Flying Lizard Audi, Toyo Tires dominate at Thunderhill

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Flying Lizard Motorsports delivered a flawless, trouble-free drive in this past weekend’s USAF 25 Hours of Thunderhill, in what was the team’s return to the race for the first time in several years and its race debut with Toyo Tires, which had been in development throughout the year.

You can say that the FIA GT3-spec car, an Audi R8 LMS matched up against a cornucopia of variety in Radicals, other prototypes and older GT cars, was clearly the most reliable and most advanced car in the field, if not the outright fastest.

And you can also say that with an all-star, all-pro four-driver lineup of team program manager Darren Law and fellow past Flying Lizard drivers Johannes van Overbeek, Guy Cosmo and Tomonobu Fujii they had arguably one of the best, if not the outright best, lineups in the field.

Still, you have to go out and do the thing over the course of 25 hours, at a track with wide-open space, occasionally arbitrary noise restrictions, intermittent and occasionally heavy rain and consistently crazy wide speed differentials between the six classes.

The Lizards did that and won by a whopping 35 laps over their competitors, in a flawless performance. The car completed just south of 2,000 miles (1,973) in 690 laps.

“What an amazing event. This was the first official race we have entered since we began our relationship with Toyo Tires,” Law said.

“We spent this entire season working with Toyo on the development of their racing slick and the tires were phenomenal all race; we had no issues. Obviously doing a race like this isn’t anything new for Flying Lizard Motorsports, so with a good driver lineup and good race execution, we brought the car home in perfect condition.”

Here’s some win tweets:

Meanwhile, here were some of the other Thunderhill tweets of note from the race: