Law and Lizards March to Impressive Mobil 1 Twelve Hours of Sebring Result The 54th running of the Mobil 1 Twelve Hours of Sebring held this past Saturday took its traditional toll on drivers and cars, and the ...
Law and Lizards March to Impressive Mobil 1 Twelve Hours of Sebring Result
The 54th running of the Mobil 1 Twelve Hours of Sebring held this past Saturday took its traditional toll on drivers and cars, and the #44 PortalPlayer/ShoreTel Flying Lizard Motorsports Porsche GT3RSR soldiered on amidst the attrition that is ever present at Sebring, to a fourth place finish in the LMGT2 class. The three driver team of the #44 entry included Phoenix resident Darren Law, Seth Neiman of Burlingame, California and Lonnie Pechnik of Salinas, California. The team's sister car secured a podium finish in 2nd place making the weekend an impressive display of endurance, reliability and strategy for the entire Flying Lizard crew.
As has been standard in the once around the clock endurance classic, Sebring's bumpy and demanding 3.7 mile racetrack, built on the old site of an airfield, placed a premium on reliability as well as speed, and attrition was again a major factor in the final results. Law was tapped to qualify the sleek silver and red GT3RSR, and despite having to deal with an understeer handling issue was still able to hustle the #44 to a solid 10th place qualifying position at a time of 2:05.133. Making it to the Finish
The 54th running of the Mobil Twelve Hours of Sebring got underway at 10 am EST Saturday morning amidst warm and clear conditions, and the opening laps of the day to night race were run without incident. Law, mindful of the need to ensure longevity with the equipment methodically worked his way forward in the 16-car LMGT2 field. Law drove a total of four stints, and his dedication to a disciplined physical fitness regimen served him well in the warm conditions, as he was able to maintain a strong and competitive pace.
In the closing stages of the twelve hour run, the #44 entry found itself securely in fourth place in class, and although a run for a podium position was not in the cards, the Flying Lizard Team ensured that the Law, Neiman, Pechnik entry was reliable to the checkered flag.
We had a great race, and it is really significant for us in that we were the second highest placing Porsche in the field. This was a great race for the #44 car because it has not finished this particular race the last two years, so getting to the end was important, and finishing 4th was even better. We were fighting some handling issues early on in the race, and we made a small bar adjustment along with a tire pressure change. We really had no mechanical issues in the race, and the crew did a great job in the preparation. This is such a hard track on the car - it is amazing what goes into the preparation. Everything is new at the start of this event, suspension, motor, gearbox, brakes, radiators, and the team has to rebuild the entire car the day before the event. It's a lot of work, but it definitely paid off.
Darren's next event will be the Grand American Rolex Sports Car Series Presented by Crown Royal Special Reserve at Homestead Miami Speedway with the Brumos Porsche Fabcar team. Darren's next run with the Lizards will be at Mid Ohio the weekend of May 18-21. For more information on the Sebring race please stop by www.americanlemans.com, and for more info on the upcoming Grand American event surf to www.grand-am.com. You can look at the full schedule that Darren will be running this year at his newly updated website at www.darrenlaw.com.