Racing driver, Timo Bernhard, is one of the world's most successful sports car drivers. As a Porsche works driver, he's been involved in the LMP1 Project since 2013. He competed in the FIA World Endurance Championships (WEC) in the Porsche 919 Hybrid, including the 24h of Le Mans.
"Few people know that I'm not only an active racing driver, but also have my own motorsport team. I founded the team in 2010, together with my father, Rüdiger. Why did I do that? Because I wanted to realise a dream and share my considerable professional experience with talented drivers. But of course we also pursue long-term objectives, in order to make our team even more successful. Together with Porsche, we aim to become a leading professional team at the highest GT level. I've been involved in motorsport for 25 years, and a Porsche works driver since 2002. Porsche has given me the opportunity to mature and become the racing driver I am today. Together, we've enjoyed sensational success."
Timo Bernhard can look back at a long list of achievements. The World Championship title in the 2015 WEC, victories in all major long-distance races: 24h of Le Mans and 24h of Daytona, 12h of Sebring and at Nürburgring, where he even recorded five overall victories in the 24-hour race.
"Issues such as team spirit, success and continuous development have always been part of my career. These are the values of the Porsche motorsport family. I also aim to implement these in my own team. "KÜS Team 75 Bernhard" has competed in the Porsche Carrera Cup Deutschland since 2013 and in the ADAC GT Masters since the 2016 season. As team owner and due to my own career as a racing driver, I'm less responsible for the day-to-day business, but share my expectations of a professional racing team with my team. I regard many aspects from a driver's perspective and can therefore put myself in their shoes."
Timo Bernhard won his first championship title in the Youth Karting Slalom aged just ten and became German Junior Karting Champion four years later. In 1999, he joined the Porsche Junior Team and was the youngest driver to win the Porsche Carrera Cup Deutschland after just three years of training. And one victory led to another. After becoming a GT works driver in 2002, he won numerous races for Porsche over the ensuing years. His long, successful career as a GT driver secured his place among the motorsport elite. Timo Bernhard has been driving an LMP1 car since 2013 and has raced from victory to victory.
"The atmosphere within a team also forms the basis for long-term success. In KÜS Team 75 Bernhard, our values are firmly embedded in our logo and team name: the number 75 represents the year 1975 when my father began his racing career and the entire family therefore became involved in motorsport. As team boss, my father now shares his vast knowledge with our team in the pit lane, while my mother, Scholli, takes care of the organisational tasks, such as the hotels for the crew, for example. Teamwork is very important to me, because as a racing driver, I know only too well that motorsport isn't a one-man show. As well as being highly skilled, every member of our team must also have the right character. The Porsche Carrera Cup Deutschland is an ideal platform for KÜS Team 75 Bernhard. The racing series gives many talented young drivers the opportunity to develop under excellent conditions. Long-distance races are an attractive sporting objective for us. Which is why we also compete in the ADAC GT Masters. One of our biggest dreams is to be a GT Sport works team."
Although there's no hint of an end to his active racing career, Timo Bernhard from Saarpfalz has made provisions. He can continue his successful career with his own team. Because in order to guide a team, you sometimes have to relinquish control.
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