SONOMA, Calif. – The reigning champions of the NASA 25 Hours of Thunderhill return again this December to defend their back-to-back wins.
In both 2015 and 2016, Flying Lizard Motorsports dominated to win the longest endurance race in North America with the Toyo Tires Audi R8 LMS.
This year, the team will again partner with Toyo Tires to defend its wins, running the same Audi R8 LMS, as well as a Porsche Cayman Clubsport GT4.
“We really enjoyed competing in the 25 Hours of Thunderhill these last two years,” said Flying Lizard Program Manager, Darren Law. “We’re thrilled to be coming back for a third time in hopes of defending our title. It’s such a fun event to do as a competitor, and our effort is an important part of the development with the Toyo Proxes Slicks.”
While many of the Flying Lizard team members have competed in the event before, 2015 marked the first time the team officially entered the endurance event.
The Audi raced to the front of its class, as well as the entire field, to win by 35 laps.
In 2016, the team returned with two cars to defend its win, entering the Audi R8 LMS, and a Porsche 911 GT3 RSR. The Audi R8 LMS again clinched the victory, with the sister Porsche finishing second in class, and third overall.
This year, the Porsche Cayman GT4 Toyo Tires and Flying Lizard entry will enter into the newly established Toyo Tires GT Challenge class, a spec class with uniformly prepared Porsches, each competing on 18-inch Toyo Proxes RR DOT competition tires.
The No. 45 Audi R8 LMS will again compete in the ES class. The driver lineups for both cars will be announced at a later date.
“After our win last year, we thought our effort at this event had come to an end,” concluded Law. “However, Toyo Tires has been an excellent partner, and when they asked us to run the event again, we were happy to oblige. We’re looking forward to what we can accomplish for Toyo this time around.”