Law and Flying Lizard Motorsports Impress at Sebring ALMS Season Opener
After the checkered flag flew to end a spectacular ALMS season opener, Darren Law, Johannes van Overbeek and John Fogarty and the Porsche 911 GT3RSR of Flying Lizard Motorsport had come home an impressive 4th in class. The 52nd running of the Mobil 1 12 hours of Sebring lasted well into the cool Florida night, and saw fantastic racing in all categories of the endurance event.
"That was a great race," exclaimed Law. "Johannes (van Overbeek) and John (Fogarty) and did an absolutely great job, and the car was right on the pace. The crew worked very hard all week long to get the setup and was good the entire race. We definitely found some good speed."
Law's number 45 Michelin tire shod ride led for several laps of the grueling race, and the team was in podium contention throughout the event. A late race pitstop to change brakes dropped the team to their fourth place finishing position, but also set the stage for an all out final stint charge.
"We were running in a pretty comfortable third for much of the race," commented Darren, "but toward the last hour mark we had to come in for a brake change. Sebring can be pretty tough on a lot of parts on the car, and brakes are for sure one of those elements. The guys got the change done really quick, but we had dropped to fourth. John (Fogarty) was already in the car, so we decided to leave him there and bring the car home. With fresh tires and cool air he ran some great laps, and was able to slash the gap to 3rd down to only 9 seconds."
Despite just missing a podium finish, Law and the team were happy with the results, and know that their competitiveness bodes well for the rest of the season.
"Sure it would have been great to be on the podium," reflected Law, "but I'm pretty happy with the way the race went overall. I think we have all the elements of a winning organization. The Michelin tire was fantastic and the RSR is just a great car to drive. I am looking forward to Johannes and I working together for the rest of the season."
The next event on the American Le Mans schedule is slated for June 25-27 at the Mid Ohio Sports Car Course in Lexington, Ohio.