Law and Donohue Bring ...
Law and Donohue Bring #58 Brumos Home 6th After Race Long Battles in Mexico City
It was a non stop series of battles for Brumos Porsche driver Darren Law, as he and teammate David Donohue raced clean and hard to score a well earned 6th place finish in last weekend's Grand American Rolex Sports Car Series presented by Crown Royal Special Reserve event at Hermanos Rodriguez Autodromo outside Mexico City. The top ten finish vaults Law and Donohue to 12th place in the Daytona Prototype championship points race, and helps to make up some of the points deficit from their unlucky finish at the Rolex 24 in February.
Law was tapped for qualifying on the 2.5 mile road course and placed the #58 Red Bull Brumos Porsche Riley entry 7th on the grid with a lap of 1:22.176, narrowly edging out the 1:22.201 lap of Alex Job Porsche Crawford driver Jorg Bergmeister. Less than one second separated the top eight Daytona Prototype machines in qualifying promising some hard racing to come.
Law took the green flag at 3:15 pm for the timed event ended up running under green flag conditions for all one hundred laps. Law's stint would turn out to be a hard fought and physical run as he ran some 61 laps over an hour and twenty five minutes before handing the #58 Brumos over to Donohue in third place. Law raced hard with a number of cars during his stint including the Porsche FABCAR of Chrsitian Fittipaldi, the Lexus Riley of Memo Rojas and the Lexus Riley of Shane Lewis. Donohue continued in the Red Bull machine, and after the pit stop cycles were completed, found himself in sixth position, which he maintained to the checkered flag.
Despite the hard racing, Law kept the Brumos clean and handed the machine over to Donohue in good condition. Law's hard battle for sixty some laps was all the more impressive considering the fact that the Mexico City circuit is situated 7,500 feet above sea level making physical exertion all the more taxing. Law credits his daily workout regimen with his ability to continue to operate at peak performance throughout the race.
Driver Quote - Darren Law
"Overall the crew did a great job. The car was consistent, and we for sure had a top 5 car. I had a lot of fun in the race - it was tough though. I ran 60 laps and I don't think I had one lap without fighting someone in front of me behind me or both in front and behind me. The constant battling is what put us out of touch with the top 4 cars in the beginning. That much on track fighting and dealing with the traffic at this particular track was tough because there was only one line through the esses. Any gap you got was easily lost. I was really impressed with everyone I raced with. I don't know how many times I went side by side with other cars and we never touched. Everyone fought a clean fight."
Darren's next race will be the American Le Mans Series' 2007 season opening Mobil 1 Twelve Hours of Sebring, which he will contest with the Flying Lizard Motorsports crew in a Porsche GT3 RSR the weekend of March 14-17. Darren will then join the Brumos Porsche crew for the Grand American Rolex Sports Car Series event at Homestead Miami Speedway March 22-24.