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Reigning ALMS Champions Aim For Victory In Ohio

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Reigning champions Jorg Bergmeister and Patrick Long are looking for more success as the American Le Mans Series moves into the second half of the season at Lexington in August.

The Porsche 911 GT3 RSR pair are aiming for a race win in the Mid-Ohio Sports Car Challenge on August 6 at the Lexington circuit which has been a fixture in the ALMS calendar since 2001.

The Flying Lizard Motorsports team are well aware of the problems that could arise from the weekend with Indycar sharing the track and laying down rubber causing changing grip levels on a lap by lap basis.

Bergmeister is optimistic about his chances and is aiming for a good grid slot as priority number one around the 3.6km circuit.

He said: “It is a classic race track with long straights and tight corners. It's demanding and great fun. It's important to get a good grid position in Mid-Ohio and above all to find the right set-up.”

“We'll have to work particularly hard with our engineers, because the Indycars leave a lot of rubber on the track and that constantly changes the grip level. You have to have the right touch.”

And teammate Long is backing the team to find the golden setup once more and give himself and Bergmeister the best shot at the podium.

He added: “Our team has managed to find the right set-up for our car on every track to now. Hopefully, the boys will do it again in Mid-Ohio, even if it's especially tricky there. We've already shown that this circuit suits us very well.”

Porsche will also be represented by a trio of other cars on the grid in Ohio, Americans Seth Nieman and Darren Law will race the second car and Porsche works driver Wolf Henzler will line-up alongside Bryan Sellers in the Falken Tire's Porsche.

Sascha Maassen and Bryce Miller round off Porsche's ALMS entry in a Paul Miller Racing run Porsche 911 GT3 RSR.

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