Long Beach: Darren Law race report

Law Takes 2nd Place With Flying Lizard Porsche at ALMS Long Beach Event Veteran endurance racer Darren Law of Phoenix, Arizona teamed with Porsche factory pilot Patrick Long to take the ...

Law Takes 2nd Place With Flying Lizard Porsche at ALMS Long Beach Event

Veteran endurance racer Darren Law of Phoenix, Arizona teamed with Porsche factory pilot Patrick Long to take the #44 Flying Lizard Motorsports Porsche GT3RSR to a well earned 2nd place in Saturday's American Le Mans Series Long Beach endurance race. The compressed one hour forty one minute race marked the second round of the 2007 ALMS schedule and was also the inaugural visit of the ALMS to the famed streets of Long Beach.

With a minimum of practice time afforded the ALMS at the event, teams and drivers were under pressure to quickly dial a good qualifying and race set up into their machines. Law and Long had both previously raced on the street circuit, and were able to work on the handling of the #44 entry from the first few laps on track.

Qualifying and Race

Long qualified and placed the silver and red Flying Lizard GT3RSR Porsche 2nd on the GT2 grid, sandwiched between the Ferrari F430 of Risi Comptizione and the Lizard's #45 Porsche. Patrick's lap of 1:21.209 was less than two tenths of a second off the pole winning Ferrari and a mere three one hundredths ahead of the #45.

Law took the start and completed a sixty-five minute stint (the maximum time allowed per driver was 70 minutes for this event). The Risi Ferrari pitted and Law took over the lead, holding the position for eleven laps before being pitting under green for fuel, tires and a driver change to Long. Long was dropped back in the order due to the green flag stop, but he fought back and finished 2nd at the checkered flag, hard on the heels of the race winning Risi entry that appeared to be running a fuel conservation pace toward the end.

Quotes

Darren Law - Driver #44 Flying Lizard Porsche GT3 RSR

" This was a great run for the 44 team. It is the highest finish the car has had. The team did a great job in the preparation, we were quick right off the truck. The beginning of the race wasn't too eventful. I got a good start and held second for the opening portion. After the yellow I was first and had a great race with Wolf Henzler but got pushed wide in turn 8 when an Audi went underneath me and that gave Wolf the opportunity to get by. It was a lot of fun, I am looking forward to Houston."

Up Next

The 2nd place finish at Long Beach places Darren 5th in the GT2 driver's championship race. Darren heads next to Houston this weekend for another street course event with the Flying Lizards and the ALMS.

-credit: jms/dl

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Series ALMS
Drivers Darren Law , Patrick Long , Wolf Henzler