California-based Flying Lizard Motorsport completed a successful run at the official 24 Hours of Le Mans test day.
The team used the day to begin set-up of the teams two Porsche 911 GT3 RSR's, the #79 GTE AM class entry and the #80 GTE Pro class entry. The #80 car in the hands of Joerg Bergmeister, Patrick Long and Marco Holzer was seventh fastest in class, while the #79 in the hands of Seth Neiman was third in class. Neiman's co-drivers Spencer Pumpelly and Darren Law were unable to attend due to the recent Grand-Am Detroit 200 race.
Team chief strategist Thomas Blam said: “We are very pleased with the pace of the 79 car; all signs point to it being competitive in that large class. Since we had only one 79 driver here at the test, we focused on getting him a lot of seat time. In the No. 80, we are looking for more speed; the Pro field is also going to be very extremely tough. We have a lot of work to do before the race but we made some significant progress today.”
Joerg Bergmeister commented: “We started with a good balance on the car right out of the box today so we had a solid baseline. Most of the changes that we made throughout the day were positive; right now we are happy with the car. It was hard to get a read on the competition today; we’ll have to wait for the qualifying sessions during race week.”
Seth Neiman added: “The test day has gone very well. We had the usual small problems that occur when you ship two cars and many tons of gear across the ocean. The cars are performing well; we still have more to do but we are happy with the results. The team met its objectives: we’re now able to go into race week with good information and solid racecars.”