Driver Spotlight - Timo Bernhard

  • Timo Bernhard

Timo Bernhard is one of most successful endurance drivers with a very long list of wins starting from early nineties. He was born on 24th of February 1981 in Homburg, Germany and debuted in Kart-ADAC-Palatinate-Championship when he was 10 years old. During that decade he was participating in various cart and open wheeled cars championships in Europe constantly delivering a convincing performance.

 

Mr. Endurance driver

His advancement to sports and GT cars series started in 1999 and 2000 when he raced in Porsche Carrera Cup Germany and finished third overall. During the next few years, Bernhard proved himself on some of the worlds most famous endurance races and in some of the world toughest competition winning 24 Hours of Le Mans (class winner in 2002 and overall winner in 2010), 12 Hours of Sebring (class winner in 2004 and overall winner in 2008), 24 Hours of Daytona (class winner in 2002,2003 and overall winner in 2003).

 

Bernhard in Porsche 919 Hybrid

Bernhard in Porsche 919 Hybrid

 

Success in other championships

Beside the wins in highest levels of worlds endurance racing, Bernhard also raced in German Porsche Carrera Cup and become championship title holder in 2001 but his main preoccupation are GT races and he managed to win ALMS LMP2 class champion in 2007 and 2008 and ALMS GT class champion in 2004. His achievent are even more impressive since he is becoming more and more involved with rally racing and in 2013 he won the German Rallye Championships in a 911 GT3 and in 2014 he won the hill climb race of his home club in Homburg. However, in 2013 Bernhard become part of Porsche GT team preparing for attack on Audi at Le Mans. That is very clever move by Porsche AG since Bernhard is one of the top drivers in this category and experienced master who used to race and win for Audi. That is why the 2015 24 Hours of Le Mans was won by Porsche and Bernhard was big part of that success.

 

Photo: press.porsche.com, www.sportscarone.com

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