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Timo Bernhard's Porsche team announces DTM exit

Team 75 Bernhard will step down from the DTM after two seasons to focus on one-make Porsche championships, it has been announced.

Ayhancan Güven, KÜS Team Bernhard Porsche 911 GT3-R

Ayhancan Güven, KÜS Team Bernhard Porsche 911 GT3-R

Alexander Trienitz

Team owner and two-time Le Mans 24 Hours winner Timo Bernhard explained that a mixture of personal Porsche ambassadorial commitments and budget constraints mean it will not be possible for his squad to continue fielding the Porsche 911 GT3 R in the German category next year.

“Finding the right balance between managing the team and my duties as a Porsche brand ambassador has been a great challenge - both tasks require my full concentration,” said Bernhard, who was part of Porsche’s successful LMP1 programme.

“At the same time, my responsibility towards the team and the people is very important to me.

“In addition, the budget required to meet my high standards for the DTM project is currently not available. That is why we have decided to take this step, which is difficult for us.”

Team 75 will transition to fielding amateur drivers in championships running the Porsche 911 GT3 Cup car, while also promoting young drivers in karting and junior categories.

"We will make our know-how and our experience with the Porsche 911 GT3 R from the DTM available to the newly formed Porsche Team Phantom Global Racing in the GT World Challenge Asia and support them in word and deed," said Bernhard. 

"We are reorienting ourselves, but Team75 will remain active in motorsport. Of course, we will also continue to follow the DTM closely."

Martin Raeder, Team Manrthey EMA, Timo Bernhard, Team principal KÜS Team Bernhard

Photo by: Alexander Trienitz

Martin Raeder, Team Manrthey EMA, Timo Bernhard, Team principal KÜS Team Bernhard

Team 75 joined the DTM in the second year of its GT3 transition in 2022 with a single entry for factory Porsche driver Thomas Preining.

It enjoyed a successful first season in the category, with Preining winning two races - including the first for Porsche in the DTM at the Norisring - and mounting a title challenge before eventually finishing fifth in the standings.

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In 2023, Bernhard’s eponymous outfit expanded to two Porsche 911 GT3 Rs, but lost its star driver Preining to newcomer Manthey EMA.

There were no victories this year, but rookies Laurin Heinrich and Ayhancan Guven finished on the podium to help the team finish sixth in the standings.

Heinrich twice finished runner-up and claimed pole at the Red Bull Ring, while Guven took third at the Sachsenring.

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