Long/Bergmeister Battle Back from Last to Second in VIR GT; AJR WeatherTech Porsche Clinches ALMS GTC Season Championship as Cooper MacNeil Wins Driver Title
Alton, Virginia - September 15 - Joerg Bergmeister (Germany) and Patrick Long (USA) avoided a first lap accident that blocked the entire track, and then dropped to last place when the yellow flag fell at the wrong time to score a fine second place finish in the Flying Lizard Motorsports Porsche 911 GT3 RSR at the Virginia International Raceway 240 today.
The other Flying Lizard Porsche, driven by Marco Holzer (Germany) and Seth Neiman (USA), also had a fine run, with Holzer setting fastest lap during his first stint and running second in GT, and then climbing back after the final pit stop from eighth place to finish fifth.
The Team Falken Tire Porsche, with Wolf Henzler (Germany) and Bryan Sellers (USA) at the controls, had a disappointing day, finishing seventh, while the Paul Miller Racing Porsche, with Bryce Miller (USA) and Sascha Maassen (Germany) driving, was Tenth after early pit stops with tire troubles.
In the ALMS GTC class for matched Porsche 911 GT3 Cup racers, Alex Job Racing and driver Cooper MacNeil clinched the season championship in their AJR WeatherTech Porsche. MacNeil and co-driver Leh Keen had a bonus when the rival JDX Porsche had to come in for fuel with ten minutes to go.
The race will be telecast on ESPN2 tomorrow, Sunday, September 16, at 5:00 PM Eastern.
Bergmeister, who got in the car for the last hour with a 16-second deficit to the winning Corvette, could not make up any time without risking the car, so had to settle for a hard-fought second place.
"We were a little unlucky with the timing of our first pit stop as the flag came our as we were headed into the pits, and that pushed us to the back of the field. I gained two positions at the start by going through the gravel because I saw the track was blocked. I think that if we had been able to have our first pit stop timed with the yellow flag, we might have been closer at the end. But Petit Le Mans is always a highlight for the year, and we can finish second overall for the season if we win there," said Bergmeister.
Long was also philosophical about the second-place finish, noting that Porsche had now passed BMW for second place in the manufacturers points