Team 75 Motorsport - Small but fast-growing German GT squad
Founded and owned by famous racing driver Timo Bernhard, Team 75 Motorsport breaks its way to the top of various racing championships.
Team 75 debuted in rally racing
The team located in Bruchmuhlbach-Miesau, in the district of Kaiserslautern, Rhineland-Palatinate, Germany, was founded in 2010. Timo Bernhard, the winner of Le Mans 24 Hours and Porsche factory LMP1 driver, decided to form its own team, helped by his father Rudiger who once also was a racing driver and competed mainly in various rally events. Experienced endurance driver Klaus Graf is the team manager, responsible for structures and processes.
The newly-formed team had its debut in rally racing. Under the name Rallye Team 75 and Timo Bernhard as a driver, the team raced Porsche 911 GT3 at the national level. After three relatively successful years, the team decided to expand to other racing series.
Switch to Porsche Carrera Cup
In 2013, Team75 Bernhard entered Porsche Carrera Cup Germany. Earlier in his career, Timo was the series champion, so he knew the competition inside-out. His father became responsible for the team’s operations in the championship. In the first year in the series, Team 75 entered one full-time car with Florian Spengler as a driver and the second car for the selected rounds, but the results weren’t impressive.
However, the situation overturned in 2014 when Team 75 scored two wins, both thanks to Earl Bamber. The New Zealander also had other three podiums before finishing 7th in the standings what was a good result considering the fact that he left series in the middle of the season.
The winning streak continued in the following year when Nicki Thiim won twice, both time at Norisring. The Dane also had other two podiums and finished 5th in the standings. The same number of wins was scored in 2016 Porsche Carrera Cup and both victories were achieved by Michael Ammermuller at legendary Nurburgring. Interestingly, Ammermuller drove only in that round as he shared a drive of the second car with Nick Foster and Matteo Cairoli, while Marek Bockman drove full-time season in the first car.
Team 75 Bernhard had a fascinating start in ADAC GT Masters
After successful years in Porsche Carrera Cup, Team 75 decided to expand its commitment to motorsport and entered the ADAC GT Masters in 2016 with one Porsche 911 GT3 R. The team finished season 3rd in the standings what was a fantastic result for the rookie team. David Jahn was the only driver who raced in all seven rounds and finished the season as a runner-up, while the other drivers were Chris van der Drift, Klaus Bachler, Matteo Cairoli, and Kevin Estre, the French driver who did exceptionally well.
Team75 Bernhard scored a total of four wins in 2016 ADAC GT Masters, most of all teams, and had other three podium finishes, but due to relatively poor results in the opening two rounds, was left short-handed in the battle for the championship crown.
Big expectations in 2017
In the 2017 season, the Team75 Bernhard is continuing its commitment to the fast-growing championship with Porsche 911 GT3 Rs of approximately 500. Michael Ammermuller and Mathieu Jaminet will share the seat of car #17 while Adrien de Leener and Christopher Friedrich will drive #18 car.
In addition, the team entered the VLN long-distance championship with the 2016-specificated Porsche 911 GT3 Cup and David Jahn, Marek Bockmann, and Mathieu Jaminet as drivers.