Tim Bergmeister will return to Super GT for the first time since 2014, driving the Excellence Porsche 911 GT3-R of Porsche Team KTR at the Sugo GT 300km Race.
He will drive with Naoya Yamano, and in place of his younger brother Jörg, who drove for the team in the first two rounds of the season. Jörg Bergmeister’s commitments in the IMSA SportsCar Championship will see him compete at Lime Rock Park in Connecticut for Park Place Racing on the weekend of the race at Sugo.
That allows Tim Bergmeister to return to the series for the first time since the 2014 International Suzuka 1000km, where he teamed with his brother Jörg, and Akihiro Tsuzuki, to finish a commendable sixth place.
At age 41, Tim Bergmeister hasn’t had quite the decorated career as his younger brother, but Tim’s memorable racing journey has seen him compete in the Porsche Supercup, American Le Mans Series, ADAC GT Masters, Pirelli World Challenge – and in Super GT, where he has nine career starts in the GT300 class and a best finish of fourth in the 2012 Okayama GT.
His Super GT career is best known, less fortunately, for his savage crash at the 2012 Fuji 500km. A tyre blowout caused his Art Taste Porsche to spin from second place, and impact the inner armco guardrail flush on the left-hand side at speeds exceeding 250 kilometers per hour.
Bergmeister suffered several broken bones and severe lung injuries that caused him to sit out the rest of 2012, and most of 2013, before returning to Super GT in 2014, and later the Pirelli World Challenge, where the Porsche chassis – appropriately nicknamed “Phoenix” – that was destroyed in the Fuji crash was restored by the manufacturer, and driven again by Bergmeister in the 2014 PWC.
The Excellence Porsche has had a woeful start to their first season with the 991-based GT3-R, which has yet to finish inside the top twenty in the GT300 class.