Road Atlanta/VIR Double Header Weekend Keeps Darren Law in Porsche Cup Contention It was a busy weekend of racing for Porsche endurance racer Darren Law, as he competed in the American Le Mans Series Petit Le Mans at Road Atlanta and the...
Road Atlanta/VIR Double Header Weekend Keeps Darren Law in Porsche Cup Contention
It was a busy weekend of racing for Porsche endurance racer Darren Law, as he competed in the American Le Mans Series Petit Le Mans at Road Atlanta and the Grand-Am Koni Challenge event at Virginia International Raceway. Darren's participation in both extended format races helped him to earn more valuable points for his bid of the 2007 worldwide contested Porsche Cup. Following this weekend's event, Law holds a narrow lead over fellow American and chief rival for the Cup, Johannes van Overbeek with one more race on the 2008 schedule.
Law's weekend started in Braselton, Georgia outside Atlanta at the famed Road Atlanta circuit, where he piloted the #44 Flying Lizard Motorsports Porsche GT3 RSR in the American Le Mans Series annual Petit Le Mans ten hour endurance contest. This year's 1,000 kilometer event marked the 10th running of the race, participation in which can lead to a qualifying berth for the following year's FIA sanctioned Le Mans 24 Hour endurance classic.
Law shared driving duties in the Lizard's #44 with Seth Neiman and Lonnie Pechnick. After qualifying 7th in the LMGT2 class, the team's Porsche GT3 RSR took a clean start and driver Law worked the car up to third. The number 44's strong run was to come to an abrupt end however, as a late pass attempt by the #6 Porsche RS Spyder LMP2 car of Sascha Maassen resulted in contact between the different class Porsche machines. Law was forced to pit to replace a bent toe link in the suspension. The long stop dropped the #44 back several laps, and even though the team's #45 entry won the LMGT2 class, the #44 was classified as fifth in class at the finish.
Following the Petit Le Mans, Darren took a quick flight to Virginia for the final race of the 2007 Grand-Am Koni Challenge schedule at Virginia International Raceway. Law jumped aboard the #49 Marcus Motorsports MAH 720 Property Management/Auriemma Consulting Group Porsche 997. Law's teammate, Spencer Pumpelly qualified the #49 on pole for the six-hour season finale, and along with Michael Auriemma, the trio kept the Marcus entry near the front of the field for much of the race. Then, late in the event, Law radioed the team that the car had lost power which was ultimately traced to a faulty sensor in the fly-by-wire throttle pedal. The problem occurred at the start of the long back straight of the hilly VIR circuit and Darren was forced to idle his was back the pit lane fix the issue. After leading the race for several laps, the #49 was classified 26th at the finish.
Darren Law Quote
"I had strong cars for both races this weekend, but things didn't work out quite as well as they could have. We were a comfortable third in the Petit, but that hit from the #6 (Penske Porsche) did some damage, and it took a while to get it taken car of. The win for the #45 was good though, and keeps the Lizard's in contention for the championship.
At VIR we had a strong car as well. Spencer did a great job qualifying on pole, and we were able to run at the front pretty much the whole race. When we had the problem with the throttle we were leading and running a comfortable pace. Then, coming out of the Oak Tree corner we lost the throttle sensor and I had to just let the car idle all the way back to pit lane. That was frustrating for sure, especially since we probably had the car to beat.
We'll just pack up and head to Laguna for the last race of the year. I think the Porsche Cup competition is going to come right down to the wire."