The final race event of the season has arrived, and this weekend, Flying Lizard Motorsports will return to Thunderhill Raceway in Willows, California for the USAF 25 Hours of Thunderhill. The reigning champions will defend their 2015, 2016, and 2017 wins with the No. 74 Porsche 911 GT3 RSR in the ES class and the No. 45 Audi R8 LMS GT4 in the Toyo Tires GT Challenge class.
“It’s been a couple months since our last race, so we’re ready to be back on track to get the 25 Hours of Thunderhill underway,” said Program Manager Darren Law. “We’ve conducted a couple successful tests for the race and we’ve got two great lineups that should make for a fun event. Toyo Tires continues to be a great partner and we’re hoping to bring them another win.”
Former ALMS Lizards Johannes van Overbeek and Wolf Henzler will join NASCAR and IMSA racer Justin Marks, and Thunderhill veterans Charlie Hayes and Andy Wilzoch in the Porsche, racing alongside the first Flying Lizard all-female entry. Christina Nielsen, Aurora Straus, Ashton Harrison, Laura Ely, and Erin Vogel will race in the No. 45 Jester & Babbitt Racing by Flying Lizard Motorsports Toyo Tires Audi R8 LMS GT4 in the Toyo Tires GT4 Challenge class.
Almost 50 cars will compete across seven classes on the three mile track, completing roughly 2,000 miles over the 25 hour race. Flying Lizard Motorsports first competed in the endurance event with Toyo Tires in 2015, winning in the ES class as well as overall in the Audi R8 GT3. The successful duo returned with a two car effort the following year, entering the Audi R8 LMS GT3 and a Porsche 911 GT3 RSR. The team finished 1-2 in the ES class, with the Audi again clinching the overall victory as the Porsche finished third in class. In 2017, the team achieved its three-peat, with the reigning Audi again scoring its class and overall win, and the 74 Porsche Cayman GT4 Clubsport securing its own win in the Toyo Tires GT Challenge class.
Race for Relief
Based in Sonoma, California, Flying Lizard Motorsports will use its final race event of the year to fundraise for the American Red Cross of the Northern California Coastal Region. Recently suffering from the most deadly fires in the state’s history, Northern California is just beginning the process of massive statewide recovery efforts. With thousands of Californians left homeless, Flying Lizard Motorsports will utilize its worldwide fan base to come together assist one of the many organizations aiding in the recovery efforts as well as providing assistance to hose affected by the catastrophic fires.
“California is our home, and we have been lucky in the past to avoid any fire damage” said Program Manager Darren Law. “This year, so many in our community weren’t as lucky and have lost their homes, even some of those within our motorsports family. With a network as large as we have, we can make a big difference if everyone gives a little. We’re also digging through our shop to find some goodies to provide extra incentive for everyone to contribute.”
The team has set up a fundraising page on Crowdrise, a partner of the American Red Cross. All funds raised will immediately go directly to the Northern California Coastal Region of the American Red Cross.
Every person who donates through the official Lizard Crowdrise site will be entered to a raffle. Several prizes from the Lizard vault, as well as items from the 25 Hours of Thunderhill, will be awarded to various donors following the end of the raffle Monday, December 3 at 9:00AM Pacific.
Source. Flying Lizard Motorsports