Good news for 911 race fans last weekend as works boy, Joerg Bergmeister, scored Porsche’s first American Le Mans Series (ALMS) GT win of the season. Partnered by Patrick Long in the Flying Lizard GT3 RSR, Joerg claimed the top step on his 100th series drive. It was Bergmeister’s 35th win in ALMS.
The weekend’s racing was at Lime Rock, Connecticut: a track where Bergmeister and Porsche have traditionally run well. This was Joerg’s sixth win at the circuit, and was not easily achieved. At times, the top four cars in GT were separated by less than a second.
“We’ve made several mistakes this season”, Bergmeister admitted after the race, “but mostly it was just bad luck that prevented us from securing podium results. Today, everything ran smoothly, from the performance of the drivers to the pit stop strategy. The Porsche is fantastic. We are still learning about setting up the RSR but today we took a giant step forward.”
“We really earned this victory,” said Patrick Long. “It’s a great achievement to beat such a strong GT field. Thanks to the new aero kit we have more grip and a better performance compared to last year.”
Last year’s fifth place finishers, Falken Porsche, led the GT field for a while, before being knocked down the order by tyre damage. Sellers/Henzler eventually finished P7, followed by Miller and Maasen in the Paul Miller Racing RSR. Marco Holzer and Seth Neiman finished P8 in the second Lizard car – a decent result given the car being despatched to the back of the grid post-qualifying, for ride height infringements.