5th at Petit Le Mans to Close Out 2012 Season

October 21, 2012

Patrick Long and his teammates Jörg Bergmeister and Patrick Pilet wrapped up the 2012 American Le Mans Series season with a 5th place in the hyper-competitive GT class. Having started in 6th position, the first four hours of the race went well, as the #45 Flying Lizard Porsche 911 GT3 RSR climbed as high as 3rd in class. Bergmeister and one of the Ferraris had a coming-together in the fifth hour of the race, after which the race stewards inflicted a 60-second stop-and-go penalty on the team for avoidable contact. The decision was a controversial one, and ultimately cost the team a podium finish.

Long said, “At the last six races we earned the most points of anyone. That makes me very optimistic for the future. We could easily have brought home a podium result today. The penalty handed to Jörg cost us the victory. The whole team then tried everything and used a great strategy to keep us in contention, but after the accident the car was no longer fast enough. Still, it was a good season for us.”

Long now enters a busy offseason, and will race next at the Mobil One 12 Hours of Sebring in March as the kickoff to the 2013 ALMS season.