SONOMA, Calif. – Flying Lizard Motorsports and Toyo Tires will return to the 25 Hours of Thunderhill in December in an effort to win the event for the fourth-straight season.
After winning overall the last three years, the team will enter a 2009 Porsche GT3 RSR to compete in the ES class, with a second car and driver roster to be announced within the next week.
Wolf Henzler, Johannes van Overbeek, Justin Marks, Charlie Hayes and Andy Wilzoch will race in the 25 hour event under the Flying Lizard banner, together racing the No. 74 Toyo Tires Porsche 911 GT3 RSR in the ES class on Dec. 1-2.
Program Manager Darren Law will oversee the team’s entry, stepping down as a driver with three wins in three attempts at the 25 hour.
“With our regular full-season programs concluded for 2018, it is great to have this race available during the off season to keep everyone sharp,” said Law. “Toyo Tires has been such a great partner with us and we appreciate their support. Their racing slick has performed well and helped deliver us the wins over the past three years which always makes the racing more fun. This event is so enjoyable for all of us because we get to go back to a format where the outcome is more controlled by the team, without pit stop time limits or driver rankings. We have the freedom to enjoy pushing ourselves to the limit and in the end, get rewarded for that.”
This race will mark the fourth 25 Hours of Thunderhill joint effort for Flying Lizard and Toyo Tires since the pair partnered for the Toyo Proxes race slick development program in 2015. Following the success at the 25 Hour, the team entered into the 2018 Pikes Peak Int’l Hill Climb earlier this year, finishing second in the Time Attack class with driver Clint Vasholtz.
“We at Toyo Tires look forward to the unique challenges this grueling 25-Hour endurance event provides from a tire engineering perspective, as well as the opportunity to continue our longstanding technical partnership with Flying Lizard Motorsports,” said Marc Sanzenbacher, senior manager, motorsports, Toyo Tire U.S.A. Corp. “It is a real challenge to win this race overall, and to have accomplished that feat three years in a row is nothing short of extraordinary. We are confident that the grip and consistency of the Toyo Proxes Race Slick, combined with an exceptional driver line-up and top level Flying Lizard vehicle preparation will provide us the tools we need to go for victory number four.”
Flying Lizard Motorsports first competed in the event with Toyo Tires in 2015, perfectly executing the race to win not only in class but overall by 35 laps over the next competitor. The team returned to defend the win the following year, bringing an Audi R8 LMS and Porsche 911 GT3 RSR. Both cars finished in the top three overall, with the Audi again securing the top spot.
In 2017, the team again ran a perfect race to claim the overall win and two class victories with its Audi R8 LMS and Porsche Cayman GT4 Clubsport MR. With a low number of caution periods during the race, the Lizards beat the all-time laps completed record of 761 by setting a new high of 780.
The team has completed the driver lineup for its second entry, the details for which will be announced in the coming days.