Biography

Date of birth:   24. February 1981
Size & Weight:   1,74m / 60 kg
Profession:   Race Driver
Family status:   married to Katharina
sons Paul and Ben
Place of birth:   Homburg (Saar) / Germany
Hobbies:   Fitness training, jogging, music, Rallye

It’s a rather long list of wins German racing driver Timo Bernhard has under his belt. At the top of that list are his victories in all of the world’s biggest sports car endurance races: 24 hours of Le Mans, 24 hours of Daytona and the 12 hours of Sebring. At the Nürburgring he claimed the overall victory in the 24 hour race five times.

At the age of ten, Timo won his first title at the junior karting slalom and four years later he won the German junior karting championship.

But without a doubt the most significant moment of his career was in 1999, when he was taken up by the Porsche Junior Team where he won the title in the Porsche Carrera Cup three years into his training.

In the following years as a Porsche works driver, he won the 24 hours of Daytona and Nürburgring, added overall wins at Le Mans and Spa and numerous podiums around the globe to his achievements.

Endurance racing isn’t Timo’s only passion – in his spare time he is becoming more and more involved in rallies. In 2013 he won a race of the German Rallye Championships in a 911 GT3 and in 2014 he won the hill climb race of his home club in Homburg.

At the Glasbach race 2016, a round of the hill climb European Championship, he set a new track record for touring and GT cars with the Porsche 911 GT3 Cup of his Team75 Bernhard.

With Porsche he competed in the LMP1 class of the World Endurance Championship including the prestigious 24 hours of Le Mans which he won twice in 2015 and 2017.

Timo and his team mates achieved 12 wins, 11 podiums as well as two drivers titles and three manufacturers titles in four years in the FIA WEC with the Porsche 919 Hybrid.

After four successful seasons in the FIA World Endurance Championship Porsche announced the withdrawal from the LMP1 class at the end of 2017.

In 2018 Timo will make a comeback in GT racing and compete as driver for his own team KÜS Team75 Bernhard in the ADAC GT Masters. Timo will share the cockpit with Porsche factory driver colleague Kévin Estre. He will also race one of the four Porsche GT cars at the 24 hours of Le Mans.

Timo lives with his wife Katharina and his two sons Paul and Ben near his birthplace Homburg, where he prepares himself with targeted endurance and weight training at the Olympic training centre Saarbrücken for his demanding races.