Having looked like pit strategy was going to work against them, Patrick Long and Jorg Bergmeister have put themselves firmly back in contention for the ALMS GT2 drivers' title after taking a last gasp win at Road America.

Victory for the #31 Porsche 911 GT3 RSR was also enough to secure the GT2 manufacturers' title for the German marque for the fifth time in six seasons of ALMS competition.

PWL team manager Dale White had gambled during the race by staying out and not changing drivers during a yellow flag, gaining track position but forcing an extra pit stop under green, and it looked like that action would cost the team its second win of the season, but Long dove past race leader Jon Fogarty with only one lap to go to recapture the lead.

"I had to get by a GT1 car and the Panoz GT2 car as well as the Flying Lizard Porsche," Long said, "and I knew Romain Dumas in the Alex Job Porsche had fresh tyres from their recent yellow flag pit stop, so I just went for any open space I could find. The car still had plenty of power, so, when I saw an opening, I had the confidence to go for it, and I was able to get by everyone and take the lead. I still had to hold off Romain, and I only beat him for 0.298secs. What a great race!"

A mammoth stint because of the pit strategy saw Bergmeister spend an hour and 58 minutes in the car at the start, only two minutes short of the maximum stint allowed by the rules, before Long took over to take the car to victory lane.

With their victory, Bergmeister and Long now have 110 points, while Timo Bernhard and Romain Dumas have 112 points after their second place finish.

Flying Lizard Porsche drivers Johannes van Overbeek and Jon Fogarty, who led the race with two laps to go before being overtaken by Long, finished third and are third in the point standings with 82 points.

 

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