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Flying Lizard Announces 2013 ALMS Winter Test Line-up

And GTC Championship Programme

Flying Lizard Motorsports will field the first of two 2013 Porsche 911 GT3 Cup cars at this week’s Sebring Winter test ahead of a full season of ALMS GTC action.

The team’s #44 car will run with three drivers over the two day test on Thursday and Friday: Spencer Pumpelly, Nelson Canache Jr., and Archie Hamilton.

Spencer Pumpelly has competed twice with the team, at Le Mans in 2011 and 2012. In 2012.  He also finished 3rd in the ALMS GTC drivers championship (with The Racer's Group) despite missing one race due to a scheduling conflict. Pumpelly is already confirmed for the full GTC season with Flying Lizards.

Venezuelan Nelson Canache Jr. arrives at Sebring on the back of class winning form at the Rolex 24 Hours where he helped Napleton Porsche to a GX class win.

His racing background includes three Venezuelan national championships in Formula Ford and GT Super Touring.  He also won the 2012 24 Hours of Mexico and was on the podium in his first ALMS race, the 2012 Petit Le Mans.

Nelson first tested with Flying Lizard in January at the team's the inaugural run of the GT3 Cup car and will be joining the team for the 12 Hours of Sebring race as well, with further events to be announced for the 2013 season.

Archie Hamilton comes to the test on the back of a full season in International GT Open in a Porsche 911 GT3R where he finished 3rd in the GTS driver championship.

He also won his class in the Baku City Challenge race last year in a GT3 Cup car for Konrad Motorsports.

"It's a fantastic chance to test with such a successful group as Flying Lizard, and after a strong season in the 911 GT3R in GT Open, it's great to be recognized by the team. I hope to do a good and professional job and race with the team in the American Le Mans Series in 2013."

Seth Neiman will miss the Sebring test and the first races of the season in order to recover from a shoulder injury incurred during an offseason surfing accident. However, he will be with the team at the each event and back in the car very soon.

In addition to the No. 44, the team has taken delivery of a second new 2013 GT3 Cup car and is putting together a full season, two-car championship effort.

Thomas Blam, chief strategist, explained:

"We're very happy to have the opportunity to expand to a two car program for GTC this season. Having a second car will bring great benefit in terms of setup work and shared information and resources, but also it will allow us to best leverage the team we have built over the last nine years of racing in the ALMS. We really will miss having Seth in the car for the start of the season, although we'll use that as an opportunity to introduce some new drivers to the team. We intend to put strong cars and driver lineups on track at each and every event and will pursue the driver and team championships as a primary objective for our first season in GTC."