Gianmaria Bruni Is Set To Make His Porsche Debut This Weekend At Watkins Glen

The ex-Ferrari ace is looking forward to his Porsche 911 RSR debut in the IMSA 6-hours of Watkins Glen

byJun 27, 2017 5:10 PM
Gianmaria Bruni Is Set To Make His Porsche Debut This Weekend At Watkins Glen

During the offseason, Porsche secured a contract with Gimmi Bruni, formerly Ferrari's top factory GT wheel man. Because Ferrari had already had a contract in place with Bruni for 2017, an agreement was made between the two racing teams that Bruni could join the Porsche team so long as he did not participate in racing with them until after June. Ferrari wanted to make sure that they wouldn't have to compete with their recently vacated driver until after Le Mans. They knew what kind of weapon he was, and did not want Porsche to have that advantage at their biggest race of the season. Furthermore, Bruni would only be allowed to compete for Porsche in the IMSA GT Le Mans class, not in the WEC's GTE Pro class. It was smart of Porsche to pick up Bruni, but it was perhaps smarter of Ferrari to limit where they would see him on the field of battle. 

June is over this weekend, and Bruni will be allowed to compete in a Porsche again. The 6 hours of Watkins Glen is his first race with the team, even though he's been running testing exercises in the 911 RSR all season. In preparation for the event, Porsche asked their driver a few questions, and this is what he had to say about the upcoming challenge.  

It’s a big challenge for me to switch in the middle of the season to such a strongly supported series like the IMSA SportsCar Championship with a new car. There are many things I’ll have to get used to, but I’m very grateful for this chance and I’ll do everything to achieve successes with Porsche as soon as possible.”

Gianmaria, up until now you’ve only tested the new 911 RSR. How much are you looking forward to your maiden race with Porsche?

You could test the 911 RSR at Road America. What was the main focus of this?

What was your first impression of the new 911 RSR?

Have you been able to settle in to the Porsche GT Team?

What are your goals?