All-Female Audi Team Finish Fourth Overall At Thunderhill 25 Hours

Flying Lizard Motorsports has won the NASA  25 Hours of Thunderhill presented by Hawk Performance three times in the past three years. Instead of the usual Audi R8 LMS GT3, the team entered the longest race in America with a customer version of the Audi R8 intended for GT4 competition with an all-female team.

New Audi R8 LMS GT4 Victorious in First Year

For the 2018 edition of the 25 Hours, the Lizards along with Jester & Babbitt Racing entered an Audi R8 LMS GT4, a version developed by the factory for the more cost-effective international GT4 class of competition.

The Audi R8 LMS GT4 with drivers (left to right) Aurora Straus, Ashton Harrison, Erin Vogel, Christina Nielsen, and Laura Ely. (Photos: Bob Chapman, Autosport Images)

This year the driver lineup of five accomplished female drivers:  Laura Eli, Ashton Harrison, Christina Nielsen, Aurora Straus, and Erin Vogel  who together won the GT Challenge class at the 25 Hours.

Talented, Experienced All-Female Driving Team

Ely is the 2018 Bronze class champion in the Pirelli Trophy West. In 2018 Harrison finished just a few points shy of being the highest finishing female ever in the MX-5 Cup. Nielsen is the first female driver to win a WeatherTech SportsCar Championship series title. Straus finished second overall in the CTSC GT4 Championship. While Vogel races in Porsche Owners Club events as well as coordinated the entry of the five-driver all-female team.

Covered Distance from LA to Atlanta

Behind the faster and more sophisticated GT3 sports cars and pure race sports prototypes, the team covered 2157 miles of racing, the distance from Los Angeles to Atlanta, to score a remarkable fourth position overall against 46 entrants.

Based out of Sonoma, CA, Flying Lizard Motorsports has achieved six driver and team championships since its initial season in 2004. The Lizards have also competed at the 24 Hours of Le Mans eight times. The team currently races in Pirelli World Challenge, Porsche Pirelli GT3 Cup Trophy USA, and Porsche Club of America competition.

 

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Art Michalik

Art has served in marketing functions at various aftermarket manufacturers, driven in autocross events and in road racing in a car of his own construction, and even managed a world-famous racing school.
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