Flying Lizard Motorsports endured another difficult TUDOR United SportsCar Championship race at Virginia International Raceway again facing on-track contact and mechanical and tire challenges during the two hour and forty five minute race.
Spencer Pumpelly started the No. 35 PR Newswire / UBM Tech / eSilicon Audi R8 LMS car in place of team principal Seth Neiman, who was not yet cleared to return to his seat due to a hip injury sustained during the Brickyard Grand Prix weekend. While running high up in the GT Daytona order during his stint, Spencer ran wide while dealing with GT Le Mans traffic and the team called him to the pits as a precautionary measure, cleaning out the air intakes and changing over to Dion von Moltke, who would run the remaining two plus hours of the race.
Dion ran well including long periods in the top-5 in class but eventually dropped back two spots late in the race to finish 7th in the GT Daytona class. With this result Dion now sits in 6th place in the driver championship.
Spencer's co-driver in the No. 45 Yoddle / Venezuela / eSilicon Audi R8 LMS, Nelson Canache Jr., started the car but was forced to manage high tire pressures due to the increased late afternoon track temps but was able to maintain position and bring the car in after one hour and ten minutes to turn it over to his teammate. Spencer showed excellent pace during his stint but suffered a tire failure at the highest speed part of the track at the end of the backstraight, sending the car flying off track and destroying the left rear bodywork. The team quickly repaired the car and Spencer soldiered on but the car eventually succumbed to the damage caused by the tire blowout and finished 16th position in class.
Flying Lizard has two races remaining in the 2014 season, the Lone Star Le Mans race at Circuit of the Americas on September 20th, and Petit Le Mans at Road Atlanta on October 4th.
*From team media release
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