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Flying Lizard Confirms Petit Le Mans Lineup

Flying Lizard set for Petit Le Mans with three returning drivers…

Photo: IMSA

Photo: IMSA

Guy Cosmo, Colin Thompson and Robert Thorne will share the No. 45 Flying Lizard Motorsports Audi R8 LMS for Petit Le Mans next week, for the first time as a three-driver unit but not for the first time with the team this season.

Cosmo raced alongside Patrick Byrne at Mazda Raceway Laguna Seca in May, while Thompson and Thorne were due to share the No. 45 car with Marco Holzer at Sebring before the car retired in the first hour.

It marks Flying Lizard’s fifth start of the TUDOR United SportsCar Championship season, after previous starts at Daytona, Sebring, Mazda Raceway and last week at Circuit of The Americas.

Cosmo and Byrne’s ninth place finish in Monterey marks the team’s best result of the year.

The team won the race to send off the American Le Mans Series in 2013 in GTC, with Nelson Canache, Spencer Pumpelly and Madison Snow.

The Sonoma, Calif.-based team has secured five podiums and two wins at the iconic event, and averaged a sixth place finishing position from 23 Petit Le Mans entries.

“We’re very excited about our driver lineup for this event,” said Flying Lizard program manager Darren Law. “Guy Cosmo has a lot of experience in this type of racing and the speed and versatility of both Colin Thompson and Robert Thorne should give us a great opportunity.

“They’re all quick, proven race winners and podium finishers. Petit Le Mans is a long race, and Road Atlanta is a tricky track. As long as we have a clean race, we should be contenders.”

Tony DiZinno (@tonydizinno) is Sportscar365's North American Editor, focusing on coverage of the IMSA-sanctioned championships as well as Pirelli World Challenge. DiZinno also contributes to and other motorsports outlets. Contact Tony


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