Bergmeister heads to WEC with Project 1 Porsche

March 28, 2018

Bergmeister heads to WEC with Project 1 Porsche

March 28, 2018

Joerg Bergmeister has enjoyed an illustrious career as a Porsche works driver since 2002. The now 42-year-old German takes on a new role back with a Porsche customer team in this year’s FIA World Endurance Championship, with Project 1. The team will race on Michelin tires.

Bergmeister and his most recent co-driver in the IMSA WeatherTech SportsCar Championship, Patrick Lindsey, headline the driving lineup in the No. 56 Porsche 911 RSR, which will race in the FIA WEC’s GTE-Am class. Egidio Perfitti completes the lineup.

For Bergmeister, this will mark his full-time return to the FIA WEC for the first time since 2014. He raced with Porsche’s factory team for two seasons in 2013 and 2014, with a best finish of second place five times. Last year marked the first time since 2001 he didn’t race in the 24 Hours of Le Mans. He has won there once, co-driving with Patrick Long and Sascha Maassen in 2004.

The tall German achieved a majority of his success racing in North America, and co-driving with Long for a number of Porsche customer teams.

Bergmeister and Lindsey achieved their first win together in IMSA’s GT Daytona class last July at Lime Rock Park, with Lindsey’s Park Place Motorsports team.

They’ve started the year driving together in IMSA at the first two endurance races in Daytona and Sebring. Now, they’ve shifted to testing and preparing for the FIA WEC season. The official Prologue test takes place on April 7, and the season-opening Six Hours of Spa is on May 5.

Project 1 is a new team to the FIA WEC, but not new to motorsport. The team celebrates its 25th anniversary in 2018, after its 1993 founding. It’s achieved a wealth of success in Porsche Cup racing, with 18 championships and more than 200 podium finishes.

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The team takes its biggest step up in 2018. The FIA WEC program runs alongside its Porsche Carrera Cup Deutschland and Porsche Mobil 1 Supercup programs.

Lindsey also takes a step up, as he’ll be racing in the FIA WEC and at Le Mans for the first time.

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