Flying Lizard Motorsports finishes 8th and 9th in challenging Monterey race

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The team next takes to the track at the fourth round of the 2013 ALMS championship at Lime Rock Park on July 5th and 6th.

After a solid qualifying effort, Flying Lizard faced a long, uphill battle during the 4-hour American Le Mans Series race, including multiple incidents with other cars and significant damage to the No. 44 and No. 45 Porsche 911 GT3 Cup cars.

#44 Flying Lizard Motorsports Porsche 911 GT3 RSR: Pierre Ehret, Dion von Moltke
#44 Flying Lizard Motorsports Porsche 911 GT3 RSR: Pierre Ehret, Dion von Moltke

Photo by: James M. Holland

Even prior to the green flag coming out for the start of the race the No. 44 was hit in the Corkscrew turn, spinning the car and damaging the right rear wheel and rear suspension, plaguing the car with handling issues which persisted through the end of the race.

Through quick pit work, pit strategy, and a strong first stint by Pierre Ehret, the No. 44 was able to get back onto the lead lap, although was then collected by a spinning prototype and pushed down multiple laps where it ran through the remainder of the day.

Both Pierre and co-driver Dion von Moltke ran very quick laps throughout the race despite a broken and completely ineffective rear anti-roll bar, eventually finishing in 9th position.

The No. 45 fared only slightly better, coming back from a spin on the opening laps and short stay in the gravel to regain its position on the lead lap and run their through the middle portion of the race.

Drivers Seth Neiman, Spencer Pumpelly, and Nelson Canache Jr. were tracking to race with the front end of the GTC-class field but Nelson was spun by a prototype and also stuck in the gravel. The team recovered to finish three laps down in 8th position.

Thomas Blam, Chief Strategist, reflected on the weekend, saying "This was definitely a forgettable race, and despite the best efforts of the crew to fix the car each time, as well as strong efforts by all five drivers, we did score points for the championship although nowhere near as many as we would have liked.

We will work hard in the break prior to our next ALMS race to find more speed and work on the transition to the more conventional tracks which we will run in the latter portion of the season."

The team next takes to the track at the fourth round of the 2013 ALMS championship at Lime Rock Park on July 5th and 6th. The team will again field two cars, the No 44 and No 45, with driver lineups to be announced within the coming weeks.

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