BERGMEISTER, LONG STELLAR IN PORSCHE HYBRID IN CHINA

Sixth place overall and three laps better than GT2-winning BMW

A month after winning their second straight driver championship in the American Le Mans Series presented by Tequila Patrón, Jörg Bergmeister and Patrick Long capped the 2010 season with a stellar showing driving Porsche’s 911 GT3 R Hybrid in China on Sunday. The paring finished sixth overall in the 1,000K of Zhuhai, the third and final round of the 2010 Intercontinental Le Mans Cup.

Porsche’s hybrid placed ahead of the field’s other production-based GT cars and was three laps ahead of the GT2-winning BMW M3 GT. The hybrid ran as an experimental entry and wasn’t officially classified – as was the case at Road Atlanta’s Petit Le Mans powered by MAZDA 2 last month in the finale of the 2010 American Le Mans Series championship. It finished that race 18th with factory drivers Timo Bernhard, Romain Dumas and Mike Rockenfeller driving. The hybrid lost time early with a shredded tire.

“Our car ran perfectly from the first to the last lap,” said Bergmeister, a five-time ALMS champion. “That was another super test of the hybrid system under race conditions – and the most successful conclusion I could think of.”

American Porsche factory driver Long, himself a three-time Series champion, drove the hybrid for the first time in competition.

“The performance of the Porsche factory mechanics was world-class,” he said. “We had the most efficient and at the same time fastest GT car. (Coming into the weekend) we didn’t know where we would stand against GT2 or GTC. We saw at Road Atlanta that it was pretty hard work with the GT2 cars, so we wanted to go out there and run hard and reliable and hope that an efficient strategy would help us be the quickest GT car. It was mission accomplished.”

source http://www.americanlemans.com

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