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ELMS - 06/07/2019
Along with American driver Patrick Lindsay, not only did the German and Norwegian drivers claim the FIA World Endurance LMGTE Am Drivers and Team Championship, they also won the LMGTE Am category at the 24 Hours of Le Mans after the no85 Keating Motorsport Ford GT was excluded for a fuel tank violation in post-race scrutineering.
In 2016 Egidio Perfetti was one of the first drivers to sign up for the inaugural season of the then Michelin GT3 Le Mans Cup and became one of the front runners, scoring five podium finishes and securing two pole positions in the six races held that year. Perfetti finished third overall in the no86 Mentos Racing Porsche.
In 2018 Perfetti switched to the FIA World Endurance Championship for the ‘Super Season’ and joined up with Jörg Bergmeister and Patrick Lindsay.
Jörg Bergmeister is endurance racing royalty, having won the GT category at Le Mans in 2004 and Daytona 24 in 2009, as well as multiple ALMS category wins over the years. Now he is the 2018/19 LMGTE Am World Endurance Champion and adds a second 24 Hours of Le Mans title.
In the post race press conference at Le Mans Egidio Perfetti said, “It is just extraordinary, it has been quite a ride. It wasn’t easy, we had some issues at the beginning, it was our first season in the WEC, but we are extremely proud of the team, how they succeeded. The drivers did a great job and we had some strong support from Porsche as well. This is a special occasion, the opportunity to do two 24 Hours of Le Mans in the same season was incredible and a difficult temptation to miss.”
Jörg Bergmeister added, “We’re definitely very proud. It wasn’t easy. When we had our first meeting with Project 1, they said the first year was to look, see and learn. I immediately said ‘no, we do it right or we don’t do it.’ So I kept pushing very hard throughout the year, I am sure I wasn’t the team favourite at times, but this is the result and I am sure everyone is really happy with these titles. I am very proud of it.”
On Saturday 20 July Team Project 1 will be competing in the 4 Hours of Barcelona, with Egidio Perfetti and Jörg Bergmeister being joined once again by reigning ELMS LMGTE Champion Giorgio Roda in the Porsche 911 for Round 3 of the European Le Mans Series.
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