"Every Lap Counts" Team Retakes Lead Sunday Morning for Convincing Win DUBAI, United Arab Emirates (Jan. 16, 2010) -- The No. 112 El Salvador Impressive/SPEEDCOM Marcos Racing International BMW 120D and drivers Jim Briody, Hal Prewitt, Toto ...
"Every Lap Counts" Team Retakes Lead Sunday Morning for Convincing Win
DUBAI, United Arab Emirates (Jan. 16, 2010) -- The No. 112 El Salvador Impressive/SPEEDCOM Marcos Racing International BMW 120D and drivers Jim Briody, Hal Prewitt, Toto Lassally and Cor Euser scored a major comeback victory in the 5th Anniversary 24 Hours of Dubai, winning the D1 (Diesel 1) class while racing in support of Every Lap Counts, a global fund raising effort supporting charitable causes for children through major international endurance auto races. Pledges can still be taken at www.EveryLapCounts.com.
After a challenging opening half of the race that saw the team twice lose the lead due to contact incidents, Sunday's sunrise seemed to bring a streak of good fortune to the No. 112 team that carried them straight to the finish. Briody took the lead for the final time in the race's 16th hour and the team had a relatively trouble free run to the finish. An emotional Lassally drove the BMW across the finish line, taking the final stint to the checkered flag for the second straight year after he and Briody were part of 2009's second place D1 effort.
"I am so proud of everyone who was part of this team," Lassally said. "This has taken so much time and energy but to come out of here with a victory while also raising more than $10,000 for some special children around the world is incredible. I want to thank Cor and the Marcos team for keeping us in this thing and our great teammates Jim and Hal. This is the best group I have ever raced with and we also want to thank everyone who donated to the cause and believed in us."
All four drivers scored their first Dubai victories, Prewitt's in his rookie start here and Briody's in his 50th 24 hour race. Briody's impressive career record includes 20 class wins and 24 total podium finishes in worldwide 24 hour races.
The winning car completed 479 laps, a comfortable 15 laps ahead of the second place D1 car, and placed a solid 34th overall. It was also a career weekend for Euser's Marcos Racing International team as his trio of BMW 120D teams swept the D1 top three. The No. 117 BMW finished second and completed 464 laps while the group's No. 116 entry went 410 laps. The Marcos entries were also the only D1 class cars to finish in the overall top 50.
EveryLapCounts.com allows donors -- through per-lap or single amount pledges -- to support either Camp Boggy Creek, the El Salvador Chapter of the Padre Arrupe Foundation or both worthwhile causes through a 50/50 pledge option. Located in Florida, Camp Boggy Creek is a member of Paul Newman's Hole in the Wall Camps that provides a traditional camping experience for children suffering from chronic and life threatening illnesses. The Padre Arrupe Foundation is one of the leading organizations gathering relief funds for children and other victims who lost their homes and more during last year's catastrophic storm-driven landslides the swept through Verapaz, El Salvador.
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-source: adam saal