Flying Lizard Test Day morning, afternoon notes

Journee Test 6 pm At 6 pm, with just under 2 hours left in the session, it began raining lightly. The Lizards brought the No. 80 Porsche into the garage to wait for the weather to settle. "The track is so long, the weather conditions can change...

Journee Test 6 pm

At 6 pm, with just under 2 hours left in the session, it began raining lightly. The Lizards brought the No. 80 Porsche into the garage to wait for the weather to settle. "The track is so long, the weather conditions can change significantly from one end to the other; raining hard in one area, and dry in others," said car chief Paul Truess. "In mixed conditions like that, it's very hard to learn much - you can't get out your rain tires yet, but the slicks are too slippery in the wet areas. We'll wait it out and see what happens over the next half hour or so before we decide what our next step is."

Journee Test 4:30 pm

Nearly 3 hours into the afternoon session, all three drivers have done at least one afternoon stint. van Overbeek started out about 1/2 hour after the session began, followed by Pechnik and Neiman. van Overbeek commented on his stint "Our goal in the morning was to learn the track and get our required 10 laps in. This afternoon is about fine-tuning. Now that I know where the road goes I have been focused on tuning my driving style: working the track rather than the track working me. For example, the number and length of very fast corners here require don't leave any margin for error. You need to brake late, come off the brake early, and get on the gas early to maximize momentum."

Teammate Neiman, also a first-timer on the circuit, said after his afternoon stint "Overall, things have gone very well for our first visit to Le Mans. The awe of being here is quickly put away once you get out on the track and the fun starts to take over. The team's done a great job building our home away from home and the drivers are starting to get acclimated."

Journee Test 1 pm

Johannes van Overbeek brought the NO. 80 Porsche in at 1 pm following Seth Neiman's stint. The Lizards clocked the fifth fastest lap time in GT2 in this morning's session (van Overbeek) out of 14 GT2 entrants.

Journee Test 11:00 am

Seth Neiman took over driving duties from Lonnie Pechnik at 11:00 this morning. Pechnik said his experience on the track was "very cool. There is a lot of traffic out there. Many of the drivers are new to Le Mans like we are. It will take a while for everyone to get things sorted out I think. We also have a lot of work to do in terms of car setup today."

Journee Test 10:00 am

Johannes van Overbeek turned over the wheel to Lonnie Pechnik after nearly an hour on his first stint during the test today. This is the first time out on the course for van Overbeek and the first time that the No. 80 Porsche has run in competition. "It's like getting a new toy at Christmas: we are still trying to figure out where to put the batteries," van Overbeek said. "Overall I'm pleased with the car. The course is less intimidating once you are actually out on it. The average speed is very high and brake zones are heavy and long. I'm really thrilled to be here."

24 Heures du Mans Journee Test (Test Day)

The Flying Lizard team is ready for today's test session at the famous Circuit de la Sarthe in Le Mans, France. The weather this morning, at 9 am CEST, is mild and slightly overcast. The day-long test will be the first time that all three Lizard drivers--Johannes van Overbeek, Lonnie Pechnik, and Seth Neiman--have driven on this circuit. The team plans to spend the day with a shakedown of the number 80 Porsche 911 GT3 RSR (on its inaugural run) and a full day of track familiarization and setup.

Johannes van Overbeek will begin today's session at 9 am CEST, followed by Lonnie Pechnik and Seth Neiman.

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Series Le Mans
Drivers Johannes van Overbeek , Seth Neiman , Lonnie Pechnik