Former Audi LMP1 driver Lucas di Grassi will return to the 24 Hours of Le Mans in June with Ferrari, racing for its factory AF Corse team in the GTE Pro class.

Di Grassi made his Audi LMP1 debut in 2012 and became part of its full-time line-up in 2014, and has three podium finishes at Le Mans to his name.

The Brazilian was left without a drive in the WEC for 2017 following Audi's shock closure of its LMP1 programme at the end of last year, prompting him to focus on his duties with the German marque in Formula E.

While di Grassi was not looking for a full-time WEC seat, he remained keen to secure a drive for Le Mans, exploring roles with factory operations in the GTE Pro class.

On Friday, Ferrari confirmed that di Grassi would be joining its GTE Pro line-up for Le Mans, racing in the #51 Ferrari 488 GTE alongside James Calado and Alessandro Pier Guidi.

"I'm very happy to be back at the 24 Hours of Le Mans. Every professional racing driver wants to be part of history and to race for Ferrari means a lot to me," di Grassi said.

"Manufacturer backed GTE-Pro is undoubtedly the best place to be after my four years in LMP1."

Ferrari will field three factory entries at Le Mans, with the full-season AF Corse #51 and #71 WEC cars being joined by the #82 Risi Competizione car from the IMSA WeatherTech SportsCar Championship for the race.

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