Flying Lizard Ends Fifth Season with GT2 Drivers’ Championship for No. 45, 3rd in GT2 for No. 46, and Team Championship
October 18, 2008 — Monterey, Calif. — Today’s Monterey Sports Car Championships at Laguna Seca proved to be a four-hour race of frustration for the field, with most of the race run under caution (of which there were twelve!) The Flying Lizard No. 46 finished 5th in class, the No. 44 was 6th and the No. 45 finished 10th, because of a lengthy repair in the pits after the car was hit on course early in the race.
Although it was a disappointing race for the team, who had hoped for their eleventh consecutive podium of the season, they end their fifth season with the GT2 drivers’ championship for Joerg Bergmeister and Wolf Henzler, the GT2 team championship, and a third-place in the GT2 drivers’ championship for teammates Johannes van Overbeek and Patrick Pilet in the No. 46 Porsche. In the No. 44 Porsche, Seth Neiman finished sixth in the drivers’ championship and Darren Law was seventh.
The Lizards were also proud to help Porsche clinch the manufacturers’ GT2 championship this year.
Team principal Seth Neiman reflected on the season, “It’s days like today that make me so happy we secured the championships at Petit Le Mans. Hats off to all three cars, drivers and crews for continuing the fight and completing the rest of our objectives, including the Porsche manufacturers’ championship. The team can take great satisfaction in this result in what has been as competitive season as one can imagine. Of course, now we have to start focusing soon on next year, which promises to be even tougher. But not until a well-deserved celebration tonight.”
A full race report will be available on Sunday, October 19th. In North America, the race is broadcast on NBC Sports, tape delayed, starting on Sunday, Oct. 19 at 11:00 am PT / 2:00 pm ET. In Europe, the race is broadcast on MotorsTV, tape delayed, on Mon., Oct. 20 starting at 10:30 pm (UK) or 11:30 pm CET.
About Flying Lizard Motorsports
2008 is the fifth consecutive ALMS season for the Sonoma, California-based GT2 team. Since its first year of competition in 2004, the team has finished in the top three in the ALMS GT2 team and drivers’ championships. In 2007, the team was second in the ALMS GT2 team championship and drivers Johannes van Overbeek and Joerg Bergmeister finished second in the ALMS GT2 drivers’ championship.
Flying Lizard is sponsored by ShoreTel, a leading provider of enterprise IP telephony solutions, and eSilicon, a semiconductor company, both based in Sunnyvale, California. Team partners include Porsche and Michelin.