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Flying Lizard Audi Wins Thunderhill 25H

Flying Lizard Motorsports captures third consecutive Thunderhill 25H win…

Photo: Bob Chapman

Flying Lizard Motorsports captured its third consecutive overall victory in the NASA 25 Hours of Thunderhill on Sunday, overcoming the pace advantage of several prototypes, which all hit trouble.

The team’s Toyo Tires-backed No. 45 Audi R8 LMS of Darren Law, Nate Stacy, Charlie Hayes and Tom Haacker finished six laps ahead of the No. 73 Calvert Dynamics/Competition Motorsports Porsche 911 GT3 Cup car driven by Preston Calvert, Andrew Davis, Michael Lewis and Kurt Rezzetano.

Both of the GT entries rose to the top shortly after sunrise when a pair of Ginetta G57 prototypes retired with mechanical issues.

The nearest ESR class entry, the No. 44 Crowd Strike/One Motorsports Radical SR3, finished 42 laps behind in third.

Flying Lizard is only the second team to have earned three consecutive wins in the race, joining Team Mercer Motorsports from 2009-11, which members of the California-based team had assisted.

“It’s still fun to win them,” said Law. “We literally didn’t touch any other car. There’s not a mark on it and we didn’t have anything go wrong. It was perfect.”

More than 50 cars took the start in this year’s race.

John Dagys is the founder and Editor-in-Chief of Sportscar365 as well as the recently launched e-racing365 Web site for electric racing. Dagys spent eight years as a motorsports correspondent for FOXSports.com/SPEED Channel, and contributes to other publications worldwide. Contact John

9 Comments

9 Comments

  1. Dave Stone

    December 3, 2017 at 9:26 pm

    Great race this year. Very clean with few yellows. Honda ran a street Civic Type-R with 4 mods. Roll cage, fuel cell, brake pads and tires. They had a very clean race and ended up finishing 8th and 10th! According to team members this was pre-production car for media members and ride alongs and was slated for the scarp yard after it was done. The car had zero issues and could run around a 2 minute lap with no traffic. It did go through the racing brake pads pretty quickly but overall it was a huge success for the team of Honda employees and a couple of pros that ran at COTA in the 24 Hours series event.

  2. Slicks in the wet

    December 4, 2017 at 2:00 am

    This race is one of the best grassroots enduros left.

    Best part is there are so many classes, it’s nearly run what ya brung.

    • Curtis

      December 4, 2017 at 7:27 am

      I totally agree. Any event that includes a Studebaker is alright in my book. Plus, did you see the names on the driver lineups? A lot of top talent there this weekend. Of course, Flying Lizard Motorsports brought their aces but, the race also had Ryan Eversley, the CORE Autosport lineup and many other recognizable names. Great event.

    • Matt M

      December 4, 2017 at 12:12 pm

      Very much so, I ran it in a EcoTec powered Miata this year! Great event, loads of fun especially at night, little to no track lighting!

      • Curtis

        December 4, 2017 at 4:09 pm

        RA Motorsports?

  3. vanillachinchilla

    December 4, 2017 at 10:59 am

    ahh the annual pro team beats up the little guys race

    • Curtis

      December 4, 2017 at 1:47 pm

      Not necessarily. Flying Lizard Motorsports had to run an almost perfect race to secure the overall victory. There were a lot of good cars, teams and drivers out there. Besides, some of the best racing was in the “lower” classes, especially the EO class. Personally, I think it’s great that Flying Lizard has ran the event the past few seasons. I think they’ve brought a lot interest to NASA and the 25 Hours of Thunderhill. It was good, hard, clean racing throughout the field and among the individual classes. I don’t look at it as merely who took top honors. My hats off to Flying Lizard Motorsports but, more importantly, to each team and driver that participated. It was a fantastic event! NASA put a good show. Also, kudos to the people who put on the live stream for NASA. They did a tremendous job as well!

  4. Kyle

    December 4, 2017 at 7:54 pm

    Come on, Toyo. Time to put up the money for that Toyo/Flying Lizard GTLM entry.

    • Curtis

      December 5, 2017 at 11:05 am

      I like the way you think Kyle. I would love to see Flying Lizard Motorsports back in the IMSA paddock. I guess they’re waiting for the right program to come together for them.

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