Alex Job Racing driver Timo Bernhard, with support from co-driver Jorg Bergmeister, will be looking to secure the ALMS GT driver's title in the final round of the year at Laguna Seca next weekend.

Bernhard will be hoping that history can be repeat itself, with AJR having won the GT class at the circuit for the last two years.

Driving the #23 AJR Porsche 911 GT3 RSR, Bernhard has established a 15 point lead in the GT driver's championship and he is ready to take on the challenges of Laguna Seca next weekend.

"It's my favourite race track in the US; I'm really looking forward to racing there," he said. "The track has a European style as well as a big history that is also well known in Germany. The Cork Screw is the most famous section of the track, but I like the two corners just before the Cork Screw and the two corners after, especially turn nine after the famous turn which can be very tricky. The road changes from flat to off camber and also goes downhill - very challenging."

With the GT driver's championship within his grasp Bernhard does not anticipate changing his approach to the race.

"I will do business as usual," he said. "For sure the championship is the goal and I want to win. I won't take any risks. But as well I have to say it's not over yet. I will be focused like in any other race; Jorg and I are well prepared."

Teammates Marc Lieb and Romain Dumas, driving the #24 AJR Porsche, will visit Laguna Seca for the first time. The duo has taken to the new circuits this season in fine style, with Dumas putting the car on pole position in each of his four qualifying attempts.

"It will be my first time racing at Laguna," he said. "The track is very famous in France and I am anxious to go through the Cork Screw turn at speed. Marc and I have had a pretty good season. I was able to qualify for four pole positions. This was possible by the good base setup of the AJR cars and the additional help from the team engineer Greg Fordahl which allowed us to get that little extra speed out of the car."

Team owner Alex Job admits that this season has seen the closest competition in the GT class of the series, but he is hopeful that his man can do the job and take the title.

"The GT driver's championship has come down to the last race," he said. "Since our involvement in the series this is the closest race for the GT championship that we have witnessed. Timo is in an excellent position for the driver's title and Jorg is ready to support him. We are preparing the same for this race as we have the other eight. We are looking forward to having both of our cars racing as competitive as they did at Petit three weeks ago."

 

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