aLMS GT is a technically diverse battlefield that has Flying Lizard at something of a disadvantage, but Neiman (INSe T) is in for the long haul.
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overcame a performance gap to the
“Clearly, the last three years before
2011, at no point did we have the fastest
car,” he says. “Some circuits and
conditions suited us really well. We
were winning through a combination of
perfect execution and the ability to gain
time in the pit stops.”
While the Lizards press on with the
oldest car currently on the GT grid,
their rivals have upped the ante with
improvements on their own cars.
BMW – which secured the driver and
team championships in Monterey –
upgraded its M3 to full ACO spec and
maximized the performance of its
Dunlop tires in all conditions. Seven
poles and three wins bear that out.
“This year, we’ve seen in qualifying
that there is a dominant car from a pure
speed standpoint,” Long says of the
BMWs. “The good thing is, as of late,
the quickest car hasn’t always won.
We’re racers, and with that, when you
aren’t winning it just
makes you dig deep.”
Flying Lizard’s fellow
Ferrari and Corvette
Racing, have one ALMS
win apiece this year.
FALKEN TAKES FLIGHT
A new serious Porsche rival to the Lizards has emerged
Key 2011 gains for Falken’s 911 came
in management – and its shoes.
Raise your hand if you had Team Falken
Tire winning an American Le Mans
Yet, as the 2011 season neared its
conclusion, Porsche counted wins from Wolf
Henzler and Bryan Sellers in both wet and dry
conditions in the Falken car while Flying Lizard
Racing was 0-for- 7 before winning in Monterey.
The combination of Derrick Walker’s
influence as team manager and Falken’s tire
performance leap has largely contributed to the
success in the tire maker’s squad’s second full
season in the ALMS. Only twice in the first eight
races did Falken finish outside the top six in
class, an impressive feat for a team without a
single top-five result in 2010.