【跑车世界现场专访】Timo，see you in Shanghai! ——法国勒芒24小时，在你拿下全场总冠军时，我们现场约定上海见！上周末，小丘期待已久的WEC上海6小时在上赛开战，祝贺保时捷提前一站卫冕WEC年度厂商和车手总冠军，也再次祝贺你拿下了第二个年度总冠军。赛前小编对这位勒芒冠军车手——Timo Bernhard进行了面对面的独家专访，下面就看看超级赛车粉和顶级赛车手都聊了什么话题。
Last weekend, a long-awaited WEC Shanghai 6h started. Congratulations to Porsche and Timo Bernhard! An early title decision at round eight of nine on the FIA World Endurance Championship WEC calendar last Sunday. The second driver’s world championship in the WEC for Timo Bernhard after 2015. Before race, we interviewed the two-time Le Mans Winner: Timo Bernhard.
Q: Back at Le Mans, when I witnessed you crossing the finish line and claiming the 19th overall win for Porsche （your second overall Le Mans win）, I was so emotional that I cried. And later when I watched the video of the race, thru the screen I saw your tears , too. Was this your first cry in your career? Could you share the feeling of that moment?
Timo: Yes， it’s true it’s the first time I actually cried in the race car. It was such a moment. Also I think two things came together. One was like a dream coming true to win Le Mans overall for Porsche. And the second one was also how the race went because we are starting the racing with a promising position we are the leader, I was good with good confidence and the start was ok. And then with this problem early on which looks like with no possibility of winning any more so it was really hearted for us. Then we just drove and pushed like hell and in the end you know, you still achieve something which seems not possible so it was very deep emotions. It was like roller-coaster. It’s something that not many people could achieve so it was very very special which I will always remember.
【Timo / Team75 Bernhard】
Q: After Le Mans 24h, I saw you fly to Goodwood Festival of Speed， and then fly to SPA 24 hours for your own team （Team75 Bernhard). I think many friends want to know the difference between a factory driver and team owner？
Timo: Something completely different for sure, but something which could be combined in the future. I mean I’m in very great relationship with Porsche for a long career, nearly 20 years. So I started a team a couple of years ago and now also try to move it up to the rings. The latter fit very well and I have to thank Porsche for giving me support and trust as a team owner. We‘re a young team but I mean in SPA 24h we did very very good. I think the team has a brightfuture.
Q: Yes, I saw that race, Team75 won 4th place. Which race will your team （Team75）plan to attend next year？I know the team will go for the ADAC GT Masters and other 24-hour race like SPA or Nurburgring.
小丘：我看了那场比赛（Team75首次参加斯帕24小时），你的车队获得了全场第四名。你的车队明年准备参加什么比赛？我知道Team75会继续参加ADAC GT Masters及其他24小时耐力赛，比如斯帕和纽格柏林吗？
Timo: Yes, I would definitely go for GT Masters again for this German GT championship which is very good. It’s developing very well. And we plan to do the SPA 24h again. And we plan as well to do the Nurburgring 24h, but it’s not 100% sure, but it’s something we would like to do. I wanna be more involved with the team to help the team developing. But for sure I will stay in Porsche also as a driver. So it’s the future it’s gonna be. And definitely it’s a different thing if you are not driving or if you are a team owner, because the last decision I have to take to be able to steer the team for good future, but you have to take different actions of being a driver. It’s a different job but I like it.
Timo：是的，我们一定还会参加ADAC GT Masters，这项在德国举行的GT赛事发展得非常好。我们还计划再参加一次斯帕24小时耐力赛，纽格柏林24小时耐力赛也有计划参加，但后者并不是100%的确定。我希望有更多时间和车队一起工作，帮助车队快速的成长。但我肯定还会继续做保时捷厂队车手，未来的计划大概就是这样。当然，当你不参加比赛或者你是车队老板的时候，情况就完全不一样。作为车队的管理者，你需要为车队做更好的发展规划，这和车手需要做的事情完全不一样，虽然这是两种不同的工作，但二者我都很喜欢。
Q: I hope I can see Team75 race in Shanghai like WEC GTE .
小丘：我希望在上海能看到你的Team 75车队比赛，就像我们看到WEC GT车队一样。
Timo: Maybe in a couple of years. We never know, step by step. Keep your fingers crossed for us.
Q: When you were only 10 years old, you won the first title at the Junior Karting. Can you share some childhood stories of yourself?
Timo: I just turned 10 and I started the first race probably at just 9. I’m always a big fan of motor sport, following everything of Formula 1. The time of 80s was not like now – it was more limited. My father was a racing driver, a hobby racing driver, always paid for it. But I was always with him. I think at the age of 5, I was already at Nordschleife watching and seeing my dad race. I was always a big fan of motor sport. So at 10 years old age when I was possible to do go-karting, he reminded me. He said:“Ok, there was possibility.” So I went and fell in love. I mean to be honest as a young kid I wanted to be a racing driver myself but I didn’t know how it works. When you are young you don’t know what to find money and sponsor-ship. You don’t care. You just want to drive. Just like drive.
Q: You became Porsche factory driver when you were only 21 years old and won the GT class at Le Mans. You got your first Le Mans over-all win in 2010, and built a new distance record of 5410 km. I’m proud of you. I want to know which race is most impressive in your career?
Timo: Probably Le Mans this year because like I said, starting at normal, and then we hit the bottom. And did something that was impossible. (from P54 to P1) It’s probably the most incredible and if you get the victory after you didn’t think about it anymore, that‘s something special. It’s probably this race because it’s the craziest thing.
【 Timo 为粉丝的签名】
Q: Yes! It’s very crazy and I couldn’t sleep the whole night . I just watched the screen in the Porsche Hospi to see your race. After Porsche quits WEC LMP1, which race will you attehd?
Timo: At the moment, I will stay as a Porsche factory driver for sure next year. But the program isn’t fixed. I mean I wanna do more with my team so I need to see how it fits out. I mean definitely there’s nothing else at the moment than GT. But it’s good racing, a bit back to the rules but it will be on the other hand more exciting. Maybe I’ll do a couple of races with my team. We have to see how it works out but the program is not finalized yet, just have to wait a little bit longer.
【Timo Bernhard】He is a Porsche factory driver. He started karting race at the age of 9. At the age of ten, he won the first title at the junior karting slalom.
In 1999, he became a Porsche Junior driver, and two year later was the winner of Porsche Carrera Cup Deutschland. In 2002, at the age of 21, he was just becoming a Porsche factory driver and won the 24 hours of Le Mans GT class champion for Porsche. At that moment he said he had to take an overall winner of Le Mans, because it was the biggest goal of his career.
In 2003 he won the Daytona 24h as his first overall champion.
2006-2008 he drove Porsche RS Spyder (LMP2) and beyond LMP1 group, won the ALMS 11-time overall champion.
In 2010, his dream came true! His first overall win at Le Mans with Romain Dumas and Mike Rockenfeller. In 2014 he became World Endurance Drivers Champion. In 2017, he won his second Le Mans overall win and claimed the 19th overall win for Porsche. He was crowned champion in every category of Porsche’s motor racing pyramid. It was Timo Bernhard who carried the first function test phase, he assisted the Porsche 919 Hybrid.
Thank you! Timo! If there is a chance, the next interview, I want to know more about your story, about your rally story! Best wishes to you and Team75 Bernhard. Jia You 加油！