left the Team in September before the Monza weekend. Joining up with Durango, he started on pole position at Spa-Francorchamps and finished tenth in the Drivers' Classification.

In 2006 Bruni competed again in the GP2 Series, this time with the new Trident Racing squad. He scored two victories, the first at Imola and the second at Hockenheim. At the end of the season he was seventh in the Drivers' Classification.

GT competitionsEdit

 
Bruni driving in the 2018 6 Hours of Silverstone.

For 2007, he switched to the sportscar racing as he joined the FIA GT Championship with Team AF Corse MOTOROLA in a Ferrari 430 GT3. He and his teammate Stéphane Ortelli finished the season 2nd in the GT2 class with 3 wins.

After competing in the American Le Mans Series for Risi Competizione, Bruni shifted focus to Europe for 2011, teaming with Giancarlo Fisichella in an AF Corse Ferrari F458 Italia, winning the driver's and team's championship in the LM GTE Pro class of the Le Mans Series and helping win the team's championship in the Intercontinental Le Mans Cup. Bruni finished 2nd at the Le Mans 24hrs and won the Petit Le Mans.

At the 2012 12 Hours of Sebring, Bruni disqualified his car by attempting to shunt off the BMW M3 GT of Joey Hand on the last lap to help the sister car of Olivier Beretta to win the overall grand touring classification, though the BMW was in a different class and the car would not have classified anyway because it did not make 70% of the race leader's distance.

In the 80th edition of the 24 Hours of Le Mans in 2012, Bruni and the AF Corse Team scored first place in the GTE-Pro class along with his co-drivers Toni Vilander and Giancarlo Fisichella; their Ferrari 458 Italia covered a total of 336 laps (2,845.53 miles) of the Circuit de la Sarthe.[2][3]

Bruni scored three wins and two second places at the 2013 FIA World Endurance Championship, so he won the GTE-Pro teams trophy and the GTE drivers and manufacturers cups.

In February 2017, Ferrari and Gianmaria Bruni announce that, by mutual consent, they have early terminated their relationship. After a collaboration started in 2007, Bruni will leave Ferrari at the end of June of this year. Bruni signed a contract with Porsche Motorsport.

As a result of the contract termination settlement he sat out the first half of the 2017 racing season, making his Porsche debut in July at Watkins Glen. In 2018 he will race for Porsche in the WEC replacing Frédéric Makowiecki[4]

Racing recordEdit

Complete Formula One resultsEdit

(key) (Races in bold indicate pole position; races in italics indicate fastest lap)

Year Entrant Chassis Engine 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11 12 13 14 15 16 17 18 WDC Pts
2003 European Minardi Cosworth Minardi PS03 Cosworth CR-3 3.0 V10 AUS MAL BRA SMR ESP AUT MON CAN EUR FRA GBR GER
TD
HUN
TD
ITA
TD
USA
TD
JPN
TD
2004 Minardi Cosworth Minardi PS04B Cosworth CR-3L 3.0 V10 AUS
NC
MAL
14
BHR
17
SMR
Ret
ESP
Ret
MON
Ret
EUR
14
CAN
Ret
USA
Ret
FRA
18
GBR
16
GER
17
HUN
14
BEL
Ret
ITA
Ret
CHN
Ret
JPN
16
BRA
17
25th 0

Did not finish the race, but was classified as he had completed more than 90% of the race distance.

Complete GP2 Series resultsEdit

(key) (Races in bold indicate pole position) (Races in italics indicate fastest lap)

Year Entrant 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11 12 13 14 15 16 17 18 19 20 21 22 23 DC Points
2005 Coloni Motorsport IMO
FEA

4
IMO
SPR

4
CAT
FEA

1
CAT
SPR

Ret
MON
FEA

2
NÜR
FEA

8
NÜR
SPR

Ret
MAG
FEA

18
MAG
SPR

11
SIL
FEA

7
SIL
SPR

11
HOC
FEA

NC
HOC
SPR

14
HUN
FEA

10
HUN
SPR

8
IST
FEA

Ret
IST
SPR

9
MNZ
FEA
MNZ
SPR
10th 35
Durango SPA
FEA

Ret
SPA
SPR

16
BHR
FEA

Ret
BHR
SPR

14
2006 Trident Racing VAL
FEA

6
VAL
SPR

5
IMO
FEA

1
IMO
SPR

Ret
NÜR
FEA

Ret
NÜR
SPR

16
CAT
FEA

Ret
CAT
SPR

17
MON
FEA

Ret
SIL
FEA

Ret
SIL
SPR

15
MAG
FEA

Ret
MAG
SPR

Ret
HOC
FEA

1
HOC
SPR

6
HUN
FEA

Ret
HUN
SPR

8
IST
FEA

Ret
IST
SPR

15
MNZ
FEA

Ret
MNZ
SPR

9
7th 33

Complete European Le Mans Series resultsEdit

(key) (Races in bold indicate pole position; races in italics indicate fastest lap)

Year Entrant Class Chassis Engine 1 2 3 4 5 6 Pos. Pts
2007 Virgo Motorsport GT2 Ferrari F430GT Ferrari 4.0 L V8 MNZ VAL NÜR SPA SIL
1
INT 12th 10
2008 Virgo Motorsport GT2 Ferrari F430GT Ferrari 4.0 L V8 CAT
1
MNZ
Ret
SPA
1
NÜR
1
SIL 3rd 30
2009 JMW Motorsport GT2 Ferrari F430 GT2 Ferrari 4.0 L V8 CAT
2
SPA
2
ALG
1
NÜR
9
SIL
1
2nd 35
2010 AF Corse GT2 Ferrari F430 GT2 Ferrari 4.0 L V8 LEC
Ret
SPA
2
ALG
1
HUN SIL
1
4th 50
2011 AF Corse GTE Pro Ferrari 458 Italia GT2 Ferrari 4.5 L V8 LEC
2
SPA
1
IMO
2
SIL
1
EST
Ret
1st 60
2012 Pecom Racing LMP2 Oreca 03 Nissan VK45DE 4.5 L V8 LEC
7
DON PET 14th 6
2018 Proton Competition LMGTE Porsche 911 RSR Porsche 4.0 L Flat-6 LEC MNZ
5
RBR SIL SPA ALG 12th 10

24 Hours of Le Mans resultsEdit

Year Team Co-Drivers Car Class Laps Pos. Class
Pos.
2008   Risi Competizione   Mika Salo
  Jaime Melo
Ferrari F430 GT2 GT2 326 19th 1st
2009   AF Corse   Luís Pérez Companc
  Matías Russo
Ferrari F430 GT2 GT2 317 26th 6th
2010   Risi Competizione   Jaime Melo
  Pierre Kaffer
Ferrari F430 GT2 GT2 116 DNF DNF
2011   AF Corse   Giancarlo Fisichella
  Toni Vilander
Ferrari 458 Italia GT2 GTE
Pro
314 13th 2nd
2012   AF Corse   Giancarlo Fisichella
  Toni Vilander
Ferrari 458 Italia GT2 GTE
Pro
336 17th 1st
2013   AF Corse   Giancarlo Fisichella
  Matteo Malucelli
Ferrari 458 Italia GT2 GTE
Pro
311 21st 6th
2014   AF Corse   Giancarlo Fisichella
  Toni Vilander
Ferrari 458 Italia GT2 GTE
Pro
339 13th 1st
2015   AF Corse   Giancarlo Fisichella
  Toni Vilander
Ferrari 458 Italia GT2 GTE
Pro
330 25th 3rd
2016   AF Corse   James Calado
  Alessandro Pier Guidi
Ferrari 488 GTE GTE
Pro
179 DNF DNF
2018   Porsche GT Team   Richard Lietz
  Frédéric Makowiecki
Porsche 911 RSR GTE
Pro
343 16th 2nd

Complete FIA World Endurance Championship resultsEdit

(key) (Races in bold indicate pole position; races in italics indicate fastest lap)

Year Entrant Class Car Engine 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 Rank Points
2012 AF Corse LMGTE Pro Ferrari 458 Italia GT2 Ferrari 4.5L V8 SEB
EX
SPA
2
LMS
1
SIL
1
SÃO
1
BHR FUJ
2
SHA
Ret
62nd 3
2013 AF Corse LMGTE Pro Ferrari 458 Italia GT2 Ferrari 4.5L V8 SIL
5
SPA
1
LMS
5
SÃO
1
COA
2
FUJ
2
SHA
4
BHR
1
1st 145
2014 AF Corse LMGTE Pro Ferrari 458 Italia GT2 Ferrari 4.5 L V8 SIL
4
SPA
1
LMS
1
COA
3
FUJ
1
SHA
Ret
BHR
1
SÃO
4
1st 168
2015 AF Corse LMGTE Pro Ferrari 458 Italia GT2 Ferrari 4.5 L V8 SIL
1
SPA
4
LMS
4
NÜR
14
COA
7
FUJ
1
SHA
2
BHR
2
2nd 131.5
2016 AF Corse LMGTE Pro Ferrari 488 GTE Ferrari F154CB 3.9 L Turbo V8 SIL
2
SPA
Ret
LMS
Ret
NÜR
1
MEX
2
COA
2
FUJ
3
SHA
3
BHR
2
3rd 128
2018–19 Porsche GT Team LMGTE Pro Porsche 911 RSR Porsche 4.0 L Flat-6 SPA
4
LMS
2
SIL
DSQ
FUJ
5
SHA
2
SEB
1
SPA
8
LMS
2nd* 104*

* Season still in progress.

Complete WeatherTech SportsCar Championship resultsEdit

(key) (Races in bold indicate pole position) (Races in italics indicate fastest lap)

Year Team Class Car Engine 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11 Rank Points
2014 Risi Competizione GTLM Ferrari 458 Italia GT2 Ferrari F142 4.5 L V8 DAY
11
SEB
11
LBH LGA WGL MOS IMS ELK VIR COA PET 33rd 42
2015 AF Corse GTLM Ferrari 458 Italia GT2 Ferrari F142 4.5 L V8 DAY
10
SEB LBH LGA WGL MOS LIM ELK VIR COA PET 27th 22
2016 SMP Racing GTLM Ferrari 488 GTE Ferrari F154CB 3.9 L V8 DAY
10
SEB LBH LGA WGL MOS LIM ELK VIR COA PET 28th 22
2017 Porsche GT Team GTLM Porsche 911 RSR Porsche 4.0 L Flat-6 DAY SEB LBH COA WGL
6
MOS
6
LIM
2
ELK
2
VIR
7
LGA
7
PET
5
10th 186
2018 Porsche GT Team GTLM Porsche 911 RSR Porsche 4.0 L Flat-6 DAY
6
SEB
3
LBH MDO WGL MOS LIM ELK VIR LGA PET 15th 55

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ Stephane Samson (20 January 2005). The Official Formula 1 Season Review 2004. MotorBooks International. pp. 23–. ISBN 978-0-7603-2174-4. Retrieved 14 April 2010.
  2. ^ 24 Heures du Mans - Official Website
  3. ^ "Fisichella, Ferrari and Williams triumph at Le Mans". Formula1.com. 2012-06-18. Archived from the original on December 20, 2013. Retrieved 2012-08-15.
  4. ^ "Bruni replaces Makowiecki in Porsche GTE WEC squad". motorsport.com. Retrieved 20 December 2017.

External linksEdit

Sporting positions
Preceded by
Bruno Besson
Eurocup Formula Renault
Champion

1999
Succeeded by
Felipe Massa
Preceded by
Soheil Ayari
International GT Open
Champion

2012
with Federico Leo
Succeeded by
Andrea Montermini
Preceded by
Inaugural
FIA World Endurance Cup for GT Drivers
20132014
with Toni Vilander (in 2014)
Succeeded by
Richard Lietz