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    Flying Lizard Wins GT2 2009 ALMS GT2 Drivers' & Team Championships

     

     

     

    October 10, 2009 - Salinas, California - Joerg Bergmeister and Patrick Long brought the No. 45 in for the win at today's Monterey Sports Car Championships at Mazda Raceway Laguna Seca. With the win, the duo clinched the 2009 ALMS drivers' championship and the team won the team championship: their second consecutive dual championship title. Porsche also clinched the manufacturer's title at Petit Le Mans, and with today's result won the one-hundredth ALMS class victory for Porsche since the series inception in 1999. The No. 44 Flying Lizard Porsche of Seth Neiman and Johannes van Overbeek finished fifth in class. The No. 44 also won the Michelin GreenX Challenge award for the race and the season long Michelin GreenX Challenge championship for the 44 car.

    Patrick Long reflected on the season, "Our five wins in a row in the first half of the season built a foundation for the championship. To drive the way that we needed to over the season to win the title required flawless strategy, engineering and pit work, the 100 percent reliability provided by Porsche and the performance of the Michelin tires. And in the end we were able to race for the victory."

    Long added, "The sweetest feeling in racing is to win both a championship and to go out winning in the final race. A huge thanks to the team for the incredible number of hours they put into the program this year, and our partners and sponsors who made this possible. The pit work in the race today was incredible and in both pit stops we were out ahead of our competition, allowing us to first take and then extend our lead.

    Unfortunately the race ended on an incident that saw the No. 3 Corvette, which had been in second at the time, severely damaged at the finish line. Joerg Bergmeister, who started and finished the race, said, "It definitely was not the way that I wanted to finish out the race. I hope that Jan (Magnussen) is OK and I am sorry that the race ended in contact. A huge thank you to the team: this race was won in the pits. I'm honored to be part of the 100th Porsche win and my second championship in a row with Flying Lizard."

     

     

     

    Re: Flying Lizard Wins GT2 2009 ALMS GT2 Drivers' & Team Championships

    well done ;)


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    Dedi La vita è troppo corta per non guidare italiano.....

    Re: Flying Lizard Wins GT2 2009 ALMS GT2 Drivers' & Team Championships

    Porsche also won the manufacturers' title at ALMS in the previous race:
    Manufacturers
    1. Porsche 188 points
    2. Ferrari 137
    3. BMW 118

    Yesterday Porsche also won the GT Class titles  for Drivers and Manufacturers at the Grand-Am Series with the GT3 Cup (Brumos Porsche won the race overall):

    Drivers GT class
    1. Dirk Werner, Leh Keen, Porsche, 359 points
    2. Kelly Collins, Pontiac, 334

    Manufacturers GT class
    1. Porsche, 385 points
    2. Pontiac, 367
    3. Mazda, 357

    Those are in addition to the   LMS Drivers and Teams title.

    Conclusion: 911the best sports car on road and race track, still


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    Re: Flying Lizard Wins GT2 2009 ALMS GT2 Drivers' & Team Championships

    While we all focus on the 911RSR and Porsche Motorsports continued development of this platform, we should not forget Porsche's investment in their driver development program. Joerg Bergmeister and Patrick Long  are great examples of this program. While I was relegated to listening to Radio Lemans and Lizard Radio,  Joerg driving the last 20 minutes and his ability to defend against the Corvette, as described in the broadcast, is reflective of this program. I am looking forward to viewing the race on speed later today.


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    Re: Flying Lizard Wins GT2 2009 ALMS GT2 Drivers' & Team Championships

     Memories of Sebring with the Risi car? I think we know that Joerg wasn't going to be pushed around like that again without responding. He closed the door on Jan pretty hard by defending to the wall. 

    Congratulations to the Lizard boys!

     

     


    Re: Flying Lizard Wins GT2 2009 ALMS GT2 Drivers' & Team Championships

    I just finished watching the race...SpeedTV delayed..Joerg did a great job.  Jan Magnussen move backfired on him. He tried to loosed up Joerg's  rear end by intentionally hitting him but that move resulted in Magnusssen eating some wall and destroying his car.  The Corvette team was overly aggressive through out the race. They almost took out the Patron Highcroft Acura P1 car early in the race but did take out one of the BMWs. This was followed up with a dust up with the Dyson Lola. Hope these guys have deep pockets becuse they will need budget to keep their cars running.  Well we are 159 days and counting to  Sebring. Let's hope the boys in Porsche Motorsports have a few enhancements to the 911RSR.  The Lizard boys can enjoy a well deserved vacation.


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    2006 987S, Artic Silver, Cocoa, Cocoa Top 2006 Cayenne S Lapis Blue New York

    Re: Flying Lizard Wins GT2 2009 ALMS GT2 Drivers' & Team Championships

    917962:

     Memories of Sebring with the Risi car? I think we know that Joerg wasn't going to be pushed around like that again without responding. He closed the door on Jan pretty hard by defending to the wall. 

    Congratulations to the Lizard boys!

     

    OTOH if the Ferrari wasn't out and title assured, he would have to drive a tactical race rather than being aggressive.  Whatever, fits the situation!


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    Re: Flying Lizard Wins GT2 2009 ALMS GT2 Drivers' & Team Championships

    ALMS: Last Lap - Laguna Seca 2009...

    Smiley


    Re: Flying Lizard Wins GT2 2009 ALMS GT2 Drivers' & Team Championships

    http://auto-racing.speedtv.com/article/alms-magnussen-bergmeister-put-on-probation/


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    Dedi La vita è troppo corta per non guidare italiano.....

    Re: Flying Lizard Wins GT2 2009 ALMS GT2 Drivers' & Team Championships

    The Corvette team needs to be reminded that ALMS is not NASCAR. They were warned last year when the 3 & 4 car were rubbing fenders coming out of pit lane.


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    2006 987S, Artic Silver, Cocoa, Cocoa Top 2006 Cayenne S Lapis Blue New York

    Re: Flying Lizard Wins GT2 2009 ALMS GT2 Drivers' & Team Championships

    They got their lesson


     
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