Although the weekend may not have started as well as it ended, the 56th running of the Mobil 1 Twelve Hours of Sebring presented by Fresh from Florida, was a great event for Phoenix resident and Porsche endurance racer Darren Law, as he took a...
Although the weekend may not have started as well as it ended, the 56th running of the Mobil 1 Twelve Hours of Sebring presented by Fresh from Florida, was a great event for Phoenix resident and Porsche endurance racer Darren Law, as he took a hard fought 2nd place finish in this past weekend's American Le Mans Series 2008 season opener. Law was joined by Australian Porsche Supercup pilot Alex Davison and 2008 season long teammate Seth Neiman of San Francisco in the #44 Flying Lizard Motorsports Porsche GT3 RSR. With the team's sister #45 Porsche winning the GT2 class, it was two Flying Lizard GT3 RSRs on the podium and an almost perfect finish to the twelve-hour endurance classic.
The Flying Lizard team, a clearly professional organization that was competitive in the ALMS during its first year made several changes for the 2008 season, running the new 08 GT3 RSR that sports updated aerodynamic and suspension elements, and also added a third car for the season. The team's 1-2 finish is all the more impressive considering these elements.
Law, Neiman and Davison spent much of the week prior to the Sebring event searching for a competitive pace and race set up for the #44. After an LMP2 car brought out a red flag only a few minutes into qualifying, the American Le Mans Series organizers elected to cancel qualifying and assigned the started grid order based on practice times. Law started the #44 Porsche GT3 RSR 10th, but was confident that the race set up the team had worked on tirelessly would allow him to move forward.
Law progressively moved forward during his stint, and the trio eventually ran comfortably in fourth only a few hours into the 12 hour event. By mid race, the #44 was securely in second place, some three laps ahead of the third placed Ferrari entry, and was able to run trouble free in that position to the end.
Driver Quote -- Darren Law
"A 1-2 finish is hard to do and this is a great finish for the Flying Lizard team. We ran the new 2008 911 GT3 RSR. There have been many changes to the car both aerodynamically and in suspension to become more competitive with the Ferrari. I had a great race. We had to start the race based on practice times, so we started the 44 car 10th. Before the first yellow we were up several positions. Everyone in the car did a great job; both Seth (Neiman) and Alex (Davison) had strong stints. "Overall we didn't have too many issues. We ran clean and fast and finished a couple laps ahead of the 3rd place Ferrari. The team really deserved this podium finish. It was a tough week, as we are all adjusting not only to the new cars, but also to having added a 3rd car to the team. The guys worked really hard and had some long nights all week. To put it on the podium made it all worth it".
Darren won't have much time to rest as he joins the Lizards again for the ALMS Acura Sports Car Challenge in St. Petersburg, Florida the weekend of April 4th and 5th. Live coverage of the St. Pete race will be held on ABC starting at 1:30 pm EST on Sunday April, 5th. Be sure to tune in and watch Darren in the #44 Flying Lizard Motorsports Porsche GT3 RSR. For more info on the American Le Mans Series schedule as well as results of the Sebring season opener, log onto www.americanlemans.com. You can also go to www.darrenlaw.com to see what's new with Darren's racing, and keep up to date with his 2008 season.