Flying Lizard hopes to regain points lead in tight GT race
In any competitive field, dominance can come from two avenues: consistency and skill. Jörg Bergmeister has displayed plenty of both at Lime Rock Park during the last four years. It’s why he enters this weekend’s American Le Mans Northeast Grand Prix looking for a fifth consecutive class victory in the event. He will do so with Flying Lizard Motorsports teammate Patrick Long in one of the team’s two Porsche 911 GT3 RSRs.
Bergmeister is searching for the small areas where he and Long can improve over their Northeast Grand Prix performance last year. The pairing won in GT2 by a lap and placed fifth overall; Bergmeister also set the fastest lap of the race.
“I guess a lot of luck was a big part of it,” said Bergmeister, musing about his incredible successes, “but it takes (practice and teamwork) as well to win at a busy track like Lime Rock. Traffic will be a big factor in the race, so it needs a lot of patience to survive, and if you have done that, you should be in a good position at the end.”
But as the GT points race heats up, Flying Lizard could use Bergmeister’s realistic perspective. Flying Lizard has now fallen to third in the standings after leading the class entering the last race in Salt Lake City. Team rivals BMW Rahal Letterman Racing and Risi Competizione now sit first and second in the points, respectively, forcing Flying Lizard to look toward this weekend as a chance for redemption.
Bergmeister and the Lizards do have history on their side. Porsche hasn’t lost at Lime Rock since 2004.
“I’m not going to Lime Rock for a win but for as many points as we can get,” the four-time Series champion said. “The goal is to win the championship every year, and it would be more than nice to do it again as the competition gets stronger by the year.”
Bergmeister, Flying Lizard Motorsports and the rest of the American Le Mans Series presented by Tequila Patrón will return to action at the American Le Mans Northeast Grand Prix. The two-hour, 45-minute race is set for 2:05 p.m. ET on Saturday, July 24 from Lime Rock Park in Lakeville, Conn. SPEED will air the race live at 2 p.m. ET. Live radio coverage will be available on American Le Mans Radio presented by Porsche – a production of Radio Show Limited – as well as Sirius Channel 127 and XM Channel 242. Visit the Series’ schedule page for ticket and accommodation information. Live Timing and Scoring, track schedule, entry list and much, much more will be available on Racehub at americanlemans.com.
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