JÃ¶rg Bergmeister: 7 Wins, 8 Pole Positions - and the Porsche-Pirelli-Supercup Stuttgart - JÃ¶rg Bergmeister is champion of the 2001 Porsche-Pirelli-Supercup. The 25-year-old who holds a degree in economics yielded seven victories and eight pole...
Jörg Bergmeister: 7 Wins, 8 Pole Positions - and the Porsche-Pirelli-Supercup
Stuttgart - Jörg Bergmeister is champion of the 2001 Porsche-Pirelli-Supercup. The 25-year-old who holds a degree in economics yielded seven victories and eight pole positions on his way to the title that he secured one race before the end of the season. Thanks to the top finishes of Bergmeister and his team mates Marco Werner (Germany) and Philipp Peter (Austria), their outfit - Infineon Technologies Team Farnbacher (D) - secured the team championship in the only GT series to run exclusively as support to Formula One.
Bergmeister, whose father Willy became one of Germany´s most well-known touring car pilots during his active years in motorsport, opened the 2001 racing season with wins in Imola (I) and Barcelona (E). After setting pole in Austria he traded sheet metal with a competitor, ran into technical trouble and finished the race a disappointing 18th. A faulty drive shaft forced the German to retire from the Monaco race. But from that point on the reigning German Carrera Cup champion became virtually unbeatable. Over the next six rounds he secured four wins, and pocketed second place twice against strong opposition.
Coming to the final two races at Indianapolis/USA as the points' leader, Jörg prepared his success through a pole position in the qualifying for race one and a second qualifier for race two. When he brought home second place in the first race he had secured the title.
For Bergmeister, Indianapolis evokes fond memories. Last year at the US debut of the Porsche-Pirelli-Supercup on the Grand Prix circuit, he secured his maiden Supercup victory. Ranking sixth overall in the 2000 drivers' standings, Bergmeister was the youngest driver in the top ten of this fiercely-contested international series.
At the age of 20, Bergmeister started his first race in the German Carrera Cup. Contesting selected rounds, he still managed to finish the season in seventh overall. Two years later he returned and secured ninth place by season´s end. The following year Bergmeister netted third, and in 2000 he became champion. This season Bergmeister contested both the international Porsche-Pirelli-Supercup and the national German Carrera Cup. 2001 is already his best motorsport year. Not only is the 25-year-old the Supercup champion, but with one round to go of the national German Carrera Cup in Hockenheim on 7 October, he leads the driver´s championship of the series, as well.
Prior to racing Porsches, the 1.94 metre man from the tiny town of Langenfeld/Rhineland attracted attention in formula sport. In 1993 he won the championship title of the Formula König, and in 1995 took vice-championship honours in the Formula Opel.
A remarkable characteristic of the new Supercup champion is his ability to know precisely when to pull a top performance out of the hat. This he has proved time and again during qualifying sessions, taking his Porsche out on the track and planting it on pole at exactly the right time. In the races as well, Bergmeister is also impressive with his excellent starts, his clever tactics, and his speed without being too hard on equipment.
Displaying tenacity and hard work Bergmeister successfully graduated from a polytechnic university in economics. Whether the popular Rhinelander eventually puts racing before business or vice versa is yet to be decided. But one thing is certain for Jörg Bergmeister: his sights are set on top motorsport, preferably with a Porsche... however he has nothing against taking the wheel of a high tech touring car.
Date of birth: 13 February 1976
Place of birth: Leverkusen/D
Lives in: Langenfeld/D
Height, Weight: 1.94m, 78kg
Marital status: single
Profession: graduated in economics (polytechnic)
1992 Formula König 3rd
1993 Formula König champion
1995 Formula Opel vice-champion
1996 Porsche Carrera Cup 7th
1997 Formula Opel European Championship 6th
1998 Porsche Carrera Cup 9th
1999 Porsche Carrera Cup 3rd
2000 Porsche Carrera Cup champion
2001 Champion, wins in RSM, E, EUR, GB, H, I
2000 6th overall
1996 22nd overall