Flying Lizard Motorsports Dances to Victory in New Orleans
NEW ORLEANS, La., (May 1, 2023) – Flying Lizard Motorsports again celebrated a successful race weekend in the Big Easy, earning one win and four additional top-five finishes in GT America Powered by AWS and Pirelli GT4 America. The ten-time sports car racing champions battled through varying weather conditions to celebrate a strong championship points weekend, with drivers Elias Sabo and Jason Bell once again returning to the podium in their respective series.
“This was a great weekend for us all around,” said Program Manager Darren Law. “We had both Jason and Elias on the podium each day. We had a win and pole position in qualifying and we came away from the weekend in a solid position for championship points. With the competitiveness of this field, we need continue to push for podiums and wins but also stay consistent and finish these races.”
GT America Powered by AWS
Elias Sabo earned his first pole position of the season in the opening race of the weekend, leading the field to green in the No. 8 Aston Martin Vantage GT4. He held the lead until about 13 minutes into the race, when an unfortunate off sent the car off track, losing several positions. He recovered safely and rejoined without contact, regaining several lost positions to finish in fifth. Jason Bell and the No. 2 Aston Martin Vantage GT4 started in fourth place, engaged early on in a battle with the Aston Martin of Todd Coleman. He applied heavy pressure and seized his opportunity in the esses with 20 minutes remaining. Sabo’s spin moved Bell up to third, and Bell clinched a second-place finish after his pass on Coleman, earning his third podium of the season. Andy Wilzoch started from ninth place in the SRO3 class, gaining on the No. 10 of Alex Vogel to put pressure on the No. 70 of Mirco for Schultis for eighth position. He ultimately finished in ninth, with a solid run that showed good race pace and consistent times.
Following a frustrating race one on Saturday, Elias Sabo headed into Sunday morning’s race two with a renewed vigor to have a successful result. Starting from second place, Sabo and the No. 8 Aston Martin slipped to third on the start, setting up an exciting Aston Martin versus Aston Martin battle with Todd Coleman. As the pair raced neck-and-neck, they engaged in a three-wide fight for the lead, where Sabo completed a masterful pass on both the second and third-place entries. He stayed out in front to the end of the race, earning his first win of the GT America season. Bell started his race from third, but an early spin lost him valuable ground. Not deterred, he had a masterful drive back through the tight field to position himself to fight for a shot at the podium, earning a top-five result. Andy Wilzoch had another consistent drive and earning valuable points in the Championship.
Pirelli GT4 America
After a lengthy weather delay on Saturday afternoon, the competitors of the GT4 America series were only able to complete one race, closing out the race weekend on Sunday afternoon. Sabo started the 60-minute sprint race for the No. 8 Aston Martin, taking the green flag from seventh in the GT4 class. Sadly, Sabo’s stint never really began, hampered by full-course cautions. He pitted as soon as the race went back to green at the halfway point, allowing co-driver Andy Lee to take over and fight for position. Maneuvering through his own full-course caution, he cracked into the top five with five minutes remaining and finished fourth in class. The result continues the pair’s three-race streak of finishing in the top five, setting them up for a consistent season of strong results.
The GT America Powered by AWS and Pirelli GT4 America series next head to Circuit of the Americas, May 19-20. This will be the first time the series has returned since 2021, where Andy Wilzoch celebrated a first and a second-place finish in GT America. The Lizards have had great success at the Austin, Texas circuit over the years, and will conduct private testing at the track this week in preparation for the upcoming event.