Flying Lizard Motorsports has completed the first test of its new 2009-spec Porsche 911 GT3 RSR during the annual ALMS Winter Test at Sebring.

The team launched its new car at the Sebring test, with Jorg Bergmeister and Patrick Long onboard the #45 car and Seth Neiman, Darren Law and Johannes van Overbeek in the #44.

Bergmeister clocked the fastest GT2 time with a lap of 2min 01.866secs and crew chief Tommy Sadler was pleased with how the test had panned out.

"We definitely met our objectives for the test," he said. "We received the new cars a week ago from the Porsche factory in Weissach, Germany. The cars were well prepared so we were able to get them ready in just three days for their first run here in the US. We ran incident-free all week: no mechanical issues and everyone stayed on the track. And we had warm dry weather. Everything came together perfectly."

Chief engineer Craig Watkins was also happy with how the new car had performed in its first test, with the '09-spec car featuring a number of changes over the car it replaced.

"This test gave us a good head start on setup for the Sebring race," he said. "Porsche made numerous aerodynamic changes this year (which give a lot more downforce in the front), and the cars respond very differently. We're running the same transmission as 2008 but with the new air conditioning components. We focused on dialling in our shocks and our suspension settings."



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