Former Australian Grand Prix winner Giancarlo Fisichella will don the race suit again in Melbourne, taking up driving duties in the Shannons Australian GT support category races at Albert Park.

The veteran of 229 Grands Prix will race for Maranello Motorsport in the Ferrari 488 GT3, opening his ninth year of GT Racing with Ferrari since he retired from the F1 scene. He will share the seat across four 25-minute races with Australian GT talent Peter Edwards, winner of the 2014 Bathurst 12 Hour.

“I have participated in many races in different countries around the world, but racing in Australia is always something special for me,” said Fisichella.

“I have great memories of Albert Park, above all the pole position and the victory in F1 in 2005.”

Albert Park sits special in Fisichella’s racing career where he debuted in Formula 1 for Minardi at the inaugural World Championship race at the venue in 1996, later going on to race for Jordan (1997 and 2002-3), Benetton (1998-2001), Sauber (2004), Renault (2005-7), Force India (2008-9) and finally as a substitute for the injured Felipe Massa at Ferrari (2009).

Among his three career victories is the 2005 Australian Grand Prix, which he won from pole position in his first race for Renault.

The 45-year-old will also return to the FIA World Endurance Championship’s GT class with the Spirit of Race team who also run the Ferrari 488 GTE spec racer. The first official race of this year’s WEC Super Season will kick off at the 6 Hours of Spa-Francorchamps on the 5th of May.

Image via Kaspersky Motorsport

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Luke McCullough

Melbourne Based - 17 Grand Prix attendances and counting in Australia, Singapore, Canada, France, Austria and Great Britain.