Toyo Tires and Flying Lizard Motorsports put their arduous paintings to without equal check within the 25 hour sports activities automotive staying power tournament
After 25 steady hours of racing at Thunderhill Raceway in Willows, California, Toyo Tires and Flying Lizard Motorsports now not handiest emerged because the ES elegance victors, however as general champions of the longest staying power tournament in North The us.
After months of personal checking out and tire construction, Toyo Tires and Flying Lizard Motorsports put their exhausting paintings to without equal check within the 25 hour sports activities automotive staying power tournament. The #45 Audi R8 LMS used to be considered one of 58 entries to take the fairway flag, that includes an all-professional motive force lineup of Program Supervisor Darren Regulation, Tomonobu Fujii, Man Cosmo and Johannes van Overbeek. All 4 drivers had prior to now pushed for the staff, with Regulation and van Overbeek as teammates in Flying Lizard’s opening season in 2004. Cosmo and Fujii drove for the group beginning in 2015, gaining precious revel in within the Audi R8 LMS.
Regulation began the race Saturday at 11:10AM in sixth place, and impressively climbed to third position by the point he exited flip one. From there, the Audi R8 LMS by no means left the highest 3 positions at the charts. Each and every motive force ran double stints, operating two complete tanks of gas and the use of two units of tires sooner than passing the baton to the following motive force. The No. 17 Davidson Racing BMW, operating within the quicker ESR elegance proved to be robust festival for the Lizards within the opening hours. The Audi and BMW fought arduous early within the race however with blank racing and the No. 45 Audi’s reliability, the group moved to the highest of the entire charts.
The night time race
Via four:45PM, the solar set and the skies became black, starting the 14 hours of night time racing. On a in moderation lit monitor, the Toyo Tires/Flying Lizard Motorsports drivers expertly maneuvered thru lapped visitors of the more than one slower categories. Narrowly heading off more than one incidents, the sturdiness of the Audi R8 and the reliability of the Toyo Tires Proxes allowed the workforce to proceed to make bigger the lead over the sector.
As Saturday became to Sunday, the skies opened, bringing gentle sprinkles and heavy rain for the next 12 hours to the race’s finish. With only one hour last, the Audi R8 LMS made its ultimate pit prevent, main the sector through an astounding 30 laps. After the Audi coated a distance of one,973 miles in 690 laps, Fujii introduced the automobile to the checker flag 35 laps forward of the contest, incomes each Toyo Tires and Flying Lizard Motorsports their first ever general wins within the 25 Hours of Thunderhill.
Thomas Blam // Program Supervisor
“The primary explanation why we have been right here used to be the top level to our yr of creating a tire with Toyo for them. Profitable the development is icing at the cake. We all the time come to win, however greater than anything else we simply sought after to offer Toyo a chance to check a tire thru 25 hours. It is a grueling tournament. With the dry tires and the rainy tires, the entirety used to be completely flawless. It used to be an accumulation of what they did all yr. We will be able to’t wait to peer the place it is going from right here.
Marc Sanzenbacher // Senior Supervisor, Motorsports, Toyo Tire U.S.A Corp Shall we now not be happier with nowadays’s effects. Once we first introduced our partnership with Flying Lizard, we began we have been ‘in it to win it,’ and we delivered on that promise. The mix of our Toto Proxes race slicks and the Audi R8 LMS treated each and every problem this race may just throw at us, and we had a flawless efficiency. We look ahead to extra construction and successes in 2016!”
“What a terrific tournament. This used to be the primary professional race we’ve got entered since we started our dating with Toyo Tires. We spent this complete season running with Toyo at the construction in their racing slick and the tires have been extra special all race; we had no problems. Clearly doing a race like this is not anything else new for Flying Lizard Motorsports, so with a just right motive force lineup and just right race execution, we introduced the automobile house in absolute best situation.
It used to be a difficult race, we had rain, we had dry, it used to be darkish for just about 14 hours and the last speeds between all the other categories used to be giant. The concern for us used to be to only ran a constant tempo and keep out of hassle. To return house with now not just a elegance win however a win general used to be the whole thing we may have sought after. We’re taking a look ahead to proceeding this dating and protecting our win subsequent season.”
Johannes van Overbeek
“It used to be just right to be again beneath the Flying Lizard umbrella for this race. I am very inspired via Toyo. When Darren (Regulation) referred to as and requested if I sought after to try this factor, you by no means find out about tire systems and the way they will pass. Then again, I’ve to mention, it utterly blew me away. We did not have a unmarried puncture. The efficiency used to be nice, the stability used to be nice. The rain tires have been incredible. We had just a little little bit of the whole thing to take a look at with those tires they usually all the time got here out on most sensible. Hats off to Toyo for turning in a in point of fact just right tire. Hats off to Flying Lizard for placing in combination but some other race profitable automotive.”
“What an tournament! It used to be a large number of a laugh and I would love to cap it off by way of pronouncing project completed! We got here right here to turn out what the outcome used to be for all of the construction of the Toyo Proxes slicks. The tires carried out flawlessly. Truthfully, they have been remarkable. We had nice grip, sturdiness, and Travels. The rain tire used to be examined really well those previous 25 hours. There used to be a large number of water that fell from the sky. In particular when I used to be within the automotive. The tires have been nice, the automobile used to be flawless. As all the time, Flying Lizard used to be additionally flawless of their preparation and execution. It used to be simply the very best method you wish to have to head and do that.
You wish to have to enter a large staying power tournament and know your automotive is rock forged without a problems. You wish to have a workforce that does the whole thing proper each and every second they do one thing. You wish to have a spouse like Toyo this is remarkable in the entirety they supply. With a bit of luck that is the beginning of what is going to be a large long run for them in motorsports. IT used to be nice. My stints have been thrilling. There have been certainly some irritating moments navigating visitors. We had massive final speeds on a large number of the members, so it used to be fascinating from time to time. All in all, we had a super run and I am appreciative for being right here.”
“I am in reality satisfied. Each and every stint, our automotive, Toyo tires, the group, and our drivers did a actually just right process. This tournament, even though we have now such a lot of automobiles, and such a lot of other types of automobiles, it may be tricky to race right here. All the time such a lot visitors, however shall we organize and we stored it protected. For each and every stint, our Flying Lizard staff used to be running at 100%. Our automotive gave us no hassle and our tires had top grip within the rainy and dry prerequisites. The tires have nice attainable and are simple to regulate. I need to say a large thanks to everybody on the staff. This can be a essential race for a tire producer and for Flying Lizard, as the primary race in their construction. I am satisfied shall we win it with them.”
Flying Lizard Motorsports
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