SONOMA, Calif. — Flying Lizard Motorsports has set its preliminary driver lineups for the 2012 24 Hours of Le Mans.
Jorg Bergmeister, Patrick Long and Marco Holzer will pilot the No. 80 Flying Lizard Porsche 911 GT3 RSR in the GTE Pro class. Seth Neiman, Spencer Pumpelly and Darren Law will share the No. 79 Porsche 911 GT3 RSR in the GTE AM class. The 24 Hours of Le Mans is scheduled for June 16-17 at Circuit de la Sarthe in Le Mans, France.
Bergmeister, Long and Holzer are Porsche factory drivers. Bergmeister and Long team in the Flying Lizard No. 45 Porsche in the American Le Mans Series. With Flying Lizard, Bergmeister has won three consecutive ALMS GT driver championships (2008-2010); two of those with Long (2009-2010). Bergmeister is a five-time ALMS GT driver champion and Long has won the title three times.
Bergmeister has competed at Le Mans 10 times, with five of those attempts coming with Flying Lizard (2007-2011). He won Le Mans in GT2 in 2004 (with Long) and has finished on the podium three times. Bergmeister has also won the Rolex 24 at Daytona three times (GT in 2009, both GT and overall in 2003 and GT in 2002).
Long has competed at Le Mans eight times and has won the race twice in GT (2004 and 2007). In 2011, Long and Bergmeister finished sixth in GTE Pro in the No. 80 Flying Lizard Porsche (with Lucas Luhr).
Holzer, also a Porsche factory driver, will join the Lizards in 2012. This is Holzer’s third Le Mans attempt. He finished third in GT in 2010 and eighth in GTE Pro in 2011. In the ALMS, Holzer pilots the No. 44 Flying Lizard Porsche with Seth Neiman.
In the No. 79 Porsche, Law, Neiman and Pumpelly will team up for the second consecutive Le Mans together in the GTE Am class. In 2011, the No. 81 Porsche was retired at hour 18 due to a mechanical problem. It was running second in class at the time.
This will be Neiman’s eighth Le Mans entry. In 2005 he finished third in class in the Flying Lizard No. 80 (with Johannes van Overbeek and Lonnie Pechnik).
Law has competed three times at Le Mans, all with Flying Lizard. In 2009, Law won overall at the 2009 Rolex 24 at Daytona.
For the last six years, Pumpelly has competed in the Grand Am Rolex Series with The Racer’s Group. He has won the Rolex 24 at Daytona twice in GT (2011 and 2006) and finished second and third in 2009 and 2008, respectively.