Flying Lizard Motorsports have gained two entries for this year's Le Mans 24 Hours (June 11-12) with a car each of the classes that use GT2 cars under the new class structure for the Grand Prix d'Endurance.
The California based team had received one automatic entry for the race by virtue of winning the GT class championship of the American Le Mans Series. That entry went to the team's no.80 Porsche 911 GT3 RSR which will run in the GTE Pro class, with Jorg Bergmeister as the named driver on today's Le Mans entry list.
Le Mans 24 Hours organisers the Auto Club de L'Ouest also awarded the team a second entry in the newly formed GTE Am category – designed for teams which include one amateur driver. The driving squad for the no.81 will include Seth Neiman, Flying Lizard team principal. The full driving line-up for both cars will be confirmed later in the year.
“We are honoured to accept both entries for the 2011 24 Heures du Mans and to be able to support the ACO’s vision for the expanded GT class,” said Neiman. “This is the first year that we will enter two cars at Le Mans; we appreciate the opportunity offered by the ACO in granting us a second entry. In 2011, we are increasing our focus on the important long distance events and Le Mans is a significant part of that program.”
2011 will be the seventh straight year Flying Lizard Motorsports has competed at Le Mans, scoring their best class finish to date – third – in 2005. Their previous experience also allows the squad to miss the official Le Mans test day to concentrate on their racing commitments in America and the ALMS event at Long Beach.
The team are also returning to defend their ALMS title, Bergmeister starting his fourth consecutive season with team, sharing the no.45 car with Patrick Long, Neiman and Darren Law will drive the no.44.