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Toyo Tires® and Flying Lizard Motorsports scored their second consecutive overall victory at the USAF 25-Hours of Thunderhill™ this past weekend in Willows, CA. Considered North America’s longest endurance racing event, the 25-Hours is one of the premier events held annually by National Auto Sport Association (NASA).
Winning overall and finishing first in the ES Class was the #45 Toyo Tires / Flying Lizard Audi R8 LMS driven by Darren Law, Johannes Van Overbeek, Dion von Moltke and Mike Hedlund. Equipped with Toyo® Proxes® Slicks, the #45 Audi completed a total of 751 laps on the 3.0-mile Thunderhill road course with a best lap time of 1:43.210. Their margin of victory was six laps over the second place finisher.
Finishing second in the ES Class and third overall was the #74 Toyo Tires / Flying Lizard Porsche® 911 GT3 RSR. Also running on Proxes Slicks, the Porsche completed 730 laps during the 25-hour road race with a best lap time of 1:45.255. The driver line-up included Tommy Sadler, Andy Wilzoch, Charlie Hayes and Will Owen.
“That was an amazing race. We knew it would be tough, especially with the faster prototypes. We didn’t think we’d be able to catch them. We knew they’d have problems, and they did,” said Darren Law, program manager, Flying Lizard Motorsports. “I have to thank the team. They did an amazing job putting the car together. Thanks to Toyo Tires for supplying such phenomenal tires with great grip and durability. It was a great effort by everybody. This is our second overall win, and we’re really proud of that.”
“Wow, what a race! From the onset we said that we were in it to win it and today we delivered emphatically on that promise with an incredible team and a flawless performance by our Toyo Proxes race slicks,” said Marc Sanzenbacher, senior manager, motorsports, Toyo Tire U.S.A. Corp. “We definitely faced some adversity during the race but in the end we captured our second overall victory while also securing the third place podium spot at this amazing event. The professionalism of the Flying Lizard Motorsports team is second to none and results like these are a validation of our continued development work together.”
Learn more about competition-proven Toyo Tires products such as the Proxes RS1 full-slick; the Proxes RR, Proxes R888, Proxes RA1 DOT-competition tires; the 200-treadwear Proxes R1R; and the new Proxes R888R DOT-competition tire.