27.08.2018    Timo to Join Tequila Patrón ESM for Petit Le Mans


Tequila Patrón ESM has secured Timo Bernhard and Antonio Giovinazzi for the 21st Annual Motul Petit Le Mans, October 10-13. The pair of drivers has stepped in to replace Olivier Pla and Nico Lapierre following a schedule change and date conflict between the IMSA WeatherTech Championship finale event and the World Endurance Championship’s Six Hours of Fuji.

Bernhard and Giovinazzi will close out the 2018 IMSA WeatherTech Championship with full season drivers Scott Sharp, Ryan Dalziel, Johannes van Overbeek, and Pipo Derani in the team’s pair of Nissan Onroak DPi prototypes.

A Porsche Works driver since 2002, Bernhard is no stranger to endurance racing, and will join van Overbeek and Derani in the No. 22 Nissan Onroak DPi. The 37 year-old German racer and two-time 24 Hours of Le Mans overall winner currently holds four wins at the ten hour race, having won in GT in 2003 and 2004, and in LMP2 in 2006 and 2007.

“I’m excited to be joining Tequila Patrón ESM for this year’s Petit Le Mans,” said Bernhard. “The PLM ranks within the top classic endurance events. It will be my 10th participation and I‘d like to help ESM to score a top result. I have known Scott since the old ALMS days where we battled many times for wins. Big compliment on what he has achieved with his team so far.”

“Each team member of Tequila Patrón ESM is super excited to welcome Timo and Antonio to our effort for Petit,” said Team Owner Scott Sharp. “Both have deep experience, and fantastic speed race craft! I can’t think of better additions to help ESM defend our win from last year!”

 


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